Friday, 29 January 2016

Otter: River Thames at Shillingford

Otter in the Thames at Shillingford very elusive, but what a fantastic sight.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Appeal for Mistletoe records

For the last couple of years I have been undertaking a mistletoe survey of southern Oxfordshire and I have got to a point where I am finding it difficult to record mistletoe in new locations. Therefore I am seeking to add more records to the map.

To this end I have produced a blog which provides a form in which you can enter mistletoe sightings

The blog also provides more information about the survey, and where mistletoe has thus far been recorded.

Headline results of the survey are:
-          Approximately 913 trees have been noted to support mistletoe in Oxfordshire;
-          A total of 3316 ‘clumps’ have been noted;
-          The host tree species has been noted for 766 trees, with the host species including Lime, Poplar, Apple, Hawthorn, False-acacia and Rowan.

Many thanks,

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Otters near Abingdon: 21th Jan

Whilst undertaking my regular bird walk I saw something moving in the River Thames- an otter! It then hauled itself onto the river bank and was swiftly followed by another otter. They then stayed on the bank for a few minutes before re-entering the water and headed in the direction of Abingdon.
 (Apologies for poor quality; my compact camera couldn't quite cope with the gloom this morning)

Monday, 18 January 2016

Friday, 15 January 2016

Olive earth-tongue

A rare fungus has been found in Oxfordshire not seen since 1958.

Article featured in the Oxford Times.

Olive Earth-tongue

Friday, 1 January 2016

Otmoor 1st January.

Yellow Fieldcap.

Red Campion.

Hawthorn (sprouting).

Greater Water Parsnip.