Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mabie Farm Park & Kirkconnell Flow-26th July 2014

A trip to Mabie Farm Park, followed by the peace and quiet of Kirkconnell Flow NNR.

1-goat

Lots of friendly goats waiting to be fed!

2-goat

 

3-goat

 

4-Duck

 

5-cows

 

6-cows

 

7-cows

 

8-pig

 

9-pig

 

10-goats

 

11-goats

 

16-Kirsty

 

18-thistleown

Thistledown

19-cow

 

20-cow

Off for a bit of peace and tranquillity next, to Kirkconnell Flow NNR

21-common-lizard

Common Lizard

22-dragonfly

 

23-shieldbug-instar

Shieldbug instar

24-sundew

Sundew

25-tachina-grossa

Giant Tachinid Fly  Tachina grossa

26-four-banded-longhorn

Four-banded Longhorn

Friday, August 15, 2014

Loch Ryan Coast Path-20th July 2014

A bit of a dull start, but we parked at the picnic site beside Loch Ryan by the Stena terminal and headed up the hill, following the Loch Ryan Coast Path.

1-toawards-loch-ryan

A dull looking Loch Ryan

2-Stena

Stena ferry

3-loch-ryan-sign

Wartime history

4-Stena

Stena port

5-red-tailed-bumblebee

Red-tailed bumblebee

6-small-tortoiseshell

Small tortoiseshell

7-meadow-pipit

Meadow Pipit

8-harebell

Harebells

9-sign

More history

10-ferry

P&O Ferry

11 Loch-Ryan-panorama

Loch Ryan Panorama, click to see larger.

11-n-rhins

The North Rhins

12 mouth-of-loch-ryan

Mouth of Loch Ryan

13-loch-ryan

Sea of thistles

14-wasp

Wasp

16-sheep

Disturbed this sheep in the old wartime buildings at the top of the hill

17-sheep

 

18-view

Late in the day so its time to turn back

19-loch-ryan

At least the sun has come out and Loch Ryan now looking blue.

20-track

 

21-tree

Wind battered tree

22-ringlet

Tatty Ringlet

23-loch-ryan

 

24-loch-ryan

 

25-common-carpet

Common Caroet

26-Magpie-Moth

Magpie moth

27-rook

Rook waiting for us back at the car park

28-Stena

Stena terminal

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Knockman Wood Bioblitz-13th July 2014

An enjoyable day with the Cree Valley Community Woodland Trusts Bioblitz at Knockman Wood, Dumfries and Galloway. Here are just a few of our finds.
Blusher
Blusher
cinnabar-caterpillars
Cinnabar Caterpillars
Common Field Grasshopper-1
Common Field Grasshopper
common-blue-butterfly
Common Blue Butterfly
Common-Lizard
Common Lizard
Common-Lizard-2
Common Lizard
Common-Toad
Common Toad
Elephant-Hawk-moth-1
Elephant Hawk-moth
Elephant-Hawk-moth-2
Elephant Hawk-moth
Emerald-Damselfly
Emerald Damsefly
Eristalis intricarius hoverfly-5
Eristalis intricarius
Eristalis-pertinax hoverfly
Eristalis pertinax
Golden-ringed-dragonfly
Golden-ringed Dragonfly
gold-spangle
Gold Spangle, (sadly didnt manage a better photo!)
Great-Prominent-Caterpillar
Great Prominent moth caterpillar
green-caterpillar
Hebrew Character caterpillar
green-caterpillar-2
Hebrew Character caterpillar
hoverfly-1
Pos Parasyrphus
hoverfly-2
Syrphus sp.
Keeled-Skimmer-1
Keeled Skimmer
Keeled-Skimmer-2
Keeled Skimmer
Keeled-Skimmers-mating
Keeled Skimmers mating
Meadow Grasshopper-2
Meadow Grasshopper
Mottled-grasshopper
Mottled Grasshopper
Pale-Ringlet
Very pale aberrant form of Ringlet
Purple-Hairstreak-1
Purple Hairstreak…..
Purple-Hairstreak-2
….on my thumb!
Purple-Hairstreak-3

Purple-Hairstreak-4

Purple-Hairstreak-5

Slender-Brindle
Slender Brindle
Stinkhorn
Stinkhorn