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Old November 3rd, 2012, 09:57 PM   #621
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Hornbeams in Great George's Square. These young trees are already showing the characteristic fluting of the trunk,typical of Hornbeams.


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Old November 3rd, 2012, 10:00 PM   #622
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Silver Maple at the rear of houses on Duke St/Grenville St.

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Old November 3rd, 2012, 10:08 PM   #623
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Swamp Cypresses on Great George's Rd.


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Old November 3rd, 2012, 10:14 PM   #624
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Between Grenville St and Duke St. Excellent choice of tree here. These are an attentuated form of Oak(grows tall and narrow) perfect for small pavements and narrow roads.


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Old November 3rd, 2012, 10:21 PM   #625
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False Acacia, Argyle St.

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Old November 3rd, 2012, 10:38 PM   #626
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One of the wonders of nature, suspended animation. This Tortoiseshell Butterfly went into hibernation in my hall in early September,it hasn't moved a millimetre since. Here it will remain until the beginning of Spring, incredible.

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Old November 4th, 2012, 12:21 AM   #627
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Are you sure it's not dead, GV?

No, really - it is pretty amazing.

I have mice living in my compost bin; they really enjoy the life in there; although my next-door neighbour hates any life he cannot control - and poisons them, as I feed them.
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Old November 4th, 2012, 02:06 AM   #628
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Good one,Jane. I actually have two more,in the bathroom and bedroom B&B takes on a new meaning: Butterfly Bedrooms

Unfortunately,as you say,there is that primal instinct in some people to fear or try to destroy things they can't control.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #629
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The walled garden and clock tower at Royden Park, Wirral.


I went on a tree hunt over at Royden Park this morning. I was looking for the Strawberry tree (not to be confused with fruit bush) that grows there. It's a tree with a bright orange, flaky bark. This is a rare tree in cultivation in Britain, confined mainly to the SW of England with its mild climate. The fact this tree is to be found on the peninsula is more evidence of its mild micro-climate.
I didn't find the tree but it wasn't a wasted trip, the Park, which is in fact a Nature Reserve, is superb.
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Have you ever been to Dibbinsdal Nature Reserve in Wirral? There is an abundance of both wildlife and tree types situated there. Easily accessible from central Liverpool by the number 1 or 2 bus!

http://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services...ves/dibbinsdal

Friends of Dibbinsdal also have a useful website http://www.dibbinsdale.co.uk

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Old November 18th, 2012, 10:43 AM   #631
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Thanks Dane. Wirral is the hidden gem of the NW and selfishly I'd prefer it to stay that way. I went over to the beach at Caldy yesterday as well, beautiful.
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I had a great experience watching some Otters in America the other week. They were fishing in a pool in a ditch not bigger than 15ft wide and the parent looked like it was teaching the younger one how to catch small fish. I watched them for a while and walked off and left them to it in the end, they weren't concerned by our presence, it was lovely to see.



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I took these pictures at Parkgate today; does anyone know what sort of bird this is?









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That's a Kestrel, Jane. The second pic is a typical falcon silhouette. Nice shots.
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That's a Kestrel, Jane. The second pic is a typical falcon silhouette. Nice shots.
Thanks! I thought it was the same bird - which kept moving whenever I tried to get a picture. Lots of birdlife at Parkgate.
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Anyone seen that thing when a spring tide comes in suddenly at Parkgate, drowning the coastal marshside there and hordes of hapless beasties flee into the town, scurrying around the streets in their hundreds and being predated upon by birds like the above?
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Anyone seen that thing when a spring tide comes in suddenly at Parkgate, drowning the coastal marshside there and hordes of hapless beasties flee into the town, scurrying around the streets in their hundreds and being predated upon by birds like the above?
No, but I'd like to, another of the Wonders of Wirral.
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Thanks! I thought it was the same bird - which kept moving whenever I tried to get a picture. Lots of birdlife at Parkgate.
It's a great area for birdwatching. The RSPB have a reserve at nearby Burton.
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A young Heron at Newsham Park this morning.






Tufted Duck, along with a Canada Goose and Muscovy Duck on the lake.

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