Saturday, 18 June 2011

Exploring Beddington Farmlands

Smooth Newt

Thistle sp.

Purple Loosestrife

Fox cub

Marbled White

Buff Arches

Small Skipper
I am currently undertaking the mission of trying to get to know as many species of life form on my patch in an attempt to understand how the birds that I have been studying for the last 20 years fit into the ecosystem. Natural History is an immense subject and there is a danger of becoming a jack of all trades and master of none but I do believe that it could be possible to have a master knowledge of all the natural history in just one patch. This is particularly relevant at Beddington Farmlands as the farm is being developed into a nature reserve which will require habitat management for all species.
I am discovering there is a whole new world of what appears to be infinite interest. There is nothing quite like walking round a familar place and seeing things totally differently. Here's a few pics from the last few hours on the farm and also from the 'obs' (the Newt was from nearby).


Graham James said...

I've been doing the same at Holmethorpe over the past few weeks, Peter and it is amazing how much we walk past every day without noticing it.
I have become dependent on the superb iSpot website at where they can identify almost anything for you.
Steve Gale tried, a couple of years ago, to get the Holmethorpe birders to supply sightings of all forms of wildlife so that he could create a database of flora and fauna for the area but that fell on deaf ears so I am trying to rectify that.

StourbridgeRantBoy said...

Looks like a 'plan' view of Marsh Thistle Pete -

Laurie -

Darryl said...

Looks more like Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense bit too branched and pale flowered for Marsh. If anyone wants another test, have a go at a Mycena fungi on my blog,... gawd knows!

Peter Alfrey said...

Either would be a tick. Seems to be quite a few thistles over there.

I am having trouble getting on iSpot Graham? Looks just what I need though- if I can get on.

Steve Gale said...

Hi Peter, the thistle is, indeed, Creeping Thistle. The Beddington flora list that I am compiling is heading steadily towards 250 species and we have yet to hit high summer!

Peter Alfrey said...

Cheers Steve,
I must join you soon for some more beddington botany. Hopefully next time you are at the farm