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Coscoroba swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) from South America

It seems a long time ago now, but on Boxing Day we visited the WWT Wetlands Centre in Llanelli, where we are members. The weather was glorious and (more…)

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Dunraven in December

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The Jurassic cliffs of the Glamorgan coast, seen from Southerndown

It has been a stormy couple of weeks in the UK, but there have been beautifully fine days in between. Christmas Day was one of them, so we went for a walk at Southerndown on Glamorgan’s Jurassic Coast. This area is officially called Dunraven Bay and it (more…)

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Liquidambar leaves on the frosty lawn…

It has been a long, slow autumn. Usually it is sharp and sweet between September and November, but this year some autumn colour has remained long into December. I guess it’s because we haven’t had enough hard frost yet.

Eventually the last ash leaf (more…)

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Grey wagtail on the roof, November 14, 2013…

There is definitely something in the air. Although so many trees are still green, the weather has suddenly become colder and drier. I knew something had changed when (more…)

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Feral pigeon (Columba livia) on the shore in Poole – with wing colour not too different from the original wild rock dove type…

I have just come back from a few days in Dorset (mostly Poole) and will no doubt share my snapshots with you over the next few weeks – or months!

But as a bit of a bridge between the last post about feral pigeons and my holiday excursions, here are some (more…)

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A romantic view: Feeding pigeons in St Mark’s Square, Venice, by Antonio Paoletti (1834–1912) – what, no bird droppings?

In the past I have “appreciated” beautiful pests such as seagulls, magpies and starlings in this blog, but I think a flock of feral pigeons takes the biscuit (or anything else remotely edible).

A while back I was, would you believe, excited that (more…)

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Can you tell what it is yet? Image from Wikimedia Commons – click to go to the source…

In the recent heatwave in the UK the house windows have been open most of the time and we have been sitting in the garden more often. But can it be that I haven’t noticed these disconcerting noises of summer in previous years?

They began a few weeks ago when the warmer weather arrived after a miserable, cool June. I started to hear a buzzing and it became more frequent. I thought we might have a wasps’ nest under the house eaves or in the soffits. I shut the bathroom window in the middle of the night so the husband wouldn’t notice it, trying to delay the moment when he found out and we had to get someone in to solve the problem. What a hassle that was going to be…

But as we sat out in the yard more we realised (more…)

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My ash trees in June…

Sing Oak, and Ash, and Thorn good sirs,
All on a midsummer’s morn.
Surely we sing of no little thing
In Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.

My back garden – my world – is full of ash trees. And I fear for them, as the threat (more…)

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The self-seeded yellow poppy in my garden…

When I think of poppies I usually think of the red ones we wear in Britain on Remembrance Day in November. These red poppies have been associated with war since Napoleonic times, as they grew on the graves of soldiers. But our modern associations are with the poppies that flourished in Flanders fields after the devastation of the land by trench warfare in World War I.

Or maybe I think of bright blue Himalayan poppies, which (more…)

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Lesser celandine in the garden in April (iPhone image)…

Spring has been a long time coming this year. After auspicious signs of Spring in February, the weather took a cooler turn and although we have had plenty of dry weather, there is not yet much heat in the sunshine.

But the garden is catching up with itself, so here are some pictures taken in April and the early days of May.

On the nature front, there seem (more…)

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