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Welcome to the new Teme valley wildlife group web site blog pages. The main purpose of the blog for the moment is to publish the monthly articles written by our chairperson, currently Steph Mocroft, that are sent out to a number of parish magazines, including Abberley parish magazine, Teme Span and Teme Triangle. If you …

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Teme Valley Musings, November 2021

August saw the Teme Valley Wildlife Group’s first outdoor meeting of 2021. We enjoyed a splendid visit to Catherton Common for a nature ramble led by the group’s engaging entomology expert, Tony Simpson. The day was warm but not over-hot and wildlife was out in force at this special Shropshire site. As we assembled, friends …

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Teme Valley Musings, October 2021

Worcestershire has long been known for its fruit-growing; apples, pears, plums, damsons, cherries and blackcurrants all thrive in the moderate climate and fertile soil of our county. Here is a traveller looking down from Broadway Hill in the late eighteenth century, “I well remember standing some time to gaze over the rich country below. The …

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Teme Valley Musings, September 2021

This month’s topic is ash dieback, a disease that is currently affecting our native ash tree, Fraxinus excelsior. Like Dutch elm disease before it, it is expected to change the appearance of the English landscape and much research is under way on how to manage it and mitigate its effects. The disease is caused by …

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Teme Valley Musings, August 2021

Like many people, I enjoy seeing birds coming into our garden to collect the food and water we put out for them. We have suspended two feeders in thecherry tree on the grass in front of the house, one for sunflower hearts, the other for peanuts, and put clear plastic domes on top to protect …

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Teme Valley Musings, July 2021

I am indebted to David Graham of Knighton-on-Teme for the photograph accompanying this month’s article. Thanks are also due for the idea for this article and permission to use his image to promote the Teme Valley Wildlife Group. Although rarely seen, there are plenty of polecats about in the Teme Valley because Wales and its …

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Teme Valley Musings, June 2021

June is the month when two of my favourite flower scents can be enjoyed. One is a garden plant, the other a wildflower. The garden plant is Philadelphus, also known as “mock-orange”, which I have grown in my garden since first encountering it years ago in the grounds of Powys Castle. I went there on …

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Teme Valley Musings, May 2021

One of the unexpected effects of living through the pandemic has been the increase in the number of households keeping a family pet. Months of corona virus lockdown and the prospect of increased future home-working have combined to give many people the extra time they need to bring a pet into their lives. Dogs have …

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Teme Valley Musings, April 2021

“If you ever visit Tenbury take any road that comes When April turns to beauty the cherries and the plums” Last April was a quiet time in the Teme valley. As our everyday hustle-bustle came to a stop, a landscape opening into spring gave succour to all stay-at-home residents, fearful as they were for family, …

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Teme Valley Musings, March 2021

The photograph accompanying this month’s article is of a bush cricket. It hopped, or maybe flew, in through my open window last year, apparently to inspect my curtains. A handsome creature, it has only fairly recently hopped or flown into Worcestershire and is called the Roesel’s bush cricket. It is not the subject of this …

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Teme Valley Musings, February 2021

It is often reported that the English oak, particularly a specimen of advanced age, is host to a greater number of associated species than any other tree in Britain. Less well-known is that a wide stretch of old-established hedge can do just as good a job. The number of fellow life-forms attributed to the oak …

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