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Some news regarding the work in Southrey Wood: we are in a position to
start the work days again in January, so the dates arranged are as
follows. (All 10 til 3ish)
Jan 9th and 23rd
Feb 6th and 20th (cancelled due to bad weather forecast)
Mar 6th and potentially 20th, depending on the season and how we get on.
We are not able to use chainsaws at this time, so are limited to hand
tools only, and will just have to get on as best we can. As a
consequence, I would ask that people who can come out help cutting down
the trees and shrubs, rather than just taking out wood for themselves-
we can spend so time towards the end of the day clearing out cut
Southrey Wood Blog 2022
Darren Wozencroft e-mails......
A quick visit to Southrey Wood produced a stunning White Admiral. A large pale blue species then caught our attention as it moved south down the main ride, stopping to feed briefly, allowing a good view and a single photograph. This was enough to confirm later what I suspected at the time, that the butterfly was a Chalk Hill Blue! With the nearest colony maybe 40 miles away and the habitat completely wrong for this species, I can only guess what/how it ended up there? It did cap a fantastic few hours in the field. Could the heatwave last week have played a part in displacing this individual? (As ever it was exciting and a privilege to see something so unexpected).
Hot and humid with occasional sunshine.
A few butterflies around for a change. Large, Small & Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, White Admiral & Silver-washed Fritillary.
Also a micro moth, Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis cerasana).
Nice hot day but few butterflies about.
A few Red Admirals and Speckled Wood but nice to see the first White Admiral out.
Peter Cawdell reports........
A predominately cloudy but bright afternoon walk around the old transect produced a Large White, Orange-tip (male) and 6 Green-veined White along the main ride.
Within our Reserve I recorded 2 Large White, 4 Green-veined White, Small White, Speckled Wood. Highlights were a single male Marsh Fritillary and a very fresh and fast flying male Brown Argus on the New Ride.
I counted 8 flowering Early Purple Orchids in the revamped enclosure - 3 north of the ditch and 5 south. Outside I only saw1 very good specimen just the other side of the Primrose Ride from our enclosure. There were none along the Viking Way ditch at the southern end of the wood where there are usually 30+? Had the deer got at them or was the weather since last season not suitable for their flowering? I could not see any in a brief search within the wood either where there are usually a few.
Sunny and warm but butterflies still few and far between.
Was nice though to see my first Marsh Fritillary of the year. Also a Cuckoo who doesn't know how to shut up.
Sunny day and quite warm but not a lot of butterflies - maybe the wind.
Brimstone, Orange-tip, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Whites with a fading Speckled Wood.
Early-purple Orchids coming into flower in compound but low numbers. At a quick glance there only seemed a dozen but more may be revealed as time goes on.
Low numbers of butterflies - Small & Green-veined White, Peacock, Orange-tip and Brimstone.
A few insects about..........
Peacock, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip and Brimstone all on the wing.
Primroses can be yellow, white or mauve
11 volunteers finished clearing the square for the last workparty of the season. Only remains now to see what the season holds.
First candidate was this Early Grey Moth found on one of the cut stumps.
More Spring flowers emerging - Buzzard circling - Skylark song - What a lovely sunny day.
Male Brimstone to cap it off.
A Woodpecker called out to greet the 11 volunteers for another session of clearance. Unfortunately we were unable to work as fast as his "drumming".
Next session in a fortnight to tidy up and finalise for the year.
Spring flowers starting to emerge.
Something to brighten the wet day.
First butterfly - a male Brimstone.
Only 10 volunteers - slipping. Perhaps the pessimistic forecast was a factor. Never the less, they all got stuck in to continue work on the square.
Renewing the fencing around the Early Purple Orchids to protect against deer, mainly Muntjac.
Once again, 11 volunteers turned up (no, not all the same as last time) for the second session.
11 willing volunteers turned up and despite the restricted tools handicap, managed a good start on this winters felling.