Monday, 29 September 2014

Sid Day

 New build (straw bale) at the Woodcote Wood House
 Woodcote Wood House- one of LITTLE OAK 's main bases. Doing a bioblitz at the site- new species yesterday included Yellowhammer, Grey Wagtail and Mallow moth.
 Male Stonechat- been an influx recently, 9+ at the farmlands, 6 near Woodcote Wood and numbers elsewhere in the region.
 Meadow Pipit- about 30+ at the farmlands.
 Clouded Yellow- the second one for the year. Also Small Copper around.

Spent yesterday with Sid (my nephew). We had a look round his small holding at Woodcote Wood (part of the local conservation network) and saw 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Stonechat, 10+ Mipit, 15+ Chaffinch and 5 Jay. Then we headed to Beddington to have a look at the ducks on the lakes and check the moth trap. Good numbers of ducks but the moth trap was fairly quiet- Pale Mottled Willows, Large Yellow Underwing, Garden Carpet and a Square-spot Rustic. A Clouded Yellow on the mound.


jollydaydream said...

Beautiful weather and photos. A remarkable place really, the small holdings....

Peter Alfrey said...

Really special place- no intensive agriculture- a nice mix of traditional small holdings and modern eco-farming - full of wildlife.