Nature Notes for Locked-down times March 23-29

Well, here we are one week in to lockdown and I hope everyone is still standing and sane. Things seem to have fallen into some sort of routine now and thank goodness the weather last week was so lovely; it made getting out for the permitted exercise a great pleasure. I’m...
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Exploring the Local Countryside - Fungi

Fly garic (photo taken by Kirsten O)
Our November walk turned into a fungus foray during which we found some 50 species. This  year has been a patchy one for fungi; some places have fared relatively well, others, less so. The long, hot and dry summer meant that some of the early species appeared later than usual and...
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Walk at Farnham Heath

In October we went to Farnham Heath which was a new venue for us and proved to be a varied and interesting site. It was acquired by the RSPB in 2002 and is gradually being returned to heathland, to the benefit of all the species that live in this valuable habitat. Autumn...
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Exploring the Local Countryside 2018

shieldbug
Compton was the venue for the first Exploring the Local Countryside walk in early September. The route took us through woodland, fields and, finally, a quiet country road bordered by ditches full of lush vegetation.In the woodlands we saw various fungi, notably several species in the Russula (Brittle Gills) genus, Earthballs...
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Exploring the Local Countryside in June

Gold and black Sawfly
Our June walk was at Holmans Grove and provided a very upbeat end to the season. Wildflowers, birds and insects were all in good numbers and kept us busy all morning. It was a surprise to hear two nightingales still singing; possibly not good news for the nightingales as it could...
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