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Guest Blogs

Woodland Birds Creative Writing

Woodland Birds Creative Writing Even if you've never been to Northamptonshire, there is a good chance you've heard of Rockingham Forest. This was once a hunting forest covering over a third of the county; it now exists in isolated patches dotted through a farmed landscape, giving people like me the opportunity to walk in nature...

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Crafty Pine Martens!

We recently ran a creative workshop as part of our Pine Marten Project to make feeder boxes for Pine Martens at National Trust’s Cragside in Northumberland. What exactly are feeder boxes? They are wooden boxes which can be filled with food, such as peanuts, and installed on a tree. A camera trap can be trained...

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Red-hemp Nettle

  Red-hemp Nettle It’s a cool blustery day at the end of September and whilst there’s still no immediate sign of colour change in the trees, there is an autumnal feel in the air. We’ve had a good long season of surveying this year, as we started early with such a dry and bright spring....

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Rare Lichen at Burnham Beeches

Rare Lichen at Burnham Beeches Burnham Beeches had been pretty much written off as unimportant for lichens as it was assumed pollution from London would have led to the demise of interesting species.  One particularly important species – the Pox lichen (Pyrenula nitida) – was known to survive, but only on one dead Beech tree....

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Chequered Skipper Caterpillar Find!

Chequered Skipper caterpillar find! Over the last couple of years, I have been  involved with the volunteer monitoring of the Chequered Skipper release in Rockingham Forest, firstly with the adult butterflies brought in from Belgium , and then with the butterflies that had emerged from those first adults. Later in the first year we had...

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Small Flowered Catchfly – Guest Blog

Small Flowered Catchfly Primarily focused on attracting dog walkers to enjoy acres of space where dogs can run free, Dawlish Countryside Park has begun its mission to combat increasing pressure from visitors at nearby sensitive wildlife sites.  Some may think of it as a sacrificial site, but look closer and you will discover there is...

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Weeds or the Key to Survival? – Guest Blog

Arable plants: weeds, or the key to the survival of our farmland wildlife? Arable land cultivated for crops like cereals, potatoes, broccoli or daffodils is part of the farming landscape, but what does the term arable conjure up for you? Whether you picture a romantic vision of scarlet Poppies and bright blue Cornflowers dotted about...

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Working with Arable Plants – Guest Blog

Working with Arable Plants – Guest Blog  Walking along a footpath through a typical cornfield, it is easy to see why someone may be rather nonplussed by arable plants. An occasional creeping thistle or bindweed that has missed the spray boom, may be all that is visible amongst a mono-culture of wheat or barley. Even...

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Arable Memories – Lost Flowers!

Not only have we lost the flowers … My mother who was born in 1924 was keen on wildflowers and had a wildflower book (a school prize for her ‘fieldwork’) in which she ticked off all the wildlflowers she had seen. Under her guidance I too became interested in wild plants from an early age,...

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