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February 2017

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I’ve been away for 10 days and have come back to what feels like spring! What a fantastic time of year. This morning in my garden I heard a frog croaking (looking for a mate I think) I saw butterflies, bees and sparrows with bits of feathers in their beaks starting to make their nests. The wildlife has been busy today!
While out walking I could hear the sound of skylarks and I saw yellowhammers in the fields. The lesser celandine is now flowering and along with the snowdrops gives a lovely splash of colour to the roadsides.
I love this time of year!

Winter – January 2017

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Happy New Year! Well, it most definitely feels like winter, and there’s even been a sprinkling of snow.
I’ve spotted a lot of field fares this winter, usually on the arable fields, but on occasion in my garden, pecking at the remains of the fallen apples under the apple tree.
They are large, colourful thrushes, a little like mistle thrushes in behaviour and size. They normally arrive in the UK in October and their numbers increase as winter progresses.
On my bird-feeders this winter there’s mainly been blue and great tits, house sparrows, robins and the odd chaffinch and gold finch. I also see a lot of wrens, they like to hang out my the garden pond.
Make sure you remember to feed the birds in this cold spell- and also remember to regularly clean your bird feeders and put out water.
28th to 30th Jan is the RSPB bird count- do get involved, see link for more info https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch
Happy wild life watching!

August 2016

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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

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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!

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