Category: Short Snippets

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Tawny Mining Bee

We enjoyed a lovely walk at The Highams Park and Epping Forest today. The sun was shining, birds were singing and we discovered a cluster of Tawny Mining Bees nest holes in the ground....

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May is for Mayflies

River surveying in the Thames today we found several mayfly nymphs; aquatic juvenile mayflies equipped with gills for underwater living. Mayflies spend most of their lives in this form. The adult life of a...

Nesting Parakeets 0

Nesting Parakeets

Spring is here and the race is on to breed. Ringed-necked Parakeets are early breeders and they are normally well on their way before many of our native species begin thinking about where to...

Battling Moorhens 0

Battling Moorhens

The timid seeming Moorhen is actual a highly territorial bird. Keep an eye out for their battles at this time of year, as they establish breeding territories and fight over mates. The Moorhen attack...

Catkins in the wind 0

Catkins in the wind

  The hazel catkins, or lamb’s tails, are looking good at this time of year. Jan and Feb are the best time of year to see catkins, as they develop before the tree’s leaves....

Moments spent with Swans 0

Moments spent with Swans

Over the past couple of weeks, I have enjoyed some really lovely moments with London’s most graceful resident; the swan.¬†We are very lucky that such a beautiful and charismatic bird is happy to live...