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Nature Notes January 2023

Each winter, our garden birds struggle with the low temperatures and reduced food supply, and many of them rely for their survival on the generosity...

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Nature Notes March 2023

A stroll around Thornton Reservoir in late February gave us a delightful display of the courtship rituals of Great Crested Grebes. This is an elegant...

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Nature Notes April 2023

Trees are vital for many reasons. All plants provide oxygen and, as the biggest plants on the planet, trees are essential to all forms of...

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Nature Notes May 2023

The garden is starting to fill up with insects now that the weather is warmer. Some, like the butterflies, are really beautiful, but some of...

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Nature Notes June 2023

One of our readers, Peter Greenhill of Narborough, recently saw this female Sparrowhawk take a Woodpigeon in his back garden. It is never pleasant to...

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Nature Notes July 2023

During the first few days of July, I noticed how the more colourful residents of my garden are putting in an appearance. One of the...

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Nature Notes August 2023

The Lewis family from Coleridge Drive, Enderby found two Privet Hawk-moths living in their garden on a Honeysuckle plant. This is one of our largest...

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Nature Notes December 2023

There are good numbers of migrant birds to be seen around the local area now. The winter thrushes (Redwing, Fieldfare and migrant Blackbirds) move here...

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Nature Notes March 2022

Following on from letters and photographs that were sent in for publication earlier this year, we have received more communications about albino Grey Squirrels in...

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Nature Notes April 2022

The warmer weather is starting to bring out the bees – not so much the common honey bees kept in the beekeeper’s hives, but our...

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Nature Notes May 2022

Ash trees are amongst the commonest of our woodland trees, but this may not be the case for much longer. Ash dieback is a fungal...

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Nature Notes June 2022

One of our readers, Rose Barlow from Huncote, sent in the above picture of Mute Swans on the pond at Croft Hill Nature Trail. Rose...

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Nature Notes July 2022

Summer is associated in many people’s minds with butterflies, those beautiful insects that flutter lazily around the garden and the surrounding countryside. Some of the...

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Nature Notes August 2022

It is always a delight to see our native wild mammals, but they are not always welcome in our gardens. Muntjac, rabbits and mice can...

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Nature Notes September 2022

Although I have been observing and recording the wildlife of Leicestershire for many years, I still regularly come across species that I’ve never seen before.

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Nature Notes October 2022

As the weather changes, so the subject of interest for many naturalists switches to fungi which tend to be more abundant over the next few...

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Nature Notes March 2016

March will see the start of spring, with various animals becoming more visible as they approach their breeding seasons. Amongst those travelling a long way...

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Nature Notes April 2016

Recently, this column has concentrated mainly on animals and plants that can be seen easily around our villages. However, for those prepared to travel just...

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Nature Notes May 2016

May will see your garden and the surrounding countryside bursting into life. Occasional butterflies have been recorded in Leicestershire throughout the winter, with Peacock and...

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Nature Notes March 2015

March will hopefully bring the first serious signs of spring and amongst these will be animals coming out of hibernation. The defining feature of mammalian...

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Nature Notes April 2015

April should see most of our common garden birds settled in their territories with nesting well under way. Our blackbirds nested last year in an...

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Nature Notes May 2015

May should see more animals out and about as the weather warms up. Butterflies that overwintered as pupae, such as orange tip and holly blue,...

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Nature Notes June 2015

June is a month when some spectacular jewels can appear in the garden, hopefully taking advantage of the summer sunshine. Amongst the brightest of these...

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Nature Notes July 2015

July should present us with a better chance of seeing birds of prey now that the young have fledged and are out and about. Sparrowhawks...

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Nature Notes September 2015

September will herald the changing seasons, although I’m sure we are all keeping our fingers crossed for an Indian summer. One of the first signs...

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Nature Notes November 2015

November may well bring us the first real signs of winter and confine our wildlife watching to the back garden. Around twenty years ago I...

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Nature Notes December 2015

December is a time when traditionally we have brought greenery into our homes as festive decorations. Prominent amongst these are the Holly and the Ivy,...

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