On the fiddle

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Sunday, 6 June 2010 16:18

A weekend at Springwatch at Stanmer has pretty much finished me off! It has been great though showing people wildlife. Yesterday, as part of Bio Blitz, we tried to find as many species as possible and I did actually get a few ticks including a macro moth, Barred Hook-tip. I also saw the tiny Umbellifer Longhorn Beetle and the nationally scarce snail killer, Drilus flavescens. Moth trapping went on till very late and what I thought was a Lunar Yellow Underwing turned out to be a tiny Large Yellow Underwing. Other nice things included lots of Pretty Chalk Carpets and a Haworth's Pug. I also found lots of Fiddle Dock along the road, only the second time I have seen this. I don't know if it is scarce or I just overlook. It's pretty cool for a dock, with its fiddle shaped leaves and horizontal flower spikes. Anyways, I can't wait to find out how many species we identified over the weekend.

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