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That's what nearly 30 wildlife experts and a few hundred reserve visitors identified at Strumpshaw Fen during our week long Bioblitz which ended yesterday. The provisional total species count includes 345 vascular plants, 208 moths, 76 birds, 70 beetles, 59 true flies, 53 fungi and lichens, 51...
30 Jul 2012
First swallowtails of the season seen today!
Swallowtail butterfly by Matthew Wilkinson, Warden. This photo is from a previous year, but we had the first confirmed sighting of a swallowtail today, seen by Fen Hide! Needless to say we're all very excited and looking forward to more of these fantastic butterflies emerging, and hopefully being...
23 May 2012
It is officially autumn now and the mornings certainly feel cooler, but we have been blessed with some lovely sunny days this week. Plenty of folk have been out enjoying the sunshine at Strumpshaw Fen and had some great wildlife encounters. My favourite is the family of five hobbies, still busy munching...
23 Sep 2011
Swallowtails about again!
BLOGGER: MAGGIE GEORGIEVA, VOLUNTEER Here at Strumpshaw Fen the arrival of summer was accompanied by a spectacular and much appreciated event – the emergence of swallowtail butterflies! Shadowing this season’s early onset, these beauties also emerged early, with first sightings recorded...
3 Aug 2011
Swallowtails and hawkers update
It's been a fantastic summer for swallowtail butterflies at Strumpshaw Fen, with lots being spotted over the past two months at the reception garden, meadow and even the car park! The first flush has now almost gone with just one or two still lingering today. The good news is that a fair number of...
2 Jul 2011
Ray Mears visits Strumpshaw Fen
Ray Mears has been exploring Strumpshaw Fen with a film crew for the past 3 days. No, he's not been sleeping in the woods or foraging for wild food, just enthusing about the fantastic wildlife that can be found here. They encountered bitterns, swallowtails, water rails, chinese water deer, barn...
1 Jul 2011
Swallowtails and Norfolk hawkers
We've had quite a flurry of butterfly enthusiasts visiting to see the famous swallowtail butterflies at Strumpshaw Fen. The swallowtails came out remarkably early this year and numbers are likely to tail off soon. If you're making a special trip to see them, it's best to phone us to make...
13 Jun 2011
Swallowtails are back on the wing!
Hoorah, the Swallowtails are back again. The first butterfly of the second brood was spotted last week and there have been sightings nearly every day since then. Depending on the weather, hopefully they should be around until the end of September - however if they get too wet they may not survive that...
10 Aug 2010
Swallowtails and Amazons
We're getting so many requests for information about swallowtails through the office now I think we can assume the word is out about how good Strumpshaw is to see Britain's largest butterfly. They're on the wing and last Saturday a few were showing really well around the back of reception...
1 Jun 2010
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