Monday, 2 August 2010

Watching and being watched!

A small but well-formed party on the last Environment Trail guided walk of the year found itself being watched as intently as it was watching, by one of four impressive Southern Hawker dragonflies, this one by the stream opposite St Mary's Wood, where Gatekeeper and Green-veined White butterflies were also around. Other butterflies on the day were Comma, Speckled Wood, Small White, and, as a special sighting, a Holly Blue on a hedge near the Dingle. Although there were still Banded Demoiselles flying further down the valley, they seem scarce opposite St Mary's now; they seem only to like stream where both banks are sunny. Lots of Knapweed and thistle heads were in flower and were laden with at least 4 species of Bumblebee including some Large Red-tailed. Very few birds were noted in the quietest month of the year for woodland birds. But Creation was full of hidden life! - George