DON’T FORGET THAT THERE WILL BE FARM MACHINERY WORKING IN THE PARK TODAY; STAY SAFE.

Hogweed

This has been a year of astonishing growth: more grass than we have ever seen, nettles at head height, trees and shrubs sagging under the weight of blossom. Our common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) is standing seven feet tall in places with flower-heads the size of dinner plates.

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Part three

Mail from Clive to Ian:

On my afternoon walk, I spotted these two butterflies in  Village Green. I thought the first one is a Painted Lady and the second Holly Blue but I leave it to your better knowledge.

Mail from Ian to Clive:

Yes, I’ll go along with both of those – Painted Lady and a Holly Blue.” 

Here is a fascinating little video of a peacock butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. We know that there are at least two nests of peacock caterpillars in the park so, by the end of July, we should see these beautiful adults.

Filmed and edited by Daniel Castell

A new species seen in the park on two occasions last week: A cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus) spotted, identified and photographed by Ian Bushell.

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Beautiful images of a meadow brown taken in the park last night, at the end of the year’s longest day, by Chris Seymour.

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