In 2010 a number of Southern migrant hawker dragonflies (Aeshna affinis) turned up at Hadleigh Country Park, a few miles East of Wat Tyler CP. They also turned up at Vange Wick (not Vange Marsh) just to the south of Wat Tyler CP, so I’ve been hoping they would turn up here. Last year, I…Details
On Sunday I visited Crockford Bridge, a stream well known for its dragon and damselflies. My target species was the southern damselfly, one of the rarest species in the UK and one I had never seen. It didn’t take me long to find one! Here is a pic of my first ever southern damselfly! They…Details
I’m a bit of a pond dipper, as some regular readers will have worked out, but there is one species that has always eluded me, the water stick insect. This year I saw a preserved specimen and a captive one (which I never managed to photograph), but never before had I seen a live wild…Details
The rubbish weather so far this summer has stopped me getting much in the way of macro shots at all, let alone of the local speciality, the scarce emerald damselfly. However the improved weather last week did let me get the following.
Having realised how rubbish my wildlife stalking technique was on a trip to Scotland, when an opportunity has presented itself to practise, I’ve had a go. A couple of weeks ago I came across one of the (usually a bit wary) rabbits in Wat Tyler, in an area less likely for dogs to appear so…Details
I should probably start this post by warning that there are GRAPHIC images of nature in the raw (please forgive the cliché). It features a gull doing what it does best (scavenging) and what it needs to survive. If you of one of those people that don’t ‘do’ nature, probably best to skip this post!…Details
Last weekend was supposed to be a relaxing long weekend with the girlfriend camping in the New Forest. Sadly the weather decided otherwise, so we stayed in Essex and went a on few day trips. One of these was to London, which included a walk through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Just after we walked…Details
On a recent visit to Thursley Common, which was sadly pretty unproductive for invertebrates, we found this wood mouse which was feeding on grass seeds near the picnic area. It seemed unfazed by the humans around it but wouldn’t quite come out enough to pose. We all waited for a good 20 or 30mins and…Details