Barrel jellyfish coming back to Dorset, England

This video says about itself:

Swimming with a giant Barrel Jellyfish

23 June 2014

This Barrel Jellyfish (Rhizostoma pullmo) was filmed in the Percuil Estuary, near St Mawes, Cornwall. Large numbers of these, the UK’s largest jellyfish species have been seen this year around our coast. They are totally harmless and feed on plankton. They do have stinging cells but they are not able to get through human skin. They can grow to 80cm wide and weigh up to 30 kilos!

From the Dorset Echo in England today:

Warmer weather sees return of the barrel jellyfish to Dorset shores

by Tara Cox, Reporter

APRIL has seen the return of the barrel jellyfish in Dorset due to warmer weather – and experts warn there could be more sightings to come.

Barrel jellyfish, which can grow up to one metre wide, have been spotted in Weymouth Bay and Lyme Bay in recent weeks.

And the Dorset Wildlife Trust claim that during the spring and summer, we could expect to see up to eight different species of jellyfish along the Dorset coast.

Last year, more and more sightings of the sea creatures were reported after members of the public spotted them both in the ocean and washed up on beaches in Weymouth, Portland and West Dorset.

Barrel jellyfish can grow up to one metre wide.

These particular jellyfish do not sting, but the trust is advising members of the public not to touch any jellyfish they find washed up and to report them to the trust to identify and record.

Emma Rance, DWT marine conservation officer, said: “These oceanic drifters can change in shape, colour and size when they are beached.

“We would encourage people to look but not touch and keep their animals away from the jellyfish, because many jellyfish can still sting when dead.

“It’s very likely that we’re going to get more reports of jellyfish due to warmer weather. Barrel jellyfish feed on zooplankton – tiny animals floating in the water – which have increased due to longer days with more sunlight.”

The trust also said that the leatherback turtle and oceanic sunfish feed on jellyfish, so there could also be a possibility of seeing both of these species in Dorset.

Steve Trewhella, a professional wildlife photographer and environmental campaigner, said he was surprised to hear of jellyfish sightings on Portland and Chesil Beach as early as this in the year.

Broadwindsor resident and freelance writer Sophia Moseley spotted a barrel jellyfish on Lyme Regis beach near the iconic Cobb last Friday.

She said: “I took my two children down to the beach for fish and chips and was quite surprised to see it so early in the year.

“The jellyfish was 20 inches in diameter. It’s a worry that they are populating our seashore but there isn’t much we can do about it.”

Sophia tweeted a picture of the jellyfish to the Dorset Wildlife Trust, and said she would encourage others to do the same.

People who see a jellyfish are encouraged to take a photo and report it to the DWT via their Facebook page at

Alternatively, any sighting photos can be tweeted to @DorsetWildlife.

Peregrine falcon couples sharing eggs incubation

This video from England says about itself:

15 April 2015

In the run up to egg hatching, pairs of peregrines across the country are sharing the incubation responsibility. Here we see the Bath pair changing over three times during a period of 15 hours.

Dutch peregrine falcons: here.

Good Dutch bee news

This video from England says about itself:

15 December 2014

A lecture given by Jamie Ellis at the 2014 National Honey Show entitled “Biology of the Honey Bee“.

Translated from Wageningen university in the Netherlands:

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Again, Dutch beekeepers have lost last winter on average comparatively few bee colonies: about 10%. This means that winter mortality, measured in early April, now for three years in a row has been around 10% (respectively 13%, 9% and 10% in 2013, 2014 and 2015). This is the outcome of a telephone survey of beekeepers carried out on 2 April by the Dutch Beekeepers Association (NBV) and bee researchers from Wageningen university.

Winter mortality among bee colonies has for years been alarmingly high. There were winters that one out of four colonies did not survives. Fortunately, the most recent winters shows that the mortality rate is lower now.

Recovered otter is back in the wild

This video is called Return of the Otter to England’s Countryside.

By Tony Henderson in England:

Road casualty otter is nursed back to health and released into the wild

12:00, 12 April 2015

Rescuers Jodi Wrightson and Moorview Veterinary Practice vets dedication saw the animal released into Tyneside nature reserve

Olive the otter has been released back into the wild – as the woman who saved the animal’s life looked on.

In February the 18-month-old otter was spotted lying seriously injured in the middle of the road near Killingworth lake in North Tyneside by Jodi Wrightson as she drove home from work.

Jodi wrapped the otter in her coat and drove her to Moorview veterinary practice at nearby Backworth.

“She had serious back-end injuries and I didn’t think she would last the journey to the vet,” said Jodi, who lives in Seghill.

The otter underwent an operation and was nursed for a week at the practice.

She was then transferred to the care of the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

Eventually she was able to be moved to a holding pen in the society’s Gosforth Park nature reserve in Newcastle.

The release took place early in the morning with Jodi present when the pen was opened.

“She shot out and dived into the reserve’s lake,” said Jodi, who works at Newcastle University’s school of civil engineering and geosciences.

“It was a very special moment, It was amazing to see her go.

“I had found her, called her Olive, and visited her during her recovery and I had to be there at the release.

“The vets were absolutely fantastic and gave her five-star care.”

Society director James Littlewood said that young otters stayed with their mother for a considerable time and it is thought that the pair were moving between the Gosforth reserve and Killingworth lake.

As otter numbers have recovered since the 1990s and they have spread across North East waterways road traffic has posed a significant risk to the animals.

“We decided to step in and care for Olive because she is one of our reserve’s otters” said James.

“The release went well and the time was right with the weather improving.

“She will either hopefully join up again with her mother, or if not then she is old enough to make her own way.”

Dippers of northern Finland

This video is about a dipper (Cinclus cinclus) in England.

Northern Finland, still 14 March 2015.

After the great grey owls, we went to a fast-flowing river.

Though there was still ice and snow all around, including on top of rocks in the river, the water there flows so fast that it is open.

This benefited a dipper couple.

They live in a wooden nest box underneath a wooden bridge. There is another nestbox, a bit further under the same bridge. Maybe grey wagtails will use that box when they will be back from spring migration.

The dippers sat sometimes on small pebbles, sometimes on big ice and snow-covered rocks in the river. Sometimes, they caught water insects; eg, stoneflies.

14 March dipper photos, unfortunately, were not so good. However, we went back to the dippers later, with better photographic results. So, stay tuned!