Two Busy Days

Thursday, July 28th 2016

Yesterday was so busy that we didn’t manage to find the time to write a blog, so there is plenty to report today. We put out extra moth traps on Tuesday night, so on Wednesday there were a lot of moths to identify (298 moths of 109 species to be exact!). Some of these were lovely specimens. This Iron Prominent is rarely seen at Foxglove.

This is a Burnished Brass.

This Poplar Grey is so well camouflaged it can barely be seen!

Last night the bird ringers were out ringing Sand Martins using mist nets at a nearby site. Here are a few photos from the event.

Sand Martins are ringed at dusk when they return to their nest sites to roost, so we ringed through the evening and into the dusk. We caught 224 birds in total which was a good catch. Four of the birds already had rings on them, two of which were French.

Today we had a group of Young Carers (children who care for a sick relative) in for an activity day. Despite the rain they had lots of fun pond dipping and minibeast hunting. At lunchtime they did their own craft activity and produced some lovely Dragonflies and Lizards!

Meanwhile the usual Thursday volunteers set to work strimming and mowing, ready for the weekend, when there will be both bird ringing and the summer BBQ going on. In addition, the mowers were fixed and low branches were trimmed off the overhanging trees.

Thanks to everyone for helping with the various tasks today.

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