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Nominate your local green space in Plymouth by 8th January 2016!

November 29, 2015 | By | 5 Replies More
Nominate your local green space in Plymouth by 8th January 2016!

We’ve recently discovered that there is a new initiative called Local Green Space whereby local people can nominate areas they love like wildlife sites, for inclusion in the new Plymouth plan, and if accepted, they will be provided a higher level of protection from development. This would be a great opportunity to help save Radford […]

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Plan for bugs to flourish in Radford Park

April 9, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Plan for bugs to flourish in Radford Park

Buglife, who have their southwest office in Plymouth are working with Plymouth City Council on plans to re-create an area of wild flower meadow in Radford Park, above Radford Quarry. A massive 3,000,000 hectares of flower-rich grassland have been lost in the UK since World War Two – these flower-rich areas were vital habitats for […]

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199 Plant Species Recorded at Hooe Quarry

February 12, 2012 | By | 5 Replies More
199 Plant Species Recorded at Hooe Quarry

A total of 199 higher plant species were recorded on the Hooe Quarry site and the fore shore (181 native species, 18 non-native). The site was considered to have a relatively high botanical diversity. Amongst the many notable species of which one in particular the Toadflax-leaved St. John’s-wort exists in only 17 sites in England. All […]

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Mute Swans and their six Cygnets on Hooe Lake

July 22, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Mute Swans and their six Cygnets on Hooe Lake

Radford Duck Ponds welcomed 6 new cygnets that hatched sometime between Friday night and Saturday the 7th of May 2011.  They are pictured here newly hatched and then at approximately 6 weeks old.     The name ‘mute’ derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. It is recognisable by its pronounced knob […]

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Nuthatch clearing nest & feeding it’s chicks

May 9, 2011 | By | Reply More
Nuthatch clearing nest & feeding it’s chicks

I have been watching this nuthatch site at the Radford Dip Reserve for around three years this is the closest I have come so far in trying to record a good image or two of their habits. After going inside to feed the chicks the parents will bring the food waste out and dispose of […]

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Sleepy Swans on Hooe Lake

April 19, 2011 | By | Reply More
Sleepy Swans on Hooe Lake

Swans sleep both on land and on the water, usually they tuck their head back under one wing. It’s unusual to see them with their eyes closed (as pictured here). Swans sleep whenever they can, and for how long they are able to without being disturbed… in this instance by a photographer!

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Do Buzzards Eat Chickens?

March 2, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Do Buzzards Eat Chickens?

Following on from the sad post about the Buzzard and a trip to Plymouth Museum here are the photo’s of the Buzzard that came swooping around us and the garden.  The Buzzard stayed around for a good 10-15 minutes just looking at us and the chickens!  I don’t know if it too was hungry or […]

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A Buzzard’s sad tale, and a trip to Plymouth Museum

February 25, 2011 | By | Reply More
A Buzzard’s sad tale, and a trip to Plymouth Museum

Just after the cold spell recently we found a Buzzard hopping around the garden, it did not seem distressed, but allowed us to pick it up and place it in a safe area with food. Sadly a few hours later it had died. We had heard reports that there had been a buzzard in Radford […]

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Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) devouring its prey

February 15, 2011 | By | Reply More
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) devouring its prey

Over the years I have many times come across circles of feathers on the ground,  all that remained of an unfortunate bird, more often than not a pigeon. The culprit and the cause of what struggle had been played out had remained a mystery! Last October on Hooelake I finally spotted one of the culprits […]

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A Little Egret early one morning on Hooe Lake…

April 28, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
A Little Egret early one morning on Hooe Lake…

A Little Egret’s early morning wash & brush up before flying away. Keep clicking the pictures to see bigger versions. Classed as a rare breeding species the little egret is a small white heron with white plumes on its crest, back and chest. It has a black bill, black legs legs and bright yellow feet. […]

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