Category Archives: Botany

A pond update

So it’s been a while since the last update and I thought it’d maybe be interesting to see what’s been happening.

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The wildlife pond acquires plants, and wildlife!

A couple of weeks on and most of the plants have arrived and now been placed, at least temporarily, in the pond. What’s brilliant is that this has almost immediately attracted wildlife in.

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Creating a pond – Part 5

So we come to the final task in terms of building this pond – using cobbles to add structure.

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New Earswick Nature Reserve

As a key principle of self-isolation is that we shouldn’t be travelling too far, and just having this once-a-day outdoor exercise, it means I’m going to spend a lot more time along the local stretch of the river. It also … Continue reading

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A project for self-isolation – Part Two

So, yesterday I announced I’d be spending the next few weeks/months working on a long-planned project in the garden. It’s one that’s perfect for this blog, because I’m finally going to put a wildlife pond in. I’m going to then … Continue reading

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The Isles of Scilly: The Wrap-up Part 2

In the previous post we were looking up and out, seeing those great views that big skies and big seas draw from us all at some deeper level. But that can mean we miss the little things. So this post … Continue reading

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The Isles of Scilly: The Wrap-up Part 1

I did start to post some blogs after my trip to the Scillies last year, but after posting part one and part two, I just lost all time for getting the rest up. So this is a bit of a … Continue reading

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Save Askham Bog – Get involved

There are plenty of great examples of how conservation and development can work well together. But at other times, it can seem like nobody is ever really listening. Here in York a developer has expressed the intent to build 500 … Continue reading

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Dragonflies on the Foss

One great thing about this time of year is that there are plenty of dragonflies around, even given the limited water on many sites. A Sunday stroll revealed plenty hunting over the local river, the Foss.

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30 Days Wild – Day 7 – Sunset over Wheldrake Ings

As it was a glorious evening, I decided to go have a couple of hours wandering round Wheldrake Ings. I hoped I might get lucky and spot a barn owl. We’ll see how that worked out later.

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