Stories from the Barn

A hive of activity in the Hampshire Down lands

Nature Conservation

Join us as we step out of our homes, into the garden and into wild places. This has been a year when we have all learnt to reconnect with nature and it has been a joyous and uplifting experience. Taking that experience forward in a purposeful way is something we can all action. There is a sense of wonder in the smallest of observations or the widest of landscapes and as we share our thoughts we would also love to hear from you. Tag your nature conservation photos on social media using the tags  #honeybeebarn @honeybeebookbox

Ash tree buds

Tree bud Identification

Take a woodland walk and use tree bud identification to add spice to Winter woodland walks. Become an expert in tree bud identification. Signs of the changing season appear on…

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library

Discovering the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The amazing Biodiversity Heritage Library is one of the most astonishing resources for those with an interest in biodiversity. It is an open access digital…

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Partridge in a Pear Tree

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Advent – Day16 A partridge in a pear tree is one of the most unlikely pairings, if you will pardon the pun. The…

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Save the British Hedgehog

 When did you last see a British hedgehog in the wild? Advent Day 15 British hedgehogs usually disappear around about the end of November and begin their Winter hibernation. So…

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Mistle Thrush

The Mistle Thrush

The Mistle Thrush, the song bird of Winter. Advent Day 13 The Mistle Thrush accompanies us through the Winter days and its scratchy tuneful song can be heard high up…

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Ivy berries

The Ivy Banquet for Insects

The Autumn Ivy banquet. Advent Calendar 5 The plant I most look forward to seeing in the Autumn is the flowering ivy. This is a late season feast for British…

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Robin redbreast

Robin Redbreast the Gardener’s Friend

Robin Redbreast, Britain’s national bird. The robin redbreast always brings a smile during the Winter months. The bright red breast of the Robin and its lovely song make it one…

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Treasures from the kingdom of fungi

The Kingdom of Fungi

Treasures from the kingdom of fungi. 2021 is going to be the year that I learn a lot about the kingdom of fungi. I have asked for the new book…

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Lichen on tree bark

The Beauty of Lichen on Trees

Take time to look at lichen on tree trunks this Winter. As the leaves fall from the trees it is a good opportunity to look at the lichen growing on…

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Field Pond

A Forgotten Landscape Lost Ponds

Looking out for lost ponds and forgotten landscapes. I am on the hunt for a forgotten landscape, not secret valleys and hidden forests but lost ponds. So it is with…

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