Recent sitings in the Wood

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Green Veined White


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Song Thrush


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Speckled Wood


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Meadow Brown


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Scorpion Fly


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Ringlet


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Large Skipper


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Waiting for lunch…


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Peacock


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Silver washed frittilary


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Gatekeeper


 

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June 2015 – Spectacular display of Foxgloves purple, pink and white. Picture (taken on my ‘phone) doesn’t do it justice

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

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One year on…

Yes it’s been a while since this blog had any postings. Out this afternoon monitoring the butterflies: not as many as I’d hoped, but the following were seen: Orange Tip, Brimstone, Peacock and Speckled Wood.

IMG_7011rPeacock on Middle Way.

There seemed to be quite a few Buzzards in the woods which were disturbed as I walked by. I suppose they wouldn’t be there if there wasn’t something edible nearby.

IMG_7012r2Buzzard in the Sweet Chestnut glade at the end of the transect.

 

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End April

Now the ground is a lot drier but still sticky in some places, compare with previous postBlogPicbApr14BlogPicaApr14

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January/February 2014

Wood very wet and all streams swollen.  Pictures (top) looking south at bridge over Rowbourne Brook on Blue Trail and (below) looking east  Wet7Feb14 (3) Wet7Feb14 (4)

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St Jude’s Storm 28th October 2013

This widely predicted storm caused plenty of work for the group, blocking many paths and leaving a good deal of clearing up which has taken up many of our recent work parties.

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Butterflies again

This week has been poor for butterfly sightings – a few Speckled Woods – but last week was most unusual. No less than 6 Purple Hairstreaks were observed on the Bridleway transect while early on the 20th, several Purple Hairstreaks were observed at the west end of Middle Way taking in the early morning sunshine. In this shot the sun is catching the irridescent purple patch.

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Heatwave brings out the butterflies

A good week for butterflies in the Wood. Two sightings of White Admiral, one near the School Camp corner and another on the Bridle Path. Also several sightings of Purple Hairstreak. Purple Emperor also at usual location. See butterfly page for some recent pictures.

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Summer’s finally arrived!

After three miserable weeks of recording almost no buterflies at all, suddenly the summer weather has arrived and butterflies are at last emerging. Today, most seen were the three common ‘brown’ butterflies: Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Speckled Wood.

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Speckled Wood

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Ringlet

Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

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A speckled afternoon

So far I have managed to do the Butterfly Transects each week, trying to find the best afternoon in terms of sunshine and temperature. The following photographs are from last Sunday’s session.

Yellow Speckled MothYellow Speckled Moth on a Bluebell on Middle Way close to the Heather patch.

Small WhiteSmall White Butterfly also enjoying the Bluebells.

Speckled WoodAlong the Bridleway, a Speckled Wood butterfly shows how well it blends into the background.

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