Wednesday, 18 October 2017

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Hurricane Ophelia also blew a Green lacewing (Chrysopa 7-punctata) into my house.

Birder's Bonus 176


Surprised to see a Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) dart out of a water-filled ditch by the cycle track in Bynea.

Farting Shellfish


It has been reported by Swedish scientists that shellfish including oysters, clams and cockles produce substantial (but not as substantial as cows) amounts of methane and nitrous oxide (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2017/oct/16/are-flatulent-shellfish-really-contributing-to-climate-change). These are powerful 'greenhouse gases' that are likely to impact on climate change. The effects are likely to be most powerful in locations where these bivalves are cultured (usually in shallow, enclosed areas of the sea) at relatively high densities. 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Sole Survivor


It probably pays not to get too familiar with your catch. There has been a recent report of a man saved from death by choking by a paramedic after 'kissing' the small Dover sole he had hauled up (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/12/paramedics-save-man-after-whole-fish-jumps-down-throat). The fish allegedly 'jumped down' his throat, blocking his airway. The man was saved but the fish died.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

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Lots of Sulphur tuft (Hypholoma fasciculare) around the Singleton Park campus of Swansea University.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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After the rain in Bynea, the hairies emerge. Larvae of the Knot grass (Aranicta rumicis) and the Pale tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) moths.

Railway Sandwiches


Good news that all trains will shortly have to stop dropping human excrement from toilets on to the rail lines (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/10/train-toilets-to-no-longer-empty-on-to-tracks), removing it instead from storage containers in depots. I must admit to being totally unexcited by the news that this move will reduce the crops of tomatoes on some lines thought to result from the well-fertilised seeds from consumed cheese and tomato sandwiches!

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Hurricane Ophelia also blew a Green lacewing ( Chrysopa 7-punctata ) into my house.