Category Archives: wildlife

Mainly local wildlife observations

Its the First Saturday in May

And you know what that means?  World Naked Gardening Day!!  Oh Yes.  Beautiful weather and a not-busy allotment, so here I am.  Carefully posed whilst fitting sticky bands to our cherry tree.  They might reduce the number of ants and … Continue reading

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Sightseeing in Norwich

We attended the British Sundial Society annual conference in Norwich, adding a couple of days for exploring.  Staying in the Maids Head Hotel at the end of Tombland, a very wide open space immediately outside the cathedral estate, and derived … Continue reading

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A wild and windy walk

The 17th January was bright but cold and windy, but we three were not to be dissuaded from the challenge – seven and a half miles on the scarp face of the Downs, with a total climb of 600 metres.  … Continue reading

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Cassowarys on the Upper Lewes Road

OK, they are taller than you might expect and not so colourful.  It was a few days ago, when I was aimlessly staring out of the sitting room window, mind in neutral.  Suddenly the word Cassowary came into my head.  … Continue reading

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Winter rains

Jackie measures our rainfall every month with a cunningly designed PET fizzy drink bottle rain holder and funnel.  December was a wet month with 113mm of rain in our gauge.  That is not exceptionally large – the average for the … Continue reading

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Bluetit at the window

Since about the first week of December 17 a single bluetit has been visiting our kitchen window, sitting on the sill and tapping the glass with its beak, and flying up the face of the glass, tapping as it rises.  … Continue reading

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Islander by Patrick Barkham

Back on the 11th November I went to Shoreham for the AGM of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, and bought a copy of the guest speaker’s new book – Islander.  In it he tells wildlife, human and literary stories gathered and … Continue reading

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