One of the delights of September is a pristine, newly hatched, late brood small copper butterfly. This one was was photographed last week in the reserve by Clive Knight.Continue reading “Small copper”
This late in the year, there are few butterflies about but there is always a speckled wood (Pararge aegeriais) somewhere. Here is one on hawthorn berries photographed in September 2019 by DKG.Continue reading “Speckled wood”
Ian Bushell conducted a Butterfly Transect in the reserve at the weekend.
The transect route in the park samples its habitat types and management units. Butterflies are recorded in a band five metres wide along the transect. Transect walks are undertaken between 10.45am and 3.45pm and only when weather conditions are suitable for butterfly activity.
Here are the results.Continue reading “Butterfly transect”
The white-letter hairstreak, so named because the white lines on its underwing form a W, is the emblem of the Wiltshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation and is the focus of a project to return this butterfly to our countryside.Continue reading
Towards the end of July, a second brood holly blue butterfly (Celastrina argiolus) was spotted in the reserve and photographed by Clive Knight.Continue reading “Holly Blue”
A newly hatched, pristine peacock butterfly photographed yesterday by Clive Knight.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
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
The peacock caterpillars will be growing fast at this time of yearContinue reading “Peacock caterpillars”
These few warm days have brought the reserve to life.Continue reading
Message from Ian
Speckled Wood, Peacocks, Orange Tip and Brimstone knocking about.Continue reading “Butterfly season”
by Ian Bushell
In 2017 a White-letter Hairstreak butterfly was recorded in the park. These beautiful butterflies are the emblem of Wiltshire Butterfly Conservation group. They feed on English or Wych Elms, which unfortunately over the past few years have been ravaged by Dutch Elm disease, leaving dead gaunt trees within some hedge lines.Continue reading “Disease Resistant Elms”
Already, there are butterfly sightings from the park.Continue reading “Butterfly sightings”
A Walk In The Park
by Ian Bushell
I had a quick wander round the park this afternoon to see what needs doing, to assess the ragwort situation in the fields, and look at the tree damage done by the wind. There were three Roe Deer under the Owl Oak in the Church Lane field across the Lambrok, where they are planning to build houses..Continue reading
by Ian Bushell
Transect for August
Numbers and variety are a bit disappointing; a cold late-summer day.
The old filled-in pond at the end of Lambrok Meadow is where I saw the Common Blue among the Ragwort, Willow-herb, Spindle, Thistle, Rose, Bramble, Red and White clover .
The Big Butterfly Count began yesterday and will run until Sunday August 9th. Join in and help Butterfly Conservation monitor the health of Britain’s Lepidoptera. Spend just 15 minutes in the park, your garden, a field or wood, counting the common butterflies you see.Continue reading “The Big Butterfly Count”
A marbled white (Melanargia galathea) on creeping thistle flowers, photographed in the park yesterday by Julie Newblé. If you look carefully, there are at least three common red soldier beetles hidden in the picture.
The gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) reported in last week’s butterfly transect has turned out to be a winner.Continue reading “Another win!”
The park’s first ringlet butterfly (Aphantopus hyperantus) of the year was seen and photographed in Sleepers Field on June 10th. This newly hatched adult was a smooth, velvety dark brown fringed with white, its underwings clearly marked with the rings that give the species its common name.Continue reading “National Insect Week – Day 2”
The peacock caterpillars in the nettles in Simpson’s Field are growing fast.Continue reading “Peacock”
Last year’s record breaking summer was an excellent year for butterflies, with more than half of Britain’s species increasing their numbers.Continue reading “Butterfly numbers”
A walk in the Park
by Ian Bushell
I took my permitted exercise at the park over lunchtime. There were just eight cars when I arrived at noon and only fifteen when I left an hour later. People were well spaced all around the park; everybody seems to be taking the new regulations seriously.Continue reading