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  • Blog Post: A confusion of Seasons!

    As I write this up it is on a day when we have seen everything from hail, snow and now sunshine, truly a mixed bag of weather for the end of April. It is also an interesting time for the birds, we now have all the expected summer migrants here (including pied flycatchers, redstarts, wood warblers, willow...
  • Blog Post: The Return of the Spring

    On the drive to work this morning I saw my first terns of the year; common terns I suspect although they were too far and facing away from us to pin them down to a particular species. But I still got a rush of excitement nonetheless. The last three weeks or so have been a whirlwind of vaguely remembered...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: has spring sprung for you?

    And have you seen any butterflies yet? It was a glorious spring day in Bedfordshire yesterday. The sun was shining, blue, great and coal tits were singing away and smelt the first barbecues of the year! I even played cricket. But it was the butterflies that were most in evidence. After hibernating...
  • Blog Post: First Butterfly of the Year

    I saw my first butterfly of the year at Broadwater Warren - a Red Admiral. This beautiful butterfly will have emerged from it's pupae last year, then overwintered in a sheltered and secluded spot. I found it today basking in the sunshine on a bracken frond in a sunny clearing - a wonderful sign of...
  • Blog Post: Many more spring arrivals

    The weather since I last posted a blog has deteriorated somewhat; from balmy March days to rather changeable conditions, though there is now a hint of warmth in the sun. Migrants have appeared in some numbers with willow warblers singing from every patch of suitable ground. Pied flycatchers are back...
  • Blog Post: Signs of spring

    With slightly warmer weather, though still a rather chilly easterly wind, a few migrants have started to appear. The first sand martins were seen last Saturday and a few chiffchaffs have started to sing around the reserve. A pipistrelle bat was seen this lunch-time near the new boardwalk and butterflies...
  • Media: Speckled Wood

    This was taken in amongst the fallen leaves of the Oaks just off Coombe Heath.
  • Media: Red Admiral

    A Red Admiral butterfly resting briefly on blossom in early spring 2011.
  • Media: Silver Studded Blue Butterfly

    This was taken last spring, this individual wouldn't leave the bell heather no matter how close I got.
  • Media: Comma Butterfly

    A Comma butterfly resting on blossom in early spring 2011.
  • Media: Peacock Butterfly

    A Peacock Butterfly on Hawthorn Blossom.
  • Media: Comma

    Arne's car park 28th March 2012
  • Media: Peacock Butterfly

    Taken on 23/04, near Arne Farm
  • Media: Silver-Studded Blue Butterfly

    Silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebeius argus) on the heath at RSPB Arne, Dorset, UK. 06/06/11.
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: is this really it?

    It's taken a while this year, but I've finally seen my first butterfly of the year - a smashing brimstone which hurtled past on Saturday afternoon. With a chiffchaff singing nearby, it's finally started to feel like spring may be here (but don't hold your breath...). This lovely photo...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: and now for something different

    Is it gloomy and grey and a bit chilly where you are? Don't despair! Soon it'll be spring and there's so much to look forward to. Here's a gorgeous heath fritillary butterfly, a species you can see at our Blean Woods nature reserve in Kent (if you time your visit right). The photo...