Swanning Around at Swanwick

Another day spent at Swanwick with the volunteers today and another sunny day too. There were actually two teams working today, the Beechcroft team who were removing the old steps along the slipping clay path along the eastern side of New Lake as part of our plan to redirect the path and the Swanwick team. In truth I and the Swanwick team had a much easier day as we went for a walk around the reserve to look at how tasks we had done have come along and at tasks to come. Both teams came together after lunch to shift some of the cut cherry laurel that we are hoping to get chipped up later in the week.

On our way around the reserve we saw a fair few plants including grass vetchling and the first flowering common spotted orchids.

spotted orchid

spotted orchid

Lots of eyes looking also found several interesting things that I would have missed including a caterpillar feeding on an oak tree that I think is that of a scalloped oak moth.

scalloped oak larva

scalloped oak larva

Also spotted were several rolled ends of hazel leaves, I suspect that there was something hiding in the spiralled leaf but I don’t know what, does anyone have any ideas?.

larval case on hazel

larval case on hazel

Back at the Centre Lake the Canada geese have lost one of their two goslings.

Canada goose family

Canada goose family

The sunshine had brought out a good few insects including a male broad-bodied chaser and the beetle below, which I think is Donacia vulgaris, which feeds on bur-reed.

beetle possibly Donacia vulgaris

beetle possibly Donacia vulgaris

 

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