A look at lepidoptera | Day 22 of 30 Days Wild

After a rather moist and misty start, the receding clouds and emerging sunshine revealed a sparkling vista of water droplets carpeting the island; everything from spider's webs to the delicate seed heads of grasses were laden with water, refracting the sun in a cliche but stunning scene! The fragrance of wildflowers and rich vegetation was …

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30 Days Wild | Day 19

The overpowering heat today made doing anything outside rather exhausting either side of dawn and dusk. That said, the calm and sunny weather made for ideal conditions to carry out this month’s BeeWalk survey. This year I decided to set up a Bee-recording transect on the island as part of a wider national citizen science …

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A focus on dung: 30 Days Wild Day 11

For Day 11 of the 30 Days Wild challenge, I am focussing on a group of insects few would consider to be at all glamorous: Dung Beetles. In reality, though, the Scarabids are a vitally important family of beetles that humbly go about their business and provide a plethora of valuable 'ecosystem services'. They are an …

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