Whilst exploring the Reserve the other day several of us came across this moth in Upper Sowerholme which has now been identified as a male ‘Drinker’ Euthris potatoria. I know nothing about moths so I am not sure whether this is rare or not but it isn’t in our Collins Book of Moths and Butterflies so it can’t be all that common!
And, more prosaically, are a few more flowers
Hedge Bindweed on the Pads footpath 12 July
Meadow Vetchling in the Oak Circle of the Orchard 11th July
Lords and ladies in the Orchard. About to turn red but the almost always fall over when red so this will have to do for the moment.
Here is Jonathan’s message, part of a much longer email about Fairfield activities.
VOLUNTEER SESSION, SATURDAY JULY 11th.
A little earlier than usual, but our tasks for the Volunteer Saturday on
July 11th are as follows:
Many of the fruit trees in the Orchard are being swamped by nettles and
long grass so a main job is to cut all this back.
If you can bring a pair of shears or other favoured cutting and slashing
tool then that will be useful but please do mark your own tools in some
way for identification.
We also need to take a pair of shears along the Long Pads footpath and
check that the path is not obstructed.
We’ve asked the Council to delay the intensive strim they tend to give
this path as long as possible this year to preserve the wildflowers. We
are doing some clearance work to keep the path clear.
We also need to run the mowing machine along the edge of the Fauna path
now that it has been strimmed.
The outer edge of the Oak Circle could use a strimming to preserve the new
path we now have in place.
Graffiti needs to be sanded off one of the Fauna path benches.