May 202013
 

There’s been several news stories published in the last week after a quiet spell. Journalists must be rising like the sap… (or it’s just become visible now the leaves are out after a cold period).

Carmathernshire:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-22543621

Galway: http://galwayindependent.com/20130519/news/ash-dieback-warning-for-galway-famers-S18262.html

News about Forestry Commission research actitivities: http://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/community/community-news/tree-blight-fight-is-to-focus-on-arger-fen-1-5096647

May 142013
 

Well we finally replaced the pond-liner in the pond that we installed for newts and frogs and dragon-fly larvae. It’s not a large pond and the increasing number of leaks meant it dried out regularly. The increasing variability in the weather was going to make this less of a haven than we intended.

Found over 30 newts in the mud and slime… probably where the frog spawn went this year – and the magpies.

So here’s timelapse video of the process…

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