Brown hare on The South Downs Way
The recent dry spell of weather is causing all sorts of problems for our local wildlife. Take this poor hare. He should be hidden below waist-high crops, but all the fields are dry and brown. Nothing seems to be growing and the drought is making life hard for our Badgers too.
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2017 has been a great summer for butterflies
Here’s a photo of a gorgeous Peacock in the garden. Peacocks are common enough, but this year they are swarming in our garden!
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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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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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How to make a Swallow happy!
Now I’m quite pleased with this! For two reasons… Firstly I’ve created a home-made nest for our feathered friends and secondly my lighting cables (which were never installed to be photographed) look quite neat!
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A new day…
This morning I went for an early morning walk.
Here’s a photo of a Stonechat who joined me as the sun came up on a new day. I remembered my dear old Dad showing me Stonechats when I was a small boy, describing the rasping ‘chack-chack’ call of the Stonechat like two pebbles being struck against each other.
Thank you Mr Stonechat for your company this morning. And rest in peace, Dad. I miss you so much.
Out and about in broad daylight, going about his business without a care in the world about me and my camera! I overtook him in my car and then pulled over to grab a snap as he purposefully trotted by… He ignored me.
Photo of House Martin Nest
The House Martin nest is a very busy place today!
The parent birds are visiting every five minutes or so which is a sure sign that there are chicks in the nest and that there are plenty of insects available to feed them with.
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