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
Shorter days and spectacular autumn colours herald the start of our work parties. We have an enthusiastic group which met for the first time last Friday. The limited opportunities for conservation work caused by the need to stay safe to comply with COVID recommendations, has meant a cautious return. Thus our band of local volunteers… Continue reading AUTUMN
Signs are that the Scarlet Tiger moths are reaching the end of their spectacular flight season in Stourbridge. It is clear that this moth is thriving, extending its range north-, east and westwards. Always sad to see the battered and faded adults but there are good signs for next year’s generation. Highest individual count along… Continue reading SUPER SCARLETS
The summer blazes on and the Scarlet Tigers have taken to the air to create an impressive aerial display. They seemed to peak last weekend when there were over 40 individuals, mostly newly emerged on the alkanet bank. Once they take to the wing, they tend to roost overnight in the overhanging trees. Usually displays… Continue reading MID SUMMER MAGIC
Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust has released the results of the City Nature Challenge. 377 Birmingham and Black Country residents took part, recording over 16,000 wildlife observations comprising 1,300 species. We finished top of the European Champions League and 13th out of 244 cities worldwide with Cape Town, South Africa retaining their overall crown.… Continue reading CITY NATURE CHALLENGE
So far it has been quite a strange season. The early emergence has been followed up by a steady stream of adults, but not the mass emergence I was anticipating. They have tended to be rather sedentary as the weather turned colder and wetter. The hotspot has centred around the sunniest spot on Roman Road… Continue reading SCARLET TIGER UPDATE
After a surprise first sighting of the year of the adult Scarlet Tiger moth in my garden last Thursday evening, I have seen no more. However, at least 3 others have been seen in the area, so I can officially declare Scarlet Tiger flight season is open. Roman Road itself has very little butterfly life… Continue reading FLIGHT SEASON TAKES OFF!
The Scarlet Tiger caterpillars have all disappeared now, so we’ll see what happens in June. Although the weather has taken a cold turn there is still plenty to see along the bridle path. My first walk to the junction with Westwood Avenue today for a few days, revealed an overgrown avenue of green. It happens… Continue reading ROMAN ROAD UPDATE
The answer I am reliably informed is no, caterpillar poo does not smell. And the source of this fascinating piece of information – a new acquaintance made during lockdown. During my prowls along Roman Road, I have met a mum and her young daughter, out looking for caterpillars. No better place in spring to find… Continue reading DOES CATERPILLAR POO SMELL?