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Buddy escaped from the farm.

BuddyBy the time he caught up with us I had come too far to want to take him home.

I was here to set a Badger camera up.

Badger CamI think that they have moved into fields East of the farm but they should still forage here. I have found a nice tree on the East side and tied a camera to it and hope to have some results soon.

My Badgers have escaped the cull. It is not happening here. They started killing animals last Tuesday. They killed 921 Badgers last year and they have gone back to kill some more this year. The people who live there will probably never see another Badger. If I lived there then I think that I would just move. Nature has been destroyed.

The Dogs messed about while I did all the hard work setting the camera  up.



PuppiesThis is another escapee. This one has escaped from a garden.

CotoneasterIt is a Cotoneaster but I have no idea what species. It isn’t native to the UK but several moths use Cotoneaster as a larval food plant and birds eat the berries. It is also a good source of nectar when it flowers.

CotoneasterThere is only one Cotoneaster species native to the UK and this isn’t it. Called Cotoneaster cambricus, Wild Cotoneaster is restricted to a very small area of Wales and there are only six plants left. There is a species action plan and people are keeping a close eye on these last few plants which don’t seem able to naturally regenerate.




CotoneasterMore red berries and these are Rose Hips.

Dog Rose HipsRosa, Rosa, Rosa.

She has gone and taken her family. She left on Wednesday only days after Chicklet took his first flight. She has escaped our winter for African sun. Other bird song is filling the evening air now.

They will be back to do their courting all over again. I will look forward to their return. They are great characters.

Barn Swallows

Barn SwallowsSomeone else who  escaped this week, the House Martins have also gone.

I was reading about House Martin migration just recently and amazingly nobody knows where they go in the winter. We know that they go to Africa but not where in Africa, they just get lost. The BTO are fitting birds with little devices that measure the amount of daylight, they can determine where they have been from this and hope to solve the mystery.

House MartinAnyway Roses.

Dog RoseThat smooth beardless hip above is from a Dog Rose, this next one is something different.

Rose HipRoses are very difficult if not impossible to identify in the field. There are twenty different species of Wild Rose in the UK and they hybridise easily, so you can’t tell what sort of a Rose it is any more.

Well that is what I am told. It all depends on how accurate you want to be. Ten of those twenty Roses are sub species of the Dog Rose and you can’t easily tell them apart.

Okay but as far as I am concerned this is a Dog Rose and that is  good enough.

Dog RoseThis is a Field Rose.

Field RoseMost of the others are rare and I am not going to worry about them unless I am lucky enough to find one.

There is a common white rose called the Burnet Rose but that grows by the coast and I am not expecting to find it here, it has black hips.

There is one other very common Rose that I should find here and  that is the Sweet Briar Rose. It has a pink flower with a pale white centre and it  has bristly hips. I am hoping this is it.



RoseIt is in the same field as the other two species but on the opposite side. I didn’t notice any Roses over there in the summer or maybe just didn’t look closely enough but this is one to have a proper look at next year.

I am going to finish up now with some more red berries. Just before we got back home I found this Hawthorn festooned with Old Man’s Beard and I had to photograph it.

Hawthorn and Old Man's Beard

Hawthorn and Old Man's Beard

Hawthorn and Old Man's Beard

Hawthorn and Old Man's Beard

Hawthorn and Old Man's Beard

Hawthorn and Old Man's Beard

Hawthorn and Old Man's BeardThat’s enough escaping for one night.


Dogs, Fields and Wild Roses

Well I was walking the dog around a field yesterday when we came upon that marvellous hedgerow full of Honeysuckle, It also had, in equal abundance, two species of native rose. Rosa canina and Rosa arvensis, the Dog Rose and the Field Rose.

I thought that finding them both together like that would be a good opportunity to point out the differences in the two plants. (and also post some pretty pictures of flowers)

Although superficially similar, they are both pale coloured roses that grow in the hedgerow, they are pretty easy to tell apart.

This is Rosa canina and it is pink.

Rosa CaninaAnd this is Rosa arvensis and it is white.

Rosa arvensisSimples.

But then, this is Rosa canina and it is white…

Rosa caninaIf it is not clear what colour your flower is then I would look at the buds where the colour is concentrated. Whilst the Dog Rose can fade to white, the Field Rose is always white and never pink.

The buds of a Field Rose look like this. (pure white)

Rosa arvensis Rosa arvensis Rosa arvensis Rosa arvensisThe buds of Dog Rose look like this.

Rosa canina Rosa canina Rosa canina Rosa caninaThe sepals that surround the bud are a bit different too but we don’t have to worry about that because there is another big difference right in the middle of the flower that sticks out like a sore thumb.

The styles of the Field Rose join together to form a column in the very centre of the flower.

Rosa arvensis Rosa arvensisThe styles of the Dog Rose are free.

Rosa canina Rosa caninaSo one is pink and one is white, let’s look at the flowers. (Bet you look at the styles)

Field Rose, Rosa arvensis.

Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis. Field Rose, Rosa arvensis.

Dog Rose, Rosa canina.

Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina. Dog Rose, Rosa canina.That’s it for roses until next time. I am very fond of rose hips. Thanks for looking in.