The Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership is offering 2 apprentices the chance to work alongside the Somerset Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, Natural England and the Hawk & Owl Trust in the beautiful and ancient Avalon Marshes. For further details about the 2 postions available click on the link below.
Taking a walk on a sunny day, in Swell Wood during August, you can’t help noticing the butterflies flitting in the open glades. The largest is the glorious Silver Washed Fritillary, a rich, golden brown butterfly with dark line markings. When its wings are closed, the greenish underwings show silvery line ‘washes’, making this butterfly distinctly different from other fritillary butterflies.
Photo: Dion Warner
These butterlfies have been later emerging this year. They usually appear in early July, but have been three to four weeks later this year. If you are lucky you may still see them into early September this year. So visit Swell Wood to treat yourself to some treasured silver jewels!!
Becky Thorpe, Assistant Warden, West Sedgemoor, Swell Wood and Greylake Reserves.
Swell Wood is buzzing with insect life now and in turn Spotted Flycatchers can be heard singing. Keep a look out for these birds as they flit to and from a regular perch, catching flying insects, yes including flies!