Wednesday, 31 July 2013
On Sunday, we went to Oxwich on the Gower, There were signs of the recent heat-wave but Marsh helleborine (Epipactis palustris), Rest-harrow (Ononis repens), Sea holly (Eryngium maritima), Wood sage (Teucrium scorodonia), Wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum) and Pignut (Conopodium majus) were much in evidence, many attracting insects. The Stone bramble (Rubus saxatilis) fruit was much riper than the Bramble equivalent. There were masses of Common field grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus), Small blue butterflies (Cupido minimus) and Small skipper (Thymelicus flavus). Gatekeeper butterflies (Pyronia tithonus) were mating as were Six-spot burnet moths (Zygaena filipendulae) as the female emerged from her pupa. There were many Sloe bugs (Dolycoris baccarum) and umbellifers showed beetlemania, including Cteniopus sulphureus).
Sunday, 28 July 2013
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/28/tigers-extinct-endangered-patrol-nepal?INTCMP=SRCH). It is claimed that the action has led to a "small but encouraging rise in tiger numbers". The poachers, of course, are very heavily financially rewarded by selling tiger parts (especially the bones) for Chinese medicine and getting the locals to appreciate their 'star' conservation subjects can be an effective strategy. The presence of tigers might well increase tourism to the region. Given, however, experiences with other poached species (e.g. Elephant and Rhinoceros), one can't help but fear the poachers will ratchet up their 'game'. Their financial inducements might well increase.
Friday, 26 July 2013
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/23/snow-leopards-yaks-cashmere-gaots-fashion?INTCMP=SRCH). So a top predator falls prey to the pashmina!
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Monday, 22 July 2013
Saturday, 20 July 2013
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/19/heatwaves-hot-weather-wildlife?INTCMP=SRCH). Some of this relates to attempting to limit the destructive effects of grass fires and preventing the drying of small ponds and streams but other suggestions include allowing wild plants to flourish for longer. Butterflies appear to be undergoing something of a recovery after a number of cool, wet 'summers', according to the annual butterfly count
Friday, 19 July 2013
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Bees are very important insect pollinators. Some species are, of course, also commercially-important because they produce honey and bees-wa...
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
Flies (Diptera) can be quite impressive on a snow-white back drop. I show a number of candidates I have encountered on my travels.
The fuss about allegedly suspect data emanating from the East Anglia University Climatic Research Unit and the 'theft' of emails fr...