Latest wildlife spots~

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.

Hedge-hog dropping

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.

First sightings…

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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Please stay safe and respect government guidelines.

Two links mentioned in our newsletter plus a really interesting video about butterfly wings

One is on the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI) about plant & flower ID tips for beginners with downloadable ID sheets. Find this at:

The Royal Society have a series of events to do with ‘You & the Planet’. There was one held recently at the Eden Project about Bio-diversity. These have been videoed and can be viewed at:

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: