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Birdwatcher’s Diary No.263

By Malcolm Fincham A change in the weather had occurred, coinciding with the turn of the page of my calendar, as we entered the first days of September and the metrological…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.262

By Malcolm Fincham For reasons beyond my control, my vision of keeping fortnightly reports seem to lose synchronicity about this time of year. Once again I can only apologise for…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Don’t Kill Our Native Hornets Terrifying Though They Can Seem

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon I don’t know whether you have ever seen a hornet close up. They are huge, about half the size of your thumb. To see…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.261: Close Encounters Of The Red Kite Kind!

By Malcolm Fincham Apart from my usual ventures, much of my time since mid-June through to the last weeks of July had been taken up watching a pair of red…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.260

By Malcom Fincham As we moved into the second half of July temperatures began to rise once again above 30c. This included a couple of days close to 40c. As…

Beekeeper’s Notes: Bees Have Feelings Too

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon “Bees can count, recognise images of human faces and learn simple tool use and abstract concepts,” says Lars Chittka, professor of sensory and behavioural…

Exhibition At Dapdune Wharf Celebrates Photographers’ Vision

An exhibition of picture-perfect images is on show at the National Trust’s Dapdune Wharf in Guildford during August, writes the publicity secretary of the Woking Photographic Society, Len Walker. The…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.259

By Malcolm Fincham The forecast for the first two weeks of July were looking quite promising as a high pressure pushed into the UK from the Azores. In a the…

Wildfire Risk ‘Very High’ In Surrey As Global Warming Gets Local

“Take a picnic rather than a barbecue,” urges Surrey Wildlife Trust in the wake of recent heathland fires. And as Guildford basks in 30°C heat, the UK’s Wildlife Trusts Changing…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.258

By Malcolm Fincham As we entered into the last weeks of June a plume of hot Spanish air had pushed up as far as southern counties of the UK. Its…

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