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Female orange-tip on some cuckoo flower (lady's smock) ay coombes valley.
6 May 2010
Recent Sightings: Bells and Arches
The scorching temperatures have been brilliant for butterflies and make the meadows look even more astounding! If you take a wander out to the valley view point you'll pass an incredible diversity of wildflowers and invertebrates while this years woodpecker chicks dart out to the feeders belting...
18 Jul 2013
Recent Sightings: Kings, Rubies and Devils!
The long hot spell has culminated in a succession of humungous thunderstorms giving our brook and pond some much needed help. The high temperatures have meant that the moth trap has been heaving with a huge variety of species, dragonflies are whirring around the river banks and birds of prey have been...
30 Jul 2013
Recent Sightings: Ravens, Whites and Worts!
We're in the last Summer month and rains have soaked the reserve but that dosen't mean theres nothing to see! Great black birds dive in the sky and poisonous plants spring from the earth. Theres been a wealth of sightings recently at Coombes but heres a pick of some of the best: Ravens - These...
8 Aug 2013
Recent Sightings: Hawkers, Hollies and Stinking Horns!
A couple of nights ago I was sitting on the bench outside the visitor centre watching a brown hawker dragonfly hover over the nettles until it settled. A small white butterfly emerged from the vegetation and soared up into the air, the brown hawker burst into the sky! Zigzagging, judging the flight path...
19 Aug 2013
Peacock butterflies are all around Coombes Valley at the moment, pick a warm day and your guaranteed to see them! How many will you count?
20 Aug 2013
Recent Sightings: Look up, down and all around!
What a difference a week makes! The reserve has been noticeably noisy with the sound of birds chirping wherever you walk; bees are buzzing around our meadows taking advantage of the array of wildflowers still on display, not to mention the numbers of butterflies fluttering past … it almost feels...
27 Aug 2013
Is there a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?
This is my first blog at Coombes Valley so I will just quickly introduce myself............. Hello, I’m Rachel and I’m the new warden intern at the reserve. It’s been a busy start to my placement and I have been enjoying getting out and about assisting with the visitor trail upkeep...
24 Sep 2013
Recent Sightings: Off with the woolies and into the wonders!
It’s been noticeably cool on the reserve during this month well perhaps that is to be expected now we are approaching one of the most colourful months on the reserve – autumn! But fear not, summer is still hanging in there and this week has been a glorious week for wildlife on the reserve;...
28 Sep 2013
Recent sightings: Life in the valley
Now that Halloween and Bonfire night are over, winter is slowly creeping up on autumn. Nevertheless, there are still lots of wonderful creatures to see on the reserve. I (Aimee) wandered around the reserve and managed to see an array of wildlife plus some spectacular scenery. With the sun shining and...
8 Nov 2013
Trip down memory lane
Monday's blog comes from Adam, a previous intern at Coombes Valley: Aching, covered in mud, and more than slightly damp from the perspiration that comes with a day’s hard work, we called it quits. It was the end of my third day helping out with some chainsaw work at Coombes. It had been...
11 Nov 2013
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