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Spycops and the Fight for Justice

Subversion, sabotage and spying: Political policing and state racism in the UK

This was the title of the extraordinary conference I attended at South Bank Uni in early April. Over 2 days speaker after speaker spoke about appalling cases of racism, subversion, dishonesty, criminality and violence by the…

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Added by Russell Miller on June 12, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Amber Nectar - Oak Bracket Returns to Clissold after 8 year Absence

It was wonderful to find my old friend Inonotus dryadeus (also known as Oak Bracket) back in Clissold on Monday. Calling a bracket fungus a friend may seem a bit weird but having not seen this amber beauty for 8 years it was joyous to rediscover it on the same veteran plum tree where it…

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Added by Russell Miller on June 10, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Wild Bee Walk and West Hackney Rec

I Tweeted (@treeruss) the above photo to advertise yesterday's bee walk and it happens to feature the first bee we saw.  This is a male Hairy Yellow-Face bee Hylaeus hylinatus. It's tiny, less than 6mm! Yesterday's male was a bit dozy, presumably due to the cold weather. It…

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Added by Russell Miller on June 5, 2016 at 11:08 — No Comments

went DOWN TO THE deadWOOD TODAY

If you know what you are looking for it's not that hard to demonstrate the vital importance of deadwood in parks.

10 minutes at a horse chestnut stump in CLissold Park this afternoon revealled 2 new nationally scarce species for the park:

  • a fungus beetle called Hallomenus binotatus Nationally Scarce…
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Added by Russell Miller on May 22, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Hackney Bees - another new species

Found Buffish Mining bee Andrena nigroaeanea on Hackney Downs last week. That's another new species for Hackney.

That brings the total to 50 confirmed species in Hackney so far; 2 new species in a week! That's getting on for 20% of all UK species. See…

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Added by Russell Miller on April 4, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments

Some bees don't look like bees - New bee photos

This is a photo of the Furry-clasped Furrow bee (Lasioglossum lativentre) I discovered at Abney Park recently. This is a female. The tiny bees nest in the ground but little is known about them.

The species is fairly uncommon but not rare or scarce. It has never been recorded in…

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Added by Russell Miller on March 31, 2016 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

3 New bee species at Abney

Realising Good Friday was to be the pick of the Easter weekend weather I set out in determined fashion to see if I could find any new species of bees at Abney. After about four hours I had seen: Buff-tailed bumblebee queens, honey bees and lots of Hairy Footed Flower bees (mostly males but a few females had begun flying). There were also quite a few butterflies on the wing. I counted 4…

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Added by Russell Miller on March 28, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

BBC Invents 3 Different Reasons to Justify Anti-Corbyn Bias

Those who read my blog at the time will be familiar with the fact that back in October BBC Newsnight ran an astonishingly biased piece about the Tory government's U-turn on contracting to help the Saudi dictatorship run its prisons. [I know the BBC is routinely right-wing and anti- Corbyn but this really took the biscuit.]

For…

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Added by Russell Miller on February 21, 2016 at 20:03 — No Comments

Cobalt Crust fungus, winter blues never looked so good

Stunning Cobalt Crust fungus at Abney Park nature reserve. Previously seen in Wick…

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Added by Russell Miller on February 8, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Heathrow 13: British Justice 0

Heathrow 13: British Justice 0

Judge loses plot in high stakes climate change battle

As a former civil rights lawyer I've seen a fair…

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Added by Russell Miller on January 26, 2016 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

Listen to the Trees - Act Now on Climate Change

Blireana plum (Prunus × blireana) on Shakspeare Walk in full flower yesterday (8 JANUARY 2016).…

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Added by Russell Miller on January 9, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Rare Bumblebee Mimic found at Abney Nature Reserve

See link below for my article in the current London Naturalist on Abney's rare bumblebee mimic not seen in London since 1966.…

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Added by Russell Miller on January 9, 2016 at 16:55 — No Comments

BBC supports Tory and Saudi governments but censors Corbyn

Last night (13.10.15) BBC Newsnight reported the government decision to withdraw from a £6m British bid to provide prison services to the Saudi regime. According to the BBC the change of mind was down to Secretary of State Michael Gove (“Michael Gove had thought that and got his way”) and Tory concerns about Saudi regime's harsh treatment of a British citizen imprisoned…

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Added by Russell Miller on October 14, 2015 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Spring Hill Orchard - TM Mega Bramble Bash

Spring Hill Orchard

TM Mega Bramble Bash

The orchard at Spring Hill was planted by TMs and others…

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Added by Russell Miller on October 12, 2015 at 10:27 — 1 Comment

Expulsions, Lies and Manipulation – the Right's Reaction to a Resurgent Left

Expulsions, Lies and Manipulation – the Right's Reaction to a Resurgent Left

Right-wing ridicule is turning into panic as Jeremy Corbyn's remarkable mass movement threatens to return the Labour Party to its socialist…

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Added by Russell Miller on August 31, 2015 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Abney Biodiversity and Hackney Bees

Species Lists

Below are links to simple species lists for species recorded at Abney Park Nature Reserve and a general species list for Hackney bees.

Abney Park Invertebrates…

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Added by Russell Miller on April 16, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Tree Assassination Attempt Foiled by Tree Musketeer

Tree Assassination Attempt

Foiled by Tree Musketeer…

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Added by Russell Miller on March 26, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Prunus Okame - the best early flowering tree for bees in London?

Prunus Okame

the best early flowering tree for bees in…

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Added by Russell Miller on March 13, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Spring Be – Enjoy the Beauty

Spring Be – Enjoy the Beauty…

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Added by Russell Miller on March 6, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

This winter with the Tree Musketeers

Musketeering – join in the sanity

Another world is not only possible, it exists right now, right here. People helping each other and the planet with no need for pointless, disposable commodities; no fear to engender

deference to…

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Added by Russell Miller on January 20, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

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