We had an amazing bug hunt on Saturday the 13th of August. Thanks to Mariko Whyte for giving us her time and providing expertise in ID. Also to Dick Budden for hosting us in his land. We saw the following species:
Crickets and Grasshoppers
Roesel's Bush Cricket
Thistle Gall Fly (Urophora cardui)
A hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta)
Dragonflies and Damselflies
Spiders and Harvestmen
Garden Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus)
Common Candy-striped Spider (Enoplognatha ovata s.l.)
Nursery Web Spider
Furrow Spider (Larinoides cornutus)
A Long-jawed Orb Weaver (Tetragnatha sp.)
A crab spider (Xysticus sp.)
A fork-palped harvestman (Dicranopalpus agg.)
A harvestman (Mitopus morio)
Common Spittle-bug (Philaenus spumarius)
A plant bug (Malacocoris chlorizans)
A lacewing larva (Chrysopidae)
Oak Apple Gall Wasp (Biorhiza pallida)
You can have a look at some of our pictures on our social media: here and here.
Thank you to all who came to our bug hotel workshop and helped us make bug hotels, we had a great time and we hope to provide refuges for garden critters! You can see some of the pictures on our social media, on Instagram and on Facebook.
We made so many bug hotels that we had some for fundraising at the community fete at the Nadder Centre yesterday. The money raised will help us organise more events, so thank you to those who donated! If you missed it but would like to get a bug hotel, please get in touch!
Have a look on our Instagram for some of the artwork created by the participants of our art workshop in June and also for the review by the artist, David Garnett!
We had a fantastic visit to UWNR last Saturday, you can have a look at our pictures and review on our Instagram.
If you missed this, you can get the book on the UWNR website. You can also find additional reading in this recently published piece that includes references to UWNR: Creating a New Eden — The Beautiful Truth. You may also want to watch this webinar
Rewilding Network Webinar - Smaller Scale Rewilding at Underhill Wood NR (vimeo.com). And if you want to keep up to date with the news from UWNR, get in touch with Jonathan to follow his blog.
We had a fantastic hare walk in March. Come and have a look at some of the pictures on our social media!
Thanks to all who braved the very cold wind and came to our walk to learn about the countryside walk, rights of way, and ways to be right!
You can have a look at some of the pictures on our social media.
Happy new year to all Young Nature Watchers!
We had a fantastic nut hunt last December, see our Facebook post (link) and one of the participants pictures on Instagram (link) to find out more about how it went.
Nut hunts are a superb way of helping wildlife charities and researchers tracking the presence/absence in specific areas of endangered species such as dormice. As it is a completely unintrusive survey method, you can be sure that you won't disturb any little critter and you won't need a license to look for nuts in the forest floor (most other ways of dormice surveying require a license). Find out more about nut hunts in the PTES website.
We hope our nutty participants will put their new knowledge into practice in woodlands of their choice!
On a sunny day at the beginning of May, two excited groups of children accompanied by parents were given the rare permission by the Teffont Fishing Club to walk along the river bank to look for signs of the protected Water Vole (Ratty in Wind in the Willows).
We are lucky too have a good population here as the species has declined by 90% countrywide.
My group started at Stubbles and walked downstream and under the railway bridge where they found Otter footprints in the mud. There were many burrows along the bank we were on, some with ‘lawns’ of nibbled grass round them. We could see many large burrows on the opposite banks.
After much searching we found some footprints down by the water and a few pieces of reeds eaten in a typical way at a 45 degree angle at each end. We also found a few distinctive cigar shaped droppings.
We did not see any voles but they are most definitely there and they are shy and we were not very quiet!
Inés took her group along the river from Catherine’s Ford and counted approximately a burrow per every meter along a 170 metre stretch.
The children had a wonderful time and Inés sent the records off to the Mammal Society.
Izzy Fry has also written a lovely account with some great photos, on her blog here. It looks like having been a lot of fun and fascinating as well.
Young Nature Watch (YNW) is a branch of the Tisbury and District Natural History Society (TNHS). Our first event was on July 2020.
YNW is free for under-21s! Young people always have priority at any of our activities but accompanying adults are required for under-12s. Whenever possible, we will aim to split attendants into three different groups:
- Families with young children
- Teenagers only
- Young-at-heart of all ages
For adults, annual membership for the TNHS (£10) or a £2 fee per event (for non-members) is due.
YNW activities are organised by Inés Lopez-Doriga and Izzy Fry (find out more about how it all started in Focus, p.27).
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