Cowslips and Apple Blossom
The Cowslips on Barton Fields are looking particularly good and well spread out this year, no doubt revitalised by a good dose of rain. The Crab Apple is now in full flower. And Warblers are calling throughout the site - good to have them back.
from Graham Bateman: 30 April 2021
from Margaret Abel: 23 May 2022
This Muslin Moth female was resting on our window today - first macro-moth I have seen in the garden this year!
from David Guyoncourt: 10 May 2022
Peat-free compost fungi
The peat free compost I use is based on wood fibres. It grows masses of tiny toadstools. Can anyone suggest an ID? Photos show one Antirrhinum in a pot of 10cm diameter with more than a dozen toadstools. Underside view shows gills with black spores.
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from Gillian Taylor: 19 April 2022
Scarlet Elf Cups
While clearing a path along the riverside wood in Barton Fields we found these Scarlet Elf Cups growing on a well-rotted branch. We have found these before in late winter/ early spring so are not usually found in autumn forays.
from David Guyoncourt: 6 March 2022
First butterfly sighting for 2022
Today I saw my first male brimstone butterfly of the year, it was at Lashford Lane nature reserve (BBOWT) in Wootton. In sunshine of course.
from Felicity Jenkins: 1 February 2022
Little Egret return to River Stert
A Little Egret has again been a regular visitor to River Stert in North Abingdon over the past few weeks, since the Environment Agency cleared a build-up of vegetation.
from Adrian Allsop: 15 December 2021
Winter thrushes and fallen apples
This week my fallen apples have attracted 2 song thrushes, 7 redwings, 2 fieldfares and up to 13 blackbirds including this one with white on the head.
from Gillian Taylor: 2 December 2021
What's been eating our roses and tomatoes?
My sharp-eyed grandson spotted this large green caterpillar with yellow ‘go faster’ stripe, eating our tomato plants. It turns out to be the larva of the Bright-line Brown-eye Moth (Lacanobia oleracea) also called the Tomato Moth.
from David Guyoncourt: 11 September 2021