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Guildford RSPB Announces Stunning Winners In 2022 Photo Competition

RSPB Guildford and District Local Group members had difficulty in picking a winner from all the stunning bird, wildlife and landscape photos in their annual photographic competition at their annual…

Beekeeper’s Notes: A little Surprise Turns Up On The Allotment

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon One of the great pleasures of beekeeping is the unexpected. A colony you are convinced has no queen suddenly starts to produce brood. A…

Giant Hunting Spiders Once Feared Extinct Discovered on Surrey MoD Site

After more than 25 years without a sighting, some of Britain’s largest and most endangered spiders have been rediscovered on a Ministry of Defence (MoD) training area in Surrey. Surrey…

Into the Wild: Guildford Activist Sleeps With Badgers to Raise Funds for Homeless Youth

James Miller, an environmental campaigner and nature documentary film-maker, spent a night with a badger sett, in a wood near Guildford to raise money for leading youth homeless charity Centrepoint.…

Established Nests of Merrow’s Swifts Saved by Guildford Conservation Group

A dispute over scaffolding blocking swifts migrating to their customary nests in a shared property in Merrow has been resolved to allow them clear entry. Sarah Davis and John Bannister,…

High Rise Accommodation Now Available in Shalford, If You Are Swift

By Martin Giles Passers-by in Shalford are noticing a new erection by the village green and questioning its purpose. It is a “Swift Tower” designed to attract summer visiting swifts…

Britain’s Most Bijou Butterfly Makes Comeback on North Downs

Rising from the rubble of a derelict sports ground, Britain’s smallest butterfly, the small blue, is making a comeback at Surrey Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserve, Priest Hill near Epsom,…

A Royal Visit

by Martin Giles When I heard the buzzing I thought another bumblebee had wandered in through the window and I got ready to usher it back outside. Then, when I…

Stag Hill By Name and Now Stag Hill By Nature

Stag Hill is believed to be so named because it was on the southern end of Forest of Windsor, reserved in medieval times for royal hunting parties. But since Guildford…

Two Tawny Owlets Rescued After 35-foot Drop From Nest

by Hugh Coakley Specialists rescuers from the Wildlife Aid Foundation performed a daring 35 foot (10m) climb up a swaying tree in Worplesdon to replace two one-week old tawny owlets…

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