I found the following article in the Guardian really interesting:

“More than half the trees in two new woodlands in lowland England have been planted not by landowners, charities or machines but by jays.

Former fields rapidly turned into native forest with no plastic tree-guards, watering or expensive management, according to a new study which boosts the case for using natural regeneration to meet ambitious woodland creation targets.

Instead, during “passive rewilding”, thrushes spread seeds of bramble, blackthorn and hawthorn, and this scrub then provided natural thorny tree “guards” for oaks that grew from acorns buried in the ground by jays ………”

The study, published in the journal Plos One, followed the fate of two fields next to Monks Wood, a nature reserve in Cambridgeshire. One, a barley field, was abandoned in 1961. The other, former grassland, was left alone in 1996.

To read the full article in the Guardian Newspaper please click on following link – Half the trees in two new English woodlands planted by jays, study finds

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Meditation may be an ancient tradition, but it’s still practiced in cultures all over the world to create a sense of calm and inner harmony.

Although the practice has ties to many different religious teachings, meditation is less about faith and more about altering consciousness, finding awareness, and achieving peace.

These days, with the greater need to reduce stress in the midst of our busy schedules and demanding lives, meditation is increasing in popularity.

Although there isn’t a right or wrong way to meditate, it’s important to find a practice that meets your needs and complements your personality.

There are nine popular types of meditation practice:

  • mindfulness meditation
  • spiritual meditation
  • focused meditation
  • movement meditation
  • mantra meditation
  • transcendental meditation
  • progressive relaxation
  • loving-kindness meditation
  • visualization meditation

Not all meditation styles are right for everyone. These practices require different skills and mindsets. How do you know which practice is right for you?

“It’s what feels comfortable and what you feel encouraged to practice,” says Mira Dessy, a meditation author and holistic nutritionist.

Keep reading to learn more about the different types of meditation and how to get started.

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Spotted flycatchers hunt from conspicuous perches, making sallies after passing flying insects, and often returning to the same perch. Their upright posture is characteristic.

Most passerines moult their primary flight feathers in sequence beginning near the body and proceeding outwards along the wing.

The spotted flycatcher is unusual in replacing the outer flight feathers before those nearer the body. The flycatcher’s call is a thin, drawn out soft and high pitched tssssseeeeeppppp, slightly descending in pitch. (Extract from Wikipedia)

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Supermarine Spitfire T.IX "ML407"

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force throughout the Second World War. The Grace Spitfire ML407 was originally built at Castle Bromwich in early 1944.

Very expensive to fly.

It is now owned and flown by Carolyn Grace, the only practising female Spitfire pilot in the world. During the summer months, she spends every weekend taking part in aerobatic displays across the country.

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The Spitfire costs about £5,000 an hour to fly and Grace fly’s it about 70 hours a year; the engine overhaul alone costs £120,000 and has to be carried out every four years or so.

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