Spring is Springing!

Wednesday, March 15th 2017

Signs of spring are all around us now, with new shoots coming up, buds starting to burst, early flowers opening and toads continuing to move towards their breeding ponds – watch where you’re walking!

The birds are singing (if you like listening why not book onto our Bird Song Breakfast?) and checking out nesting sites – the blue tit in our camera nest box has started bringing in the occasional piece of moss or grass. It was therefore with a feeling of urgency that we popped out today to put up a final few bird boxes in one of the woods on the training area. Hopefully we weren’t too late for some of them to be used this nesting season…

Here we’re putting up one of the boxes kindly made and donated to us by Barry Evans:

The catch in our moth trap also showed signs of spring, as we caught greater numbers of moths (around 30) than any other day so far this year. I particularly like the fluffy tufts on the body of this Yellow Horned moth, Achlya flavicornis. This species is named for its orange antennae, which unfortunately are not very obvious in the photo and its larvae feed on birch.

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