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Tea Break Flutters By

Yesterday I went for a stroll in our front garden at Ash Lock Cottage, a patch of grass just bigger than a tennis court, that we manage as a wildflower hay meadow. I discovered a hidden Field Vole (Microtus agrestis), a Brown Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna … Continue reading

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Children find watery insects at Talavera 

Today Laura, I and Shirley the gull, are at Talavera Infant & Junior School Summer Fayre showing off minibeasts pond-dipped from Moor Green Lakes. It was interesting to find some of our more unusual minibeasts including water stick insects, which … Continue reading

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Fluttering over the Surrey Hills

Last week Stu and I headed down to the Surrey Hills end of the valley, south of Tongham. The unimproved chalk grassland we manage was alive with butterflies, including the striking Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) and Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus). There were … Continue reading

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Dashing Demoiselles in Cove Brook

Yesterday at the Cove Brook Fun Day, Bobbie and I showed off pond dipped wildlife from the brook. One notable sighting was this nymph, which is rather on the large side for a damselfly larva. The three leaf-like caudal lamellae that … Continue reading

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Unexpected Wildlife

Today the volunteers and I are on our barn owl survey. It’s a lovely surprise to unearth two pyramidal orchids on our lunch break in a supermarket car park. Acting Senior Ranger Stuart

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Small But Mighty Moths

Spring is my favourite time of year. The sun begins to shine and all sorts of wildlife come out of the woodwork (in some cases literally). A welcome sight today (although a bit unusual for a night creature) was a Small … Continue reading

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Surrey Hills Spring Clean

Our latest volunteer task here at Blackwater Valley was to give one of our roadside sites by the Hog’s Back a spring clean. The job of the day was to remove some old rabbit fencing that had no use anymore. … Continue reading

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