All posts tagged "wildlife"

  • Our Patch: Homebirds

    In preparation for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend, the children and I have been looking at the feeders and garden in general to see what is about. There is something just so endearing watching three...

    • Posted January 21, 2014
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  • Our Patch: Feed the Birds

    Winter can be a fantastic time to encounter wildlife at close quarters by inviting it into our gardens. The hard ground makes it difficult for birds such as blackbirds and starlings to probe the soil for worms...

    • Posted January 14, 2014
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  • Our Patch: In Which SJ Hangs out with Her Buds

    I hope you have all enjoyed the festive season and have been able to spend some time with those who are the most important to you. Due to injury and illness (let it never be said I...

    • Posted January 7, 2014
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  • Our Patch: Red Sky at Night…

    I can’t decide whether or not our proximity to industry is what causes these recent “Flash Gordon” sunrises and sunsets, but they are glorious! Prescot Online has been inundated with beautiful examples of these streaked red skies...

    • Posted December 10, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Jack Frost Arrives

    Before we can leave the house in the summer months, there is a mad dash for sunscreen and sun hats. It adds an extra 10 minutes onto the time it takes us to get to school, and...

    • Posted December 4, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Tips for Identifying Wildlife

    Alas, as winter approaches, the weather has been fairly grim over the last week, and apart from a few hours of early morning sunshine, my walks have had a resoundingly soggy edge to them. The few chances...

    • Posted November 19, 2013
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  • Our Patch: Unexpected Discoveries

    I used to have a horrible job working as a motor claims handler in a call centre. There were few redeeming aspects to it, but I do recall a conversation with a lady asking if I worked...

    • Posted November 12, 2013
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  • 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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