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    Posted: 26 Oct 2012 at 10:34am
So they still stare at planes in your neck of the woods do they Ben
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getting back to your original post about nocturnal 'basking', i had a scoot around the garden last night @ around 1100 and saw 15 frogs.
some in the pond, some hunting and others peering out cautiously from refugia.

having taken a few shots i headed back home, then, beneath the moonlit sky, i picked out this animal with my torch.

amateur astrologist or did it spot a UFO?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Noodles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Oct 2012 at 11:10am
What interesting observations Ben, i particularly liked the golden newt and the Nutshell pub..................................oh and your GCN encounter was alright i suppose LOL  
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been there, done EXACTLY that already x3 (visits that is, not pints per visit!)



what a perfect pub the smallest pub in Britain is! you cant go in there and not talk to strangers - its impossible/fabulous.

the Bury people, ive spent time with so far, have been so friendly and welcoming.
i had a whale in the Nutshell.
[<:o)]

previously sampled the first of these herpy real ales bottled but still trying to track all 3 down on draught!



"Baldrick, have you been eating dung again?":



The Puritan's purely theoretical tipple:



i previously commented on the forum that there werent any Essex breweries.
WRONG AGAIN RIGSBY!
theyve won awards!

from Mauldon to MALDON:







never sampled any of those either.


local (to me) recommended breweries:

Wickwar
Bath

hard to beat!
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It's all special Ben, but your eye witness account is fascinating in itself. Shame about the picture as that would have been nice, but it happens to us all.

Go drink a couple of pints of Abbot Ale down at the Nutshell in Bury St Eds, then you'lll feel better about it! Wink
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Bleedin' heck!

thats exactly what Kevb said when i told him about it!
and to think i considered going back indoors for the camera and dismissed the idea, thinking my sighting wasnt that special!

it wasnt in a town but in a small copse in the grounds of a country hotel near Bury SE.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GemmaJF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Oct 2012 at 6:29pm
Brilliant Ben something I haven't witnessed either. It's fair to say most amphibians will eat anything that moves that fits in their mouths, but direct evidence of GCN predating small newt species on land is fascinating. Goes a long way to explain why once GCN are in town very little else is likely to be found.
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'including an adult fem GCN with a juv Smoothie stuffed in its jaws!' - Ben, that's amazing - I have never heard of GCN predating smaller newts on land, though of course it happens from time to time underwater where they are more driven by smell and less choosy about what they will eat (eg cat food, dried tubifex etc).  I wish I'd seen that !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Liz Heard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Oct 2012 at 2:08pm
interesting observation Noods. thanks for sharing.

it was quite cold at 2300hrs but i saw all 3 species of newt foraging in a Suffolk garden last night - including an adult fem GCN with a juv Smoothie stuffed in its jaws!

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8 degrees is pretty cool, I wonder if these newts didn't have their 'hot rocks' whether they would have been out and about at all?
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