Sunday, 5 July 2015

Bordered Sallow

 Bordered Sallow- a first for the Farmlands. Generally a coastal species.
 Zeiraphera isertana- another first for the farmlands
Orchard Ermine (?)
 Batia lunaris
There's been good mothing recently and yesterday evening was particularly good with a few migrants. Two firsts for the farmlands with up to 60 species in last few days.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

National Meadows Day at Beddington Farmlands

 View over North Lake
 Ox-eye Daisy Meadow
 Meadow Brown on  Wild carrot
 60+ Stock Dove on the Southern Mound today
 Two Marbled White today
 Small Tortoiseshell- a few on the mound 
 Rosel's Bush-cricket- another local meadow speciality
 Black-tailed Skimmer- 25+ in the meadows this morning. Also a couple of Hakwers and Darters (below)
 Six-spot Burnet- expecting the adults to emerge in next couple of weeks. Lots of C.culmella and C.perlella in the grass. Also Sitochroa verticalis but no Burnet Companions today.
Common Blue on Spiny Restharrow. Also Ringlet (on the meadow margins) and Large and Small White in the meadows today.
 Canada Geese grazing on the Southern Mound today 
Skylarks- one to two pairs breeding in the meadows
As it's national meadow day today ( MORE HERE ) I spent the morning in the meadow habitat at the farmlands. 

Beddington Farmlands Archaeological Dig

Here's an update from the dig currently underway in the Field North of Bedzed:


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Hampton Court Garden Show

Spent today at the Hampton Court Garden Show looking at some more ideas for wildlife gardens.

Wildflower Meadows
These featured in the concept gardens. Interesting to see the use of sculptures, rustic fencing and different edging incorporated into the wildflower meadow concept.  

Designer Gardens good for pollinators
 This summer garden was one of the most popular. Lots of features here good for wildlife- a nice mix of salvias, foxgloves, agapanthus, a pond and Silver Birch trees. Probably not designed for wildlife in mind but a good fuelling station. The matching plant colours with the hard landscaping and garden furniture always works a treat.
 These raised beds are becoming more popular for retirees but also work for lazy people too. Again loads of stuff here good for pollinators. These raised beds means less bending over but also creates more landscape interest and can reduce the area that needs gardening attention to a manageable area. These could go on top of paved areas and provide low maintenance solutions.
Permaculture making its way into designer gardens
 An old favourite- good use of felled timber. I liked the leather cushioned seat covers.
 Loggery- another old classic. A great use for our timber.
 Bee bricks
 Bike locked up to a planting trough
Community Gardens
Part of the RHS Greening Grey Britain project presenting low cost ideas to green up community areas. A use of re-used materials, wildflower mixes, accessories and permaculture.

It was hot! Plenty of things to get some ideas from. Good to see quite a few insects on the displays.

  Essex/Small Skipper
Me and Lee in the Champagne and Seafood Restaurant- naturalists pretending to blend in

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Surrey Wildlife Trust Bioblitz

Chertsey Meadows Bioblitz

 Great Crested Grebe with young

Common Bent
Went to the SWT Bioblitz at Chertsey Meadow today with Devilbirder. Nice bit of habo- meadows, river and reed bed. A good haul of moths including Pine, Elephant and Small Elephant Hawkmoths. Learnt a few more grasses and good to put a few faces to some names. 

Thee Bryans

Friday, 26 June 2015


 Thistle Ermine
 Garden Grass Veneer (C.culmella)
 Scoparia pyralella
  Grey Tortrix ? (new for site if correct id)
 Marbled Orchid Tortrix
Scarce Silver-lines (not a micro)- a first for the farmlands
Been busy in the bugry over the last few nights during this warm spell. 55+ species yesterday alone (with over 100+ moths).