Category: Nature Notes

Nature Notes, by Di Redfern

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Nature Notes January 2022

Gardening with Wildlife in Mind A way to End Gardening with Chemicals    The way is to practise organic gardening. The essence of organic growing is to work with natural ecosystems and their cycles....

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Nature Notes December 2021

What’s Going On? Why are we still using chemicals in the garden?       Since this can be a quiet time of the year in the garden there should be time to not only...

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Nature Notes November 2021

Resting Now is a time for resting for most living things. Many plants become dormant especially those that are deciduous whilst other creatures may hibernate or at least lie low in a safe and...

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Nature Notes October 2021

Ivy – a real winner in the garden Ivy has everything including a bad reputation! Here is a reminder of its virtues: Evergreen. Grows in the shade where few other plants grow. Provides shelter...

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Nature Notes September 2021

Attachments    These two ‘baby’ blackbirds were regularly fed on the lawn just outside the porch window but now their parent has clearly told them that they must feed themselves now. You’ll often see...

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Nature Notes August 2021

Taking a Closer Look Verges in mid June 2021 Whilst following a regular walk along Sandmead Road I decided to make a list of plants that were there now and the remains of earlier...

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Nature Notes July 2021

Patterns and Sequences A Pattern to Feeding    I’ve given up using my bird feeder because there were so many jackdaws, magpies, rooks and even 2 ravens competing for the food. Instead I eat...

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Nature Notes June 2021

Life in and Around the Soil Spiders without Webs This flower crab spider has a globular abdomen, sometimes with spots or lines. They can change their colour to match their surroundings but often appear...

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Nature Notes May 2021

Engineers at Work – May 2021 “Spending time with nature offers us all precious breathing space away from the stresses and strains of modern life. It enables us to experience joy and wonder, to...

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Nature Notes April 2021

Food for insects – April 2021 Sometimes in February, certainly this year, and definitely in March, impregnated queen bumblebees emerge from their winter solitude in order to find food and water. For the queen...