Sunday, 28 September 2014

Mild Weather

As the mild weather continues we still have a Chiffchaff in full song daily just outside the window , along with five Red Admirals on a sedum plant . Good numbers of Speckled Wood and Comma are around the wood along with three Common Darters and a single Southern Hawker . A Green Woodpecker was heard calling this morning from the edge of the wood and for now most of the fungus we have had over the past few weeks seem to be coming to an end .

(Red Admiral on sedum plant).

Monday, 22 September 2014


Two very late Chiffchaff are still singing and enjoying the mild weather and several Swallows are around the farm buildings . Also still present are two Southern Hawkers and a single Common Darter . Red Admirals are increasing with good numbers seen around the wood along with a few Speckled Wood and Peacocks .

Sunday, 14 September 2014

And still they keep growing

And still they keep growing despite the dry weather more and more keep emerging.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Thursday, 11 September 2014

And still they keep coming.

And still they keep coming every corner you turn their seems to be more different species of fungus.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Fungus Month

This is the time of year the wood comes alive with the various colours and shapes of fungus , around 20 different types have been photographed in the last couple of days . Below is a small selection of which some I can put a name too but others still remain a mystery .

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Harlequin Ladybird

A new ladybird has arrived in Britain , but not just any ladybird : this is the Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) , the most invasive ladybird on earth . It has a very variable appearance which can make it difficult to tell apart from our native ladybirds . It has already invaded much of northwest Europe and arrived in Britain summer 2004 . There are 46 species of ladybird resident in Britain and the recent arrival of the Harlequin Ladybird has the potential to jeopardise many of these . Very diverse Harlequin,s have strong dispersal capabilities and can be found in many places . Most commonly found on deciduous trees , such as lime , sycamore and maple , and on low growing plants such as nettles . They also inhabit reedbeds , coniferous woodland and crop systems . Like all ladybirds it undergoes a complete metamorphosis , pr-adult development takes about 14 to 20 days and adults begin to lay eggs after 5 days . A single female can lay over a thousand eggs . Harlequin Ladybirds feed most commonly on aphids , but have a wide food range also feeding on scale insects , the eggs and larvae of butterflies and moths .and many other small insects including other ladybirds , pollen , nectar , and sugary fluids including honeydew and the juice from ripe fruits .

Monday, 18 August 2014

Common Blue

The first Common Blue butterfly for a year put in a appearance around the pond this afternoon , also good numbers of sawfly lava around . Four Jays three Siskins (two juveniles and an adult male) , and a single juvenile Great Spotted Woodie all on the feeders late afternoon.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Dot Moth

Yet another new one this time the larva of a Dot Moth found by Brian .

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Weird and Wonderful

This weird and wonderful little creature is the larva of the Vapourer Moth another new addition to the wood list.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Two Lady's in the wood

Brian found the first Painted Lady butterflies of the year yesterday with two being noted along with another sighting of our local Stoat . Dragonflies were out in good numbers too with several Common Darter and Southern Hawkers around .

Saturday, 2 August 2014


A stoat was seen this morning briefly in the garden by our neighbour, its the first record for over a year . A female Siskin continues to visit the feeders along with a stunning male Bullfinch and a juvenile male Great Spotted Woodpecker . An adult Hobby occasionally asserts terror into the local Swallows as it hunts over the farm fields , and the local Tawny Owls are now becoming quite vocal.   

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Small Skipper

Small Skippers can be found around the quarry area of the wood.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The One that got away

A Chocolate-Tip moth was trapped last night bringing the total to 150 so far. Unfortunatly it got away before it was photographed . Three Comma butterflies and two Brown Hawker dragonflies early afternoon , also Holy Blue which is only the second record in four years.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Jewel in the wood

Emerald Damselfy has been missing from the woodland list until this evening when one was found and photographed on the pool . Its still seems amazing that this little jewel has never been recorded before or is it just overlooked.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Elephant Hawkmoth

Images of a Elephant and small Elephant Hawkmoth showing comparison side by side.

Saturday, 19 July 2014


From this ...................

To this in 24 hours.................

Helpless and Speechless as our wood disappears before our eyes.