I freely admit to feeling quite emotional that this is the last time I will ever log onto Weebly - Edit Site - NewNews.
Yes, I've resigned as Web editor.
The last six and a half years as editor have been amongst the most significant experiences in my life. I wasn't at all an IT-phobic, and I'd done a lot of print production management (brochures, annual reports etc) in my professional life, and media relations (endless press releases), and quite a bit of public speaking one way and another - and speech writing for others. So I had an idea of what a website could be like.
But the technology? No way. But our web builder Weebly was amazing, as also some friends and family and NatHistSoc colleagues who'd been there before.
And so it grew.
But now it needs to be re-built so that people can have the automatic feeds they've enjoyed. And, although I was initially up for the challenge, I realise it is a perfect time for someone else to have a go who will, I'm sure, get as much fun and satisfaction from it - and maybe also learn as much - as I have.
So thank you to all you site visitors, thank you to all you contributors, thank you to the Tisbury Natural History Society for the inspiration.
But please, if you have the slightest twinge of curiosity to find out more about what might be involved as web manager, do contact either our Chairman, Peter Shallcross, or me.
With very best wishes
Same as butterflies, of course - metamorphosing from egg, to caterpillar, to (often) fabulous adult.
On the Garston Wood Field trip earlier this summer, I spotted what looked almost like a white fungus on a hazel leaf, I think. Peter Shallcross though, who 'breeds' moths, instantly suggested it was Buff tip moth eggs - go to Recording/Active surveys to see what one looks like.
Then, Debbie Carter spotted this amazing caterpillar 'ambling across our back yard.' (Hawkmoth caterpillars always have that spike on their tail.)
So look where you're walking!
In the hope that al fresco dining or just enjoying sitting out of doors isn't completely over for the year, Andrew Graham's warning may be useful.
Go to MoreNews for the full story about these splendid birds.
The deadline for signing up for this trip on Saturday, 9 October is this Wednesday, 23 September.
Go to Field Trips for everything you need to know, including the information that Dick Budden needs to book you in with Dorset Wildlife Trust, and with The National Trust for the ferry to the island.
Non-members and guests are, of course, very much invited to join us.
Did you miss out on the bat walk at Old Wardour? There's another opportunity this Thursday, 23rd - go to Field Trips for full details.
No, nothing supernatural. But things absolutely super natural: moths.
Fans or phobics, I would guess that you've noticed the gallery of fabulous creatures that now grace each of our pages, thanks to Andrew Graham's moth trap.
Sending the latest gallery, Andrew explained:
'To put things in context: I started from scratch with my knowledge of moths when I got my moth trap at the start of lockdown in March '20. Since then, I have identified 250 moths that I have seen in my garden which backs onto fields. The huge majority of these are macro moths and although I have started to try to identify the micro moths, I have so far not been very successful. This year has not been as productive as last year so far as I have only identified 150 or so species in my trap although quite a few of these are new to me. I am sure that there remain plenty more to be identified and added to my list.'
Sometimes, these exquisite creatures are the 'wrong' shape for the page headers, so here are some of the photos I would love to have used but couldn't, or which couldn't display properly.
Just click on each image to enlarge it to rather more than life-size.
For more about Andrew's moth trap, go to Recording/Active surveys.
(Apologies if you've seen this already - Feedburner messed it up for those using that service.)
We know from the survey undertaken last year further up the Nadder near Weaveland Farm (go to MoreNews and scroll down to 15 August 2020), that this area is phenomenally popular with bats.
This year, Peter G Thompson recorded 10,000 hits on Dick Budden's patch.
For more detail, go to Active Surveys.
That big blank space in the middle of the Ordnance Survey map (North) of Salisbury and Stonehenge is, thanks to the Army's big guns, pretty much unknown to most of us (bar those who went Bustard spotting).
But on Thursday 16 September, we'll be learning all about the species rich habitat that's Salisbury Plain, from Simon Smart of Black Sheep Countryside Management.
Go to Talks for full details - it's via Zoom.
Many apologies to my viewers, especially those who have stayed with me: we're in the process of switching from Google's Feedburner to an alternative that will notify you of a new post - or even to a website builder alternative to Weebly, much as I love them. I hope normal service will be resumed asap.
Meanwhile, please just log onto this page whenever curiosity overcomes you - new items normally appear every 2-4 days, depending on urgency/relevance/topicality/my mood!!
Thank you very much for your support.
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The pages now display photos of moths taken by Andrew Graham. This one's the Puss Moth, looks very soft and cuddly.
This blog is updated usually every 2-4 days, depending of course on what's happening, as also other pages independently or linked from blogposts.
If it's not me, Elizabeth Forbes, website editor (keen but ignorant), I'll say so.