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Six all

by Mike Southall on 10th September 2017
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Six all, and minutes to play. The penalty was saved, and the game was drawn. What a game!

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Spotted Flycatchers

by Mike Southall on 25th August 2017
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Spotted Flycatchers have been "spotted" on the farm recently. Both adults and juveniles suggesting local breeding.

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Turk’s Turban Squash

by Mike Southall on 10th August 2017
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The bees just love pollinating the Turk's Turban Squashes, and here is the result. Very decorative and great to eat!

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Emperor Dragonfly

by Mike Southall on 9th August 2017
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The Emperor Dragonfly is often seen flying rapidly over the farm ponds, but seldom seen resting.

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Herons

by Mike Southall on 3rd August 2017
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These Herons were at the irrigation ponds this afternoon. One is taking food from the overhanging tree branches.

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New Moth Species

by Mike Southall on 19th July 2017
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Two new macro moth species have been recorded recently at Norchard. The Red-necked Footman was in June, and a Least Carpet last night.

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European Rhinoceros Beetle

by Mike Southall on 16th July 2017
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This beetle was spotted during our recent trip to Spain.

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FMCG or fast moving consumer goods

by Mike Southall on 29th June 2017
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Great to hear of our produce reaching the West of Scotland. These Broad Beans had travelled fast to Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsular. Thanks Mahailia for the photograph.

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Beneficial Insects

by Mike Southall on 19th June 2017
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The Runner Beans were buzzing with bees this morning, pollinating the crop. Also seen were Ladybirds keeping aphids in check. We routinely introduce Phytoseillus persimilis spiders to biologically control potentially damaging red spider mites.

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More Artefacts

by Mike Southall on 11th June 2017
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I have found a few more interesting artefacts recently. Both the toy objects were found in the Half moon field. One is an arm and hand of a doll made from white clay. The wooden yellow and black mushroom like objects purpose is lost in time. My Grandfather told my father, that he remembered them cutting the corn by hand in this field more than a hundred years ago. The young children would play in the fields while their parents worked, losing some of their toys along the way. The flint prehistoric keeled scraper was found in the twelve acre field and made around four thousand years ago. Handy for skinning and butchering animals such as deer and boar.

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