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Wordsearch – Latin version of previous post!


I’m going to post a Latin version of the earlier wordsearch. 

Answers in two weeks time.

Enjoy!

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Wordsearch Damselflies, Demoiselles, Dragonfly


I thought I would try something different. I have, from an online source, created a wordsearch related to wildlife. This is the english names of Damselflies, Demoiselles and a Dragonfly. I will post the answers in two weeks time. I had to print it off, scan it into my computer to get a copy, which is why it looks photocopied. In effect it is!

I hope it works!

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


This is part two, part one is already posted. For some reason my uploading was stopped. But, I continue!

Fungi, etc as previously posted.

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Below are two pix of a Bird of Prey. It could be a Pale Buzzard, a Honey Buzzard, a Goshawk. As usual I had difficulty gettinga good pic! But thanks to GIMP, an open source free photoshop type programme, I have managed to get a reasonable 200% enlargement. I believe it is likely to be a Goshawk.

 

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


Hallo again!

Coming into Autumn, I have posted a pic of a tree. There are quite a few insects around, I have posted pix of a Bronze Shield Bug, a Grasshopper, a Saw Fly, also few species of Fungi. A Small White Butterfly, a summer male, it only has one dark spot. I have also posted a pic of a Bird of Prey. As those of you who follow me know, I do not have any luck taking pictures of Birds. As usual this pic is only at a distance ( a hundred + yards ). It is possibly a Pale or Honey Buzzard or Goshawk; maybe a Sparrowhawk but looks far too big. I took a couple of pis of it resting on the cliff top. The second pic I enlarged using GIMP. GIMP is a free open source photoshop system. Found on CNET. Anyway, I hope you like my pix.

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


Hallo,

Only a couple of pix today, of a new born Common Lizard. The first pic shows just how tiny they are. Look along the corrugated iron sheet. There were three, but two shot off into the undergrowth as soon as they saw me. This one stayed around to have its picture taken. The second pic was as close as I could get before it too shot off into the undergrowth.

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Spot the Emperor Dragonflies Mating Result


Apologies for the delay in the result!

If you wish to ‘have a go’ before knowing the result, please look back about two weeks ago to the original picture.

If you wish to know the answer, scroll down!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dead Heading Flowers and good reasons why to.


Something occured to me recently about flowers, nectar and pollination. Once an insect takes the nectar from a flower, taking pollen with it; does the plant make more nectar and pollen for that particular flower? How often does that individual flower give more nectar and pollen for insects to take? Or does it happen just once?

It seems once the flower’s nectar has been taken, that is the end of that flower, there is no more. It dies. I had never thought of this before. I often see insect after insect visit the same flowers, but has there been anything for them to take? It seems, no. Once it is consumed, that is it.

However, we can help increase the flowering and therefore more nectar and pollen by deadheading dying flowers. This is a simple process of removing the dead flower heads, so that the plant will generate more flowers.

I have added a link here to the Royal Horticultural Society, which gives advice on such things.

rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=129#section1

You may like to visit your own countries version of the RHS, as plants will differ in times and systems of deadheading. But please look into this and do it as and when you have time. It is worthwhile.

 

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