Firstly , many thanks to Rob for correcting the identification of the happy pair on the last post , Dock Bug / Coreus marginatus , not Forest Bug . Cheers Rob .
Since the last post , I did the full butterfly transect at High Elms , recording 12 species , but numbers were low on all apart from Brimstone (8) , but hopefully the good weather since then will encourage more emergence . I would point out that on the first part of the transect , the unfenced and fenced Conservation Fields , which makes up about one third of the transect , and was scalped to within an inch of it's life by the cutting contractors last year , produced a grand total of one Burnet Companion day flying moth . As usual , on the way round I checked the eaten Elm leaves for WLHairstreak
At Hutchinson's Bank , the Glanville Fritillaries have mostly left the Cutting , and most sightings are on the bridleway at the bottom of the site . Visitors from as far a Ipswich and Heathrow have come to
Other firsts of the year over the last couple of days include ,
On the way home for lunch today , I stopped off at the favoured nesting site of the local House Martins , having seen a couple around when passing by recently . It was good to see at least 8 pairs around the farmhouse , feeding and nest building . A couple of last years nest are intact , and were
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