As suspected in the spring, with caterpillar numbers well down on 2016, there were fewer adults flying along Roman Road this summer. The season started a week earlier than previously but has carried on into July. Last week I spotted an adult moth in my garden. It appeared on a rainy day and sat there… Continue reading High Summer round-up!
Firstly apologies for the quality of the photos in this blog. I took a walk along Roman Road yesterday in changeable weather conditions but as I only took my mobile with me, the photos are somewhat variable. Hopefully they are good enough to get the message across. Roman Road/Sandy Lane extends for a distance of… Continue reading Yellow Rattle
Another spring has arrived, so it seems a good time to summarize our work parties over the autumn/winter along Roman Road and update you all on the next generation of Scarlet Tiger moths. One of the major tasks we identified along the bridle path, was the regeneration of the much neglected hedgerow. An area along… Continue reading Scarlet Tiger Project (Stourbridge) Update
We are now into our autumn/winter work party mode and this blog is well overdue! Unfortunately I have been suffered from some horrible lurgy this week, which has made me feel dizzy and cut off from the world – rather like being entombed in a cocoon. It looks like the squirrels, jays and other wildlife… Continue reading Autumn
Summer along Roman Road bridle path has seen its ups and downs rather like anywhere else. It has been a phenomenal year for the Scarlet Tiger moths with counts of over 100 adults at the height of the flight season. However, it remains to be seen if this trend will continue next year or if… Continue reading Summer 2016 Round-Up
Spent a couple of hours at Kinver Edge on Monday with ongoing battle against the tide of Himalayan Balsam. Although daunting when faced with the jungle, it is a satisfying task. Last year one area was completely cleared in the attempt to return the land to its natural heathland. Recurrent ingress of the invader has… Continue reading Tiger on Tour!
This time of year is always rather a pain in the neck, as I spend much of my time with my head tilted, looking up into the upper branches of oak trees, in the search for Purple Hairstreak. We have several colonies along Roman Road – sometimes there is a great deal of activity,… Continue reading Summer hotting up