Heather

Now is the time to see the heather in full bloom, it has been a really good year and on a calm day the scent is very aromatic.

Today a young Robin arrived to sit on the carved owl and on the way back here was a well worn Wall butterfly.

Bob and Bri

Tree felling

As reported earlier in the year, a company was employed to remove trees from the reserve and also from the area just before the tip, we were informed by the contractor, it was to encourage restoration of the heather and improve the habitat.

We have just took a few photos of the area and two specific locations have been attached, showing the comparison between March, after felling and August, the regrowth is phenomenal.

The question must be asked, what is it all about, why spend all this money felling the trees, for them to regrow stronger and larger than ever.

Bob and Bri

Comparison – after cutting March 2017 and new growth August 2017 (2).docx

Comparison – after cutting March 2017 and new growth August 2017.docx

Young Wren

Very unusual to be able to watch wrens out in the open but this morning two young Wrens and a young Dunnock were interacting on Goeff’s seat, it just brightened up the whole day.

Bob and Bri

Last flush of Butterflies

It has been extraordinary year for the Ragwort, a blanket covers the reserve, it is not very good for the grazing stock or for the airfield next door, but it certainly proving popular with the butterflies, see photo.

This morning we disturbed a Woodpecker searching for food in the bench seat,it may not last much longer, and about five minutes later it returned to the feeder, see photo.

These cold mornings have enticed a few common lizards out onto the paths for warmth, see photo.

Bob and Bri

Wind Turbines

The last turbines to be installed have not been turning for a couple of weeks now, problems and/or maintenance?: but this morning was more intriguing, there was only one remaining, see photo.

The cygnets are doing very well, still six out of eight, see photo.

The Cinnabar caterpillars are out in force trying their best to devour all the Ragwort, think they will require reinforcements, it’s been a really good year for the plant.

We just noticed today, a tree sculpture shaped like a Hare!!, see photo

A couple of visitors at the feeders, a very scruffy Carrion Crow which waits underneath to catch any spillages, it also keeps the rats away and a few young Willow Warblers, feeding around the Willow trees, see photos.

Bob and Bri

Moths

Those hairy caterpillars belonging to the Garden Tiger and Drinker have now transformed into moths, see the attached photos

also attached are a few other interesting types.

Bob and Bri​​

Butterflies

This year has been exceptionally poor for butterflies, only now are we starting to see a few, even the Meadow Brown are in the low tens, normally in the two fields they would be in the hundreds.

The Gatekeeper as Jenny mentioned, has quickly built up and is now in the hundreds, but others are in single figures.

Large Skipper, one found in the area behind the curved seat, again these are very few in number.

Small Copper, one found on the main path from the field to the airport.

Comma, found two in Gillies field,

Also found a, Shaded Broad-bar moth in Gillies.

Large Dragonflies are also low in numbers, two Hawker did pass this morning but were too difficult to identify, the smaller variety, The Common Darter, are out in great numbers, found flying around sheltered Willows.

Bob and Bri