Hedgehog 2 – the return

…..and this time in the daylight. It was a real beauty, a youngster that will certainly be looking to put on the grams and ounces before winter hibernation.  After a circuit of the grass and a few flower beds it slipped through the fence. The fact that it was out…

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My God, It’s full of stars!

Looking towards the constellation of Perseus over Latchford, a meteor showing left of centre in the image The 12th of August was certainly a glorious one for skywatching, if not for moorland grouse (or perhaps, in a wider context, birds of prey as well). An almost perfectly clear sky and…

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Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point sits at the tip of a 6.4km (4 m) spit of sand dunes and shingle that extends out from Cley Beach on the most northerly tip of the North Norfolk coast. The surrounding area forms the Blakeney National Nature Reserve, extending from Stiffkey Salt Marsh in the west…

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Hedgehog!

I found this spiny bundle in the garden tonight – the first hedgehog we’ve seen here for some years. Lets hope it hangs around.

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Bat Detector listening frequencies for UK Bats

This is the list of listening frequencies for the identification of British Bats. SPECIES Detector Setting (kHz) Pipistrelle (45) (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) 45–50 Pipistrelle (55) (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) 50–60 Nathusius’Pipistrelle (Pipistrelle nathusii) 38–42 Brown long-eared (Plecotus auritus) 40–45 Grey long-eared (Plecotus austriacus) 40–45 Barbastelle (Barbastelle barbastellus) 35–45 Bechstein’s (Myotis bechsteinii) 45–50 Daubenton’s…

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Empty Summer Sand

The deserted beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, just after 7am yesterday morning. A Curlew stood with two Oystercatchers at the edge of the creek.My only company. An unexpected moment, more precious because of it.

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Four wings red

A Ruddy Darter, Sympetrum sanguineum at RSPB Fowlmere today. It was a terrific afternoon to take a four year old exploring. We watched dragonflies buzzing over the reeds, butterflies dance in the glades, a young grass snake swim across a pool and a common tern hunting the mere from Tower Hide.…

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Four wings good

Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni The garden was full of Large White butterflies this morning. They fed on the sweet nectar of the lavender and buddleia and span delicate spiralling dances over the flowerbeds, their wings flashing bright in the strong sunlight. A solitary Brimstone joined them and sought out the magenta flowers…

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Marbled White

This rather magnificent Marbled White caught my eye this morning on my way to work so I had to stop to take a closer look.  The species has a curiously restricted range. As my RSNC Guide to British Butterflies explains there are a small group of colonies in the Yorkshire…

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