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Leaf Cutting Bee nests

By Brian Cave - Monday, October 19, 2015

     My daughter was cleaning out the polytunnel before winter comes upon us. She uses the polytunnel for growing on seedlings for the small flower business which she runs. Beneath… Read more…

An impressive Lichen

By Brian Cave - Monday, August 10, 2015

    There had been a heavy rainstorm with serious wind overnight.  That August 8th the trees were in full leaf.  Branches were hanging heavy with walnut fruits. I  imagined… Read more…

Ants with yellow spots

By Brian Cave - Sunday, June 14, 2015

  The  ants fall from the walnut tree onto the table below.  They are all so small that you cannot make out any detailed structure.  Under the binocular microscope that… Read more…

Some thoughts on caterpillars

By Brian Cave - Monday, April 27, 2015

     This caterpillar was photographed on April 26th chewing happily on a leaf of the common plantain (Plantago lanceolata), growing in a pasture  in South Central France.   It is… Read more…

The Strawberry tree – Arbutus unedo

By Brian Cave - Saturday, October 25, 2014

I felt sure for several years that they were strawberry trees,  but until they flowered and fruited there was always an uncertainty.   Here to the left is the proof.  Why… Read more…

A young diablotin – a species of Praying Mantis

By Brian Cave - Saturday, July 26, 2014

  If it hadn’t moved I would not have seen it.  It was less than one centimetre in length and almost totally transparent. It is an extremely young specimen of… Read more…

Large Tortoiseshell in December

By Brian Cave - Monday, December 16, 2013

         Extraordinary -  Fluttering on the bathroom window  on the fifteenth of December  2013.  It must have awakened from hibernation.  Where had it been hiding?   The bathroom is always… Read more…

The Hatchet Vetch – A rare species in France

By Brian Cave - Monday, July 1, 2013

In Latin Securigera coronilla. The dull spring and early summer has been a season of sweaters and long trousers. Rain has delayed the hay harvests,  and the vegetation is high… Read more…

The Annual activity of four Ground Beetles in a French woodland (SW France -Lot…46) .

By Brian Cave - Monday, January 7, 2013

This  is an account of a study made during the year 1999.  It seems worthwhile to publish it.  The four graphs (look a little further down) represent the activity during… Read more…

Oaks in Central France

By Brian Cave - Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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With a life's experience of teaching field studies in the Forest of Dean, Brian Cave explores the ecology of rural France. More Info

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