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The Dragonfly Challenge!

Following on from the success of the Big Butterfly Count, the British Dragonfly Society are running a challenge this year over the week of July 15th to the 23rd.

The idea being for people to go out and visit ponds, rivers and wetlands to record the dragon and damsel flies seen without an apparent time limit.

Butterflies at Penlee Battery with Cornwall Butterfly Conservation

A couple of years ago, Pete and I joined Leon Truscott and other B-Fly Conservation people to search for butterflies, especially the marbled whites at this reserve down in south-east Cornwall. Walking through the reserve, you end up at Penlee point overlooking Plymouth Sound. All are welcome, you don't have to be a member.

The event is on July 8th and all the meeting details can be found listed on their web-site. Click here to link

Big Butterfly Count starts soon, July 14th to August 6th.

The count starts on July 14th and runs for three weeks until August 6th.

Last year's count saw the lowest numbers of butterflies counted per 15-minute count since the scheme started in 2010 with numbers even lower than the wash-out summer of 2012. The greatest decline is in urban areas.

New research led by Butterfly Conservation and the University of Kent has shown that, despite the simple methods used, the data does provide sound estimates of population changes from year to year.

Fledglings?

Just a note to say how good it has been this last week to see so many healthy fledglings being fed around the garden compared to last year when we saw hardly any. Today there were three chaffinch, seven blue-tit, three marsh tit, five great-tit, nuthatches, plus well grown robins. We've even seen song thrushes earlier and blackbirds are nesting again.

Stella Turk MBE. A tribute from Mary Atkinson

Stella Turk MBE
 
‘We lived in the crevices between the books’ Stella once said. This, for me, epitomises her. You may not have come across Stella Maris Turk, icon of the recording world in Cornwall for many decades, but her influence pervades every aspect of natural history conservation and recording in Cornwall.
 

Cuckoo and Wheatears

Up on Kit Hill this  morning for a lovely walk in warm sunshine.  Heard our first Cuckoo of the year on the northern side of the hill.  Unfortunately by the time we had walked around to that side, it had ceased to call.  However, we did see several Wheatear which were very close to us, affording us some great views of them. Sadly we missed the Ring Ouzel which was reported as being seen there a few days ago.  I am yet to see one, a bird on my "bucket list".

The Big Bluebell Watch

Bluebells near Notter Tor

The Woodland Trust is asking us to map bluebells this spring! Bit of a daunting task because we are so well favoured in our area but we need to them on the map. mine is the only one between launceston and Liskeard at the moment so hopefully, that will soon change! By the time we've checked the dormouse box sites next week, there will be a lot more.

HEDGEHOGS please!

 

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017

Hedgehog Awareness Week is from April 30th to May 6th. Click here for more information.  

Swallow!

Saw my first Swallow of 2017 in Rezare, resting on overhead cables.   Also no more Starlings visiting the garden anymore - so as far as I am concerned winter is over.

Wonderful!!!!!!! 

 

Signs of Spring?

The sun is only just beginning to shine down into our little valley so spring is never early here and compared to the previous two years, we are running late!

Two queen bees last week: a superb Tree Bumble Bee, Bombus pratorum and then a Buff-Tailed, B.terrestris. Quite a different 'buzz'. I think that the frogs have completed their spawning and so far the spawn has not been severely frosted which is good.

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