Third Willowherb to the Right!

Sunday, August 4th 2013

Our Dragonfly Safari took place this morning and we hoped to see several species of both dragonflies and damselflies around Rabbit Wood out on the training area.  Unfortunately the wind had not looked at our events page and it was almost blowing a gale!  Not good for any flying insects.  The bees were hanging onto thistle flowers, butterflies were sitting low in the vegetation and very few damselflies were daring to take to the wing!  Even birds were struggling to fly.

We visited Willmire Crater next and fared little better.

Visiting the Crater

Weather permitting we will be back there towards the end of the month to ring the Meadow Pipits who flock there to feed.  Some were seen flying.

Our final stop was much more shelterd and in the sunny less windy places darters and some dragonflies were seen flying.  One eventually settled, a Southern Hawker.  However trying to pinpoint its exact position lent itself to many excellent directions!  'Stand here, look up the path, just to the right.'  'Look half way up the path, past the tree on the left and look right, and down a bit.'  And finally  'Move this way, look up the path, third willowherb to the right.' 

Looking for the dragonfly

The next job was to try to get a  photograph.  Height was important, Elizabeth was just too small!  So this is the photo that Adam took.  Thank you.

Dragonfly on the thrid willowherb to the right!

Thank you to Keith and June for sharing their knowledge throughout our walk.  Thanks also to Tony and Adam for ensuring that we visited the different sites without getting lost.


(1) Comments:

Chris Bell responded on 4th Aug 2013 with...

Picture of Chris Bell

You guys were lucky!  When me and Mark Hewitt did a dragonfly day at Foxglove back in 2005 (so long ago!!) we has a constant downpour the whole day.  Somehow we still went ahead and even managed to keep some of the attendees awake (most of the time).

 

Leave a Comment:







Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

The following question is designed to make sure you are a real person and helps us cut down on spam.
Your comments will appear here once an administrator has reviewed them.

How many days are in a week? (1 character(s) required)


Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

Stump Treatment

Posted 11th December 2018

Today we got on and did a lot of the stump treatment in the coppice blocks we have been working in, killing off any Birch…

Read More

Tidying Up

Posted 10th December 2018

It was another frosty morning on the reserve, which turned into a surprisingly mild day. Today's job was a tidying up one, raking up all…

Read More

Winter Sun

Posted 9th December 2018

Members of the Swaledale Ringing Team took advantage of the calm, sunny weather and carried out a visit to Bellflask Fishery early this morning. There…

Read More

Things to Look Out For on a Winter Walk

Posted 8th December 2018

I have walked around much of the reserve over the last few days and flowers are far and few between.  There is a single Herb…

Read More
 
 
 

Sitemap | Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions |