Weevil – Liophloeus tesselatus

This weevil was wandering mechanically at the top of the garden as we supped tea the other afternoon, identified with a bit of research as Liophloeus tesselatus. Their heavily defensive exoskeleton and slow pace mark them out as plant eaters and some of the species are seen as pests to agriculture…

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Greater Water boatman – Notonecta glauca

This is a tadpole’s eye view of a greater water boatman that has its home in our outdoor aquarium. Notonecta glauca is one of several UK species of Greater Water Boatman and a tadpole would do well to be wary – these ‘backswimmers’ as they are known in the US, are…

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In the company of foxes

A walk up the lane turned into a special moment last Friday evening when we encountered four young fox cubs playing at the edge of woodland in the early evening sun whilst their parents were away hunting. They chased in the grass and bounded through the developing crop, oblivious or…

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Cardinal Beetle

Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis This stunner of a beetle was wandering our yard the other day and despite its size, you couldn’t miss it. Cardinal Beetle is the common name for three british beetles. The most common is this one, pyrochroa serraticornis, distinct from the others in having a red head.…

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The Great Barn at Manor Farm

A return to very old stomping grounds last Sunday with a trip to Ruislip in Middlesex, where I lived until the age of five. The focus of our visit was Manor Farm and it’s farmers market, held in the cathedral space of the Great Barn (circa 1300). The warm spring…

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Dancing the sun up

Each year at dawn on the 1st May, Standon Morris ‘dance the sun up’, starting at The Puddingstone in Standon, Hertfordshire.This sound recording records the performance – a magical moment that celebrated the turning of the season and the arrival of spring in one small country village’s cultural year.

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