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Offline Roger Parsons  
#41 Posted : 12 July 2020 17:35:13(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: The Beast from the East Go to Quoted Post

Flying Ant day today here. Anyone else?

Like an alien invasion coming out of the ground. At least this time they didnt come out inside the garage like last year!

We found winged ants in the garden this week, after disturbing a nest under a rock, but they were not yet poised for a fly. Driving home from a walk today I noticed some sparrows doing a characteristic flying-ant-catching hop on the verge. Tomorrow perhaps?

Roger

Edited by user 18 July 2020 08:03:07(UTC)  | Reason: typo

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

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#42 Posted : 12 July 2020 20:15:19(UTC)
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In a field next to the ring road in Leeds there is a large mound of flowers that I pass on my way to work. Today I went to have a look at it and it was an absolutely incredible sight. It's on the grounds of a university building I think so it must be managed and it is covered in wildflowers of many kinds. The flowers looked incredible but what really amazed me was the sheer number of insects of every kind. I've never seen anything like it on such a scale. 

I've e-mailed the University to see if I can get some information!

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#43 Posted : 13 July 2020 07:45:26(UTC)
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"We have some alternative facts for you"

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#44 Posted : 18 July 2020 06:22:16(UTC)
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Even more spectacular echo shown of BBC breakfast this morning (referred to Fri 17th) - big solid echo covering S Kent and E Sussex

It has been observed that less snow falls here than any other place of equal extent in the kingdom, occasioned by the shelter of the hills and the warmth of the sea breezes - Alexander Hay, Guide to Chichester, 1805
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#45 Posted : 18 July 2020 08:04:15(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DEW Go to Quoted Post

Even more spectacular echo shown of BBC breakfast this morning (referred to Fri 17th) - big solid echo covering S Kent and E Sussex

 

Wow!

Roger

RogerP

West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#46 Posted : 18 July 2020 08:06:59(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

We found winged ants in the garden this week, aftyer disturbing a nest under a rock, but they were not yet poised for a fly. Driving home from a walk today I noticed some sparrows doing a characteristic flying-ant-catching hop on the verge. Tomorrow perhaps?

Roger

Last summer we discovered there was an ant nest under the floorboards. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the entrance hall suddenly had dozens of flying ants on them so I searched around and found they were emerging through a hole where the radiator pipe came up.  My wife was not happy!

They're just starting to appear around here: lots of nests in the garden.  So far none in or under the house.

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#47 Posted : 18 July 2020 08:15:37(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gandalf The White Go to Quoted Post

Last summer we discovered there was an ant nest under the floorboards. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the entrance hall suddenly had dozens of flying ants on them so I searched around and found they were emerging through a hole where the radiator pipe came up.  My wife was not happy!

They're just starting to appear around here: lots of nests in the garden.  So far none in or under the house.

This is one of the best pages about "alates", Gandalf.

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/when-why-winged-ants-swarm-nuptial-flight.html

My tip is - look at what your local swallows, martins and swifts are doing - they often go berserk feeding on them. I've even seen swallows climbing about in trees after them. I imagine they are very yummy and full of fat and protein. I've never tried one!

We look out on the local churchyard, now grazed with sheep a couple of times a year - full of anthills. The sheep often use them as pillows!

I shall have a walk round there later if it warms up and see if there's any action.

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2222745/st.-lawrence-churchyard#view-photo=164862644

 

Roger

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#48 Posted : 18 July 2020 08:28:45(UTC)
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Great to see Prof Dave Goulson on Gardeners World last night. It's slow progress but I think the tide is beginning to turn in awareness of insect decline and what we can do about it. 

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#49 Posted : 18 July 2020 08:41:02(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Northern Sky Go to Quoted Post

Great to see Prof Dave Goulson on Gardeners World last night. It's slow progress but I think the tide is beginning to turn in awareness of insect decline and what we can do about it. 

Unfortunately we missed last night's programme; I'll have to track it down on iPlayer.

But we've had masses of insects round here this summer, including lots of butterflies. It might be because we've been slowly reworking the garden and now have a lot more flowering plants. The ones with flowers in the purple/lilac colour range seem to be like magnets for them.

Location: South Cambridgeshire

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#50 Posted : 18 July 2020 08:42:38(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Northern Sky Go to Quoted Post

Great to see Prof Dave Goulson on Gardeners World last night. It's slow progress but I think the tide is beginning to turn in awareness of insect decline and what we can do about it. 

I'm sorry I missed it, NS. He's a good man.

I'll see if I can pick it up on i-player. We've been binge watching Devs!!!!

Roger

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#51 Posted : 18 July 2020 08:43:56(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

I'm sorry I missed it, NS. He's a good man.

I'll see if I can pick it up on i-player. We've been binge watching Devs!!!!

Roger

Devs was enjoyable although the ending was weird if quite clever.

Always vet your head of security very carefully....

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#52 Posted : 18 July 2020 09:55:40(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Gandalf The White Go to Quoted Post

 

Unfortunately we missed last night's programme; I'll have to track it down on iPlayer.

But we've had masses of insects round here this summer, including lots of butterflies. It might be because we've been slowly reworking the garden and now have a lot more flowering plants. The ones with flowers in the purple/lilac colour range seem to be like magnets for them.

It's well worth a watch .

Insects haven't been as abundant here this year, which I'm putting down to the weather which, bar the odd day, has been pretty awful for the last few weeks. Grey, wet, windy and cool for the most part and not really the best for insect spotting. 

I've got a row of borage just starting to flower and the golden rod won't be far behind. Both are fantastic for insects and the golden rod is usually covered in hoverflies. Fingers crossed for a bit of sun!

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#53 Posted : 22 July 2020 15:19:32(UTC)
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Latest Wildlife Trusts paper on Reversing the Decline of Insects with lead author Prof Dave Goulson. Should interest most visitors to this thread.

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/Reversing%20the%20Decline%20of%20Insects%20FINAL%2029.06.20.pdf


Roger

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#54 Posted : 25 July 2020 07:38:44(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

This is one of the best pages about "alates", Gandalf.

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/when-why-winged-ants-swarm-nuptial-flight.html

My tip is - look at what your local swallows, martins and swifts are doing - they often go berserk feeding on them. I've even seen swallows climbing about in trees after them. I imagine they are very yummy and full of fat and protein. I've never tried one!

 

Roger

I noted flying ants emerging in the garden yesterday. Might be an idea to keep an eye out for them. As i said above - the feeding behaviour of swallows and martins might give you a clue that something is happening.

Roger

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#55 Posted : 01 August 2020 09:37:17(UTC)
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This should be of interest: a few ideas worth a try...
How to connect with nature using technology
https://www.countryfile.com/how-to/outdoor-skills/how-technology-can-bring-us-closer-to-nature-best-apps-blogs-and-kit/



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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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