The cows have mooooooved back in

Stockman Jack unloading the cows

Stockman Jack unloading the cows

Yes its cheap cow pun time yet again on the 108ft blog pages. The cows have come back to Hookheath and Swanwick Lakes! These organic lawn mowers join us from the north of the county and should be with us for the next few months to munch down the massive amount of vegetation growth across both reserves.

Hook Heath lawnmowers back in residence

Hook Heath lawnmowers back in residence got straight to work

Farlington and Beechcroft teams have been busy pulling the forests of Himalayan balsam at Hook Heath this week. Plants in general seem to having a good year with the wet spring and recent warm weather. Balsam is no exception and areas around the steam seem to be full of it. Thank you to all who spent the hours pulling it up in the heat this week.

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle – Himalayan Balsam central

In other news I spent Tuesday night at Emer bog (a  Wildlife Trust reserve near North Baddesley) moth trapping. With these warm nights moth activity is pretty high. Over 2 traps we had 609 moths of 80 species including two national scarce species (Mocha & Kent Black Arches) and new favourite of mine, the Antler moth -probably so called due to the antler shapes on the wing.

Antler Moth

Antler Moth

 

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