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Cattle at Elmley

by Paul Southall on 28th April 2018
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On the way back from watching the first of the carrot harvest I spotted this nice bunch of cattle grazing in front of Elmley Lovett church. Until the 1800s there was a grand house in this field until it was burnt to the ground one evening. On the farm we keep on drilling and planting when we can. Our theory is that at some stage the sun will shine and it will stop raining incessantly.The earliest peas, broad and runner beans are up and growing, so fingers crossed!

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Sunshine

by Paul Southall on 24th April 2018
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Some sunshine at last!

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Wet Weather

by Paul Southall on 11th April 2018
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The rain continues and was heavy enough to lift this manhole cover. Despite this, Swallows arrived in good numbers yesterday, and the first Bluebells are coming into flower.

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

by Paul Southall on 31st March 2018
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This male Great Spotted Woodpecker had been drumming loudly on the plastic box fitted to the telegraph pole. It is another sign that this years slow transition from winter to spring is gradually happening.

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Peregrine Falcon

by Paul Southall on 21st March 2018
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It is estimated that Peregrine Falcon breeding pairs have doubled in numbers in England since 2002. This success is particularly down to lowland birds that are using man-made structures to nest upon. This bird was using an electric pylon on the farm to look out for its next meal.

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Coltsfoot

by Paul Southall on 17th March 2018
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These Coltsfoot flowers are an early splash of colour in the wildflower meadow, and also a nectar source for early flying insects. The old boys used to smoke the leaves of this plant when they were short of tobacco.

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Oak Beauty

by Mike Southall on 24th January 2018
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This Oak Beauty  moth is an exceptionally early record of a moth usually seen from late February.

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Spring Usher

by Mike Southall on 16th January 2018
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This early season moth braved the cold conditions last night. The Spring Usher is a sign that Spring is just round the corner.

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Inside and Outside

by Mike Southall on 13th December 2017
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It is starting to look a lot like Christmas as the song says. The small pumpkins look great coloured in gold. While outside the heavy snowfall brought a wintery feel.

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Fleecy Milkcaps

by Mike Southall on 11th December 2017
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A small group of Fleecy Milkcap mushrooms, Lactarius vellereus, appeared recently. Unfortunately they are not edible.

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