With Butterfly Conservation’s National Moth night approaching (running over the weekend 8-10 July), you may be interested in this article, which one of our Scarlet Tiger volunteers has spotted. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57742701 Happy trapping!
There have been lots of offers of help with the work needed to support expenditure on the grant recently awarded to Scarlet Tiger Project by Ibstock-Enovert. We held a walk on Saturday 26 June to explain plans and, at the same time, took advantage of the fact that the adult moths are emerging. After the… Continue reading SPOT THAT TIGER
Good news – the adult Scarlet Tiger moths have started to emerge along Roman Road. The Alkanet is looking very sad and battered but I am sure it will bounce back as ever. The flowers are looking good around the notice board with Bird’s Foot Trefoil and Ox-eye Daisies in full bloom and Knapweed starting… Continue reading LIFT OFF!
Scarlet Tiger caterpillars out in the sunshine yesterday – have they heard the news? Below is a copy of the Press Release issued regarding a grant received from Ibstock Enovert Trust. Funding approved to boost Tiger numbers in Stourbridge Residents of Norton in Stourbridge are set to see a boost to numbers of the striking… Continue reading GREAT NEWS!
Firstly – a reminder that this weekend is the CITY NATURE CHALLENGE. Help Birmingham and Black Country in this international competition by recording and reporting all flora and fauna you see from 30 April to 3 May 2021. The area covered includes Birmingham and all the Black Country Boroughs – Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.… Continue reading CITY NATURE CHALLENGE
A major part of the work of our volunteers on Roman Road / Sandy Road is control of invasive plants. This may sound straightforward but most plants have value so trying to find a balance is difficult. Bramble is rampant along the bridle path and will take over if left unchecked. However, it is also… Continue reading Friend or Foe? A thorny issue
The Scarlet Tiger Project on Roman Road / Sandy Lane is focused on connectivity – a big buzz-word in conservation. It has been recognised for some time that one of the huge problems facing our wild life is isolation of colonies of threatened fauna and flora. Once an isolated colony of a rare butterfly is… Continue reading Wild about our Stourbridge Gardens
Whenever people ask me about the pretty blue flowers along the verge on Roman Road, I start with a warning about how vigorous and all-pervading they are. However, it you want to grow caterpillars, it is brilliant. The first visible sign that there are caterpillars about is the appearance of holes in the Alkanet The… Continue reading Alkanet – All that’s holey
Only a few days ago, we were experiencing proper wintry weather but such is the unpredictability of the English climate, we are now enjoying a burst of warm spring weather at the end of February. Our normal winter work parties have been severely disrupted by the need to keep safe but we are hoping to… Continue reading 2020-21 WINTER WARBLES
The New Year is always a time of reflection on the past 12 months and chance to look forward to new opportunities. In this review, I am aiming to concentrate on the highlights of my 2020. I spent much more time at home than I’d expected, which gave me a chance to thoroughly explore the… Continue reading 2020 – A STUDY IN SCARLET