Waterfowl

For the third Tuesday morning in a row we had glorious sunshine.  Quite amazing considering the rather extreme February weather that we have had, the Garden itself being closed on 2 days due to high winds. As the last bird count was a month ago the intention was to do the same again so that […]

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New Fungus

The previous weekend one of the tour guide leaders for our Wales Fungus Day, David Mitchel, returned here to record more fungi here at the Garden. One of these which he found in the Great Glasshouse,  Melanophyllum haematospermum, was apparently new to him and as he was Northern Ireland’s main fungus recorder, then it had […]

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Snowdrops

Slideshows require the Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support. Despite the weather not being up to our usual standard the light rain eased enough for us to venture out to Spring Woods where the Garden collection of Snowdrops are located.  Originally these were all labelled, but over the years these have mostly disappeared and of those […]

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First of the Year

First of the Year

Well not quite as there was a walk last week but little to report apart from one solitary Bumblebee and the putting together of the new Moth trap.  But this week on a cloudy, cold but quite pleasant day we set out on the first bird count of the year, following the same route as […]

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Hibernating Hedgehog

When we first started out way back in February we had no idea how these weekly surveys would turn out, or indeed how long they would go on for.  The big worry was what would we do if it kept on raining.  Well we didn’t need to worry.  Forty Three Tuesday morning walks in wet […]

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Bird and Moths

A grey, dry, still December day and most trees now leafless. Following on from discussions as to what we should do next year, and how, it was decided to try out a bird walk within the confines of the Garden covering a variety of habitats. And this week we were very pleased to have Julian […]

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Jelly Baby Fungus

The Autumn colours of the leaves are really beginning to show up now.  First the yellows then, a few days later the reds of the oaks and beeches.  But there is still a noticeable variation, some trees remaining quite green whilst others of the same species nearby have completely lost them. This week we head […]

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Tropical house and signs of Autumn

Our walk in the Great Glasshouse had yielded some interesting results, but the one on the 22nd to the Tropical House wasn’t quite so good, mainly because it was so hot and steamy – no surprise there but it did shorten the time spent there. Not much to see except woodlice, spiders and some fung, […]

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Hedgehog footprint

The original intention had been to look for early signs of Autumn and to monitor the ‘harvest’ and how it might be affecting wildlife.  But the weather has been so mild that few trees gave any sign of relinquishing their leaves. And today was a gloriously bright, sunny and eventually quite warm day.  So rather […]

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Ants – and glowworms?

Another Tuesday and, although there were a few showers to start with, by the end of the walk it was really quite warm. As a result of the recent sightings of a GreenWoodpecker it had been decide that it would be a good idea to search for it, and also for its food source – […]

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