Author: Catherine Burton

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May Bugs

Nature Notes by Aidan Smith May is a strange month for moths. Butterflies are seen on the wing frequently,  but while daytime temperatures are warm, and my shorts make an appearance  after their winter...

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Spring Arrivals

Nature Notes by Denis O’Connor For me the defining moments of spring are the emergence of the first butterflies, the arrival of migrant birds and the appearance of frogs in our ponds. The first...

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Conifers

Nature Notes by Aidan Smith Over the years I have acquired lots of knowledge about birds and insects, but  when it comes to identifying flora my abilities to recognise even some of the  commonest...

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Rabbits

Nature Notes by Denis O’Connor As winter storms battered the country in the third week of February, signs of spring emerged from the bramble patch growing up against our house wall. Three of the...

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Limestone Pavements

Nature Notes by Ian Brand An extended version can be found HERE. The Yorkshire Dales are known for their limestone scenery, especially limestone pavements. It is easy to think that the rock surface of...