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Friday, July 8th 2011

News from the North, Cape Wrath, via a text message from Sophie.  Half the team did some ringing on a sea stack and caught and ringed Guillemots and Razorbills despite  pretty rough seas.  The other half explored inland in search of more Red-throated Divers.  Whilst observing a pair of chicks on a loch the adult flew in and fed a fish to one of the young.  An Admiral joined the group today and enjoyed watching Arctic and Great Skuas and a colony of Puffins.  Other wildlife has been recorded -  Small Magpie moths, Magpie moths, Large Heath,  Dark Green Fritillary and Common Blue butterflies.  Hopefully, technology allowing, there will be a photo later.  This photo of the Common Blue Butterfly has just arrived!

Common Blue Butterfly

The landrover is packed ready for the team to begin their long journey home. Although a very windy evening they are now off to watch Badgers.

Heavy showers at Foxglove did not stop the voluteers strimming net rides and paths, clearing gorse and bramble from the heathland, taking part in a bird ringing demonstration, carrying out the butterfly transect, moving tree tubes  from the plantation and continuing to plan the Open Day.  Many thanks for all your hard work.

However by closing time the sun was out and the flowers on the heathland were gently shaking away the rain drops to show their full beauty.  This small plant, Self Heal, is covering many areas of the reserve, as well as parts of the heathland, with its blue purple flowers.

Self Heal

White Clover is growing along the paths across the heathland.  The Zig Zag Clover, shown below, can be seen poking its head through the grasses.  Clovers are an excellent source of food for the bees.


Zig Zag Clover


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