Species

Saturday, December 12th 2015

Last weekend it was sitting watching the rain come down, this weekend it is looking at the snow falling. It is at this time, during the winter nights, that we check all our records, new species, surveys and  bird ringing data.

Throughout the year the monthly flower walks take place and flowers in bloom are recorded.  Several months required added layers as it was so cold.

Flower Walkers

Linda Robinson, the recorder for VC65 has carried out surveys and has noted several new species.  But it was also good that our regular flowers were also recorded.  Red Campion is slowly spreading its range.

Red Campion

There were more Early Marsh Orchids and in a slightly different place!

Early Marsh Orchid

Butterfly surveys have been carried out throughout the summer and these records have been added to our data base.  The final results have been sent to the recorder for VC65.

Green Veined White on a Bluebell

Moth trapping does depend on the weather and the cold nights during the spring and early summer resulted in few moths being caught, but our moth night gave us several new species for the Vice County as well as for Foxglove.  This Blood Vein was beautifully coloured showing that it had recently hatched.  It immediately started to 'shiver' to warm up before taking flight.

Blood Vein

Spring saw the bird ringers out in Foxglove and on the training area checking bird boxes and ringing chicks.  

Ringing chicks out on the training area

During CES we have seen some of the chicks ringed in the boxes come through the ringing room which is very good.

A Tawny Owl was found in one of the Army garages last week. It was cared for and fed before being released back at Foxglove, where it had been ringed in the spring.

All the data collected from bird ringing is entered into IPMR and sent to the BTO.

Our species list of fungi is also increasing.  Fly Agaric, a common species on the reserve, gave us a surprise as it kept appearing in different places.

Fly Agaric

Over 2500 species have now been recorded at Foxglove.  (Just received an email with details of two more fungi to be added.)

A tremendous amount of time and energy go into recording our species.  A huge thank you to everyone involved. 


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