Category Archives: Flora

Snipe! and other birds, Flora Field, 20 March 2019

Walking across Flora Field (arable section) this morning during the volunteering session I flushed a large group of snipe (at least 6, probably 8-10) from the lower northern slope, towards Lower Sowerholme, and then a further 2 nearer Pony Wood. They must have been tucking into small creatures in the recently-spread manure. I was headed for the beetle banks and the water supply points, which needed marking with tape to alert the ploughing contractor, so I certainly didn’t cover the whole field. Maybe next season the flush count needs to include Flora Field as well as the wet areas, at least after the muck has been spread?

It was a very misty morning with low cloud and low visibility, but we heard geese passing over – greylag I think- and several curlews in the distance, down towards the estuary.

Deer, Linnets and a Barn Owl

Recent sightings from Michael:

05/01: This morning at 10am I saw 3 small deer emerge from the trees near the corner of the Fauna path. They wandered along that Sowerholme field (I think that’s what it’s called!) then jumped over the fence/hedge into Flora Field. They then wandered up to Pony Wood for a bit then returned back to where they came from. Later (about 4pm) one of them was out again in that Sowerholme field (again, not sure what it’s called!)

I also saw a load of linnets in flora field yesterday (Friday) afternoon.

12/01: just seen a barn owl flying around Pony Wood (8am)

Thanks Michael!

Margins, cornfield flowers and butterflies

These wildflowers were in the crop and are visible from Aldcliffe Rd. It will be harvested soon so hurry along if you want to catch a glimpse. Meanwhile 6 of us accompanied Graeme Skelcher in surveying the margins and were pleased that the resowing of the Aldcliffe Rd margin has produced results for the first time this year. We also saw a Comma, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown, Large and Small White butterflies  and a Silver Y moth plus lots of bumblebees.

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