Your Wildlife Spots


A swallow flew overhead this morning when I was sitting outside at Lower Trekenner. 

Moths in April, now with images!

March came in like a lion and went out like another. It will be interesting to see whether we see the moths of early spring which we didn't see, will catch up, or whether we will 'jump' to the more seasonal species. April usually gives a bigger variety.

The next pug to appear this year should be V Pug, green when fresh, but quickly fading. However, the characteristic black V mark in the upper wing is constant, unless the moth is so worn as to be unidentifiable.

The Hairy-footed Flower Bee!

I have seen a honey bee and two bumble bees from a distance but at last, today, there was a bee in the greenhouse that I could name. New to me last year although Mary & Tony have been seeing them for a few years now, once seen, never forgotten! It is Anthophora plumipes, the hairy-footed flower bee.

Brimstone Butterfly

Do you remember, there was a lovely spring-like day this week? We saw our first -of - the -year male Brimstone Butterfly flying in Higher Downgate on 13th March.

Bloody-nosed Beetle

First Bloody-nosed Beetles for the year for us. Enjoying the sun on a bank near Golberdon yesterday 8th March.

Moths in March

The combination of foul weather from Siberia and Portugal have put a stopper on flying insects. Bitter east winds with snow and sub-zero temperatures, have been followed by rain. I  eagerly await the first moth trapping of the month at the next chance.

The aptly-named March Moth may then be seen and I show the first two Pugs of the season, Brindled below left and Double-striped below right, for comparison.Pugs can be tricky and worn ones are just about impossible to identify with any certainty.

The 25 Year Environment Plan

This is the new plan from the government regarding the management of our environment. There has been quite a few discussions and comment in the media. Mixed reactions ~ all very well having a plan but it's the actions that are needed.

The complete report 151 pages long so it is quite a read but there is a more manageable summary available separately.

Click here to reach the web-page where you can downloan the files to read for yourself. 

And the State of the UK's Bats report (good news!)

Some good news! Many of our bat species are holding their own and even increasing, surveys have shown.

If you would like to download the report from the Bat Conservation Trust, click here ro reach the web-page. I haven't had time to read this in detail but Lesser & Greater Horseshoe bats are two of the species that seem to be doing well.

Hedgehog Report 2018

Some of you may be interested to read 'The State of Britain's Hedgehogs' report publiched by the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS).

Click here to reach the page where you can download the report. 

You can zoom in on the map and, apart from the moors, Cornwall is quite well covered. And the data includes records from the Mammal Society and the BTO Garden Birdwatch recorders who record mammals. 

Moths in February