Surveys

Wednesday, July 30th 2014

Volunteers have been busy undertaking surveys of butterflies, moths and flowers over the past two days as well as working hard to improve the habitats here at Foxglove. Yesterday John completed his butterfly walk, finding 12 species including Painted Lady and Dark Green Fritillary, as well as good numbers of Green Veined White and Peacock - seen here feeding on Hemp Agrimony.

As usual the moth trap was set last night; fewer were seen this morning than last week, most likely as the conditions were cooler and less humid. Still an impressive 41 species were trapped including Mother of Pearl, Scalloped Oak and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing which made its first appearance in the trap this year.

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Finally the monthly flower survey was carried out this morning with eight volunteers helping to identify the 107 species of flower found. They returned to the centre rather excitedly having found Pepper Saxifrage and Saw-wort in new areas of the reserve!

Saw-wort

Thank you to everyone who has spent time over the past few days helping us to survey and identify the many different types of wildlife on the reserve.


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