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Grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) on the neighbour’s roof on the first day of December

It’s that time of year when I start to see birds again. The greenery that has been hiding them all summer has now fallen away to reveal our winged friends. They have probably been there all along, just not noticed since last spring. (more…)

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Pasteur, Lister, Hunter and Jenner feature on the Queen’s Buildings of Cardiff University

I have often passed Cardiff University’s Queen’s Buildings in Newport Road, usually when I am on the bus and stuck in traffic. And the stone faces above the door always intrigued me. So much so that I went there on a day off a while back to take some pictures and find out more. This post explores what I discovered about the building and the scientists over the door… (more…)

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Here is another selection of tree news articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

Fallen jacaranda at university will be replaced

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When it collapsed last month, the beloved jacaranda of the University of Sydney was publicly mourned by students past and present, but now it will be replaced, says the Sydney Morning Herald…

HS2 rail link ‘will destroy ancient woodland’

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The HS2 rail link will destroy irreplaceable ancient woodland that has been continuously wooded for hundreds of years, says the Telegraph…

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Autumn leaves on the oak tree (Quercus robur) in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park

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I had hoped by now that the oak tree (Quercus robur) I am following in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park would be gold all over, but it seems to be one of the last trees to change colour, along with one or two stubborn ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) I have seen around.

It has been a wonderful autumn for trees in the city this year, as we have had mostly cold and dry weather throughout October. See my other autumn blog posts here.

Most of the following pictures were taken on November 10. (more…)

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Fallen beech leaves (Fagus sylvatica)

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Here we are again with the monthly shout-out to all tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

In the northern hemisphere it is glorious autumn, but if you are in the south it must be spring – an ideal time to choose a tree to follow for a year, so why not join us?

The tree-following link box closed on November 14, but at the bottom of this post you will find links to all the wonderful contributions we received this month… (more…)

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Fungus in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park

I’m a big fan of fungi and took these pictures in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, in August, but I recently revisited, so I’m using that excuse to share them now. I had often seen this fungus, which I always thought was Trametes versicolor, turkeytail, on a tree stump in the park (see my January fungus foray here). But fellow blogger Earthstar tells me it’s giant polypore, Meripilus giganteus. (more…)

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Traditional architecture in Sherborne, Dorset

I like Sherborne a lot – and hopefully will return there next summer for another visit, to catch up on the parts I missed this time. I have already written about Sherborne Abbey here, but the town itself is also worth a wander. It struck me as very clean and bright and traditional. The Sherborne Town website calls it “without doubt, one of the most beautiful towns in England” and it is probably not wrong. (more…)

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