Wednesday, 3 March 2021
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/03/britain-moths-decline-by-third-50-years-study). The decline (with a mean of 33%) is larger in Southern Britain (39%) than in Northern regions (22%). The loss of these animals is important. Many are valued pollinators and the group provides food (as adults and as caterpillars) for small animals (e.g. bats) and birds. Reasons for the declines may vary from species to species. In many cases, habitat loss and intensive farming, are probably the most important factors for the declines. Some species are much influenced by climate change. These moths are moving their distributions northward but they are still declining there. Light pollution also can have a powerful detrimental effect on many species. The whole picture for the UK's ecological health is poor. The decline in these varied lepidopterans emphasises what we are losing.
Shining cranesbill ( Geranium lucidum ) in flower in Bynea.
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
Plastic pollution (especially in the oceans) is a real concern and, perhaps, deserves a similar attention as climate change. It has been pr...
Flies (Diptera) can be quite impressive on a snow-white back drop. I show a number of candidates I have encountered on my travels.