The blackbirds fledged last night, but did they make it through their first 24 hours???
I’ve been watching the blackbirds going backwards and forwards to their nest for the last couple of weeks – they’ve been good enough to nest deep down in a clematis right outside my home office window, which has been a handy distraction during lockdown!
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Late at night, when all the world is sleeping, Fang runs around the house doing his stuff…
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Maybe you’re paranoid… Or maybe it’s true!
The end of the day is when the owls and the badgers, and the creatures of the night are beginning to stir. Be aware. You are being watched…
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Too close to focus!
Flippin’ annoying when you’re out photographing Badgers and they get too close to focus and you have to use your iPhone instead…
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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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