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 GARDEN GALLERY

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

MY 2020

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 June 28 Weather 29C, Sunny with strong winds and dry. A very warm visit to Collard Hill, Somerset with a picnic lunch whilst watching Large Blue butterflies.

Butterflies Sighted: Common Blue, Green Veined White, Large Blue, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Small Heath and Small White.

Damselflies Sighted: Common Blue.

Dragonflies Sighted: Emperor and Hairy.

Moths Sighted: Cinnabar and Hummingbird Hawk-moth, Mint Moth and Silver Y.

 

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Diary Entry June 23 Weather 20C, Cloudy with calm winds and light rain. Back to Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve, Somerset with a picnic lunch at 30 Acre Hide and a RAF Red Arrows flyover whilst in Lake Hide..

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Blackcap, Black Headed Gull, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Cettis Warbler, Chiffchaff, Coot, Cormorant, Cuckoo, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Hobby, House Martin, Kingfisher, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Little Egret, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pheasant, Raven, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Swallow, Swift, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon and Wren. Bitterns heard.

Butterflies Sighted: Meadow Brown, Peacock and Red Admiral.

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

Dragonflies Sighted: Black Tailed Skimmer, Emperor and Hairy.

 

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Diary Entry June 21 Weather 19C, Sunny periods with scattered clouds, light winds and dry. First visit of 2019  to Stock Hill and Priddy Mineries, Somerset looking for Marbled Whites with a picnic lunch at Mineries Pool whilst observing Downy Emerald Dragonflies and Swallows.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Coot, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Moorhen, Raven, Reed Bunting, Swallow, Willow Warbler, and  Woodpigeon.

Butterflies Sighted: Common Blue, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Small Skipper and Small White but no Marble White.

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

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

Moths Sighted: Burnet Companion, Chimney Sweeper, Cinnabar, Five Spot Burnet, Forester and Mother Shipton.

Other Sightings: Common Lizard.

 

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Diary Entry June15 What has happened to the weather? An excess of rain and wind, low day and night time temperatures and very little sun on the garden. To date during June from the 15 rain days I have collected 122.40mm of rain from my garden rain gauge.

 

Have been kept indoors most of this month watching Herring Gulls taking the fish from the garden pond which is only a couple of metres from my patio door.

 

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The only good news this month was the fledging of the Blue Tit chicks from their nest box on the garage wall.

 

Herring Gulls will now be added to my list of garden pests along with Wood Pigeons who damage the fruit and branches of my Apple tree. They also hog and pollute the bird bath.

 

My early start to gardening this year has been a waste of time, the Runner Beans and the Tomatoes are struggling with the unusually low temperatures.

 

Whilst I have been picking Strawberries since the last week in May, June's  poor weather has reduced my anticipated crop size making it very unlikely that there will be any Strawberry Jam this year.

 

 

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MY 2020

 

JANUARY

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

 

FEBRUARY

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

 

MARCH

Butterflies back in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

APRIL

 Peaceful with no aircraft noise (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 and percussion drills and hammers to mention a few.

 

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

 

MAY

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

 

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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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