I was recently asked if I had any more photographs of the wild flowers planted on the traffic island and along Roman Road. Today, on the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, it seems appropriate. Watching the memorial event at Thiepval today, I was struck by the wild flowers in the… Continue reading The wonder of nature
As Tim Peake returns to earth, Roman Road Scarlet Tigers are taking to the air. The stunning photographs that Tim has regularly broadcast remind us of how amazing our planet is. Scarlet Tiger moths underline the beauty in detail and glad to report they have been emerging this week in Stourbridge. I counted 23 adults… Continue reading Flying Tigers
Just back from holiday and thought I’d check out Roman Road. Had to wait for break in rain but delighted to tell you that the Scarlet Tigers are on the wing. I counted 23 adults this morning.
What a difference the sun and warmth makes! Friday 6 May was the date of my first sighting this year of the Orange Tip butterfly, at least 3 weeks later than usual. After that first glimpse, I have seen them everywhere with several along Roman Road – this male on one of the caterpillar food… Continue reading Spring has sprung!
The focus of our latest work party on Friday 22 April was a general tidy up and creation of a rockery to house some wild strawberry plants. Checking the ground, there is evidence of new wild flower growth. In particular the Yellow Rattle sown in 2015, is showing through strongly. Patrick will be pleased to… Continue reading Scarlets munch on
So what is there to see along your above average urban bridle path? Out and about over the weekend, hoping to catch that first special sighting of Orange Tip butterflies – no luck I’m afraid but there is still much to see. It seems that the Scarlet Tiger moth larvae are not the only ones… Continue reading We love Alkanet!
The Scarlet Tiger caterpillar season is already well under way on Roman Road and there are plenty of other things to look out for along the bridle path. Sunny weather is best to tempt out early butterflies from hibernation and Small Tortoiseshell and Comma have both been on the wing on the odd warm day we’ve… Continue reading Hungry, hungry caterpillars