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Grey squirrels

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm not overly fond of grey squirrels. Compared to the reds, which the greys have replaced, they are great lumbering brutes. Continue reading...
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Bees at Gardeners' World Live

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Ordinarily, I expect the NEC at Birmingham is one of the most sterile places on the planet. [...] But for one week of the year it is transformed... Continue reading...
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Stag beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Just over a week ago I was outside one evening singing 'Happy Birthday' to my mum down the phone. Half way through I was interrupted by a huge male stag beetle flying low over the garden... Continue reading...
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Bumblebees in the compost bin

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
We have a bumblebee nest in our compost bin. I first noticed them a month ago when the first few workers started coming and going. Continue reading...
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First damselfly of the season

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Visiting an old friend in West Dulwich last week I saw the first damselfly of the season. Continue reading...
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Wolf spiders

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
There are wolf spiders all over my garden, so last week I had the Ivydale School Natural History Club semaphore signalling across the classroom. There is a connection ... honest. Continue reading...
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The brimstone moth

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Last week there were 13 newts in the pond, we couldn't move for holly blues and then the swifts were back. Continue reading...
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Bee roads

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
According to the old adage: a swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay, a swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon. So what is a swarm of bees in April worth? Continue reading...
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First butterflies of the year

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
A green-veined white, Pieris napi, was the first to appear, fluttering down to examine the mock orange flowers. Continue reading...
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Death-watch beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I wasn't spooked by the nocturnal ticking, but it was a tad irritating trying to get to sleep the first couple of nights with this amorous percussion going on all around us... Continue reading...
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