Category: Nature Notes

Recent nature notes

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Ticks and Lyme Disease

An extended version of this article can be downloaded HERE. Last week I spent a morning rummaging around our wardrobe in the spare bedroom. It is where we keep all our outdoor gear. I...

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Message in a bottle

It happens every time. Whenever I’m stuck for a Nature Notes topic, a fellow naturalist – friend, family, WNS member – contacts me with an observation and a “perhaps you can use this.” It...

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Happy New Year!

Is it too late to wish you a very “Happy New Year?” I hope not, since it is the subject of this month’s Nature Notes. Why choose a date seven days after Christmas to...

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Entangled Lives

A splatter of blood and bird poo on the glass, a heap of dusky feathers on the front lawn: all there was to show that a sparrow-hawk had chased a pigeon to its death...

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Good News!

Now more than ever we crave stories with a happy ending. Over the years I have collected a number of these – none long enough for a Nature Note but all ecologically interesting. Recently...

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Ferns

November is traditionally when I put our garden “to bed” for the winter, and this year is no different. The garden has been my sanctuary over the past eight months, where I often wander,...

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Checking the Moth Trap

A month ago I wrote of the animals that can be picked up on a remote camera set up overnight, especially mammals like badgers, foxes, mice and voles which are mainly nocturnal. However, by...

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Deer & Non-native Species

Although arthritis and Lockdown keep me tethered, I’m lucky in my family. The younger, still very active members keep me supplied with stories, observations and, often, photos to go with them. Stepson Rob and...