Saturday, 25 May 2013

Wildlife,Cycling and Other Uplifting Stuff

NSB thought it might be nice to record some of the wildlife that is seen in the (not very big) NSB garden, and also a little wider afield whilst out cycling...

Note1 : Includes posts about scenery, buildings and other non-wildlife stuff!
Note2 : See also : https://nottinghamscience.blogspot.com/2012/05/pictures-of-sky.html

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Dec 2018 : Respect to Derbyshire County Council for the job the roads team have done resurfacing the Ilkeston A609 / A6007 roundabout (top of dual carriageway). REALLY SMOOOTH. No drops at the drains. Makes cycling much safer. Colleague comments that they could "cycle round it all day"!

Resurfaced A609 / A6007 roundabout in Ilkeston. Smooth!

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Lots of stuff on the Nottingham Council Website about cycling:
https://www.transportnottingham.com/cycling/

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Resurfaced Birdcage Walk makes cycling along this route much easier than the previous lumpy surface.

Resurfaced Birdcage Walk, Dec 2018

More on this project here : https://www.transportnottingham.com/projects/river-leen-multi-user-path-improvements/

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Shipley Park, chilly morning Dec 2018

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Link to : Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) Consultation

"Detail of outcome
The main outcomes are that [the Government] will:
i) review the existing guidance in the Highway Code to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians
ii) invest £100,000 to support police enforcement by developing a national back office function to handle dash-cam footage
iii) improve enforcement against parking in cycle lanes
iv)appoint a cycle and walking champion
v) encourage local authorities to increase investment in cycling and walking infrastructure to 15% of total transport infrastructure spending
vi) engage with cycling and walking bodies to develop a behaviour change campaign

"
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Very lucky that part of the daily commute looks like this

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A late autumn Gladioli, to brighten up the rainy weather

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Oct 2018: Might be able to hold out a bit longer, but will soon need to switch to the Winter Horn, as it's softer squeeze is more suited to chilly weather. ...

Winter Horn, yesterday

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Oct 2018 : Some thoughts on my first Parkrun....

Was worried that I would be too slow, as was expecting to walk most/all of the course but relieved to find that the volunteer marshalls at the back of the run were just ambling along, and finished several minutes after me. So, even though I walked that entire course (at a fairly brisk pace), I could have been even slower and not inconvenienced any of the marshalls.

Nice encouragement by the other marshalls en route!

Very soon after starting, was passed by a quick runner who had clearly just started a bit late. This stuck in my mind and so it took an embarrasingly long time to realise that all the people passing me about 1/4 in were not starting late - they were lapping me!

Planning to gradually introduce jogging as I go on.

Very friendly people, can see how one would get to know people who run at a similar pace to oneself.

All good, highly recommend!


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Nice row of Citibikes!

Cycling in Shipley Park in 7am moonlight! - Oct 2018

Sunset - Oct 2018

This is a colour picture - Oct 2018

Wind Turbines by the M1- Oct 2018

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Loved the sculptures like this one at a retail park - check out the "Mall Cop" on the three-wheel Segway type thing in the background.

Sculptures at a Retail Park, 2018

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This was interesting to see on a phone box in Hyson Green, Nottingham. Although the website does not seem to be active.

Vegan Poster Jul 2018

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Check out the Nottingham Councils Cycling Page: https://www.transportnottingham.com/cycling/

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Always lovely to see horses in Shipley Park!

Shipley Park Jul 2017

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Leaves on the ground, Dec 2016

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A couple of pics taken while camping near Buxton, Derbyshire.

Fernlee Reservoir, Derbyshire, 2015

Trees, Derbyshire, 2015

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2015 : Visited the incredibly beautiful Rhossili Bay recently. The image below really doesn't do it justice.

Rhossili, deservedly voted best beach in the UK

Rhossili Bay has been voted Britan's most beautiful beach. Not a surprise really...

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Autumn leaves, 2017

Rather like how this has turned out, but wish had paid more attention to the composition!

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Horses, close to A52 Ring Road, Summer 2017

Very still Trent, Autumn 2017

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Sky, Barmouth, 2017

Beach, North Wales, 2017

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NSB passes a fungi covered tree stump on the way to work and, one day, decided to take some pictures and try to identify the fungi. There were more fungi species than NSB expected and, as NSB knows nothing about mushroom identification, some help was required. The help came via Twitter from kind (and very clever) souls @Nottswildlife, @curataceae, @susieoftraken and @stu_rock who, between them, provided the information attached to the pictures below:

3 types of mushroom at the base of the stump 1/3

The small light ones to the bottom left are possibly Coprinus micaceus or Coprinus silvaticus. The darker ones on lower right are Coprinus disseminatus (fairies bonnets). The grey ribbon like fungus might possibly be Bjerkandera adjusta.

Fungi on the other side of the stump, Nottingham, 2017 2/3

This large fungi is Cerioporus squamosus (see also here)

Fungi on the top of the stump, Nottingham, 2017 3/3

Same ribbon-like "bracket" fungus as in the first image so possibly Bjerkandera adjusta.

As UoN's Craig Sturrock (@stu_rock) commented, "Nice multi species community structure!"

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Not something you see every day...

Drought Horse, Near Beeston Weir, Jun 2017

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Spotted this handsome chap (and his other half, out of shot on the right) whilst cycling along the Big Track in Nottingham.

Pheasant, Big Track, May 2017

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According to the RSBP, Egyptian Geese "was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state."

Egyptian Goose, Highfields Park, April 2017

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View across the Trent, from the South Side, Apr 2017

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Love that Nottingham Council trim the foliage by the Big Track
sent an email to Council to say thanks!

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Not strictly wildlife, but rather like this contrasting picture of a tree against a dusk sky...

Tree, dusk, Nottingham, Nov 2016

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Ride along parts of the Nutbrook Trail and Erewash Valley Trails (Sep 2016)


By pure chance it turned out that BFTF was cycling to work on National Cycle to Work Day, so took the opportunity to ride home the scenic way, via the Nutbrook Trail and Erewash Valley Trails. Some pics and bloggage below!

BFTF joined the Nutbrook trail at Shipley Country Park. The Nutbrook Trail follows the route of the dismantled Stanton railway branch line, which no doubt explains is gentle gradients...

The Nutbrook Trail takes you away from the traffic and into the countryside

The Erewash Valley Trail is the result of funding and development by a range of partners, including :

Erewash Trail Development Partners

BFTF is very grateful for their foresight and perseverance in making this wonderful trail a reality.

Sometimes the scenery is too pretty for words

Well, hello there Mr Teenager Swan!


Setting sun at Trent Lock - better get a move on if want to get home before dark!

Cracks me up every time!


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Spring 2016
Emden Geese, by the Nottingham and Beeston Canal
Emden geese have long since been domesticated. They grow quickly and mate for life... ahh, how sweet!

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Spring 2016
Newt in a Derbyshire Garden, 
(used with kind permission from Darren Sims Photography)

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Spring 2016
Field Mouse in a Derbyshire Garden,
(used with kind permission from Darren Sims Photography)

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Spring 2016
Swan v Duck at Rushcliffe Country Part

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Summer 2015
Picked up a piece of wood that had been lying on a garden path for several weeks and found an ants nest, with many ants eggs, underneath. Within a few minutes the ants had taken all the eggs through cracks in the paving to a safer location underground.....

Ants taking care of business..

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Summer 2015
Didn't really know where to put this, so have shoehorned it into this post - lovely vision of green while driving on the A6 (it's ok, the picture was taken from a layby!)

Wall of trees, next to A6, Derbyshire

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Field of Wheat, next to the Big Track


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HGV's on the Nutbrook Trial, 2014

Several times each day, traffic on the Embankment has to stop for this....
Aug 2014

Very handsome indeed ! Nutbrook Trail, Derbyshire, Aug 2014

Lovely colours as bright sun behind BFTF plays on the fields and dark clouds ahead.
Near Beeston Weir - Jul/Aug2014

Fields of Wheat, between Stapleford and Bramcote- Jul/Aug2014

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A work colleague NSB was cycling home with recently spotted this, bright orange, fungi on a tree. Fungi are tricky to identify, but @george_gorilla thinks this might be a type of Polyporus, which are a type of fungi that break down wood.(see also here) - and an awesome set of mushroon images can be found here

Unidentified Fungi on a tree. Can you identify it?

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NSB did once share ownership of a Giant African Land Snail, which would gnaw on peoples fingers in a gentle can't-really-do-any-damage kind of way). The snail was called Sammy, by the way, because that works for both males and females, and snails are notoriously sexually ambiguous.

Sammy as a baby, on a slice of cucumber


Sammy a few months later, trying to give someone a manicure


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