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23rd September 2015

The Himalayan Balsam, a relative of the harmless Busy Lizzie, and the fastest growing annual in the UK, achieving up to 2.5 metres in a single season, is causing increasing problems for the ecological balance of our… 157 more words

Garden Wildlife

Shivering September

Welcome to autumn- the 1st of September marks the “official” start of autumn. And you’d think the weather knew it too, with a shift to rain and cool northerly winds. 715 more words

Muir Of Dinnet NNR

Himalayan Balsam by the River Leven

I’ve never noticed these flowers before; the footpath by the river being normally a winter exit from the village for me. They go by a variety of names: Policeman’s Helmet, Gnome’s Hatstand and Kiss-me-on-the-mountain to name three. 159 more words

Great Ayton

Bank robbery

The season is drawing to an end and we need to prepare our bees for over-wintering. Our colony is too small to make it through currently; there are not enough bees to prepare cells for the Queen to lay into and not enough nurse bees to look after the eggs and larvae. 550 more words

Thebuzzshelter Armathwaite

August Riversearch: more Himalayan Balsam

I timed my latest Riversearch survey well today. Yesterday it was just too darned hot, and it rained a lot of this morning, but this afternoon,  after the rain, there was a brief period of steam and solitude. 612 more words


Not one for the Permaculture Plot

My daughter and I used to have a favourite walk.  It took us from our home, high on a hill into the more sheltered climes of an old woodland on either side of a small river.   1,408 more words