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My garden pond

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
On Friday I drained the pond. Or rather I bailed hundreds of gallons of smelly, gloopy water using whatever came to hand - plastic planters, a broken watering can and the rabbit's litter tray. Continue reading...
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Fruit flies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
What's the point of having a compost heap unless it's to breed fruit flies. That's the way my entomologist's mind works. During the summer great clouds of them billowed up every time I dumped the kitchen waste. Continue reading...
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Kestrel

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Not much is roused in the cold today. But then...in the high distance of the craggy blocks of flats on Dawson's Heights is the unmistakable silhouette of a kestrel hanging in the air. Continue reading...
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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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