Invertrevretes in the garden this afternoon

  • Im back from Slimbridge now. Someone wanted to come to Slimbridge with me too. But I was still able to go off on my own and take pictures. There was a very entertaining goose that followed the person around everywhere convinced they had some bird food even though it was me that had it. The person I was with gave it a nickname cause of that. It was very funny
  • In reply to Zo Clark:

    Insects, like plants and that includes all vegetation, have so many species I really do struggle with ID, add to that no book can realistically list and show each species. I remember as a child seeing a book on British moths, it was huge!

    And that was purely moths, nothing else!

    I've seen your Slimbridge posts, and you put me to shame, its been decades since I was last there, my one and only visit, and I think it hadn't long opened to the public, so that will date my visit.

    It is on the list....

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • In reply to Mike B:

    There loads more where that came from Iv done a part 2

    community.rspb.org.uk/.../slimbridge-wetland-centre-part-2
  • In reply to Mike B:

    Phobias are more commonplace than many folk would like to admit, and particularly with many urban folk, because many during childhood don't come across many things that are in the natural world. I'm so glad my son was brought up with animals around him, and I spent time getting him out and about.


    How I overcame my fear was by trying to understand them better first by finding out about them and finding out what myths  that people tend to be told at a young age.  Some are very generalised and May or may not have a certain amount of truth but is misleading. 

    .  I find some kids tend to be brought up to think Wildlife is like An enemy.  or bad guy, or monster from that is just out to get them and it probably doesn’t help that some Wildlife on TV is misrepresented.  and some actually portray some easily misunderstood or overlooked creatures as something  to hate, want to harm or kill, or avoid. for example bats are usually represented on tv as things that suck your blood. Or come out at night to scare you rather than something catching insects. Or used in haunted settings for example. But we don’t have vampire bats in this country. There from a different country And our bats eat insects not blood. And even though it’s true they come out at night they don’t come out at night to scare people. 
    I also tryed to get to know Wildlife betterto help overcome my fears which did help. Then I overcame them one at a time. Then I studyed and researched them  and I got out and about in Wildlife places to try and get to know them better. they were very interesting. Of course that wasn’t the only thing I did to help me overcome my fear of Wildlife I used to have but thought you might find it interesting that is one of the things that helped me to face and overcome it. When people I know talk about there childhood past times in Nature I didnt show interest in doing most of them as a child and as a teenager and it’s only after i overcame my fear Iv found out just how  much things I missed out on. Sorry  I havnt been commenting much. I have been takeing photos and videos of Grasshoppers and sending them off to the Biodiversity network for the NBN atlas but  I have also been very busy getting ready to go on holiday somewhere else in this country, like haveing a blood test which is one of my phobias for the GP in Brighton next week and have spent Friday packing and then went to the Boating lake. On Saturday I went home for the day and then I spent this morning and some of the afternoon finishing my packing  aswell.   






  • In reply to Zo Clark:

    Zo Clark said:

    .  I find some kids tend to be brought up to think Wildlife is like An enemy.  or bad guy, or monster from that is just out to get them and it probably doesn’t help that some Wildlife on TV is misrepresented.  and some actually portray some easily misunderstood or overlooked creatures as something  to hate, want to harm or kill, or avoid. for example bats are usually represented on tv as things that suck your blood. Or come out at night to scare you rather than something catching insects. Or used in haunted settings for example. But we don’t have vampire bats in this country. There from a different country And our bats eat insects not blood. And even though it’s true they come out at night they don’t come out at night to scare people. 
    I also tryed to get to know Wildlife betterto help overcome my fears which did help. Then I overcame them one at a time. Then I studyed and researched them  and I got out and about in Wildlife places to try and get to know them better. they were very interesting. Of course that wasn’t the only thing I did to help me overcome my fear of Wildlife I used to have but thought you might find it interesting that is one of the things that helped me to face and overcome it. When people I know talk about there childhood past times in Nature I didnt show interest in doing most of them as a child and as a teenager and it’s only after i overcame my fear Iv found out just how  much things I missed out on. Sorry  I havnt been commenting much. I have been takeing photos and videos of Grasshoppers and sending them off to the Biodiversity network for the NBN atlas but  I have also been very busy getting ready to go on holiday somewhere else in this country, like haveing a blood test which is one of my phobias for the GP in Brighton next week and have spent Friday packing and then went to the Boating lake. On Saturday I went home for the day and then I spent this morning and some of the afternoon finishing my packing  aswell.   


    I think some people generally, of all ages, are taught to see wildlife as the enemy, an interference, along with most peoples lives evolving around the more materialistic things, than what life really is about.

    A classic is watch people when bees or wasps come around them, especially if they're eating or drinking something sweet/sugary and how they react, trying to frighten them away by waffting hands, books, magazines, hats or whatever.

    An interesting thing to try, and I love cream teas, is place a very small amount of jam in the middle of the table, and allow a bee or wasp to settle on it. Once settled, which doesn't take long, that bee or wasp is more than happy, until, another comes along. But calmly sit back and observe, they soon sort out who has the jam, and usually, the second visitor moves on to pastures new.

    I, along with my family, nearly got kicked out of a Nat Trust in Cornwall for doing just that, but once they watched and saw to their amazement what happened, they left us alone. Sadly, a visiting  family on a nearby table did the normal human reaction, and I think one got stung, but we never had any agro with the bees.

    A win win in my books.

    What really concerns me, science is working hard at making our existence less dependant on nature, and successfully so with vertical/subterranean horticulture.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • In reply to Mike B:

    Ok. Thanks for your reply. Im on holiday with my family now but il be able to see or reply to things when I get back from holiday.

  • In reply to Mike B:

    Im back now I went to Brighton

    I went to Brighton Beach before going to have a scan of my kidneys to make sure the cysts have shrunk and the medication is working,and then I went to Rottingdean beach and went Rockpoolling then I stayed at a hotel and went to my appointment with My Tuberculosis Exspert to look at the scans and compare them and make sure everything is ok and then I went to Rottingdean Beach again when the tide was high and spent 2 hours  at the beach. My Dad   took photos of me and mum wasn’t sure if she might fall over and the waves got bigger sometimes so I held her hand to make sure she doesn’t fall over she went back but I was ok Cause Im good at maintaining my balance in rough waves. Mum wasn’t keen on the rough waves but I enjoyed it. Brighton Beach has lifeguards but Rottingdean Beach doesn’t so I had to be careful of sudden drops. .  And try to stay away from the deep the end. But it was fun seeing all the seaweed and other things going past me in the waterMum and Dad mainly sunbathed but I looked for sea creatures.   

    community.rspb.org.uk/.../holiday

    community.rspb.org.uk/.../holiday-brighton-part-1

    community.rspb.org.uk/.../holiday-in-brighton-part-2-rockpoolling-at-rottingdean-beach

    community.rspb.org.uk/.../last-day-at-rottingdean-beach

  • In reply to Zo Clark:

    I'm glad you had a good holiday and enjoyed looking through your photos. I hope the scans have shown all is good with the kidneys and TB?

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • In reply to Mike B:

    The Sirelemous is shrinking the cysts in my kidneys like it’s supposed to but the sirelemous levels tend to be lower in the afternoon and I had it done in the afternoon. But the levels are ok.
    He also checked my Blood Test results for my blood Preassure and other things aswell. I have thalasemia Trait which means I have iron deficiency which makes me prone to Anemia
    So I take iron tablets but they forgot to count the iron in the Blood results. But with my blood Preassure the tablet is working. Mum asked if the reason hes doing blood Preassure aswell is to do with Tuberculosis sclerosis aswell and He said the reason he does the blood Preassure aswell is cause even though you can be more prone to it as you get older in Tuberculosis with kidney and lung probloms or things on your kidneys and lungs or things that can cause problems with your kidneys and lungs with TS it can also give you a high risk of developing high blood pressure aswell.
    The good news is the Blood Preassure tablets are working.

    When I was at the coast it wasn’t hot it was ok
    With the hotel Dad made the room freezing cold with the fan air conditioning  so I had to wear a jacket to keep warm the hotel is an hour away from the coast but for the temperature near the hotel it was 22 or 23 degrees celceus and the temperature would go down to 21 degrees celceus as we approached the coast and when we got there it was only 21 degrees celceus. So it’s cooler at the coast. It wasn’t windy until Friday but interestingly the temperature still went down even though there wasn’t any wind. So there must be other things that come into play that make the coast cooler.

    I found out it was 25 degrees celceus in Gloucestershire while I was in Brighton so it was quiet hot. But it wasn’t in Brighton.
    Its even hotter now though cause there’s a heatwave that has hit 36 degrees celceus here . Theres Red warning 4 And it covers Birmingham and London. It could reach much higher temperatures. (Maybe  even record breaking like 40 degrees celceus. Over here The air is so warm outside that the shade isn’t warm so you can’t cooll down in the shade that’s how hot the air is over here.

  • In reply to Zo Clark:

    Good news on the cysts and its good the medical staff are monitoring other possible scenarios, it's easier to catch these things early.

    As for the heat, I'm just to the east of Birmingham, and for me even the low 20's is close to being too hot for me, so hitting the 30+ is a nightmare!

    Here we reached 41.6ºC (106.9ºF) on the 19th July, though the trailcams, which are not in any shade, when I downloaded them earlier today shown 48ºC (118.0ºF) !

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler