Been a busy couple of days and nights with classic high summer conditions and muggy evenings good for mothing. I set up four moth traps at Waterstock Mill last night with Henry and today I met up with Oxford Ornithological Society Chairman Alan Larkman and secretary Barry Hudson to visit Alan's nature conservation projects. Holly and Jacob joined us for lunch at the Trout pub on the banks of the Thames. A great inspiring day.
Barry and Alan Meet Up
Barry Hudson by the lake at the Baulking project
Southern Marsh Orchid on Alan's land
The Baulking site, 16 acres of meadowland adjacent to the lake complete with it's first Bee Orchid (below). Alan was utilising various methods to increase the biodiversity of this site including sheep grazing, haycuts and meadow topping with the introduction of seeds from other project sites and natural regeneration of trees self seeding from the hedgerow plus additional planting of other selected tree species.
Back at the Old Vic
A few highlights from the Old Vic trap recently.