Species on our Wetland and News from the South

Sunday, November 22nd 2015

Many of the species listed in Martin Hammond's report are invertebrates and photographs of these have not been taken by volunteers.  A great number of these tiny creatures require specialists to identify them correctly.  Some, more obvious ones, we have photographed and identified.  Large Red Damselflies were recorded.  This photograph was not taken on the wetland, but near it.

Large Red Damselfly

Another damselfly flying in July is the colourful Emerald Damselfly.

Emerald Damselfly

Plants are much easier to photograph as they do not depend too much on the weather and do stay still!  Common Spotted Orchids have done really well over the last three years and we have seen their flower spikes in many places on the reserve, including the wetland.

Common Spotted Orchid

Meadowsweet provides food for many insects.

Meadowsweet

Cuckoo flower, also know as Ladies Smock or Milkmaids, shows its delicate pink flowers in spring.  It is the food plant of the Orange Tip Butterfly caterpillar.

Cuckoo Flower

White fluffy heads of Common Cotton-grass can be seen in some of the ponds.  This plant is noted as Vulnerable on the BSBI England Red List.

Common Cotton Grass

Usually we have 'News from the North' when the bird ringing team are at Cape Wrath.  Now we have 'News from the South'.  Isn't technology amazing that Stacey can contact us all the way from Signy Research Station, Factory Cove, Borge Bay, Signy Island.  

'Not available for ringing unfortunately, but its nice to hear what is going on. After a long couple of weeks on planes and ships, and the excitement of opening up the research station, today I finally got across to my penguin colonies to get started. Today's job involved laying out numbered bricks through my colonies, each one marking out a penguin nest, that I will follow through the breeding season. It is a gorgeous day of blue skies, pretty clouds, lots of sea ice and penguins.'

Signy Island


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