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Happy New Year – 2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Pete's Favourite Things

The Badger has been much in the news in the UK recently due to the rather botched attempts to control them in the west country as a plan to eradicate Bovine TB. Most scientific sources including leading experts have said that culling will make no difference but of course the politicians and civil servants know better than the experts and went ahead and then couldn’t even manage to cull effectively!

Here are some pictures from a farm in the south of England which embraces its badgers and where you can get really close to them unseen in a hide.





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Deer at Dusk

Wild Deer Roaming Around London!

esselle pictures


Yes these deer live in London’s Richmond Park Nature Reserve. In fact the deer were here long before London as we know it. The park is miles wide and although managed, left mainly to nature. People love this park so much they even get married inside it, at its Pembroke Lodge manor house. I was fortunate to grow up very nearby and have many fond family memories here. Nowadays I love to visit and capture pictures here and the Royal Parks is one of the charities I support.

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Tree planting

Cuckfield Local

Now is a good time to plant many of the trees and shrubs for the garden. These help provide important sources of food and shelter for wildlife. Any or all of the following three are worthy of consideration to plant:

Hawthorn grows quickly into a thick, thorny bush. It provides shelter for insects, and the flowers are an important source of nectar for them. Birds like to feed on its berries and the insects attracted to the plant. It also provides a safe nesting and roosting site for birds.
Honeysuckle provides insects with shelter and a rich source of nectar from its flowers. Birds and mammals like to feed on its fruits.
Silver birch trees are quick growing, and their seeds are liked by a number of birds.

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Just know,



Just imagine.

It’s all about priorities.

Always, always. xo


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What happens when the ice melts?

Understanding the Role of the Worker Bee in a Hive

Adopt A Hive

The majority of the bee hive’s population consists of worker bees. Like the queen, worker bees are all female. They are smaller, their abdomens are shorter, and on their hind legs they possess pollen baskets, which are used to tote pollen back from the field.

The life span of worker bee is a modest six weeks during the colony’s active season. However, worker bees live longer (four to eight months) during the less active winter months. These winter workers are loaded with protein and are sometimes referred to as “Fat Bees.”

Worker bees do a considerable amount of work, day in and day out. They work as a team. The specific jobs and duties they perform during their short lives vary as they age. Understanding their roles will deepen your fascination and appreciation of these remarkable creatures.

Initially, a worker’s responsibilities include various tasks within the hive. At this stage…

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Good English nightingale news

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is about a nightingale singing.

From Wildlife Extra:

Nightingale site gains protection

November 2013: The future of the nightingale, one of Britain’s rarest birds, looks brighter with the good news that Lodge Hill in Medway, north Kent has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England

This site is home to more than one percent of the UK’s total population of nightingales, a bird which has declined in the UK by 46 per cent since 1995. Lodge Hill – part of which is a former military engineering school – has also been protected for its nationally-important grassland and ancient woodland.

Martin Harper, the RSPB’s Conservation Director said: “Natural England’s Board had a very clear brief: to examine the scientific data and come to a conclusion about the site’s national importance. After a laudable level of scrutiny, we believe Natural England…

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Another Guy Fawkes’ Day Hedgehog Reminder!

Romancing the Bee

hedge hogs

Evidently this is a big problem in the UK…  🙂

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