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August 2016

Posted by admin on August 16, 2016 in Uncategorized
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It’s Harvest time! I love this time of year, the constant noise of the tractors and combine harvesters busy in the fields and then the change in landscape- from waist high wheat to stubble fields.
You can feel the change of season is on it’s way.
We’re lucky to have had such a fantastic summer- it’s been dry with sunshine and dramatic sun sets in the evening.

I’m starting to see butterflies on my Buddleia, mainly the Red Admiral but I’ll keep my eye out for other pollinators. Bees have been very busy, particularly in my cat mint where there’s a constant buzzing.
Garden birds seem to have mainly vanished for the time being, but they’ll be back in early Autumn.

Lets hope this weather continues, although I hate to say it – we just need a little bit of rain…(Sorry)

May 2016

Posted by admin on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized
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The combination of sun and rain over the last few weeks has given Nature a growth spurt! Everything seems to be growing like mad, a lovely contrast to the greyness of Winter.
It’s a busy time for wild-life, particularly the birds who are either making their nests or collecting food for their first brood.
We have Great and Blue tits nesting in our garden and mining bees seem to have taken over our lawn!
Out walking you can hear the skylarks in the fields and it’s a good time to spot hares.
Isn’t Arkesden fantastic!

February 2016

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At last, cold frosty mornings and a low, bright winters sun shining all day- just how it should be! Some daffodils have been fooled into flowering, but are now feeling a bit sorry for themselves as it has coincided with the cold spell.
Snowdrops have opened and their milky white flowers look so pretty and delicate at a time of year when there is not much colour.
This week I saw two species of woodpecker; the great spotted and the green- both stunningly beautiful but with very different colours and markings.
If you’ve spotted any interesting wildlife in Arkesden- do let me know!

Winter – 2015

Posted by admin on January 26, 2016 in Uncategorized
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What a mild Autumn and unusually mild start to the Winter, gone are those frosty November mornings!

This is a good time to look out for migratory birds such as the redwing and field fare.

Please don’t forget to put water and food out for the birds, but remember to clean your bird feeders to stop spreading diseases- this must be done every time they are re-filled.

For more information on this please see link to the RSPB website: – Link –

Help the hedgehogs!

Posted by admin on January 26, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Make your garden hedgehog friendly by:

  • Leaving 5inch gaps under fences to allow hedgehogs access to your garden, and encouraging your neighbours to do the same
  • Leave piles of loose leaves and sticks to provide hibernating and foraging habitat
  • Never using slug pellets – hedgehogs can do the job for you!
  • Never feed bread and milk to hedgehogs – if you want to provide food occasionally, meat (not fish) based cat or dog food is better
  • Check before lighting bonfires, strimming long grass or forking a compost heap to make sure you don’t disturb hedgehogs in residence

For more information on how you can help hedgehogs visit Hedgehog Street:

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