From Mary Atkinson, her notes about the moths we may see in February:
Saw frogs in the field pond a day or two ago and this morning, Pete found the first three clusters; eight days earlier than last year but with frost forecast, I need to push them into deeper water…
I found a link to a copy of ‘Woodwise’, a journal available on the Woodland Trust website at: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/publications/2019/12/wood-wise-autumn-2019/
This edition looks at deadwood & decay, great subjects for such a dark and wet day but it is fascinating stuff! In depth but readable… have a look
There are two events, one about the work on badger vaccination being carried out in Cornwall (see poster, left), on Weds January 22nd, 7:30pm at Falmouth University and the other (pdf to download below) is a competition for the best short presentation about work with mammals in Cornwall which will take place on April 18th but entries need to be in by March 1st. Please pass on to any students working on mammal projects in the county.
These are well out of our local area but very relevant and there’s an opportunity to car-share.
Ian Bennallick had organised a botanical group flower hunt down at Perranporth on Wednesday and I was disappointed that I couldn’t go. So did my own here in Middlewood and successfully entered the nine species! They do ask for nil records as well so am not embarrassed. Ian & co found 72 and were fifth in the national list but he always chooses coastal places, not inland edge of Bodmin Moor!
You have one more day, tomorrow, Sunday if you have the time & inclination; it was quite straightforward to use the online form and you can use common names, even just the single name if you are uncertain about the exact species. Next year, I think LAPWG should do one as a group effort. See: https://bsbi.org/new-year-plant-hunt-how-to-take-part
A note from Robin: The Today programme is asking people to record observations of bees (any) & ladybirds seen over the mid-winter period but it end Dec 27th!
Very soon after last week’s frosts, on Tuesday evening (and despite the ice staying on the water bowl in the front garden here all day), in came one of the Lesser Horseshoe bats. After a cold spell, they usually stay in hibernation or torpor for several days before re-emerging when the weather warms up again.
Then on Thursday, December 5th, Ian McClenaghan emailed to say that he found a Red Admiral butterfly attempting to feed on some hebe in his garden on the edge of Launceston. Temperature was only 8c.
The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) who run the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP) and the National Dormouse Database (NDD) have published a new report on the numbers of dormice. While some next box site are holding their own, the general trend is down. Several reasons but here is the full report to download and read:
From Mary Atkinson with a footnote from Jen