Confused seasons, confused wild flowers: Summer Snowflake
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There are always flowers and wildlife that appear at a time of year when they’re not expected but this winter has been so mild, so far, that it’s difficult to remember what is usual. This Summer Snowflake is currently flowering … Read More

Birds on Falmouth beaches: Stonechat
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The holidaymakers may have gone but Falmouth’s renown sandy beaches are still full of life. Recent storms have left piles of seaweed washed up on the sand and several bird species can be seen feeding amongst it on insects. On … Read More

Colourful birds to brighten up a winter day
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A small flock of Bullfinch were feeding on early buds and seeds in a hedgerow in Falmouth this morning. Even in the poor light the males with their sleek black caps and pink breasts were as stunning as ever. It’s … Read More

British moth pupae
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Even digging the garden has its moments! Two golden pupae were uncovered in the flower beds and they will be kept to see what species of moth emerges. Insight into Moth pupa: Many species of British moths have larvae that … Read More

Swanpool Lake birds: Goldeneye
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This Goldeneye has been seen twice in the last few days on Swanpool Lake in Falmouth, Cornwall. The plumage and yellow eye suggests a female but at times it has flung back its head as a male Goldeneye does during … Read More

Late-flying British bumblebees
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The mild weather continues here in Falmouth, Cornwall and over the last few days bumblebees have been active in the garden whenever the sun has managed to find a gap in the rain clouds. This Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) was … Read More

Falmouth Bay birds: Shags and Cormorants
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The last few mornings have seen large flocks of Shags and Cormorants feeding at first light on shoals of fish close to the shore. In excess of 500 were seen following the fish shoals in a westerly direction across the … Read More

Not much in flower in December but plenty of fruits
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These glossy orange-red seeds of Stinking Iris are plentiful along the sea cliffs around Falmouth, adding a festive bit of colour. Insight into Stinking Iris (Iris foetidissima): the fruit will remain on the seed pods through the winter, being ignored … Read More

Falmouth Bay Birds
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During recent strolls around the shoreline of Falmouth Bay we have regularly been asked “what are we photographing?” and “what is that bird?”. Yesterday a Guillemot was feeding very close to Gyllyngvase Beach and so many people expressed an interest … Read More

Green Shieldbug
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This Green Shieldbug was sunning itself on the bright yellow leaf of the Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in the garden. Insight into Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina): very common and widespread in southern and central UK, it is usually green though … Read More

Holly berries near Pendennis Castle in Falmouth
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This Holly tree was a real picture last weekend, covered with bright red berries in lovely sunshine against a blue sky. Does this mean it will be another hard winter, even in the far south west of Britain? Insight into … Read More

Migrant moths arriving in Cornwall
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Warm air flows rising up from Europe and Africa have brought many migrant moths to Cornwall in the last few days. Ten different migrant species of all shapes, sizes and colours have been attracted to the garden moth trap here … Read More

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