Monthly Archives: May 2014

Stanley Ferry Flash records

Stanley Ferry Flash produced some good records, including lime hawk moth on a metal gatepost early in the evening of 16th May while on 23rd grasshopper warbler and cuckoo were present with a peregrine flying over (cathedral bird?) and four … Continue reading

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Wood Vetch at Ackworth School

Whilst members of the Ackworth School Natural History Society were looking at spring flowers in the grounds of the school, we came across this attractive vetch and we identified it as wood vetch (Vicia sylvatica). It is a two-star plant … Continue reading

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Field meeting: Hetchell Woods

A scorcher of a day and a good turnout for the first of the summer field meetings at Hetchell Woods today. This is a YWT reserve near Thorner and first for the society as a field trip, though some of … Continue reading

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Pied Wagtails nesting in air vent

Here are a couple of pictures of a pied wagtail nest at Ackworth. They usually nest inside a louvre window but it has chosen an air vent this year.

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green-veined whites

There’s a patch of yellow flowers growing in a field near Ryhill that, from a distance, looks like dyer’s greenweed. The other day I parked up and went to check it out but it appears to be a variant of … Continue reading

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Moth trapping: Buff Ermine and Muslin Moth

The moth trap has not been very productive recently because of the poor weather. Last night was clear but low temperature and an almost full moon meant that I trapped only two species: buff ermine (a single male) and muslin … Continue reading

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More sloe bugs

The picture of sloe bugs is interesting. I photographed the insects in the attached picture two years ago, in mid-April. There were far more of them than are shown in the image and they were crawling all over the vegetation … Continue reading

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Sloe bugs on stinking helibore at Brockadale

A walk round Brockadale today produced lots of early purple orchids and cowslips as well as spring migrants and butterflies. Up near the open beech woodland we found the stinking helibore that Colin sent in a record of earlier this … Continue reading

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Holly blue in Wakefield gardens

A very good butterfly day in my garden located centrally in Wakefield – speckled wood, orange tip were numerous and one or two holly blue.  

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