A Little Round-up of News
Sunday, July 18th 2021
The Butterfly Count runs from Friday 16 July to Sunday 8 August. https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/ It is important to check our butterflies and some day flying moths to help to keep a check on the health of our environment. Check the link and follow the instructions to record your butterfly sightings.
Jenny has been keeping a check on Foxglove's butterflies. During June 13 Small Heath butterflies were recorded along with 23 Speckled Wood. Her full list will be sent to the butterfly recorder of VC65.
Added to this information the moths recorded in the moth traps are also forwarded to the VC65 moth recorder. Thank you to all the volunteers involved in this work.
The Army Ornithological Society's visit starts next week and the Swaledale Bird Ringers were out at another site carrying on preparation. The duck trap was hidden completely in the reeds, so waders donned and work commenced.
Both members of the team were released on completion of the task - thank you for all your hard work!
Back at Foxglove a leisurely stroll spotted a 'dragon'. Photos were taken and as my ID on dragons is not brilliant I had to wait until I was home and downloaded the photos to confirm that I had seen a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.
These beautiful dragonflies frequent small becks and streams, sometimes in woodland sometimes on moorland. Returning next day I was lucky enough to catch the female egg laying in the small stream. She lays her eggs in the silt, where they hatch out and remain. They ambush passing food. In the colder, unproductive streams in the north, development can take between two to five years.
The Common Darters are beginning to emerge. Unfortunately they do not always sit in the best of places to take a photograph.
Volunteers at Foxglove have been busy with a variety of tasks during the week, repairing an owl box, strimming, cutting back and clearing invasive vegetation amongst other tasks. A huge thank you for all the work you have done, this is very much appreciated.
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