Butterfly Transect

It was a record day with Skippers today on my butterfly transect, a pleasent walk counted over 170 in 10 sections recording my first ever Essex Skipper as well as my first (slightly) more common Gatekeeper. A common blue was still holding on, tethered, rugged and discoloured. Marbled Whites flushed out from the folliage in… Continue reading Butterfly Transect

I’m so stoked and there’s still tomorrow.

When weekends arrive its back out in the field, with a little time for dinner and drinking coffee in country pubs combating field guides and bird call recordings- we repeat over and over. Spending 5 days out on the reserves, then another 2 in the field its hard to break away from what is my… Continue reading I’m so stoked and there’s still tomorrow.

Ophrys apifera

Went on a little weekend day excursion to photograph this beautiful orchid The Bee Orchid is quite obviously named after the insect it mimics and will attract male bees with its disguise. As the curious male bee pays his visit the disguised orchide is pollinated! A very scheming promise of love! A merit for the… Continue reading Ophrys apifera

How delightful to see an evening in spring

There seemed to be some ritualistic setup by the sheerer, attaching sheers from a chord synced with a generator, laying a flat board and changing from his boots to leather bound moccasins. Everything felt so careful yet confident and I stood unsure learning from it all. I was so impressed by the skilled sheerer who… Continue reading How delightful to see an evening in spring

Botany at Sandwich Bay

It was full day monitoring the flora at Sandwich Bay, the wind as ever blasted the face and unwilling turned the page of our books and recording sheets. It is a reserve renowned for an estimated 90% of the UK's Lizard Orchid Population and hosts a fascinating array of plants that are not only aesthetically… Continue reading Botany at Sandwich Bay

True Bugs 

I had absolutely no idea what this was when it was spotted resting/ sucking the juices of Bracken in East Blean woods. The Centrotus cornutus is put simply a horned treehopper and is one of only two tree-bopping species living in Britain. Belonging to the Membracidae family it is characterized by the 'Pronotum'* extending back… Continue reading True Bugs 

874 acres and a thought to the coppice cutter

Last weekend I drove for two hours through thunder, breaks of showers and blue skies, I trekked through 874 acres of woodland to find a glade, some sun and photograph the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary as it basked among Bugle in the deciduous woodland clearing. I felt a sense of gratitude for the coppice cutters who work tirelessly… Continue reading 874 acres and a thought to the coppice cutter