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The flight of the yaffingale

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The first time I ever saw a green woodpecker I made a complete fool of myself by shouting out something like: "Look, there's a parrot". Of course there was much laughter all round. Continue reading...
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Of rats and tree rats

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I'm well used to seeing brown rats in London parks; although it's still quite unnerving to be sitting having a picnic on the grass and have one snuffling about in the bushes nearby. Continue reading...
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Bird watching

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I don't really do birds...So for me to notice our avian friends they have to be really really abundant and noisy and obvious. Continue reading...
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Now you see them...

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I used to see foxes all the time...Winter nights were alive with the unearthly yelps and screams of the males, hot in pursuit of a vixen. Continue reading...
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The flies have it

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
To merit a common name, insects have to be relatively common, and they have to be pretty or sinister, pest or helper, biter or worth eating. In other words, they have to get noticed. Continue reading...
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More on cats

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Following my find of a dead swift in the flower bed, there have been a lot of blog comments on cats, and how welcome or unwelcome they are in the garden. Continue reading...
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More spiders

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Moving some bricks around the shed yesterday revealed one of my favourite spiders. There is no mistaking the 'woodlouse' spider, Dysdera crocata. Continue reading...
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Careful demolition

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
The orb webs of the garden spider, Araneus diadematus are much in evidence as the nights get cooler, especially in the morning when their dew- or rain-covered tracery is revealed all over the bushes. Continue reading...
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Mistletoe

By Richard Jones in Plants
It was a bit of a hectic week last week, as gastric flu spread through my family. I tried to get out into the field on Monday and Tuesday to do a bit of survey work. Continue reading...
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More mischief

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Our tomatoes have not done very well this year, a combination of slow start and inadequate watering whilst we were away on holiday. Continue reading...
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