The rather cloudy and humid weather didn’t put off the hardier members and we had a total of 12 people along for the Warburg insect walk today. We had a bit of drizzle at one point but generally the weather wasn’t bad and the temperature held up so insects were very abundant.
Butterflies & moths [...]
Spurge Hawkmoth (male)
When opening a moth trap that has run the previous night you can never be sure what lies within. There are mornings when you know immediately that the catch will be poor. Otherwise there is always a sense of anticipation, maybe this will be the day you find something totally unexpected. [...]
Introduction to Dorchester Abbey
Thirty-two members and friends (probably a record number for a Wednesday walk) met at Bridge End in Dorchester for a gentle walk beside the River Thame and the River Thames and through the nearby water meadows, now being actively conserved and improved by the local community. The [...]
The weather was unremittingly wet but walking on my own in the morning gave a good opportunity for close observations. The first area of parkland was full of scores of swallows perched in close order on the metal fences around the copses and on the upper dead branches of the old hawthorn tree. They almost [...]
Amongst the plants for sale in the stable yard were two small pots of the shrub False Spireae (Sorbaris sorbifolia) which were carrying their creamy white flowers held in a plume at the end of the branches.These were clearly attractive to insects as there was one hornet, one bumble bee, one greenbottle fly and one [...]
Malcolm Storey led a well-attended walk at The Holies, Streatley on Sunday 15th August. At the entrance to the woods was a Horse Chestnut whose leaves were brown with the mines of Cameraria ohridella, the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner. Flying in the sunshine along the edge of the woods at the top of the site [...]
These amazing moths first appeared in numbers on 30th July. Thereafter we have seen at least one daily. It soon became apparent that not only were the potted geraniums outside the cottage being visited on a regular basis, but that one could be found quite easily at rest on our barn wall. In overcast conditions [...]
We are grateful to Sandra Parkinson for welcoming the Society back to Chalkhills, Whitchurch on Thames, for a very successful mothing night on Saturday 7th August. The site consists of a superb steep south-facing hillside of high-quality chalk grassland (the Local Wildlife Site = LWS) and a grassy valley with woods on either side which [...]
Between 25th and 30th August the parkland and house will host a range of family friendly activities supported by members of the Reading and District Natural History Society. Come and join the fun at no additional charge.
Download the list of activities here.