Monthly Archives: June 2018

A Labyrinth Spider Answers my Knock

Different from other spiders in the family Agelenidae, the A. labyrinthica, has a set of at least four trichobothria on the upper side of their tarsus of the first pair of legs. A. labyrinthica have approximately 25 trichobothria per walking … Continue reading

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Wasp Caught in a Funnel-web Spider’s Web

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A Nightingale Sings on Wilden Marsh

Mooching around North Pond Chain late last evening, a nightingale sang in that oak tree.

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My Favourite Swamp Seat in a Sea of Meadowsweet

I’m sitting on my favourite Swamp seat: a pile of logs made from two chainsawed wooden telegraph poles. A buzzard circles, lazily, high above on a rising thermal. A kestrel hovers close by, its eyes fixed on the wavering grasses … Continue reading

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Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica)

The whole herb is styptic and its main use was to stem the flow of blood. The plant also yields a yellow dye. The stem produces a strong fibre. Hedge woundwort is a food plants used by the larvae of … Continue reading

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The Future for Ragwort Munchers

What’s the problem in letting ragwort grow unmolested in a field? Ragwort has gained a reputation, bordering on the extreme, as a killer of grazing animals. Is this reputation justified?  I think not! I’ve heard it said that ragwort will … Continue reading

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Some Poisonous, Injurious and Invasive Plants of Wilden Marsh

Wilden Marsh is in the middle of its injurious and invasive plant growing season right now, and I’m yet again attempting to control their spread. I like to encourage as wide a range of vegetation as possible on the marsh … Continue reading

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