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Rolling out the green carpet for the Environmental Awards in the East


Originally posted on National Trust Going Green:
Happy award winners Unsung environmental heroes were finally recognised at the first ever National Trust regional Environmental Awards, held last night at Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge. As always, these things start small – with…

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Autumn Meals for All


The first thing I came across when I took a dog walk on Cambridge Road Farm was a hole in the ground about 10 inches deep and about 12 inches across, full of rather despondent wasps checking over their recently … Continue reading

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Mechanised Hand Spinning with Simons Wool


Well it’s not as the title suggests, the wool actually comes from Simons sheep and not from him personally, or does he have a sheep called Simon- maybe ? Several years ago I injured a knee whilst rock climbing and … Continue reading

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Mist in the Morning ( Early )


With the weather forecast giving us 27 degrees today, I got up at 5am to walk the dogs. There was also a promise of some mist patches in the early morning. Apart from trying to avoid the heat of the … Continue reading

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Butterflies fight back the Moth PR release


Todays walk produced for me another first in Butterflies at Wimpole. On the high ground to the north of the estate I came across what I think is a Dark Green Fritillary or it could have been a High Brown … Continue reading

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POOR RELATIONS


Butterflies have always been looked upon as ‘nice things’ flitting around in the summer sunshine. This is all part of their excellent PR representatives hard work, all achieved in spite of some of their larvae eating Brassica vegetables in the … Continue reading

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BARN OWLETS DAYS FIVE TO SEVEN


The two strong birds are doing very well, good feather and lots of confidence. The third weaker one is improving , stretching and strengthening its’ wings. In a few days hopefully it will join the other two higher up in … Continue reading

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Yesterdays’ elusive migrant and a first


I took a few photos a week or so ago of an odd looking ‘Blue” butterfly not odd at all, but fairly rare and a first for Wimpole Estate. A Chalk Hill Blue, they have been known to breed locally … Continue reading

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Migrants Arrive


Loads of butterflies around today, particularly around Sharpes’ Plantation and Frenches’ Corner; Meadow Browns, Gate keepers, Large Whites, Small Whites, Peacocks, Blues etc. In particular I saw several Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies, both migrant butterflies and a few Brimstones. … Continue reading

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Barn Owlets on Wimpole Estate


Three Owlets from one of the three successfully nesting Barn Owls during 2013. Two owlets look very strong but in comparison the third seems reluctant to leave the nest hole and it could be abandoned unless it gets a move … Continue reading

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