Poor old Gilbert is getting restless. Despite the fact that there is more interest in wildlife than ever before, it seems that most of the so-called conservation organisations are losing interest in species. Instead they prefer to babble on about landscape scale conservation and ecosystem services (whatever they are). Could this be because most of their staff don't have any knowledge about species if they don't have four legs?
This is my attempt to encourage an interest in good old-fashioned natural history.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Time to fly

A trip to Sandwich on Wednesday produced some quality species, as would be expected. My highlight was a species of pyralid moth that I have never seen before; Nyctegretis lineana.

Other Sandwich specialities such as Bright Wave and Thiodia citrana were seen in numbers but it appears that Rest Harrow moth has finished. It was nice to see the scarce pyralid Sitochroa palealis as well and it helpfully posed for its photo.

I didn't have time to look at many plants (and the Lizard Orchids had pretty much finished flowering) but the Marsh Helleborines were looking good.

On the Wood Warbler front, Fallen Cedar nest has fledged successfully (this female has achieved the almost unique feat of rearing two broods this year), Double Back had five one-day old chicks and The Magician still had eggs. Over to Gilbert's colleagues to monitor these last nests now as Gilbert is off on his holidays. Please look back at the blog on 9th August when hopefully there will be some spectacular photo's.......

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