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West Runton and Beeston Common, 23 June 2021

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Planning Honeyguide days out with an eye on the weather forecast doesn’t always work out but today it did, with Goldilocks weather – not too hot, not too cool. It was ideal for a mixture of a morning on the beach at West Runton and an afternoon at nearby Beeston Common. We assembled at West Runton’s clifftop car park where we could hear or see a skylark, whitethroat and linnets, plus a steady movement of sand martins, many of which we later saw around their nest holes in the cliffs. A coach with a large party of school age children also arrived, though the beach was far from crowded early on a week day. Rob Lucking gave a splendid summary of the mix of chalk and flints that we were looking at on the exposed foreshore as the tide retreated, so good that I persuaded him to write it down. Paramoudra magna with some of Honeyguide group. ‘The chalk reef that runs between Sheringham & Cromer was laid down between 60 million and 100 million years ago when the planet was much warmer tha

A Nature Ramble in Eaton Park, June 2021

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A Nature Ramble in Eaton Park with Chris Durdin, 7 June 2021 Guest blog by Helen Mitchell, Friends of Eaton Park Starting at the Rose Garden we meandered down Walnut Tree Avenue to the lily pond, headed across to the meadow and North Park Wood, and then down through the pitch and putt to Bluebell Wood, before returning on the inside hedge to South Park Avenue to finish at the boat pavilion. Where's that greenfinch? (Helen Mitchell) We started the walk with birds in mind but ended up watching red-eyed damselflies on the lily pond, admiring fairy ring champignons in the meadow, and stopping to admire some of the wild flowers too. It was a gentle, eclectic and delightful ramble. Looking for red-eyed damselflies on lily pads (Caroline Flatt) . The birds we saw and, in italics, some of the interesting details Chris shared with us. Blackbird Blue tit Carrion crow Chaffinch Chiffchaff Collared dove – new to the UK in the 1950s and first bred in Norfolk Dunnock Goldfinch Great spotted

Hickling guided walk 8 June 2021

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Swallowtails and a boat trip were the two suggestions from visiting Honeyguiders Everard and Phil. A day out at Hickling, with local Honeyguiders, was the obvious plan for what turned out to be a warm early summer’s day. With the group assembled and the boat trip paid, our morning was a circuit on foot around Hickling Broad nature reserve. We were in no hurry to leave the picnic area as a female broad-bodied chaser perched in fine view on a cigar gall on a reed. The gall was explained by Ann as initially the home for Lipara lucens , a type of frit fly ,  with other invertebrates moving in later. Very nearby was a gloriously golden four-spotted chaser, posing beautifully for photos. 'A gloriously golden four-spotted chaser.' There was bird song everywhere, more like spring than summer, willow warblers and reed warblers especially. There were also plenty of perched reed buntings to find, once we’d found our past the greylag goose family on the path. On some open water we watche