Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time to see something that is unusual and which you may never see again. Continuing our flashbacks to the past, here is a post from April 2013 of a Nuthatch trying to enlarge the entrance to a nest box. Presumably fancied it as his des-res. Not seen since and the box has continued to house a Blue Tit nest each year.

Here are a couple of short video clips of the Nuthatch trying to get into nest box 2

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Was videoing the feeder at Bough Beech and managed to extract this set of stills of a Blue Tit landing on the feeder

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EUROPE MAY BE GOING BIRDLESS

Posted: November 6, 2014 in Natural History
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This is a seriously worrying report and a challenge to all to increase our efforts to protect our environment (or what is still left of it!)

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Latest research shows dramatic disappearance of Europe’s birdlife. Click here for story.BLACK REDSTARTBlack Redstart above.

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Griffon Vulture, rfecently reintroduced into southern France.
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Parisian House Sparrow. This species is disappearing from England despite being the so-called “English Sparrow.”
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Rare birds like the Griffon Vulture get conservation focus and thus can survive with continued protection. Common Euro-birds like redstarts and sparrows are declining due to loss of habitat and modern farming which includes no wasteland and heavy use of poisons. We can’t be smug in North America, not only are we losing birds buy we’re wiping out one of formerly most common butterflies, the monarch. Click here to read saddening summary of our monarch massacre.

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A very worrying report.

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Global wildlife populations have halved in just 40 years, according to new research by scientists at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the WWF’s Living Planet Report 2014 found.

The key findings are:

  • Populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by an average of 52% since the 1970s.
  • Freshwater species populations have suffered a 76% decline, an average loss almost double that of land and marine species.
  • The worst declines have been observed in the Tropics.

The report draws upon the Living Planet Index, a database maintained by the Zoological Society of London, which monitors trends in over 10,000 populations of 3038 species since the 1970s. It also looks at how human consumption levels…

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Looking forward to Sir David’s new series. A must for all interested in natural history.

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A giant sculpture of a hedgehog has been installed on London’s Clapham Common to mark the launch of Sir David Attenborough’s new BBC television series Natural Curosities.

The seven-foot-tall sculpture features more than 2,000 wooden spines and fur made of willow and coconut fibbers, and was created by a  team of artists over the course of two months.

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Our ability to understand better the natural habitat of the reedbed has led to one of the best stories in nature conservation, the re-emergence of reedbed all over this country. I can remember the time when to see wintering Bitterns you had to travel to NW England. Now they are in a reed bed not 6 miles from the centre of London.

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The Softrack, a new-state-of-the-art cutting machine, is helping the RSPB to give wildlife a home in Blackloftands, the largest tidal reed bed in England.

The light and agile vehicle that is able to cut reed quickly and efficiently and can easily access the wettest areas at the heart of the reedbed. This means the RSPB is able manage the site more effectively, by creating open areas across the reedbed that benefit a huge range of wildlife including rare bitterns, bearded tits and water voles.

Pete Short, Humber Reserves Manager, says: “In the past we used a tractor with hay mower to cut the reed but the weight of the vehicle meant that it sank in the wetter parts of the reserve. This meant we had to resort to using a heavy-duty strimmer called a brush cutter, which was hard physical work and pretty miserable as we used to get…

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Common Darter

Posted: September 19, 2013 in Dragonflies, Natural History
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The Common darter is the most widespread of the darter species in lowland Britain. It can be distinguished from the similar Ruddy Darter by the lack of ‘waist’ on the thorax and the more orange colour of the male (The Ruddy darter is a deeper red colour) It is often seen perching on paths or fences.

Wildflowers (3)

Posted: August 23, 2013 in Natural History
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Wildflowers (2)

Posted: August 21, 2013 in Natural History
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Wildflowers

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Natural History, UK
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To celebrate our wonderful weather here in London and the final arrival of summer, here are some pictures of wild wildflowers taken recently

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