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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, 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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Teme Valley Musings, January 2021

Happy New Year for 2021, I wonder what it will bring? A return to normal for our Teme Valley Wildlife group meetings, I hope. One of the talks we had to postpone last year was about a project to re-introduce beavers into a number of sites in Wales, so I thought I would write about …

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Teme Valley Musings, December 2020

It is customary to review the year in a December article, but what a year we’ve had. No-one could have predicted the events of 2020 – tragedy for so many and disruption to daily life for everyone. As far as wildlife is concerned, two unmistakeable facts have emerged. First, wildlife prospers in the peace and …

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Teme Valley Musings, November 2020

Last summer concern for the environment and worries over plastic pollution dominated the news, this summer the all-engrossing topic has been the coronavirus pandemic. At first sight they don’t seem to be connected, but on closer inspection subtle links can be drawn between them. Some corona viruses affect bats, of which a particular type has …

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Teme Valley Musings, October 2020

Following the many footpaths that criss-cross our island is an excellent way of keeping fit, seeing the countryside and enjoying the great outdoors. In 2006 my husband and I set out to walk the length of the River Teme in the company of two friends who were fellow residents of the valley. Fourteen years and …

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