July Open Day tomorrow – moths and a rubber dinghy

Just a quick note to say our regular last Saturday of the month Open Day is tomorrow, from 1.00 to 4.00 pm.

Having tried out the rubber dingy kindly donated by a local business owner on Tuesday, I will be using it again to clear more of the duckweed from the deep end of the pond

There will also be a chance to talk to other Friends about the moths we have been finding, and photographing these summer evenings.  Here’s one such beauty

a Green Silver-lines .  It’s vibrating its wings to get its body temperature up, ready to fly off, maybe to lay eggs on one of our many oak trees.

For more moth photos from last month, see this album on our Facebook group


Last Saturdays in 2017 – Open Days and moth / bug identification

From April, we will be resuming our regular Open Days on the last Saturday of each month, so

  • April 29th
  • May 27th
  • Jun 24th
  • July 29th
  • August 26th
  • September 30th

These will be from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, and an opportunity just to look around the reserve in your own time.  However, we hope also to organise special activities, appealing to young families, such as a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, and blackberrying combined with den building.  (The yields of blackberries were not great in 2016, but kids still had a lot of fun with their dens!)

We are also planning to set up moth traps the evening before, and have one of more volunteers come in to identify what there is fluttering around the reserve at the different times of the year.  We will be doing this to develop a record of the sites bio-diversity, but we hope also to be able to share some of what we find  with Open Day visitors.  Also, on the “last Saturday” mornings, from 11.00, volunteers who have done a “Curious entomologists” course with professional entomologist Richard Jones will also look for other insects.

All welcome – and a special welcome to those who like us are interested to know what insects we have!  We will be at the entrance for 11.00, but leave a message with the comments below if you want to come along, but are not sure if you will be there at 11.00!