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Birdwatcher’s Diary No.159

By Malcolm Fincham A mostly cool, overcast and murky start to April throughout most of the UK brought with it a slow progress of the arrival of our summer visiting…

Volunteers Making A Real Difference To Chitty’s Common

Volunteer working parties are making good progress clearing overgrown parts of Chitty’s Common at Rydes Hill, Guildford. One of the organisers of the Friends of Chitty’s Common group, Sue Day,…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.158

By Malcolm Fincham On Thursday, March 15 I had first sighting of the year of a sand martin, as it flew overhead on its arrival. Back from Africa, holding some hope…

Beekeeper’s Notes April 2018: It’s All Kicking Off Again

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about the new season starting again. It’s has been a lovely, seasonal month. ‘In like a lion and out like a lamb’…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.157

By Malcolm Fincham As February came to a close, an icy blast from the east had well and truly hit the UK, although Surrey seemed to have suffered far less…

Richard’s Wey March 2018

The latest report from Richard Cant, the Stoke lengthman on the River Wey Navigations Apart from the occasional wet day here and there February’s weather was definitely a lot more settled than…

Riff Raff Diary – March 2018

Riff Raff Diary – March 2018

Riverbank tales from the local St Catherine’s lengthsman and weir keeper by Robert Craig Now at the end of February, the sun is shining and there is snow on the ground.…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.156

By Malcolm Fincham Chasing hawfinches around the Surrey countryside had become a bit of an obsession this winter. Not just for me, but for many a keen birdewatcher. The large…

Beekeeper’s Notes March 2018: Hayfever And Honey

Hugh Coakley keeps bees in Worplesdon. He talks about whether local honey can help hayfever sufferers. Does local honey cure hayfever? There are different views ranging from the sceptical ‘No, it’s…

Birdwatcher’s Diary No.155

By Malcolm Fincham Was the blood super moon that lit the night sky as it rose over the Surrey Hills an omen for a change in the weather? Winter may…

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