Category Archives: Nature Notes

Countryfile

On Sunday 30 April, Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve will be on BBC’s ‘Countryfile’.  The programme is aired at 7 pm, and more information can be found here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08pnvmg. We expect to be no more than … Continue reading

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Waking After Winter

As the days grow warmer and longer, some of the creatures who have been hibernating at Sun Rising are waking.  Here’s a beautiful picture taken by David of a small tortoiseshell on goat willow catkins, taken by the pond.   This … Continue reading

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Sunrise in Frost

Many ask why we named the burial ground Sun Rising.  Our answer is, of course, that it is a local name: the part of the Edge Hills escarpment behind us is called Sun Rising Hill, and the name felt appropriate, … Continue reading

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A Dove of Peace

A rather beautiful creature has been seen at Sun Rising over the last few weeks of the Christmas period: a perfect white dove.  This little fellow has brought real delight, with many families telling me wonderful stories – of the … Continue reading

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Winter

The transition into winter has crept in slowly this year, perhaps because the dry cold of November allowed autumn’s leaves to remain on the trees longer than usual.  Now, however, there’s no denying it: winter is here.  After clear starry … Continue reading

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Autumn Fungi

Fungi is one of nature’s celebrations that I have not even begun to study.  While it is possible to have an idea that a mushroom is this or that, I know enough to be fairly sure I’ll be wrong most … Continue reading

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Welcoming Autumn

Here in the heart of England, the colours of autumn have been breathtaking this year.  With so little wind and rain over the past few weeks, the leaves have had a chance to burst like fireworks into a thousand hues … Continue reading

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Autumn Mists

With some moments still of beautiful sunshine, it has almost been possible to hold onto the warmth of the year, but no more.  The songs of autumn are now filling the air.  Thick mists in the early morning are sometimes … Continue reading

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Hay Making

The wildflower meadow was mown this year using a small tractor and lovely local farmer and his very beautiful collie.  Sitting in the tractor cab, whenever they reached the end and backed up to turn and head down the row, … Continue reading

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Pink, Gold and Green

Great willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum) is one of those wayside and ruderal plants that many don’t even notice.  From late July and into August in this part of the world it lines the country lanes, especially where ditches retain water through … Continue reading

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