Archive for June, 2013

Ashberry Pasture

Yesterday I had the opportunity to take the car and do a long walk, so I headed for Ashberry Pasture near Rievaulx for a six-miler, hoping to see some nice plants and insects. The plants didn’t disappoint.

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Mothing in Dalby

We set three moth traps out around Dalby forest during the field course, and on Thursday, Terry Crawford of the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union Lepidoptera Group came out to tell us about them. Here we are plus some of the catch!

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Bats at Ellerburn Church

Ellerburn church is my kind of church: small, in a beautiful spot, old, and full of bats. Unfortunately the small congregation disagrees about the attractions of the bats. Nonetheless, the bats haven’t been evicted yet, and it is still possible to watch them emerge of a summer evening.

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Secrets of Pexton Bank

Pexton Bank, adjacent to Ellerburn Bank, is one of Dalby Forest’s best kept secrets. Dozens of people walk past it every day without realizing what’s there.   Read more…

Ellerburn Pilgrimage

I’m tempted to say that I only really feel complete when I’m in  a place like Ellerburn Bank. I kept saying to myself how lucky I was to be alive in a place like that.

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An hour at Bempton

This week was the highlight of my working year; the 2nd year Ecology Field Course. We visit Bempton as part of this, and unfortunately due to the minibus being delivered an hour late, only had an hour there. But an hour is a lot better than none.

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Climbing Hawnby Hill

We visited Hawnby Hill in Upper Ryedale last autumn to see the heather, but didn’t climb it. Last weekend we did.

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Britain’s Rarest Butterfly

The Duke of Burgundy is likely to have the lowest population size of any UK butterfly species. Although it’s found at around 100 sites in the UK  still, the peak count of individuals at most sites is only around 12, making it possible that the total national population is less than 1000 adults. It has declined by a staggering 80% in the last 30 years.

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All on Creeping Willow

On Friday morning, Terry Crawford showed Penny Relf and me around the dark Bordered Beauty Transect on Strensall Common. We found lots of creeping willow, the foodplant of the moth, which bodes well for it. We also found loads of other moths and butterflies, all seemingly nectaring on the willow flowers:  Read more…