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Posted by Lynne June 12, 08:27AM

The male great tit from our nesting box was attacking the sparrows on the bird table yesterday. I would have liked to explain there was plenty for all but I don't suppose the voice of reason would have worked.

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Posted by slarti b June 12, 10:01AM

A bit late to post but we saw a female stag beetle 10 days ago, the last of the hot weather evenings. Any others been spotted?

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Posted by Sue June 12, 10:33AM

Stag beetles have been seen on my allotment site (next to Camber tennis club opposite the old Harvester on the South Circular).

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Posted by Nigello June 12, 11:15AM

Re ultra-regional variants - I had jays visit when I put out nuts and bacon rind, steak fat, etc. Other food does not attract them. I have never had a finch visit for more than a few seconds but get loads of blue and great tits, both types of pigeons and both kinds of sparrows. Long tailed tits came for a while in groups. I have seen a dunnock, or maybe it was a wren, and have robins and crows as frequent visitors. Never had a frog but had a toad once. Lots of bumblebees and honeybees, wasps, various butterflies (blue, white, Vanessa, peacock) and small red damselflies out front and lots of types of wasps/hover flies. (Goodrich near school)

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Posted by Sue June 17, 09:22AM

My tadpoles are now froglets, and some of them have begun leaping from the sink into the garden!

I have provided a ramp, but they seem to prefer just jumping ...

Weirdly, some of the leapers still have quite long tails 😮

Also - for the first time in thirty years I saw a bat swooping around the garden (a couple of nights ago, around 11pm).

Ulverscroft Road.

Hope they don't eat froglets 😮

The sad reason for my being in the garden was that I heard what seemed to be a blackbird alarm call plus some bird commotion, which was strange at that time of night

I thought a cat was probably involved, plus probably young birds, but sadly it turned out the noise wasn't close enough for me to shoo away the cat.

I had to close my bedroom window, because the alarm call went on for ages and it was quite distressing 😢



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was june 17, 09:29am by Sue.

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Posted by Zig-Zag June 19, 11:00PM

Oh I I totally understand your distress at the blackbirds alarm call. It is a sound which which seems to pierce the heart! It may not have been as bad as you think because I've noticed the blackbirds make this terrible calling when they see a cat even if the cat is no threat to them. I I have four cats so have quite a lot of experience of this unfortunately

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Posted by Sue June 20, 08:27AM

Thanks Zig-Zag, that's reassuring.

Especially as the last time I heard mega bird commotion it was on my allotment, and followed by a fox trotting away with a pigeon in its mouth 😮

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Posted by johnrich July 08, 08:05PM

Any local recommendations for public places where frogs have been spotted recently ? A young frog fan is very interested !

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Posted by Annie5 July 09, 02:40PM

Have seen red squirrels in Scotland but nowhere in England

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Posted by Chocky July 09, 08:20PM

As we exit lock-down, I wanted to say what a life-saver Peckham Rye Park wildlife has been for me & my kids. Watching the wild-fowl families grow on the lake and the Japanese Garden pond has been enthralling. Weve watched the mallard ducklings, Canada goslings, cootlings & moorhen chicks grow up. Weve watched the tufted ducklings dive like pros. All surviving the heron and cormorant.

Yesterday we saw a female mandarin duck with 3 chicks. (Thank you to the dog walker who took his dog the other way as the ducklings were foraging on the path.) This morning we heard the female Egyptian goose call, the male dashed over and we saw a single gosling, we hope to see more. They lost their first clutch in early May.

Weve also seen young robins, young crows in the picnic area, nuthatches and 4 sightings of female stag beetles - no males yet.

Hoping that owners will keep dogs out of the dog-free zones & on short leads in the gardens to help the wildlife flourish.

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Posted by Peckhamgatecrasher July 09, 09:31PM

johnrich: not open at the moment, but the Wildlife Centre in Marsden Road is a good place to see tadpoles/frogs. Keep an eye on their website for when they reopen.

Annie5: I believe Hampshire still have red squirrels.

Chocky: what a lovely sentiment.

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Posted by Zig-Zag July 09, 10:05PM

The Isle of Wight has red squirrels and as far as I know it's legal offence to bring a grey squirrel to the Island. Also Brownsea
Island in Poole harbour has red squirrels only

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Posted by alex_b July 13, 05:31PM

Does anyone know what time and where is best for trying to spot bats. Our son was very excited by the bat boxes in Dulwich Woods and now wants to go back to see the bats!

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Posted by Asset July 16, 12:54PM

dusk, there are bat boxes in Belair park so maybe around the lake in the evening would be a good time and place.

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Posted by Nigello August 04, 09:19AM

I had a 2 wasp in my house yesterday. It stayed near the glass of a door to outside and I flicked it out. Could it have been a queen looking for somewhere to bed down after summer (or doing something else)? I dont think it was a hornet because it was yellow/black, not orange or amber.

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Posted by Penguin68 August 04, 09:42AM

The European Hornet is yellow and black

[en.wikipedia.org]

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Posted by Nigello August 04, 10:26AM

Thanks
It may well have been a European hornet maybe a queen. Its buzz was loud. Are they seen often?
On a side note, there are a fair few spiders around. It seems earlier than last year for them.

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Posted by malumbu August 04, 10:58PM

Annie5 Wrote:
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> Have seen red squirrels in Scotland but nowhere in
> England

Small pockets in the North, sad that nobody has quoted Sefton (North of Liverpool)and the like [www.wildlifetrusts.org]

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Posted by Penguin68 August 05, 09:40AM

There are red squirrels in the Isle of Wight

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Posted by seenbeen August 05, 04:23PM

And Brownsea Island Dorset
[www.nationaltrust.org.uk]

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Posted by Nigello August 06, 08:50AM

Has anyone had continued success with bird boxes? If so, which kind of box, which kind of bird, where is the box situated, etc? Sparrows roost in gaps between my and my neighbour's house (because the houses are actually detached but look terraced) but nothing else. When to put up a box?

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Posted by elloriac August 06, 10:36AM

We've had success with blue tits nesting on our allotment (One Tree Hill) and our friends have on Blythe Hill, again with blue tits.

The RSPB has guidance on where to site bird boxes, depending on who you are trying to attract: [www.rspb.org.uk]

Seeing that blue tit have nested in those cigarette disposal bins outside offices in the past, I think they are probably not very picky!

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Posted by malumbu August 19, 02:36PM

I had great success the first year of next boxes, but feel that building activity in the area has put them off and this spring so many out in their gardens strimming and mowing their lands sown to the last mm. I cleaned out and refurbed the bozes and did get one pair of blue tits, didn't see that much activity but when I thought a long enough time found it empty with two unhatched eggs, two dead fledglings, which as blue tits usually have clutches of ten or more thought a good result. There are also too many cats round here but not sure how much this puts of nesting.

On other subject a cheeky squirel raids our hazel tree and then mocks you by cracking the nuts in a nearby tree. I'd crack its nuts if I had half a chance. Also had a rat in the shed (what am I going to do).... but think it fled after we had a clear out, loads of poo and wee and knawed some of the woodwork. Rat trap down (I've caught mouse humanely in the house but rats a different thing. Neighbourhood cats not helpful.

Saw our first bats recently at sundown; get them in the nearby Horniman museum.

And some wrens, which whilst very common don't tend to be seen in the garden. Eating something on the trees, I expect small invertebrates.

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Posted by malumbu August 23, 04:51PM

Rat trap worked although I had to finish him off with a broom. It was a him so no babies which is a good thing. I'm quite surprised that I could do the deed. No noise so I can sleep sound that I hadn't left it half dead suffering, rather it was stunned perhaps mortally injured. I'm not doing a postmortem as I haven't dissected a rat since A level biology.

Continuing on the subject of pests there was a repeat of Alison's Steadman's radio programme about parakeets today. I'm not going to cull them and as as they thrive in urban areas the programme suggested that a cull would attract too much negative attention. Looks like they are here to stay. The series on alien birds is here (blackbirds??) [www.bbc.co.uk]

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Posted by AylwardS September 05, 02:22PM

Peckham Rye Park Consultation - Redevelopment of Bowling Green

On my walk round Peckham Rye Park today I saw signs up about a consultation on plans to redevelop the bowling green.


[consultations.southwark.gov.uk]

The consultation closes on 11 October.

The online survey suggests mini-golf or a pop up licensed bar in the summer and asks for suggestions of other uses.

Ive made a suggestion of an area managed for wildlife with viewing areas. I think this would be good and one thing to come out of the pandemic is a recognition of the importance of nature to wellbeing.

If you support this or not you might want to fill in the survey

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Posted by sunbob September 05, 08:07PM

We saw a green woodpecker in a tree in PRP near Harris boys today!

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Posted by mancity68 September 05, 08:22PM

Not ED, but I was delighted to see a seal in the Thames between Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast today. Bobbing around eating eels.

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Posted by McMurphy September 06, 07:13PM

buzzard seen yesterday from Peckham rye, fairly high up and circling, looked like roughly over nunhead cemetery.

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Posted by Sue September 06, 10:07PM

AylwardS Wrote:
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> Peckham Rye Park Consultation - Redevelopment of
> Bowling Green
>
> On my walk round Peckham Rye Park today I saw
> signs up about a consultation on plans to
> redevelop the bowling green.
>
>
> [consultations.southwark.gov.uk]
> -leisure/peckham-rye-park-bowling-green-and-pavili
> on/
>
> The consultation closes on 11 October.
>
> The online survey suggests mini-golf or a pop up
> licensed bar in the summer and asks for
> suggestions of other uses.
>
> Ive made a suggestion of an area managed for
> wildlife with viewing areas. I think this would be
> good and one thing to come out of the pandemic is
> a recognition of the importance of nature to
> wellbeing.
>
> If you support this or not you might want to fill
> in the survey


That would be lovely.

Great idea!

I'll do the survey!

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Posted by louisemurray September 09, 09:09AM

A very noisy mass gathering of magpiesd near the Wildlife garden centre, must be 15-20 with more appearing to fly in.

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