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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

MY 2019

Pet Hates

LAND YEO MAINTENANCE AND ENHANCEMENT

Bottle Tracking

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GARDEN GALLERY

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

 

Diary Entry May 17 Weather 17C, Sunny with scattered clouds, light winds and dry. Back to the Levels and a another sunny visit to RSPB Ham Wall Somerset.

Birds Sighted: Bittern, Blackbird, Blackcap, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Hobby, Jackdaw, Jay, Kingfisher, Lapwing, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Little Egret, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pochard, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Robin, Shoveler, Starling, Swift,  Tawny Owl (owlets), Tufted Duck, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren.

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

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Blue Tailed, Common Blue and Variable.

Dragonflies Sighted: Four Spot Chaser and Hairy.

 

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Diary Entry May13 Weather 16C, Sunny with scattered clouds, light winds and dry. A visit to Catcott Nature Reserves, Somerset.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Black Headed Gull, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Cuckoo, Goldfinch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, House Martin, Jackdaw, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Robin, Swallow, Swift, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren.

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

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Blue Tailed, Common Blue and Large Red.

Dragonflies Sighted: Hairy.

 

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Diary Entry May 07 Weather 24C, Sunny, calm winds and dry. A walk around Blagdon Lake, North Somerset. This time starting from the dam in a clockwise direction, lake was full with the spillway running.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Raven, Robin, Rook, Swallow, Woodpigeon and Wren.

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

 

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Diary Entry May 06  Weather 23C, Sunny, calm winds and dry. Another visit with the usual picnic lunch to Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, Somerset.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Grasshopper Warbler, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Hobby, House Martin, Jay, Kingfisher, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Raven, Reed Bunting, Robin, Swallow, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren. Bittern and Cuckoo heard.

Butterflies Sighted: Peacock and Red Admiral.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Blue Tailed, Large Red and Variable.

Dragonflies Sighted: Hairy

Other Sightings: Grass Snake (swimming).

 

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MY 2019

 

JANUARY

A great pair of Goldeneye at Blagdon Lake, Blagdon, North Somerset.

 

FEBRUARY

A gathering of Goosander near the Land Yeo Outfall, Clevedon Sea Defences, Clevedon, North Somerset.

 

MARCH

The return of Brimstone butterflies to my Clevedon, North Somerset, Garden

 

APRIL

 Amorous Adders mating near Charterhouse Pool, North Somerset.

 

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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 Traveled         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

Date Launched             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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