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
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.
Took a day away from Roman Road on Saturday 14 May to join the mini Bio-Blitz day at Kinver Edge (run by the National Trust). The idea was to record all species of flora and fauna at the SSSI. We started with a dawn chorus walk, expertly led by Tom on a very chilly morning. … Continue reading Tiger on tour
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