Spitting spider

On Friday evening I spotted a spider in the bathroom. On closer inspection I realised it was a spitting spider. These are described as uncommon and this was only my second ever one, the first having been found in my house also. They are called spitting spiders because they catch their prey by spraying it…

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Heath fritillary butterfly

After visiting Elmley Marshes last Saturday, we popped over to East Blean Woods, a Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve which is one of the best best sites for the rare heath fritillary butterfly.  It took a while to find one as the sun had disappeared behind some thick cloud.  But we looked around a promising spot…

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Red grouse

A few photos I took of red grouse on my way home from the Cairngorms back in March, the route for which just so happened to take us through a good spot for them. Related posts: Red grouse on the Cairngorms Red grouse and golden plover Capercaillie – Tetrao urogallus Common toads by a loch…

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Puffins on Skomer

Last June I went to Pembrokeshire, which meant a trip to Skomer. This Islan is most famous for its puffins and I got more than a few photos. I got photos with nesting material. And photos of them in flight Preening. Close up. On the sea And erm: Related posts: Puffin in flowers Rock pipit…

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