Monthly Archives: March 2016


Viv Crump sent in a picture of courting Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) on a bird feeder at the Wollaton RBRGHA allotments….

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The pleasure at seeing these attractive birds is tempered by the concern that the clearance of the allotments for housing will disturb any attempt they make to nest…..


Frogs in Spring

Thanks to Nic Cairns for this springtime photo….

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Nic took the picture of Common Frogs (Rana temporaria) on the St.Ann’s Allotments.


Bird feeders are a great way to attract birds to a garden, as this image of a male Siskin (Carduelis spinus) shows….

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The Siskin is the smallest finch in Northern Europe, and is often seen in garden bird feeders in winter.  Like all finches, it feeds on seeds.  Thanks to Viv Crump for the photo, taken at RBRGHA allotments in Wollaton.


Mandarin Duck

Another  fine photo from Wollaton Park, courtesy of Nic Cairns.  A male Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata :

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Like some other ducks I’ve featured, the Mandarin isn’t native; it has been kept in ornamental parks, but has escaped and established itself in the wild.  It definitely seems at home the parkland of Wollaton.

Courting Herons

Here’s a fine picture of a pair of Grey Herons (Ardea cinerea) in courtship mode :


Thanks to Nic Cairns, who took the photo at Wollaton Park.

A Robin sings…

Thanks to Phil Norbury, who sent in a short video clip of a Robin (Erithacus rubecula) singing on his plot on Moorfield allotments in Radford…

The video captures the Robin’s song well – thanks to Phil.