I’ve waited 40 years to see one of these…
Today was a very special day for me. Because today I saw a Purple Emperor for the very first time. Which is pretty special, because I’ve been looking for one of these elusive butterflies since I was about ten years old. As a small boy browsing through my Observer’s Book of British Butterflies, the Purple Emperor and the Camberwell Beauty were the butterflies that dreams were made of. And today – after many years of looking – my dream finally came true!
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Swarms of bees look pretty dangerous but the first thing to say is don’t worry! They’re pretty docile and if you treat them with respect you’ll have nothing to worry about. Watch them and admire them – when bees swarm it’s one of nature’s little miracles!
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Painted Lady Butterfly
This lovely lady has been in our garden most of the day. Which is pretty incredible when you consider how far she’s travelled!
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A cheeky little wader, running up and down the beach, cheating the waves
Personally, I’d say it was a bit too cold to be toe-dipping in the sea – but not for this little Sanderling!
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Fossils and shark teeth on the beach in Sussex
We had a lovely walk along the beach at Bracklesham Bay this afternoon and collected these wonderful Gastropods. Hard to believe it, but 46 million years ago these marine snails were living in a tropical sea a few miles south of Chichester!
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A big welcome to Andrew and Laura and all their wonderful sheep. Andrew and Laura join us from Locks Farm a few miles along the Downs near Pulborough and it will be lovely to see all their lovely sheep in the fields between Didling and Cocking.
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How to report fly tipping rubbish if you live near Midhurst, West Sussex
What a load of rubbish… Mostly builder’s rubbish and general waste that has been fly tipped next to the lanes around Midhurst – these two piles of rubbish were in Bugshill Lane between Bepton and Didling. Continue reading “Fly tipping”
Hobby Falcon near Midhurst in Sussex
Ok – so this is a RUBBISH photo, BUT it was taken on my iPhone WHILST I was running down the garden to take the picture!
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Underwing of a Red Admiral
Most often known for its striking red, black and white colour, the underside of teh Red Admiral butterfly is equally beautiful.
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South Downs Bee Orchid
How about this for a stunning little orchid!? When I see British wild flowers like this I marvel at how wonderful nature can be. Goodness knows how or why this little flower evolved to look like a bee, but that’s only half of the mystery of the bee orchid.
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