Meadowland and Woodland Nature Study: Week 1

This year our nature studies will be focused on nearby meadowland and woodland.  We have just begun to go for daily walks once again and so often find ourselves in the glorious countryside which surrounds the area in which we live.  I'm going to enjoy this study.  It will, I think, be focused much more…

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Week 49: One Year Pond Study: Bird Study – Moor Hens

We have two resident Moorhens, who have been there each time we have visited the pond this year.  We have never seen them fly, they are there regardless of the times we go (night-time, early morning etc), they have nested and reared their young and are basically a permanent fixture at our pond. Moorhens are…

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One Year Pond Study: Week 47 – A Quick Visit and a Surprise

Here is our pond this week: Spring is finally peeking around the corner and the trees are responding afresh with buds for a new season.  It lifts one's spirits and I am so glad we have the different seasons to enjoy anew. This particular pond visit was a very quick one, crammed in on our…

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One Year Pond Study: Week 44 – Winter Ash Tree Study

I'm really enjoying these last visits to the pond.  Looking back over the year, especially over the seasonal activities we have done, it is satisfying to have a visual record of the changes that have occurred.  This post is a quick photo collage looking back on all four seasons of the Ash tree: I can…

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One Year Pond Study: Week 43 – Checking out the Overflow

Here is our pond this week: The pond seems so quiet at the moment.  There is little to report, with no gulls, two Moorhens and only four Mallards. The children went off exploring as I snapped away at the wildlife (and them): T12 has decided to write a letter to the RSPB (with whom he…

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One Year Pond Study: Week 42 – Canada Geese Study

Thank you to everyone who was praying and thinking about me, and for all your good wishes and emails (and for Phil and Vicky for looking after our five children, so Gary could come with me).  I had the scan this morning and they said it was nothing to worry about, just to keep an eye…

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One Year Pond Study: Week 41 – Ponding with Young Children

Not much has changed since last week, and as we have had Gary's parents staying with us, we haven't had the opportunity for a full study.  I thought instead I would look back over the past ten months and reflect on those things that have worked to encourage the younger two to pond along side us.…

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One Year Pond Study: Week 35 – Change, Change and More Change

Welcome to week 35 of our one year pond study.  Here is our Pond this week: Yes, that is what appears to be a huge great digger right in the middle of our pond!  Here it is from another angle: Do you remember the wooden fence they built last week, cordoning off part of the…

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