Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Knepp Castle Estate recording day

female Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa
(male is blue)
On Saturday I joined 50 other nature recorders at the Knepp Castle Estate. Charlie Burrell was our excellent host and he explained the rewilding project. The idea was to wander round the southern area of the estate and record whatever fauna and flora we were interested in. There weren’t many butterflies around, but I was able to photograph a new micro moth, Beautiful Demoiselles and a female Broad-bodied Chaser. One of the advantages of being with specialists is that you get to see rarities like Adder’s Tongue and Narrow-leaved Vetch, subspecies nigra . The weather was perfect, not too hot, and the company good.
Adder's Tongue, Ophioglossum vulgatum
Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, female
Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, male
Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, male
Beautiful Demoiselle, Calopteryx virgo, male
Hoof Fungus, Fomes fomentarius
Cinnabar, Tyria jacobaceae
Cinnabar, Tyria jacobaceae
micro moth, Crambus lathoniellus
Cranefly, Tipula vernalis
Cuckoo Flower (Lady's Mantle), Cardamine pratensis
Cut-leaved Cranesbill, Geranium dissectum
Roe Deer, Capreolus capreolus
this grab shot shots how high this Roe Deer jumps!
Fallow Deer, Dama dama
Red Deer, Cervus elaphus
Red Deer, Cervus elaphus
Red Deer, Cervus elaphus
Red Deer on the other side of the pond
Green Lacewing, Chrysoperla, carnea
Ground-ivy, Glechoma hederacea
Hoverfly, Helophilus pendulus
10 years ago this was arable land. It is now brambles, oak clusters and other flora.
I saw dozens of Cinnabar Moths due to the larval foodplant Ragwort.
Narrow-leaved Vetch, Vicia sativa subspecies nigra
The top leaves are narrow and the lower leaves are broad.

Narrow-leaved Vetch, Vicia sativa subspecies nigra
Narrow-leaved Vetch, Vicia sativa subspecies nigra
Red Twin-spot Carpet, Xanthorhoe spadicearia
Solider beetle, Cantharis nigricans
Solider beetle, Cantharis nigricans
Spanish slug, Arion vulgaris under corrugated iron
Tamworth Pig, Sus scrofa domesticus

Tiger Cranefly, Nephrotoma species
moth larva? id needed please!

Raptor
too far away for a good picture. Birders had seen a Hobby nearby.

id need please for this leaf. Tree below.

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