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Footscray meadows

Posted: March 2, 2013 in Birds, Natural History

A trip to the Garden centre enabled a stop off at Footscray meadows, an open space through which flows the river Cray on its way to the Thames

Footscray Meadows

Footscray Meadows

Footscray Meadows

Footscray Meadows

The usual cast of suspects was present on the Lake. Nice to see 3 Gadwall and 3 Little Grebe. Some one feeding bread to the Mallard caused a feeding frenzy with ducks appearing from all points of the lake eager to join in.

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Good view of a Ring-necked Parakeet in the trees

Ring-necked Parakeet

Ring-necked Parakeet

Crab Nebula

Posted: March 2, 2013 in Astronomy

Todays pictures from HArvard NASA Telescope

Crab Nebula4

Crab Nebula3

Have to admit that even on bigger magnification images I dont see the likeness to a Crab.

For more information on the Crab Nebula see
http://herschel.cf.ac.uk/results/crab-nebula
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crab_Nebula

Excellent article. There was a report on Red Squirrel conservation area in the Yorkshire Dales a couple of weeks ago on BBC Countryfile. So it seems that more action is being taken to try and reintroduce them to other areas of mainland Britain

For programme see

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qm19y

Tammy Tour Guide

The red squirrel is one of Britain’s iconic species. With its rusty-orange coat, tufted ears and bushy red tail this cute creature is everyone’s favourite small mammal.

But it’s also one of the most elusive of our wildlife species not least because it is now confined largely to northern England, Scotland and parts of Wales.

Sadly this beautiful creature is now absent in most of southern England except for a small colony on the Isle of Wight and two small islands in Poole Harbour.

So imagine my joy last week when we saw not one but three very active red squirrels on a trip to Grasmere in the English Lake District.

They were a few feet away from the camper van, running up and down trees, chasing each other and feeding on a large cache of nuts!

I’m lucky enough to live in northern England so I’ve seen red squirrels before…

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