A Lot More Blossom About

By the time you read this there should be a lot more blossom about. In mid February we can see the first white splashes in the hedgerows of Blackthorn, from which you get your sloes, and early flowering cherries are popular in gardens. At the entrance to Clos Llanfair is a quite uncommon Purple-leaved Plum or Black Cherry Plum, one […]

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Leeches Not Cute And Lovable

Leeches Not Cute And Lovable Leeches are abundant and all around us, yet few will notice them. They are not exactly cute and lovable – indeed they might generate a frisson of terror in some, particularly those who remember Humphrey Bogart being covered in them in ‘The African Queen’. Stories in the press such as the removal of a leech […]

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New Year Resolutions

  January is a time for New Year resolutions so why not pledge to do some of the following.  Put up bird boxes but site them away from where cats can get at them  Attach a bell to your cat’s collar. This does reduce their success rate in killing small birds  Put out bird-feeders, particularly for the […]

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When Did You Last Plant A Tree?

When did you last plant a tree? With November 30th being Tree Charter Day and the Woodland Trust planning to plant 35,000 trees on that day alone, here is a chance for you to consider what you can do to help. Why bother? As the Woodland Trust says ‘as well as absorbing carbon, trees help to deal with the effects […]

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A Good Year For Apples

A Good Year For Apples Generally it has been a good year for our apples and many of the trees in our orchards have been heavily laden with fruit. Also doing well are the insects, particularly wasps and butterflies, that appreciate apples that have started to over-ripen. Our camera traps are also showing foxes and badgers taking advantage of the […]

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Wenvoe’s Rarer Trees

Wenvoe’s Rarer Trees Summer is often the best time to appreciate some of Wenvoe’s rarer trees. Just opposite the park is a stunning Eucryphia nymanensis which was covered in flowers this year and as it is popular with the bees, needless to say it was covered in them as well. This hybrid of two Chilean Eucryphias is called after Nymans […]

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Pollinators Are In Serious Decline

Pollinators Are In Serious Decline Everyone knows that pollinators, i.e. insects that pollinate our flowers and crops, are in serious decline and we are being encouraged to do everything possible to help them, not least by planting flowers, shrubs and trees that can supply accessible pollen. Typical of the advice that you will find in magazines and the media is […]

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