All posts tagged "Our Patch"

  • Our Patch: Migration Musings

    Autumn is a fantastic time to see large flocks, or murmurations, of Starlings. Often overlooked, these squabbly, gregarious birds actually have beautiful plumage – star-spangled and iridescent. When I first became interested in wildlife some 30+ years...

    • Posted November 6, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Half-Term Shenanigans

    Whilst walking in Stadt Moers Park over half term, we were amazed at the changes there. Much of the scrubby bracken and nettles have been cut back, and at the moment it looks a little barren. There...

    • Posted October 29, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Treehugging Edition

    We are reminded very much at this time of year of the rather clever life cycle of trees, which live in both warm and dry, and cold and wet conditions. We consider our climate temperate, however: Compare...

    • Posted October 23, 2013
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  • Our Patch: The Clues Are There!

    Walking last week with a friend, I was given a sort of challenge. He said he doesn’t see much wildlife when out and about, perhaps due to not really knowing what to look for nor where to...

    • Posted October 15, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Summertime Sadness

    As I sit here with the afterglow of Sunday’s sunshine on my skin, it doesn’t really seem like the end of summer. We have been celebrating my niece’s baptism today, and following the service, have spent the...

    • Posted October 1, 2013
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  • Our Patch: The Times They Are a-Changin’

    What an interesting week it’s been! We’ve experienced torrential rain, very cold evenings, and a weekend of sunshine and warmth. We even managed to squeeze in a barbecue, I imagine the last of the season, but very...

    • Posted September 23, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Where Have All the Swallows Gone?

    We returned from a fabulous (and very sandy) beach holiday on the LLeynPeninsula in mid Wales at the end of August. Over the last few days there, I noticed Swallows gathering on the telephone and power lines,...

    • Posted September 17, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Wet ‘n’ Wild!

    Almost as much as I admire our native wildlife, I love some of the words we have come up with to describe it – whether it’s the inventive collective nouns (crows come in murders, parcels, hovers, storytellings...

    • Posted September 9, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Nature’s Symphony

    As Proms season starts to get into full swing, I’m thinking about the arias and concertos created by the natural world in our very own patch. In spring, we have the joyous crescendo of the Skylark. Never...

    • Posted August 12, 2013
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  • Our Patch: On Safari

    In our patch lies Knowsley Safari Park, designed to house the unusual, but also a fantastic place to observe some superb British wildlife which has made a home in the grounds. As the visitors are car-bound, many...

    • Posted August 5, 2013
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