Some thoughts on getting Hawthorns to flower

Originally posted on Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai:
I collected this hawthorn from farmland about 17 years ago. Its been in a pot all of that time but never produced any flowers. In recent years, its been subjected to a lot of work, a number of re-pots and several transformations to get it down to the size it is now. About 6 years ago, before it was… Continue reading Some thoughts on getting Hawthorns to flower

Gull cull? No thanks

Originally posted on James Common:
The last few days have seen an infuriating surge in the rhetoric of those calling for the control of Britain’s gulls; as campaigners clamour for the lethal action, red-faced MP’s bluster and the national press embarks on yet another misinformed wildlife witch-hunt. It has all been rather depressing, at least for those, like me, rather fond of our gulls. The situation made… Continue reading Gull cull? No thanks

Trees and the Environment: an interesting infographic

Originally posted on James Common:
Trees & The Environment: Why Life Depends On Them Many of us will, of course, know that trees are vitally important to our welfare, but do we know just how important they are? A single tree can keep a family of 4 breathing for 1 year and this really is an incredible statistic. This infographic from Capital Garden Services takes… Continue reading Trees and the Environment: an interesting infographic

Here’s why I, personally, watch birds

Originally posted on James Common:
My attention was recently drawn to an interesting article authored for The Conversation by the esteemed and eloquent Dr Robert Lambert. Centred on the logic behind birding (or twitching, if you prefer), I found the piece highly interesting, both as a birder who spends a great deal of his time observing our feathered friends and as an individual intrigued by birdwatching culture.… Continue reading Here’s why I, personally, watch birds

Citrine Wagtail – Lynemouth Flash

Originally posted on James Common:
This stunning female Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola was at Lynemouth flash yesterday; a bird I have wanted to see in the UK ever since a chance encounter with my first, an adult male, in Estonia a few years past. My visit was not overly long – dissertation planning is taking up most of my time of late – but during the fifteen… Continue reading Citrine Wagtail – Lynemouth Flash

The Joys of Migration

Originally posted on James Common:
After weeks of measured gains and stop-start bouts of action, it finally feels like migration has reached its peak here in Northumberland. With this week alone bringing many and more enjoyable encounters with the vast majority of our more abundant Summer visitors – sometimes in volume, sometimes alone – as breeding sites dotted around the local woodlands, reedbeds and moorland… Continue reading The Joys of Migration