Friday, October 17, 2014

A visit to Frugaldom-21st Sept 2014

A visit to the Frugaldom project, an exciting new local project, you can read more about it at www.frugaldom.com

2-Rosehips

Rosa rugosa hips

1-Rosehips

 

3-Crab-Apples

Crab apples

4-Cotoneaster-berries

Cotoneaster berries

5-view

 

6-view

 

7-pink-shrub

 

8-toadstool

 

9-Evergreen-Blackberry

Evergreen blackberries

10-common-toad

Common toad

11-Purple-loosestrife

Purple loosestrife

12-fox-and-cubs

Fox and cubs

13-dead-shrew

Dead shrew

14-snowberry

Snowberry

15-dead-mole

Dead mole

16-common-darter

Common darter female

Mull of Galloway–20th Sept 2014

1-Mull-of-Galloway-Lighthouse

After a walk down Auchie Glen, where we saw a speckled Wood butterfly (first in this area) we went for a walk down the Mull.

2-foghorn

Steps down to the foghorn

3 wheatear

Wheatear near the foghorn

4 goldcrest-2

Saw several Goldcrests on the rocks, not a place you would expect to see them, but this is “visible migration” time of year aka #vismig

5-Mull-of-Galloway-Lighthouse

 

6 goldcrest

More Goldcrests by the wall near the lighthouse

7-Mull-of-Galloway-Lighthouse

I love the new dry stane dykes around The Mull, they look great, stop people straying too near the edge and they are great habitats for all kinds of wildlife, from lizards to invertebrates and small mammals!

8 parasitised-fox-moth-caterpillar

Parasitised Fox Moth caterpillar

9-stone-wall

These walls will hopefully last for a long time!

10 Mull_Panorama

Panorama looking towards Maryport (click to view larger)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Trip Down South - Sept 2014

We don’t get away very often, but it was about time we had a trip down south to see some of the family.
We stayed at my sisters in Wiltshire and visited RSPB Leighton Moss on the way home.
Here are a few shots of some of the places we visited on our whistle stop tour.

First, a few creatures found in my sisters garden:
Woundwort-shieldbug
Woundwort Shieldbug-a first for me!
Hummingbird-hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Corizus hyoscyami
Corizus hyoscyami
spider
Garden-cross Spider
Landlove-mag
While I was there I was thumbing through a copy of Landlove Magazine and saw this familiar photo, taken in my garden by son Mike!
Next a visit to Crofton Pumping Station, by the Kennet and Avon Canal:
2-Crofton-Pumping-Station

1-Crofton-Pumping-Station

3-boiler

4-Crofton-Pumping-Station

5-Kennet-and-Avon-Canal

7-Kennet-and-Avon-Canal

8-Kennet-and-Avon-Canal

10-Kennet-and-Avon-Canal

11-Crofton-Pumping-Station

12-Crofton-Pumping-Station

14-Canal-Boats-Crofton

15-Canal-Boat-Crofton

16-Crofton-Pumping-Station

17-Small-Tortoiseshell
Small Tortoiseshell
18-danger

19-village-pond
Wilton
20 Marbled-Orb-Weaver
Marbled Orb-weaver
22-red-kite
Red Kite
25-Crofton
Next stop Wilton Windmill
28-Wilton-Windmill

29-Wilton-Windmill

30-Wilton-Windmill

31-Wilton-Windmill

32-Wilton-Windmill

33-Wilton-Windmill
Then on to Oare Arboretum
34-vapourer-moth-caterpillar
Vapourer moth caterpillar
35-vapourer-moth-caterpillar

36-toadstools

37-fungi

38-Oare-House
Oare House
39-Oare

40-leaves

41-Speckled-Wood
Speckled Wood
43-Oare

44-Speckled-Wood

45-tree

46-dangly-tree
After a couple of days in Wiltshire and a visit to Southampton we travelld back. An overnight stay in Knutsford broke our journey and a visit to RSPB Leighton Moss on the way back.
RSPB Leighton Moss
47-rat
Brown Rat
49-speckled-wood
Speckled Wood
50-hawker
Hawker
51-leightob-moss

52-pheasant
Pheasant
53-pheasant

54-leighton-moss

55-great-white-egret
Great-white Egret
56-leighton-moss

57-lunch
Lunch!
58-buff-tail
Buff-tailed Bumblebee
59-leighton-moss-garden
The gardens have been newly done and look lovely!
60-know-your-bumblebees

61-bee-buffet

62-Leighton-Moss

63-tiles

64-tiles

65-Leighton-Moss

66-leighton-moss

67-Leighton-Moss

68-tiles

69-tiles

70-tiles

71-hide
Nice new hides too!
72-Marsh-tit
Marsh Tit
73-stag-sculpture
Stag Sculpture
A very tiring but enjoyable trip!