It’s dormouse week!

Time to celebrate 30 years of the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme: https://ptes.org/campaigns/dormice/surveying-and-monitoring-hazel-dormice/national-dormouse-monitoring-programme-ndmp/ Time to take a walk and go nut-hunting for hazel nuts opened by dormice. And please record them here: https://ptes.org/campaigns/dormice/surveying-and-monitoring-hazel-dormice/national-dormouse-database-ndd/ And time to consider and think about the fact that numbers of the hazel dormice have declined by 52% since 1995. We still have them […]

Nightjarring

Nightjarring Perhaps it was my new hearing aids, or were the nightjars particularly vocal the other evening? Last Thursday was a suitable evening and we met a friend who had never heard them; a few LAPWG members also turned up. We kept an acceptable distance apart as we strolled up the track at the local […]

The Big Butterfly Count starts on Friday July 17th

The website has changed slightly this year and it is hosted by Butterfly Conservation at: https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/about It’s an important survey for us to carry out because it demonstrates changes in numbers within butterfly species from year to year. Weather data is collected later to see if there is any correlation with ‘good’ years and ‘bad’ years. […]

Humming-bird Hawk and other delights!

No pictures but in our sheltered valley today, we had our first Humming-bird Hawk moth, plus Golden-ringed dragonfly; a Hawker perhaps Southern; Beautiful Demoiselles and quite a decent number of butterflies including: meadow Brown, Ringlet, Comma, Large White, Red Admiral, large Skippers and a Silver-washed Fritillary. And the Long-tailed Tits are back!