Archive for September 10th, 2007

10th September 2007, Monday

Dungeness bumblebees

As if it wasn’t already obvious results from the annually recorded bumblebee transects on the Dungeness RSPB reserve confirm it has been a rotten summer. Total numbers of bumblebees recorded have increased each year since the walks began in 2001, with a record count of 334 bumblebees in 2006 and an increase in the numbers of the BAP species Bombus humilis. This spring the fields were more flower-rich than I have seen before. The first walk in mid May continued the trend of increased bee numbers but then it started raining….. Read the rest of this entry »

10th September 2007, Monday

Sycamore Moth Caterpillar

This rather splendid caterpillar was found in Rye Harbour village, these caterpillars can be found feeding fully exposed on the foliage of Horse Chestnut, Sycamore, Field Maple, Oak and other trees from July to September.

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10th September 2007, Monday

Castle Water

Highlights from Castle Water this morning, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 14 Snipe, 26 Wigeon, Red-crested Pochard, Pintail, Marsh Harrier and Hobby. At the viewpoint, 80+ House Martin, 3 Cettis Warbler, 2 Kingfisher and 7 Bearded Tit. Butterflies on the wing included, Brown Argus (pictured), Small Heath, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and Clouded Yellow.

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Brown Argus in grassland near the viewpoint