Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Dear Bath Nats and Friends,
I need to bring your attention to two changes in our indoor meetings programme that have become necessary:-
1. On Monday 5th October, Gary Lamont is unable to present his talk on ‘community orchards’, but I am very pleased to say that at very short notice we have been able to arrange an excellent and very suitable replacement speaker:
Richard Cripps: ‘Orchard Management and Wildlife’
Richard Cripps is an acknowledged expert on the management of traditional orchards and was, for 35 years, Lecturer in Countryside Management at Lackham Agricultural College before becoming a freelance consultant in Garden and Estate Management. Prior to his longstanding position at Lackham, Richard worked for Bath Parks Department.
Please note also that this talk follows the ‘Perry Pear Festival’ in the pear orchard at Dyrham Park, in which Bath Nats will be participating.2. Mya-Rose Craig is unable to present her talk, ‘Born a Birder, as previously scheduled on monday 7th December but will instead present it at BRLSI on Tuesday 8th December (doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start).
Please note these changes in your diaries.
Posted by steve curtis at 9:59:00 am
Friday, 25 September 2015
A party of eleven members met in the layby west of Marshfield and proceeded then on minor roads and footpaths, northwards mainly, to observe birdlife. During the course of the three hours we were out we observed a total of twenty four species of bird. It was pleasing to see the farmland varieties we expected to see, including Linnet, and Yellowhammer, but the highlight was to observe several Wheatears feeding whilst on passage and the appearance of Whinchats too. Summer visitors - Swallows, House Martins, Chiff Chaff and Willow Warbler were also observed.Over thirty varieties of flowering plants were encountered, these included Marsh Woundwort and Red, White and Bladder Campions. On the field margins Black Bindweed, Fallopia convolvulus, and a small umbellifer, Fool’s Parsley, Aethusa cynapium, were seen and identified. Butterflies noted were Painted Lady and Small Tortoiseshell.
Posted by steve curtis at 10:04:00 pm
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Ivy bee Colletes hederae 9-9-2015 my Patch,Batheaston.
Recent colonist to the UK, strongly southern distribution but spreading rapidly. Oligolectic on ivy and has a later flight period than other Colletes (end of September through October)
Lasioglossum calceatum(Slender Mining Bee) 9-9-2015 my Patch,Batheaston
There are 33 species in this genus in Britain. All of which look similar to Halictus species. These bees have short pointed tongues and often nest in soils, collecting pollen on the underside of the abdomen and on the legs.
Carder Bee Bombus pascuorum 7-9-2012 My Patch Batheaston. Habitat: Parks, gardens and other open spaces. Size: Queen 16-18mm, males and workers 10-14mm Species Account: By far the commonest of the three ginger carder bees to be found in the UK.
Best wishes Steve
Posted by steve curtis at 12:09:00 pm
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Field digger wasp (Mellinus arvensis) with prey
A common digger wasp, typically associated with sandy habitats. This one was amongst several other species of diggers between woodland and pasture, around an old wood pile. The adult wasp with provision offspring with multiple flies, buried in tunnels up to around 40cm deep.
Ectemnius cephalotes Family: Crabronidae
Another predatory digger wasp, which tunnels in dead wood and provisions offspring with flies.
Thanks to Ian Redding
Posted by steve curtis at 12:43:00 pm
Monday, 21 September 2015
Thanks to Caroline Ford
Posted by steve curtis at 11:47:00 am
Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Metalampra italica 28.008 (BF642a) Female
This moth was caught by one of our moth group members and is a first record for Somerset (VC6) Gen Det by Paul Wilkins.
First recorded in Britain in 2003 originally a native of Italy and spreading northwards. Feeds under bark on decaying wood, especially oak.
Thank you Paul Wilkins
Posted by steve curtis at 10:12:00 pm