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Birdwatcher’s Diary No.272

By Malcolm Fincham Moving into the last two weeks of January, thankfully the prevailing wet westerly winds began to ease. Temperatures, however, fell to below average for the time of…

Beekeeper’s Notes: How Dare We Kill Insects in the Name of Commercial Interest

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon The government has given “emergency authorisation” to allow the banned neonicotinoid pesticide, deadly to bees, bumble bees and insects, on this year’s sugar beet…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.271 – New Year Spectacular!

By Malcolm Fincham The new year began as the old one ended weather wise, with a mild westerly flow continuing the currant theme. In spite of the weather New Year’s…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.270

By Malcolm Fincham Icy weather still remained beyond our doorsteps around the Surrey Hills for a few days as we entered the second half of December, as I continued my…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Why Bees Are Important

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon I’ve had a lovely email from 13-year-old Nat Sutton who lives in Guildford. He is doing a research project at school called “Do we…

Guildford Teen Wins Prize in RSPCA Youth Photo Competition

Eighteen-year-old Ben Hancock-Smith, from Guildford, has won a category first prize in this year’s RSPCA Young Photographer Awards. Ben’s image entitled ‘’Hovering” showing two small flies won the top spot…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.269

By Malcolm Fincham By the meteorological calendar the first day of winter is always December 1. Coincidently and simultaneously temperatures were continuing to slide bringing our first notable frosts. Fears…

Photo Feature: Cold Snap Brings Spectacular Frost Shapes

By Hugh Coakley The cold weather after the hottest November on record has given us some wonderful frost structures on plants, buildings and spiders’ webs. Here are a few on…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.268

By Malcolm Fincham Inclement Atlantic westerlies continued the theme for November as we drifted into the second half of the month. Despite the forecast, my wife and I took the…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Bees Live Four Times Longer In The Winter

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon It is probably the quietest time of the year for beekeepers. The bees are prepared for the winter, plenty of honey stores, a dry…

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