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Birdwatcher’s Diary No.243

By Malcolm Fincham Although overcast for the most part of the daylight hours on October 18, by late afternoon the clouds had shifted, allowing a few hours sunshine before sunset.…

Beekeeper’s Notes: It’s Been A funny Old Year

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon Every year around this time I find myself reflecting on the beekeeping year that’s gone. There isn’t much to do as the bees are…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.242

By Malcolm Fincham The feel of autumn was upon us. Although mild and sunny spells had returned, another high pressure system had moved in over the UK. Evenings were rapidly…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.241

By Malcolm Fincham High pressure continued into the second half of September bringing dry, settled, and even a few sunny spells of weather. Overdue for me, was a few trips…

Beekeeper’s Notes: The Astonishing Chelsea Flower Show

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon My better half and I had a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show last week. Not being much of a gardener, my observations were…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.240

By Malcolm Fincham The first day of September in metrological terms is the start of autumn. “Where did that time go?” I asked myself. All down hill to Christmas now…

Notice: Great Big Green Week Starts Saturday, September 18

Billed as ‘the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK’, the Great Big Green Week is starting on Saturday, September 18 with around 25 events and…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.239

By Malcolm Fincham As we entered into the last two weeks of August the weather had become settled. Temperatures stayed just below average for several days, and mostly overcast too.…

Beekeeper’s Notes: The Swarm That Decided To Leave

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon The “little surprise” that turned up on the allotment last month, a small swarm with a laying queen, decided that it wasn’t for them…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.238

By Malcolm Fincham Too late to squeeze into my previous report, but worthy of note, the last two days of July held a few new surprises. By and large occurring…