In our last blog we totally forgot to include these super pictures taken by some of our recent visitors to Arne, so apologies for that! First up we’ve got these superb Grass Snake pics from Abbey Louis. Not sure of the story but imagining a chase between the toad of the snake.
We’ve mentioned our rather showy Water Voles at Shipstal ponds but we’ve yet to actually show you them. The wait is over thanks to Phil Gwilliam!
Thanks both for sending in the pictures!
Without trying to sound like a broken record our moth and Butterfly themed blog posts must continue, as the temperatures have begun to rise as have the number of reports of Silver-studded Blues. Coombe Heath is by far the best place to encounter this pretty little butterfly. Our moth trap openings in the morning have been becoming more and more productive; although migration has slowed the number of resident species has risen very, very quickly and we’re recording new species for the year every day. Probably the highlight of our escapades has been the discovery of a Micro moth called Diplodoma laichartingella, amazingly both times it was captured in the Visitor Hut! Must be our welcoming, smiling faces at the hut...
With such good catches each day now we really do invite people to come and see what we’re getting each night, we open the traps down at 9am at the Visitor hut. These pics might entice a few of you to venture out nice and early!
Beautiful Golden Y
Moths aren’t all we catch in the traps. This Eyed Ladybird was a good capture this morning.
Just to add in a little bit of bird news a Poole Harbour Marsh Harrier has fledged after a tense couple of weeks the exciting news of a fledgling was broadcast just this morning! Joining it also appear to be increasing numbers of Spoonbill so keep your eyes peeled from Shipstall and Coombe heath for your chance to see these special birds.
Also coming up this month is our Big Wild Canoe event in Poole Harbour, You can find out more information at http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-402167 and if you’d like to book you can follow this link http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-wild-canoe-at-rspb-arne-registration-16799134664 . Will be an incredible way to see Arne and the surrounding harbour.
So June is well and truly upon us which means some of our non-avian friends are taking the lime light away from the likes of the Dartford Warblers and the Spoonbills. Our moth traps have been particularly interesting with some notable and very welcome visitors. Lots of wildlife migrates and moths are no exceptions. So far the migrant species we’ve recorded have mainly been ‘brown type’ moths but the stories behind them are amazing! Hopefully in the next few days we’ll post up a picture of an incredibly stunning, rare migrant moth... We’re still trapping most nights so join us a the visitor hut from 9am for a look at the previous nights results and find out their stories. Possibly the most unusual species we’ve recorded wasn’t in the moth traps. This odd looking collection of sticks is actually housing a larvae of a Pachythelio villosella, otherwise known as a Bagworm Moth.
pic by Jack Oughton
Caterpillars, or larvae, live their entire lives inside these cases which are made of debris from the heath land. This particular species is restricted to Dorset heaths making Arne an important place for these critters to live. This moth is a nice one to finish of the moth info in this post. Nemophora degeerellla obviously...
Reptiles have been particularly good recently with the occurrence of a swimming Adder being most notable! Photographed by Keith Rogers whilst on our Wednesday guided walk.
The first Silver-studded Blue was seen a few days ago which should be the first of many providing the weathers stays on their side.
The most exciting birdy news relates to our Barn Owl family. They hatched five of their six eggs which is superb! Now the hard work starts for them. You can keep tabs on them 24hours a day by following this link, http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/a/arne/webcam.aspx .
If you’re not already, check out our twitter page which has photo’s from visitors and us plus up to the minute sightings. www.twitter.com/rspbarne