Magpies in the heat haze

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.

Short back and sides

Short back and sides

The beechcroft team however enjoys such a task and took it in their stride, even through some of the hottest weather this year.

Should stay clear for a while

Should stay clear for a while

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.

Yellow-tail moth caterpillar

Yellow-tail moth caterpillar

The only other wildlife of any note I saw was this rather smart Magpie moth.

Magpie

Magpie

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.

Cows on the savanna

Cows on the savanna

Rob

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