We can’t all achieve trees like Roger W’s glorious Acer above straight away, it takes a long time or a deep pocket to get such results but as there are a number of new members within our group now tonight’s talk and demonstration by T & S B C member Adrian Taylor had beginners in mind. How one might go about acquiring or starting a tree and a few worthwhile tips on the journey that is Bonsai.
Adrian has himself been following the bonsai path for many years and he gave an examples of the way one might go about growing ones first bonsais.
Note: There is no species of a tree that is a Bonsai, bonsai is the art of cultivating trees of all sorts in pots and controlling and styling their growth to achieve a tree that is pleasing in shape and character.
Growing from Seed
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Norfolk has always been a rewarding region in the United Kingdom for finding waders for the Global Shorebird Counting Program. Following an exceptional experience with thousands of them at the Snettisham, I headed east to the Hunstanton Cliffs which area is good for waders at low tide. As expected, there were quite a few Eurasian Oystercatcher but other waders such as Eurasian Curlew, Ruddy Turnstone, Common Redshank and Common Greenshank were recorded as well. As the coffee shop was closed at the cliffs, I soon drove to the Titchwell RSPB Reserve for some much-needed cappuccino.
Hunstanton Cliffs eBird checklist:
Common Wood-Pigeon (Columba palumbus) 6
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus ostralegus) 127
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) 2
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 18
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 3
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 22
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 63
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