Viewing posts from: November 2000

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

by Mike Southall on 5th June 2017
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This Hummingbird Hawk-moth was seen last week. It is a day flying migrant moth, attracted to garden flowers.

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Black-headed Cardinal Beetle

by Mike Southall on 28th May 2017
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I found this Black-headed Cardinal Beetle in a poolside woodland on the farm today. One of three species of Cardinals in the UK, it is a new species record for the farm.

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Southern Marsh Orchids

by Mike Southall on 24th May 2017
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The Southern Marsh Orchids are beginning to flower earlier than usual, mirroring the general crop pattern this year.

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Silver Y

by Mike Southall on 16th May 2017
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This Silver Y moth was spotted on the farm on Sunday. It is the first migrant species recorded at Norchard this year. Its paleness indicates that it is a long distance migrant from the continent. The species was also reported from other inland sites, suggesting a more widespread influx.

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Ruby-tailed Wasp

by Mike Southall on 7th May 2017
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Always worth looking at the small insects at this time of year. This Ruby-tailed Wasp is worthy of living in the tropics.

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Migrant birds

by Mike Southall on 28th April 2017
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A fresh ploughed field has attracted some migrant birds, with up to five Yellow Wagails, thirteen Wheatears and a male Whinchat. The Whinchat, top bird, is a relatively scarce passage migrant.

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Adblue

by Mike Southall on 15th April 2017
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Our new tractor is using Adblue to clean emissions from the diesel engine, while our Bluebells are adding blue to the coppice.

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Holly Blue

by Mike Southall on 11th April 2017
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This Holly Blue butterfly was nectaring on an unflailed farm hedgerow

This Holly Blue butterfly is nectaring on an unflailed hedgerow. Orange-tips and Speckled Woods are also on the wing. Saw the first returning Swallow over the packhouse yesterday.

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Flint Arrowhead

by Mike Southall on 1st April 2017
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Very pleased to find this flint arrowhead while walking the dog this afternoon. It is a bit crude, but it has re-touched edges on the leading edges, and two notches at the base forming a tang. They did not have to be perfect to do the job.

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New Hedge

by Mike Southall on 27th March 2017
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The new hedge planted on the left side four years ago is starting to get thicker. It has re-established the bridle-path off Tugwood lane.

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