New breeding record

Yesterday I managed to find three 2-spot Lady birds at Caldene fields. Two of them were… well…spring was in the air. But on a serious note, this is a confirmed breeding record which is valuable information for the ecology of the site and it’s protection.

Also some may remember the work we did on the meadow at Raw Nook Nr a few years ago. We cleared patches of vigorous grasses and putting down Yellow Rattle seeds.

Now Yellow Rattle is an annual and it lives a semi-parasitic life by feeding off the nutrients in the roots of nearby grasses which in turn helps to reduce it’s vigorous grasses.

Well our work is starting to pay dividends with the many clumps of Yellow Rattle now forming all over the meadow which is great news!

In the clumps of YR we can then plant wildflowers which will grow better as they which won’t have to complete with the vigorous grasses.

House Martin are now starting to arrive with 3 probable local birds today flying over Raw Nook NR.

Found a possible new moth larva at TH Beck today but need a bit more research before fully sure…

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