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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

MY 2020

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

 

January 2020's Weather

With 84mm of rainfall and 8 rain free days January was drier, warmer, less windy and cloudy than December 2019.

January 9 was the wettest day with 15mm of rainfall.

 

January's average daily temperature was 7.3C

January's average daily high temperature was 10.0C

January's average daily low temperature was 5.0C

January 14 produced the highest temperature of 14.6C Max.

January 19 produced the lowest temperature of -1.4C Min.

 

January's Average wind direction was from the South West with a daily average wind speed of 2.2 MPH.

January's average daily wind gust was 2.8 MPH.

January 16 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 33.7 MPH.

 

January's average daily UV Index was 1.6

January 18 produced the highest daily UV Index of 2.1

January 16 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 0.0

 

 

Diary Entry January 29 Weather 6C Min, 10.3C Max, Sunny AM, Cloudy PM winds from the West at 11.4 MPH gusting to 16.3 with no rain. Another walk at Blagdon Lake, North Somerset with a picnic lunch overlooking the lake . The spillway was running, not surprising given the 326mm of rain that fallen in the last 3 months. The intention was to walk around the lake but due to the extremely wet and muddy conditions this  plan was abandoned. Note - The footbridge immediately before the right hand footpath through All Saints Wood leading to Butcombe Bay is in the process of being replaced.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Coot, Cormorant, Goldcrest, Golden Eye, Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Jay, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Pheasant, Pochard, Robin, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon and Wren. Tawny Owl heard.

 

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Diary Entry January 26 Weather 7.1C Min, 10C Max, Cloudy, winds from the South at 10 MPH gusting to 15 with rain showers.

It's the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch weekend, not that I shall be submitting any sightings.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird 2, Black Headed Gull 4, Carrion Crow 2, Collared Dove 2, Dunnock 1, Herring Gull 2, House Sparrow 8 Jackdaw 2, Magpie 1, Mallard 1, Moorhen 1, Robin 1, Woodpigeon 3 and Wren 1.

 

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Diary Entry January 20 Weather -1.3C Min, 10C Max, Cloudy, calm winds and dry. A frosty visit to Catcott Nature Reserves, Somerset with a picnic lunch at the Amphitheatre whilst under the surveillance of what I assumed to be a camera trap.

 (NO CAMERA WARNING SIGNAGE of its existence and use in its vicinity Somerset Wildlife Trust !)

 

 

 

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cattle Egret, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pied Wagtail, Pintail, Robin, Shoveler, Song Thrush, Starling, Stonechat, Teal, Wigeon, Woodpigeon and Wren.

 

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Diary Entry January 01 Weather 6C Min, 9C Max, Cloudy with a light breeze and dry. A New Years Day visit to Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, Somerset with picnic lunch at North Hide. Tower Hide footpath loop was flooded near the hide making it impossible to negotiate the footpath and keep your feet dry without wellington boots.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goosander, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Jackdaw, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Reed Bunting, Robin, Shoveler, Starling, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Woodpigeon and Wren.

 

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MY 2020

 

The Year Weatherwise

A total of 1012.1mm of rainfall and 162 rain free days.

The wettest day of the year was recorded October 2 with 37.3 mm of rainfall.

The wettest month being October with 162.3mm of rain.

The driest month being May with only 5.01mm of rain.

Highest daily average temperature of 25.4C was produced on June 25.

Lowest daily average temperature of 1.8C was produced on January 21.

The years highest temperature of 32.4C was recorded June 25.

The years lowest temperature of -1.4C was recorded on January 19.

The years average daily wind direction was from the South, South West.

The years highest sustained wind speed was recorded at 26.59 MPH on February 15.

The years highest wind gust was recorded at 43.62 MPH on February 16.

The years daily average UV Index was 3.8

The years highest UV Index of 8.2 was recorded on May 14.

The years lowest UV Index of 0 was last recorded on December 30.

 

 

JANUARY

A group of Goosander at Blagdon Lake, Blagdon, North Somerset.

 

January's Weather with 84mm of rainfall and 8 rain free days January was drier, warmer, less windy and cloudy than December 2019.

January 9 was the wettest day with 15mm of rainfall.

 

January's average daily temperature was 7.3C

January's average daily high temperature was 10.0C

January's average daily low temperature was 5.0C

January 14 produced the highest temperature of 14.6C Max.

January 19 produced the lowest temperature of -1.4C Min.

 

January's Average wind direction was from the South West with a daily average wind speed of 2.2 MPH.

January's average daily wind gust was 2.8 MPH.

January 16 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 33.7 MPH.

 

January's average daily UV Index was 1.6

January 18 produced the highest daily UV Index of 2.1

January 16 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 0.0

 

FEBRUARY

 A pair of Pochard at Westhay Moor Nature Reserve, Somerset.

 

February's Weather with 143mm of rainfall and 5 rain free days was considerably wetter, a little warmer, windier but less cloudy than January providing little incentive to venture outside the house.

February 28 was the wettest day with 17.02mm of rainfall.

 

February's average daily temperature was 7.8C

February's average daily high temperature was 10.6C

February's average daily low temperature was 5.0C

February 09 produced the highest temperature of 14.0C Max.

February 06 produced the lowest temperature of -0.5C Min.

 

February's Average wind direction was from the South West with a daily average wind speed of 4.6 MPH.

February's average daily wind gust was 6.2 MPH.

February 16 produced the highest wind speed of 43.6 MPH.

 

February's average daily UV Index was 2.5

February 23 produced the highest daily UV Index of 3.7

February 15 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 1.2

 

MARCH

Butterflies back in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

March's Weather with 66.3mm of rainfall and 14 rain free days was considerably drier, a little cooler, less windy and cloudy than February.

March 15 was the wettest day with 15.24mm of rainfall.

 

March's average daily temperature was 7.6C

March's average daily high temperature was 11.3C

March's average daily low temperature was 4.1C

March 25 produced the highest temperature of 17.5C Max.

March 06 produced the lowest temperature of -0.1C Min.

 

March's Average wind direction was from the South South East with a daily average wind speed of 3.8 MPH.

March's average daily wind gust was 4.7 MPH.

March 28 produced the highest wind speed of 31.7 MPH.

 

March's average daily UV Index was 3.9

March 30 produced the highest daily UV Index of 5.4

March 19 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 1.5

 

APRIL

 Peaceful with no aircraft noise due to Coronavirus-19 Lockdown 2. (Bristol Airport take note) but noisy neighbours (North Somerset Council take note) did their best to break the silence with their power tools whilst undertaking their DIY and building projects. Cement mixer, percussion drills and hammers to mention a few.

 

The return of Bats and Swallows to the skies above my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

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

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

 

April's average daily temperature was 12.1C

April's average daily high temperature was 17.7C

April's average daily low temperature was 7.1C

April 11 produced the highest temperature of 25.1C Max.

April 01 produced the lowest temperature of 0.5C Min.

 

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

April's average daily wind gust was 2.9 MPH.

April 21 produced the highest wind speed of 25.7 MPH.

 

April's average daily UV Index was 5.4

April 26 produced the highest daily UV Index of 6.6

April 17 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 1.9

 

MAY

 A marvellous Mandarin Duck on the Land Yeo adjacent my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

May's Weather with 5.0mm of rainfall and 26 rain free days was considerably drier, a little warmer, a little windier but less cloudy than April.

May 01 was the wettest day with 1.78mm of rainfall.

 

May's average daily temperature was 14.2C

May's average daily high temperature was 19.4C

May's average daily low temperature was 9.1C

May 31 produced the highest temperature of 27.1C Max.

May 12 produced the lowest temperature of 1.2C Min.

 

May's average wind direction was from the South South East with an average daily wind speed of 2.7 MPH.

May's average daily wind gust was 3.3 MPH.

May 11 produced the highest wind speed of 27.2 MPH.

 

May's average daily UV Index was 6.47

May 14 produced the highest daily UV Index of 8.2

May 3 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 2.5

 

JUNE

 A Hedgehog in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden captured on camera by a recently sited camera trap.

 

June's Weather with 94.2 mm of rainfall and 12 rain free days was considerably wetter, a little warmer, less windy but more cloudy than Mays.

June 18 was the wettest day with 19.05mm of rainfall.

 

June's average daily temperature was 16.3C

June's average daily high temperature was 20.8C

June's average daily low temperature was 12.3C

June 25 produced the highest temperature of 32.4C Max.

June 7 produced the lowest temperature of 6.8C Min.

 

June's average wind direction was from the South with an average daily wind speed of 2.5 MPH.

June's average daily wind gust was 3.3 MPH.

June 11 produced the highest wind speed of 30.1 MPH.

 

June's average daily UV Index was 5.98

June 1 produced the highest daily UV Index of 7.2

June 3 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 1.6

 

JULY

 An adventurous Adder crossing the Monarch's Way footpath at Priddy Mineries, Somerset.

 

July's Weather with 50.3 mm of rainfall and 15 rain free days was considerably drier, a little warmer, as windy but less cloudy than June.

July 19 was the wettest day with 8.1mm of rainfall.

 

July's average daily temperature was 17.1C

July's average daily high temperature was 20.9C

July's average daily low temperature was 13.9C

July 31 produced the highest temperature of 30.4C Max.

July 11 produced the lowest temperature of 8.9C Min.

 

July's average wind direction was from the West with an average daily wind speed of 2.5 MPH.

July's average daily wind gust was 3.3MPH.

July 5 produced the highest wind speed of 25.2 MPH.

 

July's average daily UV Index was 6.30

July 6 produced the highest daily UV Index of 7.9

July 7 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 3.6

 

AUGUST

A garden flyover by a formation of 12 noisy Canada Geese.

 

August's Weather with 140.0 mm of rainfall and 14 rain free days was considerably wetter, a little warmer, as windy but more cloudy than July.

August 27 was the wettest day with 32.3mm of rainfall.

 

August's average daily temperature was 17.95C

Augusts's average daily high temperature was 22.1C

August's average daily low temperature was 14.8C

August 12 produced the highest temperature of 31.9C Max.

August 31 produced the lowest temperature of 8.5C Min.

 

August's average wind direction was from the South with an average daily wind speed of 2.3 MPH.

August's average daily wind gust was 3.1MPH.

August 25 produced the highest wind speed of 35.11 MPH.

 

August's average daily UV Index was 4.96

August 1 produced the highest daily UV Index of 6.6

August 15 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 1.3

 

 

SEPTEMBER

A late sighting of a hunting Hobby at Canada Farm Lake, Shapwick Heath, Somerset.

 

September's Weather with 27.9 mm of rainfall and 21 rain free days was considerably drier, a little cooler, as windy but more cloudy than August.

September 30 was the wettest day with 17.0mm of rainfall.

 

September's average daily temperature was 15.3C

September's average daily high temperature was 19.8C

September's average daily low temperature was 11.3C

September 14 produced the highest temperature of 28.6C Max.

September 28 produced the lowest temperature of 4.5C Min.

 

September's average wind direction was from the South, South West with an average daily wind speed of 2.2 MPH.

September's average daily wind gust was 2.8 MPH.

September 19  produced the highest wind speed of 24.1 MPH.

 

September's average daily UV Index was 3.56

September 5 produced the highest daily UV Index of 5.2

September 30 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 1.3

 

 

OCTOBER

Nine newly hatched Mallard ducklings on the Land Yeo, adjacent my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

October's Weather with 162.3mm of rainfall and 8 rain free days was considerably wetter, cooler, a little windier but more cloudy than September.

October 2 was the wettest day with 37.3mm of rainfall.

 

October's average daily temperature was 11.7C

October's average daily high temperature was 14.3C

October's average daily low temperature was 9.1C

October 20 produced the highest temperature of 17.5C Max.

October 18 produced the lowest temperature of 4.9C Min.

 

October's average wind direction was from the South, South West with an average daily wind speed of 2.7 MPH.

October's average daily wind gust was 3.6 MPH.

October 31 produced the highest wind speed of 31.5 MPH.

 

October's average daily UV Index was 2.1

October 8 produced the highest daily UV Index of 3.3

October 3 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 0

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

A Sparrowhawk in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

Peaceful with no aircraft noise due to Coronavirus-19 Lockdown 2. (Bristol Airport take note)

November's Weather with 63.2mm of rainfall and 8 rain free days was considerably drier, a little cooler, less windy but more cloudy than October.

November 14 was the wettest day with 8.3mm of rainfall.

 

November's average daily temperature was 8.6C

November's average daily high temperature was 12.7C

November's average daily low temperature was 6.6C

November 02 produced the highest temperature of 17.5C Max.

November 27 produced the lowest temperature of -0.9C Min.

 

November's average wind direction was from the South, South West with an average daily wind speed of 2.4 MPH.

November's average daily wind gust was 3.2 MPH.

November 11 produced the highest wind speed of 30.4 MPH.

 

November's average daily UV Index was 1.2

November 5 produced the highest daily UV Index of 1.9

November 30 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 0

 

DECEMBER

 

A Bumble Bee in my Clevedon North Somerset garden.

 

December's Weather with 141.08mm of rainfall and 8 rain free days was considerably wetter, a little cooler, as windy but more cloudy than November.

December 27 was the wettest day with 23.8mm of rainfall.

 

December's average daily temperature was 6.8C

December's average daily high temperature was 9.1C

December's average daily low temperature was 4.1C

December 18 produced the highest temperature of 13.0C Max.

December 31 produced the lowest temperature of -2.8C Min.

 

December's average wind direction was from the South, South West with an average daily wind speed of 2.2 MPH.

December's average daily wind gust was 2.9 MPH.

December 26 produced the highest wind speed of 38.4 MPH.

 

December's average daily UV Index was 0.46

December 21 produced the highest daily UV Index of 1.3

December 27 produced the lowest daily UV Index of 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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