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25 May

There are some very fine trees around the Common including this giant London Plane
near the crossroads...

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...and this Red Oak (is it?) with its giant leaves at the bottom of Tanyard Lane

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23 May

Lunch for the blue tit young

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20 May

Is there really a shortage of rabbits? Apparently disease is ravaging the population leaving a shortage
for the larger predators and scavengers. Not around Staplefield, with a booming population of
foxes, buzzards and now red kites.
 

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19 May

The hay fever season began with tree pollens but we are now coming to the grass pollen season.
It's here until July, I'm afraid.

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Jackdaws nest every year in our badly-sited barn owl box.
Barn owl boxes need a clear approach path to entice residents.

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Hawthorn, (or May) is in flower in the hedgerows. More commonly white, often with a hint of pink,
but occasionally entirely pink like the bush on the left.

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14 May

The common is beginning to dry out nicely. Let's hope it continues and provides a perfect
setting for the Village Fete on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May.

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10 May

Looking north on a bright, but a little bit chilly, Friday morning. The fresher westerly breeze
has cleared away the haze and brought better air quality.

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Crack willow is setting its seeds which form fluffy bundles in sheltered corners.

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5 May

A large herd of fallow does and a few of this year's young.

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Bluebells are now just past their best, but the woods are still blue

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As the bluebells fade the damper parts of the woods are turning white with a
carpet of delicious smelling ramsons, or wild garlic.

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1 May

Frogs, like toads, spend most of their time away from ponds.
here's some
info about frogs and pictures of some colourful ones.
 

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