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Glow-worms

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
15 August 2012 at 10:09
The marvel of glow-worms, and their New World equivalents the fire-flies, has entered popular mythology. Is it any wonder? Continue reading...
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Gatekeeper butterflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
01 August 2012 at 11:57
I’ve just submitted my two online reports for this year’s Big Butterfly Count. I know, from the start, that this is going to be a good year for gatekeepers. Continue reading...
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Ragwort

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
18 July 2012 at 10:39
Ragwort is a native plant, and its biodiversity importance rests on its food-plant status for over 30 insect species. Continue reading...
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Pond snails

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
04 July 2012 at 10:22
[...] pond snails are much more delicate than their terrestrial counterparts — slimmer and more elegant. Continue reading...
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Parakeets

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
20 June 2012 at 11:45
[...] when a flock of ring-necked parakeets screech their way over the chimney pots, I may as well be looking up at a squadron of flying saucers. They are so very alien. Continue reading...
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Giant beetles

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
06 June 2012 at 11:57
Sitting in the kitchen, chatting to teenage daughter before bed, she suddenly interrupted the conversation with: “That was a stag beetle, wasn’t it?” Continue reading...
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Rosemary leaf beetle

By Richard Jones in Grow & eat
22 May 2012 at 09:18
The rosemary beetle is so deliciously beautiful, how could it possibly be considered a garden pest? Continue reading...
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Wasps and cuckoo bees

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
08 May 2012 at 17:39
[...] as soon as the sun leaks through the cloud, I latch onto any movement in the garden. I’m relieved that, today, it’s wasps and bees. Continue reading...
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Holly blue butterflies

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
25 April 2012 at 13:15
There is a touching courtship going on around the ivy hedge; the holly blues are playing kiss chase in the sunshine. Continue reading...
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Red squirrels

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
10 April 2012 at 15:45
[...] it has become a tradition of this blog that I bemoan the inadequacies of holiday cottage gardens. Well, we've outdone ourselves this time. Continue reading...
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