Sunshine

Monday, August 29th 2016

Today Foxglove was bathed in warm sunshine. Several families came in for a walk around and to enjoy the Bank Holiday Monday. Sunshine brings out the insects. Keith and June, our dragonfly experts came to visit, to see what they could find. They were not disappointed! Virtually every pond seemed to be full of tiny colourful damselflies, with large Dragonflies soaring around above them. They were able to record 4 different species of Damselfly and 4 species of Dragonfly. The most numerous were over 100 Emerald Damselflies and over 50 Common Darters.  Here is an Emerald Damselfly.

One of our young photographers Rachael took some lovely pictures. Here are some of them. This is a female Common Hawker.

A Southern Hawker in flight (not an easy thing to capture on camera!).

Elsewhere she found some lovely butterflies, including this Brimstone, feeding on Devil’s Bit Scabious.

And this pretty Speckled Wood.

Offsite, the bird ringers were also out making the most of the day, ringing meadow pipits at the Crater.


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