Found first dormoussed hazel nuts here today in the side garden next to the wood. So eyes down everyone!
One of the most successful ‘citizen science’ surveys, the count actually started on the 19th July but carries on until August 11th so there’s plenty of time to take 15 minutes off and settle down somewhere nice to count the butterflies. I’ve seen the first of the late summer Holly Blues this morning. Always worth repeating counts at previous locations to compare from year to year but so much depends on the weather. But we need to get our area included!
Everything you need to know is on the website below at https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/
Alison (thank you) asked me to pass this on…
“Whilst looking at our garden pond fish last Friday, I was greeted by the largest Grass Snake I have ever seen, a good three foot long, swimming along the edge of the pond and in the process of catching one of our frogs. Eric, of course, thought this was wonderful, but those of you who know of my complete phobia for all things slithery will understand that, whilst I am pleased to think that this magnificent specimen of the species exists, I would rather it was in someone else’s garden! It dropped the frog when Eric went up to it & disappeared into the undergrowth beyond the pond. Needless to say, I shall not be doing any weeding in that area. No doubt it will have re-appeared to try to catch the poor frog who got away…!” Pete’s just said that he completely understands; even a slow worm is a little too much for him. But a photograph would be amazing….?
Mary has sent us this list of moths for July and explains the differences between the ‘Footman’ moths.
Please see attached:July moth report 2019
Our July newsletter will be emailed out to our members before the end of June and Mary Atkinson’s moth report will be added here to the blog.
Just been sent a poster about this event at Bude. Nice to know dormice have been found near-by. See attached for details. Bude BioBlitz Poster June 16th
Rescued this afternoon from my green house. Yet to be verified but I think I’m correct although I think of it as a coastal species and quite special.
Gill sent us this photo taken by her daughter Katy of two mating Eyed-hawk Moths found on a step last Sunday May 26th.
Small numbers at Armstrong this spring but we saw bats and the meadows were a delight. Our grasses day went really well ~ we just need to practice…!
See attached for details: Armstrong and Grasses Day 2019 V2
The first week of May is Hedgehog Awareness week. This year Cornwall Wildlife Trust & Cornwall Mammal Group started a new survey using footprint tunnels to survey rural areas away from human habitation. The study will be repeated for five years.
A short report is attached here : Operation Hedgehog 2019 survey report for LAPWG