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Big Nature Day

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Yesterday was International Day of Biological Diversity, and also the launch of the United Nations' Decade on Biodiversity - very important dates in our diaries.  To celebrate, the Natural History Museum held its Big Nature Day - an event which will be repeated every year for the next 10 years to celebrate the Decade on Biodiversity and bring these issues more closely to the public's attention.

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The snooty fox has babies!

I commute into London every day from West Sussex and often see wildlife out of the train window (when I'm not snoozing!).  Usually deer in winter, and sometimes a fox in summer.  Just outside Three Bridges station I've seen a fox a couple of times - once even sitting on the station platform!  Just opposite there's a pub called The Snooty Fox, so I always think of this fox as the snooty fox.  I haven't seen it for ages though so I wondered if it hadn't made it through the winter. 

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Sunny weekends

What a gorgeous sunny weekend we've just had - suncream was even needed in my back garden yesterday - it's not often that happens in March!

I spent most of the weekend gardening - a novelty since I only got a house with a garden towards the end of last summer.  I have high hopes for a veggie patch and pond but it'll take a lot of work.  I bought a pond liner this weekend though, so my boyfriend has a lot of digging ahead of him (he he!).

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February Update

Hello everyone,

Sorry I haven't written for a while - winter is a quieter season for OPAL, so there weren't so many interesting things to tell you about.  After the OPAL Conference (my last blog post) my time was taken up writing end of year reports - each year we report back to the Big Lottery Fund who support OPAL to show them all the work we've done and how it has benefitted lots of people as well as the wildlife.  So that took us until Christmas, and since then we have been planning our year ahead.

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BioBlitzes, beetles and being by the seaside

Wow, I can't tell you how busy I've been over the past few weeks - so that's my excuse for not updating my blog for a while.  I'm just starting to catch back up with things after a manic start to June.  We've had two great events just a week apart... The Alexandra Palace BioBlitz on 5th June was part of a BBC Springwatch Wild Day Out in London and the Mothecombe Bioblitz was held down on the coast in Devon on 11th and 12th June.

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Humongous hoppers spotted in central London

How cool is this!?!  To launch the OPAL Water Survey, the OPAL Communications Officer (Laura) arranged for some huge frogs to be projected on to Battersea Power Station last night.  How great does this look?!  I think they should keep them there permanently.  Good work Laura, it looks fab.  Now it's time to get out pond dipping...

 

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