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Wasps

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm rather hoping that 2011 will be a good year for wasps. Unfortunately, my definition of a good year is sometimes at odds with other people's. Continue reading...
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The insects have gone berserk

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
For anyone who thought the cold winter might have been a bit harsh for wildlife, I hope the recent heatwave has been an eye-opener. I've certainly never seen so much insect life in April before. Continue reading...
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Breeding newts

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
One of our cats sat motionless on the edge of the pond today, head drooped down almost touching the water as if he were asleep. But the occasional tic gave him away... Continue reading...
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Bees and bee flies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The south-facing fence of our garden is covered all over with ivy, and the leaves are prime basking territory for all manner of insects. Continue reading...
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Cats and foxes

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A few days ago a fox vaulted over the fence and landed on the two cats asleep just outside the back door. Fur flew. The poor beast didn't stand a chance. Continue reading...
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The nuthatch

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Tucking in to our home-made quiche, and carrot cake, I notice a small bird flickering about high up on the trunk of an old tree at the edge of the clearing. It's a nuthatch. Continue reading...
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Wireworms and woodworms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Wireworms are the tough leathery larvae of click beetles, slim, smooth brown beetles that snap their bodies at the waist... Continue reading...
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Centipedes and worms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Any gardener should always be pleased to find centipedes. Since they are hunters, they cannot do any harm to the plants or their roots. Continue reading...
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Newts

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There is something much more primordial about a newt than, say, a frog or a toad. Perhaps it's the dragging crocodilian gait, or the slightly frilled backbone. Continue reading...
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Waxwings

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Yes, we have no waxwings. Strange as this may seem, they appear to be avoiding south-east London. They're everywhere else though [...] Continue reading...
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