Friday, 16 November 2012

A new broom

After 11 years as voluntary warden of the reserve, I've decided to stand down and let my natural successor, Dougy Wright, take over. Dougy loves the place as much as I do and I've no doubt it will be in good hands.

 Dougy birding in Hungary back in 2008

Sunday, 5 August 2012


There was a noticeable influx of the large hoverfly Helophilus trivittatus evident at the farm yesterday. I counted 30+ and they far outnumbered the resident Helophilus pendulus. These are almost certainly immigramts from the Continent.   They are larger and paler than pendulus and their face is entirely yellow.  Pendulus have a dark stripe down the centre of the face.

Helophilus trivittatus

Helophilus trivittatus

Helophilus trivittatus

Helophilus pendulus

Helophilus pendulus

Friday, 3 August 2012

Have you seen Erica?

Cornish Heath (Erica vagans) grows only on the Lizard peninsula

Bell Heather (Erica cinerea)

Mixture of Bell Heather and Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix)

Mixture of Western Gorse (Ulex gallii) and Cornish Heath

Tuesday, 31 July 2012


Well the weekend's BioBlitz was a great success, with twenty or so attendees (some of whom stayed all night, studying moths etc in between short bouts of sleep), plenty of sunshine and only a little rain.  The final species count is yet to be tallied as there are some that remain to be identified from photographs or descriptions, but there's no doubt that a number of new species have been added to the reserve list.

I want to thank everyone who came along, and in particular Sally Luker for helping to get it organised (and baking cakes) and Sue Scott, who brought along masses of equipment (including the mobile tea-shop) and lots of identification guides and took on the recording.  Special thanks too to the group who came all the way from Reading.  One of those intrepid travellers, Christopher Foster, has written his own take on the weekend here.

Here are some photos from the event (thanks to all concerned for permission to use them):

Meadow Grasshopper (Sally Luker

Minor Shoulder-knot (David Fenwick)

Campion moth (David Fenwick)

Eristalis hortocola (Christopher Foster

 Ichneumoid fly (Christopher Foster

Wood Sandpiper (Christopher Foster

Scaeva pyrastri (Andy Pay

BioBlitzers (Christopher Foster)