Sunday, July 28, 2013

Wildflower Plant Survey part 2 - e-Piece

We don't usually get a chance to carry out a plant survey twice on the same site in the same year but now that Telscombe Tye is part of the HLS Scheme, I wanted a return visit to the e-Piece to see what else we could find a little later in the year.

Plant survey on Telscombe Tye e-Piece

Imagine our delight when we found a few round headed rampion just outside one of the quadrats we regularly survey.

Round-headed rampion

The patch we cleared earlier in the year was covered in wildflowers.

Chalk grassland wildflowers

Also a large number of thistles but actually far more species than at our usual survey sites - including more round headed rampion on the grassy slope.  Plenty of knapweed and scabious buzzing with bees and butterflies.

Chalk grassland wildflowers

Some (but not all) of the plants found: yellowwort, squinancywort, century, selfheal, wild thyme, common milkwort, pink clover, bedstraw, fairy flax, salad burnet, cowslip, devil's bit scabious, stemless thistle, round-headed rampion, meadowsweet?, dog violet, agrimony, common vetch, bryony, greater knapweedragwort, bladderwort, spiny thistle, field convolvulus, wild carrot, rosebay willowherb, oxeye daisy, chamomile, eyebright, common knapweed, bird's foot trefoil, field scabious, mullion, wild marjoram, white mustard?, ribbed melilot.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Big Butterfly Count 2013

Peacock Butterfly
If you're out and about this weekend - whether in your garden, your local park or out in the countryside  spare a few minutes and take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

Anytime between now and the 11th August.

It's easy to do - there's a description and picture of the main species you're likely to see on the site, on the downloadable Butterfly ID chart and on the App.

It takes just 15 minutes.  Identify what you see, then submit your sightings.

Download the app and it's easy to identify what you've seen and submit them right away, while you're out and about.

They're also offering half-price membership for new members until the end of August.

Find out which plants are best for attracting butterflies to your garden with their list of the 100 best plants for nectar.

Last year was a tough one for butterflies with the cold, wet summer meaning that already declining butterfly numbers are at an all time low.

Get out, get involved and see how many you can see.
Peacock Butterfly (Photo credit: Chris@184)
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