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Slug sex

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
It may sound like a bit of a joke, but slugs are the supreme sexual acrobats, and their mating gyrations are sensuous well beyond the limits of their apparently simple slimy bodies. Continue reading...

Fox droppings

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
02 September 2010 at 10:27
The foxes of East Dulwich are particularly well fed. I can tell this for sure, because I have been able to examine, very closely, what comes out of the other end of the fox. Continue reading...

Dead thrushes and the bloody nose beetle

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
To Soicherons, Villars-Dompierre, in the Cote d'Or region of France for two weeks and the wildlife here is subtly different to that in East Dulwich. Continue reading...

Moths and bats

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
... it was no surprise to see the large dark outline of what was probably an old lady flapping past. What was a surprise was the sudden swoop of an animated black handkerchief... Continue reading...


By Richard Jones in Wildlife
Frogs always cause a hullabaloo in our garden and this one was soon surrounded by curious children, wondering where it had come from, and what they were to do about it. Continue reading...

Building a pond

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I've been building, not so much a garden pond, as a playground pond. And the first problem with playgrounds is that they are all-over tarmac. Continue reading...

National Insect Week

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
It's National Insect Week, so I'm obliged to mention insects at every opportunity. Organised by the Royal Entomological Society, its aim is to promote the study of insects... Continue reading...

Urban foxes

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
I think we have foxes living under our garden shed. I first noticed the scratching in the soil a week or so ago. It didn’t look like very much excavation had occured... Continue reading...

Cuckoo spit

By Kate Bradbury in Wildlife
Yesterday I discovered cuckoo spit on my red valerian (Centranthus ruber). It's considered a pest by many gardeners, but, for me, it's a symbol of great achievement... Continue reading...

The greater bulb fly

By Richard Jones in Wildlife
In the bright heat of this week's baking sunlight, a buzz of black and orange fur announces the arrival of what I think is one our cuddliest hoverflies. Continue reading...