I've been sent photo's this week of all sorts of exciting wildlife seen at The Lodge, from the breeding hobbies to the smallest and grooviest bugs, so I'd like to share these for you to enjoy!
Thanks to all of the photographers for these great images.
-From top left ;Ruby-tailed wasp, Carabus problematicus beetle, Red-bandied sand wasp. Betty Cooke
Grey- damsel bug Betty Cooke
Southern hawker Katie Fuller
Male hobby near nest site, Ray Piercy
Spectacle moth Lizzie Bruce
Spiny-digger wasp Ross Piper
We've had a lot of stoat action at The Lodge in recent weeks, and today a couple were playing around beside the hide pools, then suddenly jumping in for a quick splash about. Tim Felce was in the hide with his wife at the time and took the following amazing images...
A party of six ravens were flying over Sandy Ridge calling, the hobbies are busy keeping their young fed on the Galley Hill trail; here is the male keeping a watchful eye on the nest site. ( image Steve Blain)
Spotted flycatchers were seen over the weekend, also on Galley Hill trail and Lizzie and me spotted a painted lady butterfly on Sandy ridge trail today.
So plenty of wildlife action even now the bird life is becoming quieter after the breeding season.
We are heading towards our Big Wild Sleepout event this coming weekend and although our event is fully booked now, you can still take part and camp out in your own garden as part of the event.Check out the web site below to find out more.
The Lodge Reserve can boast an impressive 4500 species but over the past few days our species list has grown even more.
At this time of the year the gardens are alive with dragonflies zooming around the old swimming pool and bees buzzing around the lavender. However today whilst having an exploration, the gardens appeared to have been taken over by some new creatures. Around the old swimming pond, I have discovered Horsea, a type of seahorse who when feeling threatened can squirt black ink out from its mouth. Horsea’s diets consist mainly of insects and moss from rocks. Other discoveries have included Staryu, a starfish that on a night will float to the surface and align itself with the stars and Psyduck, a platypus type animal with psychic powers.
The lawn outside of the Lodge shop has been full of caterpies, green caterpillars with yellow rings around their eyes who can give off an awful stench to repel predators. Weedles have also been found munching their way through the leaves.
A Pokestop can also be found here, so why not swing by to top up on Poke Balls, incense, potions and eggs. Whilst you are exploring the The Lodge reserve for more characters why not treat yourself to an ice cream and come and view our hobby nest which has 3 chicks.