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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 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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The mystery tree on June 3…

Oh dear, I knew this story would end in tears… You will recall the “winter tree” I featured in my last blog post? The one that had no leaves in early May when all around was green? Well I went back this week, a month later, in the hope its leaves would now give me an identification.

As I got nearer my heart sank. It was (more…)

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Unidentified tree, Llandaff Fields, May 7

For now, I am calling this the winter tree. Because when I last visited Llandaff Fields a few weeks ago this was one of very few trees still struggling to break into leaf. Everywhere else the branches were clad in green – including a couple of earlier mystery trees, which I have now identified (see later in this post!).

I have no idea (more…)

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