A purple hairstreak (Favonius quercus) seen on the edge of the reserve and photographed by Clive Knight.Continue reading
After the breeding season is over, robins moult.read on
Five number facts about ants
There are 63 species of ant in Britain, 17 of which are introduced.Continue reading
The life of an adult azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) is actually quite short. The latest study suggests that few live little longer than a week but they spend that week having lots of sex.Continue reading
Bees buzz in two different ways.Continue reading “BUZZ!”
This is Anagallis arvensis or scarlet pimpernel discovered last week among the grass in the set-aside at the top of Kestrel Field and photographed by Ian Bushell. It is a tiny annual plant more usually found growing in bare ground under arable crops than among the reserve’s lush grasses and, like so many of our wildflowers species, it is now in serious decline due to modern intensive agricultural practices.Continue reading
This is common mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) growing vigorously in the gateway at Puddle Corner between Sleepers Field and Cornfield.Continue reading “Mugwort”
There is a well established rabbit warren in the hedge between Cornfield and Sleepers Field. But, despite their long-term place in our landscapes and myths, rabbits are not British natives; they are an introduced alien species.Continue reading
Clive Knight has sent in beautiful photographs of two butterflies: a brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) and a large white (Pieris brassicae). Although both are members of the Pieridae family, they have significantly different life cycles.Continue reading
A flower crab spider, Misumena vatia.Continue reading
Conversations about haymaking
Email from Countryside Officer Vicky Roscoe (Thu 15/07/2021):
Could you to put the attached notice on Facebook and the website? I don’t have a date as yet from the farmer but he did say it’s likely to be next week or the week after. Judging by the forecast, he could be on site very soon.
Broad bodied chaser
Have you seen the male broad bodied chasers fighting for territory in spectacular aerial dog fights over the pond? There were at least ten of them yesterday, as well as two females laying their eggs in the pond’s shallow margins. If you’re passing, pause and watch; here is a video to help you with identification.
Header picture: broad bodied chaser (Libellula depressa) © Simon Knight.
By Ian BushellContinue reading “What IS this?”
A pair of sparrowhawks has been seen hunting in the park.Continue reading
Talking to Trees
by David Feather
“I talk to the trees, but they don’t listen to me.” This was part of a lyric to a song some of our older nature reserve walkers will remember. Well, there is a possibility that the lyric writer might have been mistaken.Continue reading
Pineapple weed (Matricaria discoidea) is an 18th century introduction from northeast Asia that escaped from Kew Gardens into the wild in 1871 to become the fastest spreading invasive plant species of the 20th century.Continue reading “Pineapple weed”
Wild carrot progress report
Pictures and a message from Clive Knight:Continue reading
A lot of Lepidoptera
from Ian Bushell and Clive Knight
 Blood vein moth  Meadow brown  Ringlet  Small heath  Painted lady  Small skipper.
Header Image: Comma by Ian Bushell
Last year, Prime Minister Johnson, standing behind a banner that read BUILD BUILD BUILD, condemned all our efforts to protect the biodiversity of the Lambrok corridor as newt-counting. This was just the first move in what is beginning to look like a long-term campaign to benefit developers at the cost of our rapidly deteriorating environment. The latest move, hidden in the shadows of an obscure website, proposes restricting the reach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.Continue reading “Calling all newt-counters”
Have you spotted the patches of bright yellow meadow vetchling in our hayfields?Continue reading “Meadow vetchling”