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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2004, 10:33:19 am »
Trinity:  you say they would pay much attention until they hit one:  is that deer or sign ?  
An intriguing aspect of our area is the numbers of road signs that fail of old age/ lack of maintenance, don't get replaced, or "disappear" (including by wholesale dismantling, chucking in to the undergrowth ...  by "parties unknown")

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2004, 02:01:03 pm »
As the county sign for Hertfordshire is a Stag I would have thought everyone knew that the whole county is full of deer.
Mind you the place is full of townies ;) ;)
Most people would only be priveleged to see one alive just before they ran it over, like rabbits, they walk out and freeze. Splat. As usuall its driving too fast, if you hit a deer it could easily have been a human, makes you think.
Hert (Hart)/Ford= Deer/Crossing ( I think)
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #32 on: February 16, 2004, 02:37:52 pm »
I've just filled in a form at the HCC site and suggested a few signs with deer on to alert motorists not familiar with the area. Something like this would do.
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2004, 03:08:03 pm »
I think a sign would be a good idea.  On the A1000 I've seen dead badgers, hares, rabbits, pheasants, cats and this weekend a fallow deer.  What a shame!!
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2004, 11:26:19 pm »
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Trinity:  you say they would pay much attention until they hit one:  is that deer or sign ?  


The ambiguity was something that it occurred to me to fix, before hitting the "post" button.

Then I thought better of fixing it, because I'm not sure, either :-)

 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2004, 01:41:40 pm »
Just found a tunnel in my compost heap at the bottom of the garden. It's the first time I have been down there since last summer. The opening of the hole is about as big as a football, but it soon reduces to about eight inches across. The main chamber is to the bottom right of the opening in the picture below. Does anyone have any ideas of what could be living there. I suppose I had better leave it alone, whatever it is.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2004, 03:06:16 pm »
Lair of the notorious big cat of Hertfordshire!!!! ;)

 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #37 on: February 26, 2004, 04:44:09 pm »
Hedgehog?
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #38 on: February 26, 2004, 06:28:04 pm »
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Perhaps you are right Margaret, quite a few site suggest hedgehogs live in and near compost heaps because of their warmth and the insects that live in them.

http://www.wildlondon.org.uk/surveys/hedgehog.htm

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2004, 11:22:19 pm »
We found a hedgy in the bonfire heap last November, and relocated him to a patch of leaves, etc, nearby.

Just to remind people, before having the first bonfire of the year make sure you move all the material to one side beforehand to avoid cooking a little mite.

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ps What was that about bonfires?.....
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #40 on: April 09, 2005, 04:32:30 pm »
Anyone know what this is. It was in the garden this afternoon. About the size of a bee, but it hovers and darts and has a long proboscis.
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #41 on: April 10, 2005, 11:31:31 am »
No idea, but what fabulous photos!! :)
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #42 on: April 11, 2005, 10:13:08 am »
Ed,

See site below....

http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/insects/bombyliidae.htm

It's a Bombylius major of course!

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #43 on: April 11, 2005, 10:16:25 am »
Thanks ADM, I thought someone would know.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #44 on: April 11, 2005, 11:27:48 am »
Another forum user has mailed me through the site's feedback form to offer another link for this insect, which seems to also go by the name of a dark-edged bee fly.

http://www.essexfieldclub.org.uk/dark-edgedbeefly.htm

My main concern is whether they sting and, if they do, does it hurt.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #45 on: April 11, 2005, 01:43:19 pm »
Yes, very cool looking insect which resembles a hummingbird type bumblebee, but which is actually a fly called commonly a bee fly - Order Diptera, family Bombyliidae.

Lots of info here:
http://crawford.tardigrade.net/bugs/BugofMonth19.html

They're not very nice, being parasites. But being flies, I don't think they'll sting.  Harmless to humans.

 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #46 on: April 18, 2005, 09:10:29 am »
Have been getting a Muntjac deer in my garden quite a lot recently, first time in 26 years.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #47 on: April 18, 2005, 04:41:07 pm »
Strange you should mention the Deer in your garden, I had ( still is?)a herd of them living in my garden just the other side of the road from you, maybe they cross the road when everyone is asleep.
Cute creatures that eat all the plant leaves/buds.
Hence the eu directive I posted about on the 1st.
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #48 on: August 05, 2005, 03:07:39 pm »
I tried to take a pic of it with the digital camara, but it hardly came out, anyway, don't know how common they are, but I just saw a young one in my garden.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/g/greenwoodpecker/index.asp?i=2

So how many others have seen the Green Woodpecker about?

Just wondering if it is a rare sight for Brookmans Park, seems a rare site to me.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #49 on: August 05, 2005, 03:30:24 pm »
Hi Govvy,

Green Woodpeckers are fairly common, but it's nice to have one visit your garden. We have a couple who peck on tree roots of a dead tree which appear near the surface of the lawn. This site's bird pages give you an indication of how common a bird is. Click here to read them. The percentage given underneath each bird shows how many months in each year between 1996 and 2003 a bird was seen. The 100% given for the Green Woodpecker means that it was spotted every month during those years.

I am merging this thread with the 'Local Nature' thread, which is where most items about things people have seen are being kept.

Thanks

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #50 on: August 05, 2005, 08:21:25 pm »
hmm, I saw one of those Bee Fly's last year, it was very much like a humming bird. I so need to use my digital camara more.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #51 on: November 27, 2005, 05:03:29 pm »
Some picture of Gobions in Autumn, or is it Winter?
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« Reply #52 on: November 29, 2005, 09:30:30 am »
I have uploaded GWTSEC's images for her (above). She had done everything right, but there is a limit on the size for each post. I have put two on her post and here are the other two. By the way, if you want to upload pictures and they get rejected, you can always scrunch them down using this free online tool. http://www.jpegwizard.com/. You simply sign up, browse to your pictures, scrunch them and then save the compressed version you want on your computer. Then you can upload them to the site. Well done GWTSEC, lovely pics.  :)

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #53 on: November 30, 2005, 03:03:11 am »
By the looks of the photos, I'll need my winter woollies when I arrive in BP on Sunday.  Great photos, but its hard to image the cold when its so warm over here in NZ!!!!
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #54 on: April 10, 2006, 10:58:52 am »
The wood anemone and wild violets are in full flower in Gobions Woodland.



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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #55 on: April 10, 2006, 06:59:24 pm »
We saw a Red Kite flying over our Brookmans Park garden on Saturday. I didn't want to post about it until I had it confirmed by two local ornathologists. Apparently there have been a few local sightings. I have been told that Red Kite's have been reintroduced into the environment in the Chilterns and Northamptonshire. The one we saw was being chased by a rook or crow. We spotted the distinctive forked tail. According to one site Red Kites have a wingspan of nearly two metres (about five-and-a-half-feet), but a relatively small body weight of 2 - 3 Ibs. This one looked like a door floating over the garden. Apparently the wing span means the bird is incredibly agile, and can stay in the air for many hours with hardly a beat of its wings. The one we saw didn't seem to be too bothered by the crow - but it was a magnificent bird. Here is an image from the BBC Wales site.



Did anyone else see it?
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #56 on: April 10, 2006, 08:08:08 pm »
I thought you were going to say you took the picture, I would have been very impressed.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #57 on: June 08, 2006, 01:51:16 pm »
Does anyone know what this is? I just spotted it in the garden.



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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #58 on: June 08, 2006, 02:02:12 pm »
It looks like a dock bug (Coreus marginatus)

My "Guide to shieldbugs of the British Isles" (yes, really!) says it's found on docks and related plants in open sunny sites, and it likes sunbathing. It's found N to south Midlands...

Here's a picture - do you think that's it?

http://popgen.unimaas.nl/~jlindsey/commanster/Insects/Bugs/SpBugs/Coreus.marginatus.html

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #59 on: August 07, 2006, 11:36:18 am »
Following on from my Speckled Bush cricket, I thought I would share a couple more discoveries with you.

This was really cool - I thought it was one of those beeflies but looking it up today it turns out to be Hummingbird moth.- I saw one at the weekend dipping into the verbena.

Not quite so nice....I went to the loo and found this hanging in a corner!  Wasn't quite so yellow, more pied! But yuck!!!

 

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