September trip to Thursley Common: Bee wolf, hornet robberfly and other highlights

Cast your mind back to early September early last year. Its a bright sunny Saturday morning, but the signs that its first weekend of September are there, there is some insect life, but the hordes you get in the peak numbers of May June, there are some flowers, but many have gone over and the…

Freshwater Inverts at Old Hall Marshes

A couple of weekends ago I was kindly allowed to tag along on Colchester Natural History Groups outing to RSPB Old Hall Marshes. I went along with Pam and Peter, two of the best aquatic ecologists in Essex and we surveyed the borrowdyke near the sea wall. One of the things we found were my…