The European Hare

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  The European hare (Lepus europaeus), also known as the brown hare, is a species of hare native to Europe and parts of Asia. It is among the largest hare species and is adapted to temperate, open country. Hares are herbivorous and feed mainly on grasses and herbs, supplementing these…

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BGBW2016

Blue Tit – 6 Great Tit – 1 Wood Pigeon – 75 Goldfinch – 4 Chaffinch – 3 Blackbird – 2 Robin – 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker – 1 Dunnock – 1 Nuthatch – 1 Magpie – 1 Song Thrush – 1 0900 hours, Saturday 30th January 2016

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I can see you

Our young froglets are starting to grow. I found this one nestled in some flints that surround the pond last evening and was grateful that it posed for some photographs. As ever, it has been fascinating to watch the tadpoles – both frog and toad – develop and finally emerge…

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Puffball

We found this puffball on the verge of the lane running into the village. It was gone the next morning, perhaps harvested for the pan by a passing funghi lover. A few days later and another has appeared in the same spot. Left to its own devices it will eventually…

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River Monster

No more than the size of your thumbnail, I found this young crayfish in the bank-side silts of the river Rib at the weekend. It is a young Signal Crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus, a north american native species introduced to Europe via Sweden and Finland in the 1960s. This was to ‘replace’ the…

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Here be dragons

…. in the form of this beautiful female common darter Sympetrum striolatum that rested awhile with us today. I’m reasonably confident of the identification, due to the shape and extent of the black pattern at the base of the frons (the dorsal part of the face, i.e. ‘the nose’). Damselflies…

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Blink and you miss it….

The Women’s Cycling Tour of Britain has been rolling through the leafy lanes Hertfordshire over the few days and almost made it to our front door. On Saturday morning the procession came the closest as it wound a path from Cold Christmas to Much Hadham and we popped along to…

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