Having been pretty busy at work (TB testing, cows with displaced stomachs, koi carp with ulcers – you know, the usual) and being away for the weekend, I haven’t had much time for blog writing this week. There are some fairly meaty subjects that I am hoping to tackle in the coming weeks (how the management of some SSSIs is actually leading to a decline in biodiversity and species numbers, for example), but these require a lot more research and fact-finding than I have had time for this week. So instead this week’s post is essentially a who’s who of what I’ve seen in my garden and the farms of Wiltshire this week!
Large Yellow Underwing – this is a pretty chunky, understated but beautiful moth that I found in my lawn/meadow (see here for an explanation of the lawn/meadow!). I owe thanks to the Wiltshire Butterfly Conservation branch for helping me to identify it – I definitely struggle with the mostly brown moths at the moment!
The first time I saw a scarlet tiger moth was in my old garden, before we moved house. I had never seen one before or since, so I was extremely happy to find this pair in the long grass by our front door (I tried not to disturb them too much!).
The meadow brown butterfly is fairly common, but this was the first time I have ever seen one in my garden. I only spotted it because I nearly trod on it – when they are not flying, they’re pretty hard to see!
And last but not least, a blackbird! Not too much to say about this noisy little chap, but there hasn’t been a day since we moved in that I haven’t seen at least one!
The Wiltshire Butterfly Conservation branch website: www.wiltshire-butterflies.org.uk
More information on the meadow brown butterfly here: http://butterfly-conservation.org/679-861/meadow-brown.html