A couple of years ago a golf ball sized clump of white fuzz was fished out of some blanket weed on a pond dip. I had no idea what it was until I spotted the brown snorkel sticking out the water: it was the egg cocoon of the great silver water beetle! Unfortunately it would…Details
While exploring The glorious area around Leighton Moss and Silverdale we were shown a pond with the clearest water I think I’ve seen in a pond or lake (mind you I’m used to Essex ponds which are invariably disturbed by dogs and/or polluted). I spotted some newts by they were elusive. The sticklebacks however were…Details
An article in the Guardian today revealed that Natural England granted a license to destroy the nest and eggs if a buzzard, a species protected by law and still recovering from nearly being wiped a few decades ago. And why were they destroyed? To protect some of the millions of non native pheasants that are…Details
On Sunday I popped up to Bonsai Bank at Denge Woods in Kent and found my first ever Duke of Burgandy Butterflies, after failing to find them there last year. This butterfly is one of the fastest declining in the UK, declining 46% in the last 10 years. The small colonies around Denge woods are…Details
Yesterday I had a walk through Denge Woods and Bonsai bank to look for some butterflies and orchids (more on them later). One bonus of the day was a green tiger beetle that ran across the pathha nd flew off ahead. eventually it sat still long enough for this shot.