SWARM TRAPS AND BEE DROPS
Apian behaviour, beekeeping paraphernalia and colony loss language.
"...Bee brush, brace comb
Straw skep, swarm trap
Bee drops and fake fires..."
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Human descriptions and interpretations of the songs and calls of birds found in the Thames Estuary (from the Soundings from the Estuary project).
"...A squeaked "pseep", a liquid "twit",
a jingle of keys, a rusty lock
a twisting hinge and metallic "clink"..."
Reports of birds, and other flighted activity, in the Thames Estuary (from the Soundings from the Estuary project).
"...Avocet Egg Watch, Pipits on pit-stops,
Godwits on slipway, and ducks flushed from ditches;
Peregrines on pylons, Sandpipers in puddles,
Redshank on mudflats and Fieldfare in paddocks..."
True bat names of the world. See full version below.
"...The Sucker-footed, Hollow-faced, Tube-nosed, Funnel-eared
Lobe-lipped, Thumbless, Wing-gland and Clinging Bats..."
Local / vernacular names of the characterful Mistle Thrush.
"...Thin-thresher, Screech-drossle, Gawthrush, Charcock, Storm Bird, Skirlock,
Jeremy Joy, Butcher-bird and Jaypie..."
The uncommon 'common' names of British Mosses.
"...The Fuzzy Fork, Frizzled Crisp, Petty Pocket,
Twiggy Spear and Flabby Thread...."
The neglected splendour of British moths. (See Dictations page for recording)
"...The Maiden's Blush, the True Lover's Knot, the Dark Dagger, Pod Lover,
The Bloodvein, the Gothic, and the Death's-Head Hawk Moth..."
Local/vernacular names of British birds.
"Yaffle, Yuckel, Eccle and Yockel
Pick-a-tree, Hew Hole, Nicker Pecker, Wood Hack..."
PENNY BUN or POISON PIE
The possible perils of inaccurate fungi identification: names of British fungi, with a recipe for Cep Soup, and symptoms of Death Cap poisoning.
"...Witches Butter, Batchelor's Buttons, Old Man of the Woods and Dead Man's Fingers
Bleeding Mycena, Amethyst Deceiver, Bitter Bolete and False Morel..."
RESIDENTS, MIGRANTS AND VAGRANTS
Ornithology and vagrancy, and a crescendo of bird sounds.
"...A chiff-chaffing, a chough choughing,
a crow coughing, craw crawing, and a ringing sobbing..."
The curiously specific world of botanical terminology and plant naming.
"...A pendulous sedge, sprawling sanicle, ramping fumitory and spreading panicle!"
Plant disorders, diseases and pests.
"...Fruit drop, butt rot, bark split, bitter pit..."
Coastal and sea life of Britain.
"Cuttlefish, Stickleback, Dabberlocks and Bladder Wrack..."
A SPINKIE DEN
Scottish local/vernacular plant names.
"A spinkie den of rag-a-tag, mappie's lugs and flapper bags
Runchie, ramps, wrack and rammock..."
Just a few of the 427 varieties of British-registered potatoes.
"...Schoolmaster, Chancellor, Home Guard, Avalanche
Dunbar Archer, Ulster Lancer, Arran Banner and Maris Piper".
THE TEASEL MAN IS COMING - see Industry / Activity page.
See also the Natural History Survey done at Surrey Docks Farm.