Jun 212013

Walking in Bristol, I heard magpies shouting and managed to get this footage of two magpies seeing off a cat. There’s at least two pairs of magpies locally nesting. A couple of days earlier the magpies had seen off a fox feeding in the garden.


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).



News about Forestry Commission research actitivities:

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…