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    Recording Wildlife

    Although the temperature has still not done much more than get back up to the mean for the time of year, many plants are finally responding.  Plants love CO2. With most greenhouse crops, net photosynthesis increases by about 50% as CO2 levels rise from about 340 to 1,000 ppm. So perhaps one reason why Spring has seemed to be getting […]

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    Curator’s Blog – mid-April 2013

    Well slowly but surely  things are warming up, buds are finally swelling and in the space of a few days a new found greenness is becoming apparent. Bare looking beds are starting to show signs of life and herbaceous perennials awaken from slumber. Last year we started identifying plants from our borders and beds that […]

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    Signs of Spring – at last!

    This week we were faced with a howling gale – well, it was very windy – but at least 10 degrees warmer than all of our previous walks, and still dry.  Although Jan and Keith were not able to join us, we were very glad to welcome Marigold Oakley.  As well as being a Garden volunteer […]

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    Hunting for Hares

    The combination of the continued low temperatures – the first week in April was colder than March – and dry weather has meant that most plants have remained in a state of suspended animation and the grasses have become increasingly brown. So we had few expectations as to what we might find on our weekly walk. But four years ago […]

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    The Hungry Gap

    For birds the most difficult time is usually around February and March each year when both seeds and insects are at their scarcest, hence the term, ‘the hungry gap’.  But this year,after a cold winter and with temperatures for the past fortnight being close to zero, and quite a bit below when you add in the […]

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    Curator’s Blog – April 2013

    Well Easter has come and gone and the clocks have changed, all we need now is for the temperatures to climb,  such a slow start to spring. This however has been a bit of a blessing as it has enabled us to get on with a lot of ground work and mulching prior to the […]

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