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Category Archives: Nature Notes

Butterflies, Flowers and other wildlife and nature

Hedgehogs put a prick in HS2

Hedgehogs put a prick in HS2

What do ZSL Hedgehogs tell us about our perception of nature – are we bound by a romantic view of what and where nature should be?   Hedgehogs go where they want not where we want them too It would appear hedgehogs are ungrateful beasts. Regent’s Park is a vast wilderness that must just be… Continue Reading

Butterfly beauties on green roofs

Butterfly beauties on green roofs

Butterfly beauties do make it to the top of buildings with green roofs. The highest green roof in London installed back in 2005 attracted many insects species within a few weeks. Butterflies, five species in fact, were amongst those that found their way to the roof at 156m. Butterfly beauties – Common Blue   Last week, whilst… Continue Reading

Migrants – wildlondoncomp

Migrants flock to London each year. In the summer birds and insects migrate from the south. In the winter, many birds head here from north and east of Europe to escape the cold.  Yesterday I dealt with the immigrants that come and stay in London, both the wild ones and the human.  Likewise migrants, both… Continue Reading

Honey bee hunter stalks a heath near you

Honey bee hunter stalks a heath near you

 The honey bee has many natural predators. There is none more fascinating than the Bee wolf (Philathus triangulum). The bee wolf used to be relatively rare in the UK, limited to loose colonies on the Isle of Wight and a few locations along the south coast of England.     The Bee Wolf expansion across England… Continue Reading

Counting  butterflies on Blackheath

Counting butterflies on Blackheath

Counting butterflies is now a daily happening for on Blackheath. Or anywhere I might be, because it is time of year when the Big Butterfly Count happens. Butterflies – the big count I have been doing the count since its inception. And it is a great piece of citizen science. We, the citizen, get out there… Continue Reading

Owl Conservation Conundrum

Is the Tawny owl alien and invasive to Ireland?   Tawny owl is a pretty sedate creature. However reading Barn owls and voles in Ireland I was concerned to read : ‘And there’s a new and unexpected risk from yet another potential invader: Britain’s Tawny owl. Now I may not be correct, but when applied to nature,… Continue Reading