Saturday, 30 April 2011

Barnes Wood Skipper Event 2011

Well for a start, we could not have picked a better day.

I had good auguries from the very beginning as I saw a Grizzled Skipper in the area adjacent to Footland Wood car park as I waited for people to arrive.

So fourteen of us then headed off into Barnes Wood to look for Dingy and Grizzled skippers.

We didn’t have to wait long. Eagle-eyed Richard Penney spotted the first of the Grizzled and Dingy Skippers along a sunny ride and we soon saw skippers in all the usual locations.It is there! At the centre. Click to enlarge.

In fact, by the first half hour of the event everyone had seen both a Dingy and a Grizzled Skipper. As we then walked on to the second location we were able to take in more nature.
Dave Monk, our local beetle enthusiast, soon spotted a red headed cardinal beetle on some bracken.

There were also dragonflies, damselflies and no doubt due to the heat of the day, this little pond formed by a heavy vehicle rut had us all mesmerized.
On a slightly sadder note we observed this poor Grizzled Skipper with only one wing. Apparently this can occur when the insect’s blood fails to inflate the wing correctly and the wing dries out before it has formed properly.
On the way back Lynn Jenkins confirmed that I had indeed heard a nightingale in the oak wood.

Finally we made our weary way homeward.
So a big thank you to all who came today and made this event so enjoyable.

Jim Barrett

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