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Small tortoiseshell butterflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
08 May 2013 at 11:37
It’s been fascinating to follow the tweets of butterfly enthusiasts as they marked the arrival of warm weather during the last fortnight. Continue reading...
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Zebra spider

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
24 April 2013 at 11:53
Although, yes, technically it is a spider, I’m almost positive that nobody could really be scared of the zebra spider. Continue reading...
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Queen wasp

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
10 April 2013 at 13:00
A dead leaf was twitching on the water’s surface, and gently peeling it up, expecting to see an animated amphibian beneath, revealed, instead, a queen wasp. Continue reading...
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Newts and wildlife ponds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
26 March 2013 at 15:22
Three weeks ago I excitedly tweeted a photo of this year’s first newt. Despite the reflections of sky, me and my phone, she is quite clearly visible in the pondweed. Continue reading...
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Bumblebees and climate change

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
13 March 2013 at 13:04
Sapphire Class at Ivydale Primary School are now experts on bumblebees. We did a workshop on climate change so I took in a tray of bumblebee specimens. Continue reading...
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Frogs and toads in the garden

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
27 February 2013 at 12:56
Whenever I speak to anyone about frogs or toads, they are always slightly amazed that their pond-free garden should contain them. Continue reading...
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Garden birds

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
13 February 2013 at 07:09
Hardly anything is moving and the various birds are huddled against the cold; like me they all seem to be thinking “come on, spring must be along soon”. Continue reading...
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The juniper shieldbug

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
01 February 2013 at 12:55
Some people are very precious about trees. This is because the tree has become one of the green super-icons of the environmental movement. Continue reading...
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Spiders in the compost bin

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
16 January 2013 at 07:14
I imagine that, for most people, a compost bin is a useful source of compost. In our garden, though, the compost bin is little more than a private nature reserve. Continue reading...
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Black-headed gulls

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
02 January 2013 at 15:25
I once had a relationship-threatening close encounter with a herring gull in St James’s Park, but I gloss over that here. It is the black-headed gull that you are most likely to see far inland. Continue reading...
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