10th August 2020 Wild Flower, Bird and Insect Walk
I lead a walk for the newly founded Middleton Wildlife Group up our old bit of railway – The Wannie Line and into our old meadows.These habitats are perfect for wild flowers, we spotted; Great Burnet, Harebells, Yarrow , Stitch Wort, Silver Grass, various vetches, Rose Bay Willow Herb, Comfrey, Knap weed plus many more
These were all attracting a wide array of insects- Carder , Red tailed and regular yellow black and white bumble bees were all seen in good numbers. Having checked my book at home there were males and females.
Butterflies were also about – particularly Peacocks, but we also saw various Whites,Small Tortoiseshells, a Small Copper and a number of day flying moths.
We were also fortunate to find a large number of Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars on a clump of nettles.
The highlight was a Scorpion Hoverfly. All mouth an no trousers as not able to sting!
Great start for our Group as I think I learned as much from my fellow walkers as I told them- a great fund of knowledge and a really enjoyable foray.