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Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

17 August 2020 Whilst clearing a few plants next to a path this wonderful looking caterpillar crept out: A quick check on the iNaturalist app identified it as an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar, so called because it looks like an elephants trunk! They are usually found between July and September, the two enormous, black eyespots towards […]

Gooseberries Gone!

Gooseberries Gone!

For the first time ever I have lost most of my gooseberry crop to birds. Not only have they taken most of the gooseberries they have broken many of the branches. I grow my gooseberries as cordons so that it is easier to deal with sawfly, lets more air in to reduce the chance of […]

Yellow Barred Longhorn

Yellow Barred Longhorn

Whilst watering my 1 year old maiden apple trees in the fruit forest nursery I came across this little beauty. I couldn’t believe how long his antenae are! He is a male yellow barred longhorn, a diurnal moth who apparently is most commonly found on forest and woodland floors – so nice that he recognises […]

Speedwell

Speedwell

The edge of one of our wild areas, where it meets the grass path, hosts a beautiful speedwell. I think this one is the birds-eye speedwell. Speedwell is also known as Paul’s Bettony and is used as a medicinal herb. A long blooming, easy to care for perennial, Speedwell is prized as a garden flower […]

Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl

We are very fortunate to have a lot of mature trees near us plus woodland down in the valley below us. We frequently hear tawny owls calling to each other (the female with the “tee-wit” and the male replying with the “te-woo”) and screeching. Occasionaly I am fortunate enough to see one flying or being […]

Amber

Amber

Amber died last week. It was on Monday, the start of a new term. She had been steadily losing weight for several weeks, she had a lethargy about her though she did show signs of energy at times. She ate less and spent a lot of time watching the world go by or her sisters, […]