Friday, 24 July 2015

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Purple Hairstreaks & Large Red Appear

Fellow volunteers share sightings from Roughdown Common and Gadespring Cress Beds.

For the Purple Hairstreaks, head on over to the Roughdown blog, HERE.
For more on what's been spotted in the reeds and shallows at Gadespring, click HERE.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Birds Fledge & Brassy Longhorns!

Over the last 10 days, Kestrels, Green Woodpeckers and the Swallows have fledged at Westbrook Hay. Over at the Brickworks, I came across a small gathering of Nemophora metallica also known as Brassy Longhorn moths. These are a county rarity although there have been a handful of records in the last year or so. For more details, head to the Brickworks blog, HERE.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Swallows at The Old Barn

A pair of Swallows have nested again this year in The Old Barn at Westbrook Hay. They've chosen a rather busy area to raise their brood - up in the corner of the walk-through. Still, both parents are hard at work, feeding 5 nestlings regularly. A few video-stills below show the family members as of 9/7/2015.

Five nestling Swallows

Attentive parents. Left: Female (shorter tail streamers); Right: Male (long tail streamers)

Friday, 3 July 2015

Youngsters at Gadespring

Young Foxes, a juvenile Heron and newly fledged Kingfishers, all thriving at Gadespring. For more details, head over to the Gadespring blog HERE (for the Fox family); HERE (for the young Heron) and HERE (for news on the Kingfishers).