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Into the unknown - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:08 pm

2 new species for Lancashire, a Red Squirrel and some other unusual inhabitants of a previously unexplored part of the patch
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The Fractal Patch - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:11 pm

Welcome to wonderful world of fractals.
Take part of a fern, zoom in - it looks like the whole fern. Take a part of that, zoom in again - it still looks like a fern. It displays 'self-similarity' - a part looks like a miniature version of the whole.
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A Beginners Guide To Lichens - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:06 pm

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I've found that with several difficult groups (mosses being another one), it's difficult for a novice to find a 'way in'. You're immediately plunged into the deep-end - lots of similar, hard to identify species, unfamiliar terminology and resources mainly aimed at experts. For this reason I've created a...

...Beginners Guide to Lichens
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Willow titivation - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:24 am

I've been carrying out some patch-based DIY to hopefully increase the Willow tit population
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Sterling Mosses - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:42 am

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In which area do the British Isles contribute most to the global fauna and flora?
Percentages of the world’s species which we have in Britain.
Bryophytes (Mosses & Liverworts): 7%
Vascular Plants: 1%
Fungi: 1%
Mammals: 2%
Birds (breeding): 2%
Reptiles: 0.2%
Ampibians: 0.3%
Insects: 0.5%
Arachnids: 0.6%

I vote for the Bryophytes. Britain is a global hotspot of Brophytes diversity
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Snipey Hat-trick - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:14 am

This week on my patch I had the snipey hat-trick (Jack + Common Snipe + Woodcock)

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Interesting to see their contrasting escape strategies.
The Jack Snipe is hard to flush, takes off from almost under your feet.
They will occasionally allow themselves to be picked up rather than take off.
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Embiggening Things - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:52 am

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If you wish to observe the world of the very small you have two main options.

a) Invent a machine that shrinks your body down to the scale of the object in question.
b) Buy a microscope.

I weighed up the problems inherent in the first option, such as defying the laws of physics and getting trodden on...versus clicking a button on Amazon. Call me feckless if you like, but I took the path of least resistance and went with the clicking option.
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Word Magic - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:59 am

'Ginny Greenteeth'
'Loblolly'
'Witches knickers'
'Junkary'

I've compiled an A-Z of the patch using some of the more more unusual words

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Owl Wise Up - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:14 pm

The Barn Owl is probably my favourite bird - somehow they don’t seem to belong to quite the same dimension as everything else.

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Almost as if they’ve slipped through a portal - briefly joining our world from their ghostly homeland - then returning there at the end of the night.

A hunting Barn Owl is a beautiful thing to watch - the slow motion dance of wheeling, flitting and pouncing - all with a wonderful buoyancy - a lightness of touch. I think the word 'grace' was invented for this
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Plato's Cave - the patch and perception - Robby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:10 am

You scan the horizon, your view an expanse of hill, field and sky, then you focus in on a detail,
maybe a bird or a tree. Does your perceptual world contract to a shrunken fragment?
No, it stays the same size or maybe even expands. As your attention homes in,
so there is a mental blossoming – what was coarse-grained becomes finescale.

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