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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

MY 2021

Pet Hates

LAND YEO MAINTENANCE AND ENHANCEMENT

Bottle Tracking

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GARDEN GALLERY

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

 

APRIL 2020

 

April's Weather with 33.8mm of rainfall and 23 rain free days was brighter, considerably drier and slightly less windy than March 2020.

April 17 was the wettest day with 9.4mm of rainfall.

 

April's average daily low temperature was 7.1C

April's average daily temperature was 12.1C

April's average daily high temperature was 17.7C

April 01 produced the lowest temperature of 0.5 Min.

April 9 produced the highest temperature of 25.1C Max.

 

April's Average wind direction was from the East with a daily average wind speed of 2.3 MPH.

April's average daily wind gust was 2.9 MPH.

April 21 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 25.5 MPH.

 

April's average daily UV Index was 5.4

April 17 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 1.9

April 26 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 6.6

 

Diary Entry April 23 Weather 7.9C Min, 21.5C Max. Sunny with winds from the North North East averaging 3.3 MPH and gusting to 14.0 Max with no rain.

Out of the garden for a little afternoon exercise walking from home to Walton Common Nature Reserve via Ladye Bay, the Clevedon to Portishead Coastal Path and return, a 7 mile round trip. Few people were encountered and when necessary social distancing was practiced.

 

Please can the Avon Wildlife Trust confiscate their workers and volunteers chain saws before they have felled all the trees and removed all the vegetation on the common. The wildlife habitation continues to fall whilst they continue to apply their management to the common.

 

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Buzzard, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Curlew, Dunnock, Great Tit, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Magpie, Robin, Swallow, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small White and Speckled Wood.

 

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Diary Entry April 19 Weather 9.4C Min, 17.2C Max. Sunny with winds from the North North East averaging 3.1 MPH and gusting to 18.2 Max with no rain.

Back in the garden again and the first sighting this year of a damselfly which happened to be a Large Red.

 

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Diary Entry April 16 Weather 6.4C Min, 21.8C Max. Sunny with winds from the North East averaging 1.0 MPH and gusting to 13.2 Max with no rain.

Our annual springtime visit to Charterhouse , Blackmoor Reserve and The Forest of Avon, Somerset where Dandelion flowers were gathered for winemaking from the Hazel Manor woodland.

(So we broke the guidelines for driving to a place to exercise but we encountered nobody whilst gathering Dandelion flowers, more than we can say about exercising by walking along the Clevedon Sea Defences as we did yesterday.)

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Coot, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Raven, Robin, Swallow, Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Speckled Wood.

 

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Diary Entry April 15 Weather 2.5C Min, 19.2C Max. Sunny with winds from the North North East averaging 0.9 MPH and gusting to 12.7 Max with no rain.

Managed to escape from the garden again for a little exercise walking along the Land Yeo bank down to the Clevedon Sea Defences and returning via the Blind Yeo.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Lapwing, Little Egret, Moorhen, Rockpipit, Shelduck, Skylark, Starling, Wood Pigeon and Wren.

 

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Diary Entry April 08 Weather 10.5C Min, 21.8C Max. Mostly sunny with winds from the North North East averaging 0.8 MPH and gusting to 7.8 Max with no rain.

Another pleasant day in this time in the 'secret garden' cutting the grass and trimming the hedge being careful to avoid the cowslips and polyanthus growing in the grass.

A good day for butterflies with the first sighting in the garden this year of an Orange Tip Butterfly and more sightings of a Brimstone, Holly Blue, Peacock, Small White and Speckled Wood and more Bee Flies.

 

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While trimming the hedge which follows the bank of the Land Yeo my attention was drawn to activity on and in the river, looking down a Mallard duck accompanied by at least 21 ducklings came into view. Continuing to watch my eyes caught sight of 3 Pike which appeared to be shadowing the ducklings progress up stream.

 

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Later, at dusk the first sighting this year of Bats circling the garden pond and garden searching for and feeding on flying insects.  

 

 

Diary Entry April 07 Weather 3.8C Min, 16.7C Max. Hazy sunshine with winds from the North North West averaging 0.8 MPH and gusting to 7.8 Max with no rain.

Another pleasant day in the garden cutting the grass and trimming the Holly bush.

 First sighting in the garden this year of a Holly Blue Butterfly and more sightings of a Small White Butterfly and Bee Flies.

 

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Diary Entry April 06 Weather 6.0C Min, 14.9C Max. Sunny with winds from the West South West averaging 2.1 MPH and gusting to 17.3 Max with 0.48mm of overnight rain.

Another pleasant day in the garden sorting the overwintered Fuchsia and Pelargonium cuttings ready for planting out. Blue Bells in the border were seen in flower.

 First sighting in the garden this year of a Speckled Wood Butterfly. More sightings of Brimstone, Peacock and Small White Butterflies and Bee Flies.

 

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Later for exercise I made an excursion on bicycle to Kingston Seymour via the Clevedon Sea Defences where Skylark, Lapwing and Shelduck were sighted.

 

 

Diary Entry April 04 Weather 5.8C Min, 14.5C Max. Sunny with winds from the North East averaging 2.0 MPH and gusting to 14.5 Max with no rain.

First sightings in the garden this year of a Swallow and more sightings of Peacock and Red Admiral Butterflies and Bee Flies.

 

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Diary Entry April 02 Weather 7.4C Min, 11.7C Max. Sunny with winds from the West averaging 3.8 MPH and gusting to 14.8 Max with no rain.

Another pleasant day in the garden making the most of the social distancing necessary because of the covid-19 pandemic. Spent the time sowing Runner Bean and Tomato seeds and  managed to pull the first Rhubarb of the year.

Managed to escape from the garden for a little exercise walking along the Land Yeo bank down to the Clevedon Sea Defences and returning via the Blind Yeo.

 

 

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MY 2021

 

The Year Weatherwise

A total of 188.9mm of rainfall and 45 rain free days.

The wettest day of the year was January 28 recorded with 20.7mm of rainfall.

The wettest month being January with 95.5mm of rain.

The driest month being March with 44.4mm of rain.

Highest daily average temperature of 14.8C was produced on March 31.

Lowest daily average temperature of -1.2C was produced on January 7.

The years highest temperature of 22.7C was recorded March 30.

The years lowest temperature of -3.3C was recorded on January 1.

The years average daily wind direction was from the South.

The years highest sustained wind speed was recorded at 23.18 MPH on March 11.

The years highest wind gust was recorded at 35.4 MPH on March 11.

The years daily average UV Index was 2.23

The years highest UV Index of 4.0 was last recorded on March 29.

The years last lowest UV Index of 0 was last recorded on February 23.

 

 

JANUARY

A rare appearance of a Green Woodpecker in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

January's Weather with 95.5mm of rainfall and 12 rain free days January was drier, colder, as windy but less cloudy than December 2020.

January 28 was the wettest day with 20.07mm of rainfall.

Snowfall occurred on January 24 and 31.

 

January's average daily low temperature was 2.4C.

January's average daily temperature was 4.8C.

January's average daily high temperature was 6.9C.

January's lowest daily average of -1.2 was produced on January 7.

January's highest daily average of 10.2C was produced on January 20.

January 1 produced the lowest temperature of -3.3C Min.

January 20 produced the highest temperature of 11.9C Max.

January's Average wind direction was from the South South East with a daily average wind speed of 2.5 MPH.

January's average daily wind gust was 3.1 MPH.

January 21 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 30.4 MPH.

 

January's average daily UV Index was 0.6.

January 31 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 0.0.

January 29 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 1.6.

 

FEBRUARY

Another appearance of the Green Woodpecker and Frogs spawning in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden and pond.

 

February's Weather with 49.2mm of rainfall and 13 rain free days February was drier, warmer, windier but less cloudy than January.

February 04 was the wettest day with 9.65mm of rainfall.

 

February's average daily low temperature was 3.2C.

February's average daily temperature was 6.2C.

February's average daily high temperature was 9.2C.

February's lowest daily average of -0.8 was produced on February 11.

February's highest daily average of 12.6C was produced on February 24.

February 11 produced the lowest temperature of -3.1C Min.

February 24 produced the highest temperature of 14.8C Max.

February's Average wind direction was from the South East with a daily average wind speed of 3.6 MPH.

February's average daily wind gust was 4.2 MPH.

February 19 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 33.1 MPH.

 

February's average daily UV Index was 1.7.

February 19 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 0.0.

February 28 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 2.6.

 

MARCH

 

Butterflies back in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

March's Weather with 44.4mm of rainfall and 20 rain free days March was drier, warmer, less windy and cloudy than February.

March 12 was the wettest day with 16mm of rainfall.

 

March's average daily low temperature was 4.5C.

March's average daily temperature was 8.0C.

March's average daily high temperature was 11.7C.

March's lowest daily average of 1.9C was produced on March 07.

March's highest daily average of 14.8C was produced on March 31.

March 07 produced the lowest temperature of -2.9C Min.

March 30 produced the highest temperature of 22.7C Max.

March's Average wind direction was from the South with a daily average wind speed of 2.7 MPH.

March's average daily wind gust was 3.4 MPH.

March  produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 35.5 MPH.

 

March's average daily UV Index was 2.7.

March 10 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 1.3.

March 29 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 4.0.

 

 

 

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PET HATES

I don't dislike cats but I hate their habits. They prowl gardens stalking and killing wildlife, fouling any cultivated garden area turning it into a minefield and making working in the garden at times an unpleasant experience.

Drivers who 'tailgate' to intimidate others into driving faster than they wish. Private Hire and Taxi drivers particularly in Bristol seem to be prone to this trait. From my observations they also appear to think that they have a dispensation which allows them to exceed speed limits.

Drivers who park on double yellow lines and the failure of authorities (having spent my taxes to locate them) to police the parking restrictions.

The number of 'potholes' in roads and if we are lucky their eventual ineffective repair.

Anonymous Community Speed Watch persons who in the interests of road safety stand behind their inappropriately parked vehicles in potholed and crumbling roads and point their 'gun' at cars driving well within the legal speed limit. Community Speed Watch persons, Local Authorities and Police Constabularies please examine your own contributions towards road safety.

Horse riders and cyclists who seem to think it is necessary to ride two abreast and obstruct other road users when they don't even pay for the privilege.

Cyclists who cycle on footpaths and roads during the hours of darkness without showing lights and having any means of warning of their presence.

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LAND YEO MAINTENANCE AND ENHANCEMENT

First Published May 2004 Revised August 2018

Any organisation working on, in, from or indeed using the river should be more considerate of the riverside owners and their riparian rights. Before the Environment Agency took more of an interest in the Land Yeo and the establishment of 'Land Yeo Friends' I had been maintaining and improving the river bank adjacent to my property. Yet, without consultation someone planted reeds along a stretch of the river bank which I own and to which I have riparian rights. Luckily the Mute Swans made quick work of rooting them out although a few remain to this day. On another occasion the much needed task of cutting back brambles overgrowing the river bank opposite the one I maintain was undertaken by someone who left some of the bramble cuttings on my bank for me to deal with. If anyone working on, in, from or using the river wishes to gain more friends and support then it's time they started communicating with affected riverside owners and those with riparian rights before they undertake activities likely to have an effect on them.

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BOTTLE TRACKING

Bottle Identification    My Find

Date Launched          Unknown

Time Launched          Unknown             

Location of Launch         Clevedon Pier, Clevedon, North Somerset, England.

Date Found             09-08-2012

Location Found          Kingston Seymour Sea Defences, North Somerset, England.

Distance Travelled          5km

Date of Re-Launch        19-08-2012

Time of Re-Launch         09:28

Location of Re-Launch   Sand Point Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

 

Bottle Identification    Master

DateLaunched          19-08-2012

Time Launched         09:28

Location of Launch     Sand Point, Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

 

 

Bottle Identification   1

Date Launched         27-08-2012

Time Launched         16:00

Location of Launch     Kingston Seymour Sea Defences North Somerset, England.

 

Bottle Identification   2

Date Launched         27-08-2012

Time Launched         16:00             

Location of Launch     Kingston Seymour Sea Defences North Somerset, England.

 

Bottle Identification    3

Date Launched         02-09-2012

Time Launched         09:15

Location of Launch      Sand Point, Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

 

 

Bottle Identification    4

Date Launched         02-09-2012

Time Launched         09:15

Location of Launch     Sand Point, Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

Date Found            14-10-2012

Location Found         Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

Distance Traveled      0km

Date of Re-Launch       ?

Time of Re-Launch       ?

Location of Re-Launch    ?

 

 

Bottle Identification    5

Date Launched         28-04-2013

Time Launched         12:47

Location of Launch      Kingston Seymour Sea Defences, Congresbury Yeo Outfall, North Somerset, England.

 

 

Bottle Identification     6

Date Launched          28-0402013

Time Launched          12:55

Location of Launch      Kingston Seymour Sea Defences, Congresbury Yeo Outfall, North Somerset, England.

 

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