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Whether you fancy getting crafty, learning about our wildlife or a festive outing with all the family we’ve got you covered!

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Red Knot pay the price for being fussy eaters!

wadertales

jean-hall_36310664056_oIn a fascinating comparison of weight gained by Red Knot and Ruddy Turnstone during spring migration in Delaware Bay, on America’s east-coast flyway, Anna Tucker and colleagues show that Knot are far more vulnerable to annual variations in their main food supply than more flexible Turnstones, which target the same food if it is available. Given that changing weather patterns, associated with a warming climate, are expected to make resource availability harder to predict, the authors suggest that populations of migrant shorebirds (waders) that rely on a specific resource being available at the right time are likely to be more vulnerable – as has become apparent for Delaware Bay Knot.

Feast on the beach

Spring shorebird migration in Delaware Bay is largely fuelled by the superabundance of the eggs of horseshoe crabs. Some of the numbers associated with crabs, eggs and migratory waders are amazing!

  • Horseshoe crabs have been around…

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Pinus Nigra

Bonsai Eejit

I picked up this Pinus Nigra back in 2014.  It had previously been a bonsai but when the owner died it spent about 5 years in open ground before being transferred into this large pot and kept as you see it for many years.

below we see the tree being removed from the pot. No easy task as the owner wanted to keep the blue pot intact which caused us to have big issues getting it out with roots attached!!

This is the tree potted up and removal of some unwanted branches.

This is the tree in September 2019 after several years getting it to regrow roots and start the process of back budding.

And after a wiring of the primary structure and another chasing back of terminal buds to induce further back budding.

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