Queens Award for Voluntary Service

City Nature Challenge

A small but keen group met on a chilly damp morning on May 1st to take part. 18 species of invertebrates were identified in moth traps and in the Flora Ponds and 25 bird species. Highlights were – a red kite ( from Grizedale?) over Flora Field, 5 stock dove, a swallow, probably collecting mud from the Flora Ponds for a nest in the boat house opposite, whitethroat in Pony Wood, a jay making a very strange call in The Orchard, and a  great diving beetle larva gobbling up smaller creatures in the plastic tray. For those of us unfamiliar with moths, the names  “Hebrew character moth ” and “shuttle shaped dart”  were fascinating in themselves.