Fruits

Dark Bush Cricket

I tend to expect to see grasshoppers and crickets low down, although the grasshoppers do sit on the outside house walls in Woodley.  While picking a few late blackberries though, I saw I was not the only one interested in the fruit… It was about six feet off the ground at the top of one of the bushes.  Having...
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Butterflies

Hurley Chalk Pit

We recently went to check out Hurley Chalk Pit for future visits as it is supposed to be good for butterflies.  A small setback occurred when I realised I had left my shoes at home and only had sandals and bare feet – not ideal for walking, especially in the drizzle!!  The guidebook also misled us about the distance...
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Birds

Warburg Reserve

I’ve been to the reserve quite a few times now and always enjoy it. There is a small hide overlooking a pond where you often see interesting birds and at this time of the year there were lots of damselflies and dragonflies.  It is well known for its butterflies and has a small wildlife garden that seems to attract all...
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Birds

Activity at Dinton Pastures

I have had a couple of morning walks round Dinton and while there was nothing unusual, I did see quite a few birds and the usual butterflies.  On one occasion there were about 20 Brown Hawker dragonflies whizzing back and forth across the footpath but they were much too fast to attempt a photograph.  There are lots of females...
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Birds

Homefield Wood

As well as the Silver-washed Fritillaries and the White Letter Hairstreak, I saw many other butterflies, moths and insects while at Homefield Wood.  These are just a few of many.   I am not sure about the next one, it looked much greyer with a different spot pattern so could be a Silver-studded Blue. The butterflies were all over...
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