This week the beechcroft team and I have spent most of our time down at Southmoor cutting back the two main paths that run through the reserve. These unfortunately needed a fair bit of clearance as the bramble and blackthorn had, in many places, fallen over almost obscuring passage.
The beechcroft team however enjoys such a task and took it in their stride, even through some of the hottest weather this year.
While trimming back some bramble I noticed several little caterpillars. After picking someone’s brains back at HQ, they are thought to be Yellow-tail moth caterpillars. I’m glad I didn’t try pick it up for a better picture as all the little hairs have a irritation effect to the skin.
The only other wildlife of any note I saw was this rather smart Magpie moth.
After we finished I had time to quickly look in on the cattle. It felt like being abroad walking through the grassland with crickets noisely chattering away.