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Wildwatch autumn 2018 (September-November)

Highlights The year’s butterfly showing continued to disappoint, but lots of bugs and hoverflies brighten up Wildwatch mornings… Unusual bird visitors included a Common Snipe and Water Rail… Two new plant gall records.   Weather Wildwatch days in September were disappointingly overcast and often windy, but brightened up for October which gave us a number […]

Posted 18 January 2019 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Birch Catkin Bug, Blue Shieldbug, Cinnamon Bug, Common Snipe, Common Toadflax, field scabious, fieldfare, Grey Wagtail, oak galls, Pemphigus spyrothecae, redwing, sparrowhawk, Twin-spot Centurion, Water Rail, Wildwatch

August 2014: Spotlight on… Oak Galls

In simple terms, a plant gall is the plant’s response to something that another organism does to it. The overall effect is a little bit like what your body does when a nettle stings it, but gall production is more complicated and still isn’t fully understood. There are hundreds of kinds of galls in Britain, […]

Posted 15 August 2014 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: currant gall, knopper gall, Marble Gall, oak galls, spangle gall

Wildwatch: 22nd August 2012 – Galling!

Weather: warm, cloudy with sunny intervals Observers: Hannah, Janetta, Linda, Tom, Kaye We and the butterflies may be hoping it’s still summer, but as far as the plants are concerned it’s definitely early autumn. The vegetation has reached its maximum growth (or so the rangers hope), and fruits and seeds are everywhere. As the breeding […]

Posted 24 August 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: knopper gall, oak galls, peacock butterfly