Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Wild Start to February

An article by Heather Martin

Torrential rain and gale force winds have wreaked havoc in our wood this month.

Our normally gently trickling stream burst its banks.

More than 20 mature trees were either blown over or had to be felled because they were leaning at a dangerous angle.

On Sunday 16th February the gentle breezes and warm sunshine made it a pleasure to be out and about for a change.

We spotted a Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) resting on freshly sprouting foliage on the ground by our gate.

This micro-moth Agonopterix arenella was sitting on a tree trunk. The adult hibernates over winter so had either emerged early or been disturbed by Rodney working to clear storm debris. The moth was so lively that I had to put it in a pot to take a photograph.

All pictures by Heather Martin: 18/02/2014

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