Saturday, 28 January 2012

News from the Woods

A lovely day in Barnes Wood yesterday.
I recorded my first butterfly of the year, a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).More about Red Admiral Butterflies at Butterfly Conservation

Today I gave a helping hand to Martyn Parslow and the Brede High Wood, Woodland Trust Conservation Volunteers.
We grubbed out birch scrub from the “heathy” area.
It was very hard work!
To change this…
To this.
The highlight of the day though was when eagle-eyed Dave Monk spotted an adder (Vipera berus).
Read more about adders at the Forestry Commission Website
So three cheers for the BHW, Woodland Trust Conservation Volunteers!


  1. Pretty rare to see an adder at this time of year!

    1. Mike, we were surprised to see it too.
      Must have been the previous warm spell; It’s back to hibernation now!