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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

MY 2021

Pet Hates

LAND YEO MAINTENANCE AND ENHANCEMENT

Bottle Tracking

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

 

JUNE 2020

 

June's Weather with 94.21mm of rainfall and 12 rain free days was duller, considerably wetter and as windy as May 2020.

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

 

June's average daily low temperature was 12.4C

June's average daily temperature was 16.6C

June's average daily high temperature was 20.9C

June 7 produced the lowest temperature of 6.8 Min.

June 25 produced the highest temperature of 25.4C Max.

 

June's Average wind direction was from the South, South West with a daily average wind speed of 2.5 MPH.

June's average daily wind gust was 3.3 MPH.

June 11 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 30.1 MPH.

 

June's average daily UV Index was 6

June 03 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 1.6

June 21 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 7.2

 

Diary Entry June 24 Weather 14.8C Min, 31.7C Max. Sunny with winds from the North North East averaging 0.9 MPH and gusting to 12.7 Max with no rain. A very warm visit to Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, Somerset with a picnic lunch at Twenty Acre Lake.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Coot, Cormorant, Gadwall, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Tit, Great White Egret, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Little Egret, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Song Thrush, Robin, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Green Veined White, Large Skipper, Large White, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Red Admiral, Ringlet and Small White.

Damselflies Sighted: Azure, Banded Demoiselle, Blue Tailed and Common Blue.

Dragonflies Sighted: Broad Bodied Chaser, Black Tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, Emperor, Four Spotted Chaser, Hairy and Southern Hawker.

Other Sightings: Roe Deer.

 

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Diary Entry June 14 Trimming and tidying the garden hedge and bank of the Land Yeo which flows adjacent to my garden. Plan 'A' turned into Plan 'B' not long after I started due to the discovery of a Moorhen's nest containing eggs located in a patch of Yellow Flag Iris at the south end of the garden and river bank. Not to disturb the Moorhen I moved further north before starting work. It wasn't long before a couple of new families on the river came to inspect my handy work and to feed on the bank trimmings at the rivers edge. June 21 and the Moorhen was still attending the nest.

 

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Diary Entry June 9 Weather 9.2C Min, 19.4C Max., Sunny with scattered clouds, winds from the East averaging 1.20 MPH and gusting to 16.40 Max. and still no rain.  A visit to Catcott Nature Reserves, Somerset with a picnic lunch avoiding the  surveillance of the camera trap at the Amphitheatre.

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

 

 

 

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Cormorant, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Little Egret, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Mute Swan, Reed Bunting, Robin, Starling, Swift, Woodpigeon and Wren.

Butterflies Sighted: Brimstone, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell and Small White.

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

Dragonflies Sighted: Broad Bodied Chaser, Emperor, Four Spotted Chaser and Hairy.

Moths Sighted: Cinnabar.

 

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Earlier the garden camera trap sited on 25/05/2020 was checked for captured images of a Hedgehog suspected of visiting the garden. To our surprise after two weeks of nothing but videos of neighbours cats and Woodpigeons the camera was triggered and a short video captured the 02.00am visit of a Hedgehog to the garden.

 

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MY 2021

 

The Year Weatherwise

A total of 310.4 mm of rainfall and 79 rain free days.

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

The wettest month being May with 108.7mm of rain.

The driest month being April with 12.6mm of rain.

Highest daily average temperature of 16.9C was produced on May 31.

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

The years highest temperature of 23.7C was recorded May 31.

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

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

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

The years highest wind gust was recorded at 42.0 MPH on May 21.

The years daily average UV Index was 2.79

The years highest UV Index of 6.3 was last recorded on May 22.

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.

 

APRIL

A Fox and Hedgehog image caught by the camera trap in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

April's Weather with 12.6mm of rainfall and 26 rain free days April was drier with colder nights, less wind and cloud than March.

April 28 was the wettest day with 8.9mm of rainfall.

 

April's average daily low temperature was 3.3C.

April's average daily temperature was 8.3C.

April's average daily high temperature was 13.2C.

April's lowest daily average of 4.8C was produced on April 06.

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

April 04 produced the lowest temperature of 0.1C Min.

April 23 produced the highest temperature of 19.6C Max.

April's Average wind direction was from the South, South East with a daily average wind speed of 2.4 MPH.

April's average daily wind gust was 2.8 MPH.

April 06 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 22.1 MPH.

 

April's average daily UV Index was 4.0.

April 01 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 2.0.

April 09 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 5.0.

 

 

MAY

Bats, Swallows and Swifts back overflying my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

May's Weather with 108.7mm of rainfall and 8 rain free days May was wetter, windier but less cloudy than April.

May 08 was the wettest day with 17.0mm of rainfall.

 

May's average daily low temperature was 7.8C.

May's average daily temperature was 11.5C.

May's average daily high temperature was 15.7C.

May's lowest daily average of 8.3C was produced on May 05.

May's highest daily average of 16.9C was produced on May 31.

May 02 produced the lowest temperature of 2.0C Min.

May 31 produced the highest temperature of 23.7C Max.

May's Average wind direction was from the South, South West with a daily average wind speed of 3.0 MPH.

May's average daily wind gust was 3.9 MPH.

May 21 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 42.0 MPH.

 

May's average daily UV Index was 4.8.

May 13 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 1.8.

May 22 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 6.3.

 

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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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