Walking around Laneast, Dave and Mary saw two Skylarks over the downs which is unusual plus basking adders in their usual place. Plenty of otter spraint down by the river and first Chiff-chaff, Stonechats; and two male Reed Buntings on their bird feeder. Apparently, a Red Kite has been seen along the valley.
Down at Saltash, Rosie & Simon have Blue-tits nesting, lots of ladybirds and their first hedgehog sign! Photo turned upside-down so you can read the measurement!
Irene’s footprint tunnel showed signs of fox, not hedge-hog…. I have another blackbird on nest, this time up in the bay tree next to the greenhouse.
Many of our members have reported seeing Bloody-nosed and Oil Beetles during March. Butterflies noted include the Brimstone, Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Buff-tailed, Early, Tree bumble bees; Hairy-footed Flower bees and small mining bees have been seen in our gardens. But with the current restrictions on non-essential travel who will see the first Swallow, House Martin, Swift and hear the first Cuckoo from their gardens and fields…?
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Rowena has just reported seeing her first adder up on Kit Hill today (Tuesday, March 3rd). Must have been taking advantage of some warm sunshine on the sheltered side. Keep a look out for them from now on & keep legs & ankles covered up… Sue Morey’s photo taken up on the moor a couple of years ago.
There is another piece of research described in a video about the structure and processes within butterfly wings which I forgot to add to the newsletter. The original paper is hard to read unless you have a scientific background but this shows it well: https://youtu.be/_J-uXQ6D8vQ