Winter is not over yet but Spring is round the corner and the first signs are appearing with the early snowdrops flowering and hazel catkins emerging.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Sunday, 11 December 2016
These thrushes spend the summer in the conifer forests of northern Europe and migrate to our warmer climes in the winter.
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Monday, 7 November 2016
Numbers have been dropping in recent years and the WWT Flight of the Swans campaign aims to bring the attention of communities along the migration route to the plight of the Bewick Swans.
Let's hope they are successful in saving these beautiful for future generations.
Sunday, 6 November 2016
Thursday, 3 November 2016
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
We have noticed a proliferation of mole hills and runs around here this year. Wondering if it is due to the fairly dry conditions or youngsters establishing their own territory. Moles eat the equivalent of their body weight every day be it worms, insects or beetles. Hence it comes as no surprise to learn that in autumn they catch and store up earthworms to keep them going through the winter. Apparently they chew off the front end of worms to stop them crawling away so that they stay alive in the runs and remain alive so providing the mole with fresh food for several months.
Whatever gardeners probably won't be too happy to have their lawns covered in tumps of soil like these.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
The American species which has greenish gills instead of white is poisonous and is spreading in Britain.
Even the edible species can cause gastric upsets in some people.