Category Archives: Nature Notes

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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Conversations

After such a cloudy and chilly summer so far, a few hot days can be hard to adjust to, but the heat does cause us to pause.  Like snow, it seems to cover the landscape, stilling it into a different … Continue reading

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The Hay Cut

There are occasions over the course of a year, managing a nature reserve and natural burial ground, that push against my instincts.  But the development of a nature reserve is about management: however much I would like to do so, … Continue reading

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Ghosts at Sun Rising

Last week, hundreds of ghosts were seen at Sun Rising : ghost moths!  These are beautiful little creatures, Hepialus humuli, the males are white, getting their name from their habit of hovering over grasses at dusk.  The females are a … Continue reading

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Serenity

The view through grasses has such a profound effect – taking the time to sit on the ground, or lie, and look at the world from the perspective of being 2 foot tall.  Is it about childhood days of careless … Continue reading

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A Thousand Greens

After the many hues of grey that colour our winter, then the very many different yellows that bring our landscape to life in spring, we are now moving into the season of green. The meadow at Sun Rising is so … Continue reading

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Spring Yellows

At this time of year we are moving between washes of yellow at Sun Rising.  After the primroses and daffodils come the lesser celandine and cowslips.  The dandelions are about to come into flower, and as they go to seed … Continue reading

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Spring Tasks

There are plenty of tasks in a nature reserve burial ground that need attention in the spring.  There is the compost heap to be turned, allowing last year’s floral tributes to compost in the warmth of the summer, and ensuring … Continue reading

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