Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 10th, 2017, 10:56 pm

two female glow worms, at 11pm, in the valley towards the beach.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2017, 12:09 pm

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Mamta » July 11th, 2017, 1:21 pm

I haven't seen them for years! We used to collect them in a muslin cloth when we were kids, hold them for a few minutes and then let them all fly out together, glowing in the night.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 11th, 2017, 3:09 pm

http://www.glowworms.org.uk

find a place near you, go and see if you can see some.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Mamta » July 11th, 2017, 3:27 pm

Oops! I was thinking of fireflies there, not glow worms :rolleyes:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 11th, 2017, 4:05 pm

i guessed that !
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » July 11th, 2017, 6:19 pm

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This was drying off after evolving the other morning, it took a good few hours to 'set'
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » July 12th, 2017, 8:08 am

Not me, but my daughter has treated herself to 4 days at WWT Caerlaverock .. The farmhouse there has rooms to rent. She arrived on Monday evening to find a couple of Hares bouncing around in the front courtyard, as she opened the front door, a weasel ran inside and she spent the evening watching badgers playing outside the conservatory. One of the hides has a swallow nesting inside and he comes and sits on the window-sill :tu: This is her second visit and I plan to go with her next year :bounce:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 12th, 2017, 9:17 am

Patsy that sounds great ... I dreamt of swallows last nigiht. OH dreamt of frogs ... but that's probably because he had to catch a frog that had hopped into his studio and return it to the garden :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » July 13th, 2017, 5:59 am

This is about what I do not see. We no longer see the swallows and swifts, they have left the island having been here since mid February. If we see anymore they will be migrating from southern Europe
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby scullion » July 13th, 2017, 10:49 am

a common frog, lurking in the undergrowth near where i was sat reading, yesterday.

i knew it was common, it spoke estuary english and it's language was appalling!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » July 13th, 2017, 1:03 pm

OH was in the studio the other evening, with the big sliding door open ... he heard a rustling among some paper in the corner ... at first he thought it was just the breeze ... then out hopped a large frog into the middle of the studio floor ..... :lol:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » July 15th, 2017, 6:09 am

We have a chameleon clinging to the rusty metal fence on top of the garden wall. It is beige and unmoving, I think that it may have got stuck but do not want to interfere as we may cause harm. We had several chameleons in out old house, they pretended to be oleanders

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » July 15th, 2017, 6:22 am

Scrumpy brings me frogs, you can tell he hates the taste but can't resist their jumping ! I don rubber gloves and a container, try and rescue it and put it on the water feature. :tu:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 16th, 2017, 1:31 pm

I saw this growing on a street in Paris
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 16th, 2017, 1:33 pm

And this on my window when I got home last night:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 17th, 2017, 10:43 am

I think it's a Jersey Tiger.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » July 17th, 2017, 12:11 pm

Not one but two rhinoceros beetles kindly "kicked" into the cellar by Jules. They are obviously living in the remains of last winter's wood pile outside and fascinate Mr Stripey. I found one wandering round the cellar this morning then saw Jules sort of tapping and nudging it's mate over the edge of the cellar steps until it fell down. He doesn't seem to be afraid of them but he is careful nor to pick them up. Very amusing for us and him but probably not so much for the beetles.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 17th, 2017, 6:44 pm

i'd love to see one of those!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » July 22nd, 2017, 10:07 am

A comma butterfly:

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Is anyone doing the big butterfly count?
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Cheezy_Jazzy » July 23rd, 2017, 6:45 pm

Five donkeys, one was a foal and I got to stroke them :luv: :luv: :luv:

Also numerous cows, sheep and goats. We were staying at my parents caravan in Lancashire and some of the cows escaped their field and got into the meadow right behind the caravan. There was a lot of bellowing last night and this morning, though by this afternoon they were back where they were supposed to be. Apparently they very nearly got onto the caravan site. :o

This morning i saw several birds of prey at a food festival near Skipton.

Yesterday I saw hundreds of Canadian Geese at Stocks Reservoir.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » July 30th, 2017, 7:48 pm

scullion wrote:a common frog, lurking in the undergrowth near where i was sat reading, yesterday.

i knew it was common, it spoke estuary english and it's language was appalling!


:lol:

We have several species of bee working in the garden.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » August 27th, 2017, 9:57 am

Elephant Hawke Moth, they love Fuchsia & Rose Bay willow herb

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » August 27th, 2017, 9:59 am

I think it's been a very good year for them Hickey ... on Gardeners World we're getting a lot of alarmed queries about 'monstrous bugs' in the garden :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » August 27th, 2017, 10:03 am

Hi Suffs, yes it has been a very good year for them, might look scary but totally harmless & safe to handle
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » August 27th, 2017, 10:06 am

Absolutely :D But I've had to persuade several people to leave them alone and not to put them in jamjars with a couple of leaves to watch them pupate ................ and then shrivel and die because they're in a jamjar. :rolleyes:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » August 28th, 2017, 3:03 pm

Oleander Hawk Moths are even bigger, so are the moths. There has been correspondence on a local social media site of the "what is this monster that I found in my garden? " variety.
We have been watching small flocks (?) of bats in the evening, the very small sort.

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » September 2nd, 2017, 9:31 am

A small Tortoiseshell butterfly enjoying the sun

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Monnikka » September 8th, 2017, 6:20 pm

All year OH and I have been caring for the hedgehogs in our garden. We had three: Mummy, Daddy and baby hedgehog. This morning there were an extra two! Baby and Granddad!
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 8th, 2017, 6:32 pm

--Aw how sweet! Can't remember the last time I saw a hedgehog.

Beautiful pics, hickybank. Gorgeous colours.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Luca » September 8th, 2017, 6:34 pm

How wonderful Monnikka!

I used to love hedgehogs in the garden when I lived in the countryside. :D
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » September 8th, 2017, 7:13 pm

So jealous what I would give to have Hedgehogs in my garden
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Zosherooney » September 10th, 2017, 6:19 am

Yes, me too. They eat slugs and snails, we have not had any in the whole 11 years where we live now. Cuckoos are hit and miss too. Heard one this year but nothing for the last 2 years.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 11th, 2017, 1:21 pm

While sitting at the window of a cafe in Central London today a tiny white moth with black rims to its wings landed on the windowsill. Unfortunately I couldn't get my phone out of my bag quickly enough to photograph it.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » September 21st, 2017, 8:29 am

This Bumblebee was enjoying the last of the summer sun on an African Daisy
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » September 21st, 2017, 8:45 am

That's a lovely picture Hicky,

We had a swallowtail in the garden yesterday. I don't think we have ever seen one so late.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby hickybank » September 21st, 2017, 9:42 am

Beautiful butterfly's Rats, very rare over here I have only ever seen one, saw lots in America & Greece though
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby cyprusmoira » September 21st, 2017, 10:06 am

Ratatouille wrote:We had a swallowtail in the garden yesterday. I don't think we have ever seen one so late.

We have our usual late hatch of swallowtails, they are the ones that produce eggs for the chrysalises that overwinter for the spring hatch.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 23rd, 2017, 6:22 pm

hickybank wrote:Beautiful butterfly's Rats, very rare over here I have only ever seen one, saw lots in America & Greece though


I think the only place in the UK they breed/live is in Norfolk ?
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Postby hickybank » September 23rd, 2017, 7:31 pm

You are right Patsy only on, Hickling Broad, Ant Broad & marshes nature reserve, How Hill, Ranworth & Mid Yare nature reserve if you want to see them
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 25th, 2017, 5:01 pm

Not me, but my sister has just found these growing in some bark chippings at the bottom of her garden .... Geastrum miminum, or tiny earth star and quite rare apparently :

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » September 25th, 2017, 5:48 pm

The increase in the use of bark and wood chips as mulch in gardening is increasing the incidence of all sorts of fungi ... apparently porcini were popping up all over the place in the spring http://www.mushroomdiary.co.uk/2012/04/ ... lla-elata/
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 26th, 2017, 2:14 pm

they are great Zosh. hard to capture a dragonfly. I have not succeeded yet! What an amazing thing. It almost looks like something from the prop cupboard of a sci fi film. Love the expression on Mr Zosh's face :D

I've never seen and Earthstar up close/in the flesh, so to speak - would love to. Apparently they are very sensitive to humidity.
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Postby Zosherooney » September 26th, 2017, 4:28 pm

Are Earth stars edible ??????
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » September 27th, 2017, 6:06 am

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » September 27th, 2017, 8:30 am

Somebody, I forget who, pointed out that all fungi are edible, at least once... :shock:

I used to worry MIL with consumption of wild fungi, and (of course) more so that I would serve them to her DD. However, I always took a pretty conservative approach to this and stuck to a few obvious species that I could identify.

Even so I once ate something that wasn't a blewit. :o

The important thing is not to be too clever. Very few British species are deadly, if you avoid anything that can be confused with them the worst outcome is likely to be something chewy or tasteless. There is probably as much risk of tummy upset from an edible species being in a poor state than from a non-poisonous inedible one. If in doubt, don't do it. Cultivated mushrooms are cheap and tasty.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby PatsyMFagan » September 28th, 2017, 10:50 am

Badger's mate wrote:I used to worry MIL with consumption of wild fungi, and (of course) more so that I would serve them to her DD. However, I always took a pretty conservative approach to this and stuck to a few obvious species that I could identify.Even so I once ate something that wasn't a blewit. The important thing is not to be too clever. Very few British species are deadly, if you avoid anything that can be confused with them the worst outcome is likely to be something chewy or tasteless. There is probably as much risk of tummy upset from an edible species being in a poor state than from a non-poisonous inedible one. If in doubt, don't do it. Cultivated mushrooms are cheap and tasty.


One of my ex's was a great forager and when we were together, he come home with Chicken of the Wood (looks like scrambled egg), giant Puffballs (hard to mistake these great white balls of solid flesh), Parasols and Ink caps ... My mum thought he was trying to poison her and always refused .. ;)
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » September 28th, 2017, 11:12 am

Those are the ones I tend to stick to Patsy ... and of course ceps and the wild Field mushroom if it's from a location where I know they've grown before and I've checked that they're not a Yellow Stainer.

When I was at art school there was a chap who was a real expert and at this time of year he would bring all sorts of edible fungi in for the students to draw and then eat afterwards ... I remember some wonderful Wood Blewits :chops:
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