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|Animalia: Athropoda: Hexapoda: Insecta: Diptera: Syrphidae: Scaeva pyrastri| After a fairly dismal weekend the sun has been shining for the past 2 days, with surprising results. The garden has been full of hoverflies, with 6 different species and also in…

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I was mooching around the garden the other day, thinking it as time to cut the hedge, when I noticed a few marks on one of the leaves of an Aquilegia. I have not idea what the names of this strain is, but it’s almost certainly a mongrel. Looking closer…

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We recently had a short walk along the North Devon Coast from Sandy Cove to Mortehoe. This part of the coast is directly opposite Gower, where Aunty and I have already covered many miles. The cost here is different geology to Gower, with expansive slate…

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The weekend weather was glorious, a cloudless sky, temperatures in the mid 20s. What else could we do except spend the day at the seaside? And there are fewer beaches better than that at Llansteffan. And there’s a castle, what else could we need? There…

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The other day after work the sunshine encouraged to visit Solutia Meadows, Newport Wetlands. This is a series of wet meadows that is managed by the Gwent Wildlife Trust. It was hot, 30C, and so I was trying to walk slowly admiring the abundance of flowers…

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Another new moth in the light trap last weekend, and a smart one it is too. However, it took a little research and some help from my gurus on the Garden Moth Scheme Facebook page to get the identification confirmed. Hadena bicruris – Lynchis, is very…

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We have a pond in the garden, well calling it a pond can be a bit of an exaggeration, but it does have water and does attract ‘things’ to it. This weekend a flash of red passed my peripheral vision as I was cogitating about how warm it was for once. A…

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Each week I try to out out the moth trap on the lawn. I don’t always succeed, with work and weather conspiring together to prevent me doing so. But on the last day in May I was at home, and despite the rain I decided to try and see what was on the wing.…

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If you find a black and white bee in the garden it’s a good chance it’s an Ashy Mining-bee, Andrena cineraria. This is a striking beast, and one I’ve not found in the garden before. The female has two broad white hair bands across the front and hind of…

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  I’ve been away working for the past 2 weeks with very little time at home to check on what’s happening in the garden. When I got back late the other night I was informed that bees were swarming around a birdbox on the Rowan Tree that we share with the…
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