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Swan parent and child – with big feet and no feathers to hide them under…

I had heard of Abbotsbury Swannery years ago but had no idea what part of the country it was in. So I was surprised to find (from various Dorset bloggers) that it was near Weymouth and within reach of my annual visit to Poole.

I had visualised the place as a little abbey with a handful of swans in a pond or moat alongside – but how wrong I was! (more…)

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The hornbeam on August 9, seen from the hedgerow…

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I knew August could be a bit “boring” for the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) I am following. But it was an assignation I had to make for the sake of Lucy Corrander’s Tree Following project, even though it was a rushed job on a Saturday morning when we had just returned from a couple of weeks away on holiday and I was in the middle of doing the laundry.

It was a rush partly because (more…)

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Lestes sponsa, the brilliant emerald damselfly or common spreadwing, at the Blue Pool in late July, 2014

I’m just back from a few days in Dorset and this time I “discovered” some places that were new to me. I had often passed by the Blue Pool at Furzebrook near Wareham, dismissing it because I thought it was a children’s tourist attraction (“home of The Wareham Bears”). Luckily last year several fellow bloggers (I think it was Esther Montgomery, Finn Holding and Shaz Goodwin) put me right and said it was worth a visit as a nature trail.

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The Blue Pool in late July…

We arrived at the Blue Pool just after 9am on a glorious blue-sky morning, but before the day was too hot. More importantly, (more…)

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The winter tree is no more…

I feel responsible. I AM responsible! In May I was intrigued by a tree in Cardiff’s Llandaff Fields that wasn’t in leaf yet, while all others were. I called it the winter tree
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The hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) on July 10…

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I thought by now that following a hornbeam in Llandaff Fields in Cardiff would be boring, especially as I wouldn’t expect much change in high summer. It’s my least favourite season, when the sheer weight of greenness everywhere grows tired – and tiring.

I usually visit between 8am and 9am every month, but to vary it a bit, I had planned to go at a different time of day, maybe on my way home one evening.

It never happened, as I have been so busy at work, so (more…)

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Great roof garden!

Just a couple of recent city wildlife observations that I have to put somewhere! The other day I noticed this unusual wild “roof garden” among some chimney pots… (more…)

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A sprig of hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)…

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On my June visit to the old hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) in Llandaff Fields I hoped to see the developing fruits, but I knew they would be high up in the branches, so in advance I picked one from the much smaller roadside hornbeam I pass on the way to work.

Then I chose the one dry day of the week (again – it has rained a lot lately) to visit the fields (more…)

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