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The Teme Valley Wildlife Group is a local group of wildlife enthusiasts, living and working within the Teme Valley (North & South) area, of Worcestershire, UK. This area covers the River Teme from Ludlow to Clifton and either side of the valley, the center point being Upper Rochford and a 10 mile radius thereof (roughly!). The Outer Area therefore Clockwise is Clee>Cleobury>Abberley>Martley>Bromyard>Leominster>Bircher>Ludlow>Clee...and hence therefore includes some small parts of the Worcestershire border areas of both Shropshire to the North-West and Herefordshire to the West and South-West.

This site has fast become the biological recording center for the Teme Valley, which by use of ‘eyes and ears’ of local people living and working in the area, has developed into a definitive reference catalogue, showing the diversity of species we have present in our area.

We actively encourage local participation within the Group and on this web site.
We want to know what you are seeing and hearing on the wildlife front in our area and welcome any comments, information or photographs you take, from locals and visitors alike.

We will endeavour to update this site at least weekly when ever possible.

All photos on this site are by Danny Arnold (DMA) unless otherwise credited. All photos remain copyright of the photographer.

No re-publication without express permission. Web masters may freely link to this site.

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Meetings

The Teme Valley Wildlife Group holds a Monthly Meeting on the second Thursday of the Month. The Venue is Rochford Village Hall between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Grid Ref: SO 6338 6770 or Google Earth ....52.18'22.44 N      2.32'18.33 W.

Want directions with a map?..click here.   Post Code : WR15 8SW

                     Everybody is most welcome to indoor meetings. £2 on the door.        Membership is optional, £2 per annum

2014 Monthly Speakers Calendar

January
9th
2014 Tim Haselden Water Voles - A reintroduction project
February
13th
2014   Meeting cancelled
March
13th
2014 Caroline Corsie Wildlife friendly farming
April
10th
2014 Harry Green & James Hitchcock The ecology of the Lime tree  ......... (Also the AGM)
May
8th
2014 Dr Mark Robinson Putting in place a canal side reedbed
June
12th
2014 Rebecca Lashley The Worcs Orchards Project
July
10th
2014 Dr Pete Boardman Craneflies
August
14th
2014 OUTDOOR EVENT Flowers, Birds, Bats and Moths evening at Eastham
September 11th 2014 Dr Joy Rooney

Hartlebury Common - An inland sand dune

October 9th 2014 Mary Walter Bumblebees
November 13th 2014 Will Watson Ecology of the River Teme (To be confirmed)
December 2014 No Meeting  

2014 Monthly Nature Walk Calendar

January

 

2014

  No Walk Planned

February

 

2014

  No Walk Planned

March

 

2014

  No Walk Planned

April

13th

2014

  Shakenhurst/Neen Sollars ‘Live and let walk’

May

11th

2014

  God's Acre Walk - Hope Bagot

June

22th

2014

  Bewdley Meadows WWT reserve (A new WWT reserve)

July

13th

2014

  Abberley Hill - Circular Walk

August

17th

2014

****POSTPONED**** Far Forest / Wyre Forest Walk POSTPONED awaiting new date

September

21st

2014

  Far Forest / Wyre Forest

October

 

2014

  No Walk Planned

November

 

2014

  No Walk Planned

December

 

2014

No Walk Planned

Other Upcoming TVWG Events in 2014

         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

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   NEW !!........We are now on Flickr:

If you want to post your own wildlife images taken in the TEME VALLEY use this link :

                                                                                               http://www.flickr.com/groups/temevalleywildlife/

For members of the Teme Valley Wildlife Group who want to post wildlife pictures you've taken OUTSIDE OF THE TEME VALLEY  i.e. anywhere else in the world, then you can use this link :  http://www.flickr.com/groups/tvwg/

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Weekly Update

14 August Ken Willetts sent in this photo of a very smart looking tiny moth called Cydia splendana. Its a moth of deciduous woodland with the moth larvae feeding on Oak or Sweet Chestnut typically.

            

                                                                                           1260 Cydia splendana                              Photo : Ken Willetts

12 August Brian Marsh at Stockton sent in this image of a toad posing in the garden.

             

                                                                                             Toad                              Photo : Brian Marsh

And at Knighton on Teme, Margaret Bradley found this huge Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar in the garden.

             

                                                                  Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar                              Photo : Margaret Bradley

9 August Lyn Emery sent in this photo of a nest in a neighbours forsythia bush. Measuring just 5.5 cms across, we suspect its a nest of a Goldcrest.

                  

                                                                                             Goldcrest Nest ?                              Photo : Lyn Emery

4 August Austin Palmer sent in this photo of what he says is his first ever moth picture!. This is an interesting shot as the moth is White Ermine which is right at the very end of its flight season. Hence why it looks so badly tattered and torn we suspect.

             

                                                                                             White Ermine                              Photo : Austin Palmer

3 August Whilst out walking around Boraston, Geoff Wookey was watching a Red Kite flying overhead. He then noticed another bird being harassed by Corvids. His first reaction with the naked eye was that it was probably a Sparrowhawk. It started flying closer and eventually got his binoculars on it and was surprised to see it was a Peregrine. He assumes it was one of the Clee Hill birds. It finally shook off the corvids, soared upwards and then went into a stoop and disappeared behind a hill.

And on the Highwood, a rare occunence for Ken Willetts now. He recorded a new Macro Moth for his garden. Ken has an impressive garden list, but this Small Waved Umber was new to his list.

             

                                                                                             Small Waved Umber                   Photo : Ken Willetts

 

2 August Pete & Vicki Stevens photographed another Dragonfly emerging from their pool today. Incredibly, they reckon they have had at least twenty Southern Hawker emerge from the pool in the last week or so. And that's only those that they have seen.

             

                                                                                           Southern Hawker emerging                   Photo : Vicki Stevens

1 August Up on the Highwood, Ken Willetts had a really good night with the light trap last night. The Pammene fasciana is a great record as it is new for the Teme Valley and for our SO66 10km sq. The Coronet is also a good local record with less than 50 records in Worcs and another new one for the Teme Valley and SO66!!

             

                                                                                             Double Striped Pug                   Photo : Ken Willetts

                          

                                                                                             Coronet                              Photo : Ken Willetts

              

                                                                              Juniper Pug      (ID Oliver Wadsworth)          Photo : Ken Willetts

              

                                                                                            1236 Pammene fasciana                  Photo : Ken Willetts

31 July At Upper Rochford, this not particularly common Orange Swift came to the light trap over night for Danny Arnold.

              

                                                                                          Orange Swift                                    Photo : Danny Arnold

30 July On Oldwood Common, John Abbiss has been out with his camera again today. He says there are plenty of GateKeeper Butterflies around on the Common. He is also seeing plenty of Green Veined White too. Comma's numbers however, are now tailing off.

                  

                                                                                     Gatekeeper Butterfly                                  Photo : John Abbiss

 

            

                                                                                                  Comma                                  Photo : John Abbiss

 

            

                                                                                     Green Veined White                                  Photo : John Abbiss

 

29 July On the evening of 19th July, Stuart Smith from Wolferlow saw four Parakeets on the Great Witley side of Abberley Hill. He says didn't’t have binoculars with him, but assumes they must have been Rose Ringed. They are the first he's seen in the area.....have you seen them? Get in touch if you have.

27 July At Stockton on Teme, Bill Spice had had his light trap out over the last few nights and trapped and recorded these interesting moth species. The Small Rufous is a particularly good record with only around 40 records for the whole of Worcs.

             

                                                                                          The Olive                                                Photo : Bill Spice

             

                                                                                          Yellow Barred Brindle                        Photo : Bill Spice

             

                                                                                          Lunar Spotted Pinion                                    Photo : Bill Spice

             

                                                                                          Everest pallidata                                    Photo : Bill Spice

             

                                                                                          Small Rufous Moth                                    Photo : Bill Spice

26 July Jim MacDonald was out again today and sent a note in with this image saying 'got it!', referring to the fact that when he saw this snake a couple of days ago, he didn't have his camera with him. Well, you certainly made up for it this time Jim. Great photo! The Grass Snake is a couple of feet long.

             

                                                                                       Grass Snake                                   Photo : Jim MacDonald

25 July Cecilia Dean moved some horse matting only to find these two hiding away in the dark damp. We do very well for the Great Crested Newt in the Teme Valley where there is definitely a strong hold for the species in Worcs. Slow worms are always great to see too.

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                                                                                             Great Crested Newt                          Photo : Cecilia Dean

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                                                                                             Slow Worm                                   Photo : Cecilia Dean

Over at Ludlow, Jim MacDonald has been out in the garden with his camera and managed to get these three great images. The Southern Hawker is a particularly good shot seeing as the dragonfly is in flight! Jim also says that unfortunately on two occasions, he forgot to take his camera out when he saw a lovely Clouded Border moth and a sage green adult grass snake .

             

                                                                             Southern Hawker in Flight                    Photo : Jim MacDonald

 

             

                                                                                             The Herald Moth                    Photo : Jim MacDonald

 

             

                                                                             Toad seen in Mortimer Forest                    Photo : Jim MacDonald

24 July Ken Willetts sent in these six great images from his garden and moth trap over night.

              

                                                                                              Broad Bodied Chaser                   Photo : Ken Willetts

              

                                                                                             Waved Black                               Photo : Ken Willetts

              

                                                                                              Shark                                Photo : Ken Willetts

             

                                                                                              Southern Hawker                                Photo : Ken Willetts

             

                                                                                              Drinker Moth                                Photo : Ken Willetts

            

                                                                                Riband Wave                                            Photo : Ken Willetts

And at Eastham, Pete Thorp found this moth at a light this morning. This is the appropriately named Black Arches moth .

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                                                                                        Black Arches                                  Photo : Pete Thorp

23 July Caroline Roseman reports an incredible 14 Green Woodpeckers on the anthills in Pouncey field - which is a field running parallel to a hop field towards the bottom of her drive.  Caroline goes on to say, It is too steep to top for grass so has marvelous anthills but nonetheless 14 is a record!

20 July Not really Wildlife, but a dramatic picture from John Abbiss of the electrical storm going on this evening over his house at Oldwood Common. John was also out with his camera earlier on in the day before the rain and took a photo of some eggs on the underside of a leaf where he found a Vapourer Moth yesterday. He thinks therefore, that these might well be the eggs laid by that moth. And finally, John found this Buff Tip moth caterpillar in the undergrowth on the Common.

            

                                                                              Electrical Storm overhead                                  Photo : John Abbiss

             

                                                                                  Vapourer Moth Eggs?                                  Photo : John Abbiss

             

                                                                              Buff Tip Moth Caterpillar                                  Photo : John Abbiss

On the Clee Hill today, Eric Davies caught sight of this Lesser Whitethroat and also came across this Dark Green Fritillary Butterfly. Great records Eric!

             

                                                                                    Lesser Whitethroat                                  Photo : Eric Davies

             

                                                                                    Dark Green Fritillary                                  Photo : Eric Davies

19 July Gerald Roseman awoke this morning, looked out of the window and saw a Kingfisher perched on a cane in the Raspberry patch! How odd! And this afternoon, Brian Marsh spotted a Red Kite between Newnham Bridge and Knighton.

18 July Caroline Roseman had an amazing sight at her house today. The several days of hot weather had allowed the ant colonies to get very large and this afternoon, there were thousands of flying ants taking to the air. More than this, Caroline says that there are usually a few birds about when the flying ants start to swarm each year, but this afternoon, she reports that there were hundreds of birds flying over head making good use of the easy meals coming up to meet them. One impressive sight!

Meanwhile, Geoff Wookey had his light trap out last night and coaxed in these two moths which were new for his garden. The Calamotropha paludella is an interesting records as Ken Willetts also trapped one recently on the other side of the Valley. THe larvae of this species live on Bulrush leaves, so in both cases, the adult must have come up out of the Valley to be trapped, in Geoff's case, at Boraston. The Scalloped Shell moth really is an important record. These moths are not very common at all and are more often associated with mature and even ancient woodland. Very strange how this has turned up at Boraston, but a fantastic record for the Teme Valley.

            

                                                                                    Scallop Shell Moth                                  Photo : Geoff Wookey

            

                                                                     1292 Calamotropha paludella                                 Photo : Geoff Wookey

17 July Lyn Emery had this large Southern Hawker Dragonfly turn up in her garden today.

                  

                                                                   Southern Hawker Dragonfly                                 Photo : Lyn Emery

16 July Roger Arnold had an even better bird record for his garden today. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker flew into a damson tree at the edge of his garden today. Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are very scarce in our area, being only the size of a Sparrow. This is a great garden record.

15 July Roger Arnold reports a Red Kite over Clifton on Teme this afternoon.

13 July A lot of these large moths about at the moment. This Large Yellow Underwing turned up at Maggie Kingston's garden at Stoke Bliss.

                   

                                                                   Large Yellow Underwing                                 Photo : Maggie Kingston

12 July Over at Knighton on Teme, Richard Pill and Amanda Allott had a very strange bird turn up in the flower beds. This leucistic House Martin had apparently fallen from a nest in the eaves of the house. Richard got a ladder and put it back, but it was soon on the floor again. Richard found that the flight feathers on the birds left wing were missing, so the bird was taken to the Caun Wildlife Rescue center at Much Wenlock. The staff their reckon that the flight feathers had been 'taken' and should grow back. They have taken 'Snowy' as it is now called, into their care. Such Leucistic birds are often easy targets for larger predators as they are easily seen. We have never come across a leucistic House Martin before though.

           

                                                                      Leucistic House Martin                                 Photo : Richard Pill

11 July At Frith Common, Pete and Vicki Stevens sent in this sequence of a Dragonfly emerging. They say that they have had five emergences from their pool this year so far that they are aware of, more than in any previous year. An empty case can be seen top left in the first picture.

           

           

           

                                                                             Sequence of Dragonfly emerging                 Photo : Vicki Stevens

On the Highwood, some more moths from the light trap of Ken Willetts as trapped over night. The Larvae of Aethes rubigana feed on the seed heads of Burdock, hence this moth is fairly well widespread in the Teme Valley. The Barred Red larvae feed on coniferous trees such as Scott's Pine. Hence, this species is far less common in our area.

            

                                                                             946 Aethes rubigana                                  Photo : Ken Willetts

 

                  

                                                                                              Green Arches                               Photo : Ken Willetts

 

             

                                                                                  Barred Red Moth                                        Photo : Ken Willetts

 

9 July Over at Ludlow, Jim MacDonald came across this Swallow Tailed Moth in the garden and was able to identify it as such, from a picture of one posted by Ken Willetts this time last year (as seen in the archive).

           

                                                                             Swallow Tailed Moth                               Photo : Jim MacDonald

8 July On the Highwood, Ken Willetts moth trap has been busy. But here, Ken shows four images of some tiny micro moths trapped and recorded over night. These tiny moths are very often over looked by many moth recorders, but Ken is now identifying and recording these tiny species too, which is great news for the Worcs moth data base. That said, we're not too sure about this first one!

           

                                                                     E.abbreviana ??        (ID : Oliver Wadsworth)             Photo : Ken Willetts

            

                                                          424 Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella                      Photo : Ken Willetts

             

                                                                     420 Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella                      Photo : Ken Willetts

                   

                                                                         1292 Calamotropha Paludella                      Photo : Ken Willetts

And at the other end of the moth scale, Simone Arnold found this Large Yellow Underwing moth in the garden. Although Simone's photo doesn't show it, the moth is so named as it is 'Large' and has a 'Yellow underwing'.

                      

                                                                                 Large Yellow Underwing                      Photo : Simone Arnold

 

7 July Allen & Cath Hunt had three Red Kite over their house all at the same time today. This is the first time we have had three Kite sighted in one go in the Valley. Great record!

Meantime, Caroline Roseman has been out and about with her camera on her patch at Lower Rochford. She says that she now has 20 + starlings regularly visiting and maybe even nesting in her orchard. And after wet weather especially, the Woodpeckers, Jays and Thrushes find this part of the garden of great interest? Maybe it is bringing Leather Jackets, worms or ants to the surface?

             

                                                                Something of interest in the grass                         Photo : Caroline Roseman

             

                                                                            Juvenile Mistle Thrush                                Photo : Caroline Roseman

             

                                                                  Juvenile Green Woodpecker and Jay                  Photo : Caroline Roseman

Caroline has also been getting a good mixture of bee species on her flowers.

             

                                                                                 Garden Bumblebee                                 Photo : Caroline Roseman

             

                                                                              Common Carder Bee                                 Photo : Caroline Roseman

             

                                                                                 Garden Bumblebee                                 Photo : Caroline Roseman

And Caroline also reports that she is having a bumper year for butterflies in the garden, which is great news considering the last few summers we have had locally with very few butterflies about. Caroline says that in late June (24th) she had 10 Red Admiral butterflies on the driveway and is regularly now getting 20 + Small Tortoiseshell on the Lavender in the garden. Below though, are shots of 'other' lepidoptera from the garden, showing nicely, three of the four stages of metamorphosis.

             

                                                                                 Mullein Moth Caterpillar                         Photo : Caroline Roseman

             

                                                                                 Yellow Shell Moth                                 Photo : Caroline Roseman

             

                                                                                                Chrysalis                                 Photo : Caroline Roseman

And three to finish off with. A Toad from under a stone. Some 'poo' loaded with cherry stones left on top of one of the large round hay bales. We are not sure what would or could have left this, but Jackdaw or Pheasant are probably the most likely. And finally Lesser Stitchwort, a beautiful small flower fairly common in these parts.

             

                                                                                          Toad                                 Photo : Caroline Roseman

             

                                                          Poo loaded with cherry stones - but what left it?        Photo : Caroline Roseman

             

                                                                                 Lesser Stitchwort                                 Photo : Caroline Roseman

6 July Eric Davies sent in these two great images of a Kingfisher on the River Teme. One of our most iconic river birds.

                                

                            

 

4 July Simone Arnold found this grisly scene in the bath this morning. This Harvestman Spider had encapsulated another spider for its larder.

            

                                                                                    Harvestman Spider                      Photo : Simone Arnold

3 July On the Highwood, Ken Willetts had a 'first record' for his garden, of this tiny Fire Thorn Leaf Miner moth Phyllonorycter leucographella This is a relative newcomer to the UK, only first being found in Essex in 1989. Since then it has dispersed throughout the UK rapidly.

            

                                                                        332a Phyllonorycter leucographella                     Photo : Ken Willetts

 

2 July Eric Davies was out with his camera in the Footrid area of Mamble today. He caught these great images on his walk.

            

                                                                                     Spotted Flycatcher                                  Photo : Eric Davies

             

                                            Mistle Thrush and juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker                      Photo : Eric Davies

            

                                                     Male Redstart and young - Coming in to feed                   Photo : Eric Davies

           

                                                                                     Male Redstart and young                      Photo : Eric Davies

At Boraston, Geoff Wookey had this Southern Hawker Dragonfly land on his shoe.

           

                                                                                     Southern Hawker Dragonfly                      Photo : Geoff Wookey

2 July Charlotte Hughes' brother spotted an Osprey over Charlottes farm at Hillwood Eastham today. Meantime, Stuart Smith went to see if he could get sight of the Little Egret up at Upper Sapey, and did. Originally on the ground, it flew into a tree to preen. Great to have this record in the area.

           

                                                                                     Little Egret #1                                  Photo : Stuart Smith

           

                                                                                     Little Egret #2                                  Photo : Stuart Smith

           

                                                                                     Little Egret #3                                  Photo : Stuart Smith

1 July Stuart Smith at Wolferlow, reports that a farmer friend, Alan Thacker, saw a Little Egret by the water jump on the Sapey Cross Country course in Wolferlow today.

29 June At Frith Common, Pete and Vicki Stevens sent in these two images. The first of a Burnished Brass moth, which was flushed up from the undergrowth. The second, their first brood of Swallows waiting to be fed.

            

                                                                                     Burnished Brass Moth                                  Photo : Vicki Stevens

            

                                                                     Young Swallows waiting to be fed                     Photo : Vicki Stevens

28 June At Kingswood, Stanford Bridge, Matthew Bailey had two large Hornets drop onto his chicken pen from an over hanging oak tree. He says they were at least two inches long. Have you seen any large hornets about this year?

27 June At Boraston today, Geoff Wookey had a Red Kite fly over the house. And at Oldwood Common, John Abbiss sent in these shots taken with his camera on the Common

                  

                                                                                     Six Spot Burnet Moths                                  Photo : John Abbiss

            

                                                                                                 Ringlet                                  Photo : John Abbiss

            

                                                                                                 Lacewing                                  Photo : John Abbiss

26 June Driving home tonight, Chris Peacock saw a Red Kite flying over the A49 between the Tenbury turn and Ludlow. Over on the Highwood, Ken Willetts trapped and recorded these two micro moths. The Mompha Propinquella larvae feed on Rosebay Willowherb, whilst the Ash Bud moth, as the name suggests, feeds on young Ash leaves.

           

                                                                                       888 Mompha Propinquella                     Photo : Ken Willetts

           

                                                                                       449 Ash Bud moth                                        Photo : Ken Willetts

25 June Whilst out walking today, Geoff Wookey's dogs flushed out a Polecat very briefly that ran across the road and disappeared in the hedge.

24 June Three fantastic images sent in from Richard Pill from his patch over at Knighton on Teme.

           

                                                                                             Large Skipper                                          Photo : Richard Pill

           

                                                                                             Azure Damselfly                                   Photo : Richard Pill

           

                                                                                             Ringlet                                          Photo : Richard Pill

22 June In Ashbed Woods today, Geoff Wookey got a great sighting of a Garden Warbler singing its heart out on a bush beside him. Meanwhile over at Ludlow, Jim MacDonald sent in these two great images. The first of a partially leucistic blackbird showing some considerable white feathers amongst the normal black, and an Eyed Hawk Moth, one of the larger of the Hawk moths we have in the area.

            

                                                                               Partially leucistic Blackbird                     Photo : Jim MacDonald

            

                                                                                                Eyed Hawk Moth                                 Photo : Jim MacDonald

 

21 June John Abbiss was out and about on Oldwood Common today, where he says the grass was being cut. This attracted Red Kite, Kestrel and at least six Buzzards overhead, no doubt surveying the ground for fleeing rodents. In the undergrowth at the side of the common, he found two moth species, Large Yellow Underwing and Scorched Wing. As well as taking some nice flower and grass images.

            

                                                                                                 Vetch                                  Photo : John Abbiss

            

                                                                                             Red Kite                                       Photo :  John Abbiss          

            

             Assortment of grasses - Which John names as : Cocksfoot, False oat grass, Red fescue, Black bent,

             Creeping soft grass, Timothy, Wavy hair, and Bristle bent

            

                                                                                                Kestrel                                 Photo : John Abbiss

                 

                                                                                                 Dog Rose                                  Photo : John Abbiss

              

                                                                               Kestrel dropping on prey                                  Photo : John Abbiss

               

                                                                        Large Yellow Underwing Moth                                  Photo : John Abbiss

                                    

                                                                                                 Ragged Robin                                  Photo : John Abbiss

            

                                                                                                 Dandelion                                  Photo : John Abbiss

            

                                                                               Common Spotted Orchid                                  Photo : John Abbiss

            

                                                                               Scorched Wing Moth                                  Photo : John Abbiss

19 June Geoff Wookey had a moth trap out last night and recorded this not too common, White Satin moth.

             

                                                                                            White Satin Moth                        Photo : Geoff Wookey

18 June Chris Kemble sent in these images from her garden. The first a pair of Bullfinch and the second a large bee she found in the window. Caroline Roseman thinks the bee is possibly the queen of a Red tailed Cuckoo bee which parasitises the nests of Red tailed Bees.

              

                                                                                            Bullfinch                                    Photo : Chris Kemble

             

                                                                                            Red tailed Cuckoo bee                        Photo : Chris Kemble

17 June Wanda Arnold had a great sighting yesterday of a Male Hen Harrier flying low over one of the local fields. Wanda is well used to seeing Hen Harriers on Islay, so identification of this seldom seen bird in this part of the country was easy, albeit a bird out of place. Meantime, Chris Peacock gave us an update of his patch saying that hes getting regular visits from a Green Woodpecker feeding on the ants on Ludlow School playing fields. And at home, Chris has a Great Spotted Woodpecker nesting in an old Ash tree at the bottom of the garden and is hearing a Cuckoo regularly over towards Brimfield Common.

16 June Chris Mussell heard a Cuckoo calling in Hanley Dingle today. And Liz Thorp sent in this photo of a nest of six Swallows in her stable. (There are six she assures us, but you can only see four !)

                                  

                                                                                             Swallow nest                        Photo : Liz Thorp

15 June Up on the Clee at Doddington, Eric Davies had two good records. First he came across the Wall butterfly, a totally under recorded species locally and quite rare in our parts. And secondly, he came across three Cuckoos, one of which perched on a wire who posed beautifully whilst Eric photographed him / her. Great day out Eric!

            

                                                                                             Wall Butterfly                                            Photo : Eric Davies

            

                                                                                             Cuckoo  #1                                           Photo : Eric Davies

            

                                                                                             Cuckoo  #2                                           Photo : Eric Davies

14 June At Lower Rochford, Caroline Roseman came across two Redstart on her driveway today. Great to hear that these birds appear to be doing well in the Valley this year. At Knighton on Teme again, Richard Pill took these damsel fly images on a local pool.

            

                                                                             Large Red Damsel Fly                             Photo : Richard Pill

 

            

                                                                Common Blue Damsel flies in cop                             Photo : Richard Pill

 

13 June At Knighton on Teme, Richard Pill arrived home late last evening to hear an Owl in the trees in his orchard. Taking a light and camera out, he found three fledgling Tawny Owls.

            

                                                                 One of the three Tawny Owl chicks                             Photo : Richard Pill

            

                                                                             And another one!                                      Photo : Richard Pill

At Highwood, Ken Willetts trapped and recorded this tiny micro species. This is only the third record for the Teme Valley and the first time the actual adult moth has ben recorded. The other two records come from leaf mines on apple. This colourful little moth is Callisto dentculella

            

                                                                                     310 Callisto dentculella                                       Photo : Ken Willetts

At Ludlow again, Jim MacDonald found this Buff Tip moth and compared it with a broken twig. Great camouflage!.

            

                                                            Buff Tip Moth vs a broken twig                                        Photo : Jim MacDonald

12 June At Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold had his first sighting of the year of Swifts overhead. And further west at Ludlow,   Jim MacDonald had this huge Hornet turn up on his garden pond.

            

                                                                                       Hornet                                        Photo : Jim MacDonald

            

                                                                                       Hornet                                        Photo : Jim MacDonald

            

                                                                                       Hornet                                        Photo : Jim MacDonald

Ken Willetts trapped these two moth species which at first Glance may look the same.

                        

                                                                                       Minor agg. species                                        Photo : Ken Willetts

            

                                                                                       Marbled White Spot                                        Photo : Ken Willetts

            

And at Boraston, Geoff Wookey trapped and recorded this Common Pug Moth. One of a very difficult group of moths to identify by eye.

            

                                                                                       Common Pug                                        Photo : Geoff Wookey

11 June Geoff Wookey at Boraston says he has Spotted Flycatchers breeding with the female sitting on the nest in a climber running up the garage wall. He's also come across a pair of Redstart at Ashbed wood which have been in the same area for a while now and showing signs of nesting. Geoff also reports that there are also a number of Willow Warbler in and around the wood, in fact more this year then any previous year. There are also a large number of Brown Silver-line (moth) in the bracken and nettles near the wood. And finally, Geoff reports that a Cuckoo is being regularly heard in Boraston village and down as far as the Peacock. Great update!

10 June David Sothers has had a pair of Stoat raise a family under one of his garden features at Rochford. This has allowed him to take some wonderful images of the parents and young in the garden. Here's a couple of the images and if you want to see more, click here.

            

                                                                                          Stoat 1                                             Photo : David Sothers

            

                                                                                           Stoat 2                                             Photo : David Sothers

 

More interesting moth species are still turning up at Ken Willetts light trap on the Highwood. Last night included this Stunning Peach Blossom Moth, the Lobster Moth (which gets its name from the caterpillar larvae which looks very crustacean like in appearance) and the Sandy Carpet.

            

                                                                                       Peach Blossom                                        Photo : Ken Willetts

 

            

                                                                                        Lobster Moth                                Photo : Ken Willetts

 

           

                                                                                    Sandy Carpet                                Photo : Ken Willetts

 

Over at Woonton, Alastair Hardy found two Common Spotted Orchid coming into bloom on one of his fields.

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                                                                             Common Spotted Orchid               Photo : Alastair Hardy

9 June At Wolferlow, Stuart Smith had a Cuckoo calling yesterday morning after a break without hearing one for a while. Also seven Mistle Thrushes in his field some adults feeding young. He's still only seen one House Martin and no Swifts but lots of Swallows nesting in his barns

On the Highwood, Ken Willetts light trap produced another interesting species. This time it was the Large Twin Spot Carpet moth.

            

                                                                          Large Twin spot Carpet                                Photo : Ken Willetts

And at Upper Rochford, this tiny Tinea semifulvella moth came to Danny Arnold's light trap over night. This colourful little species lays its eggs in birds nests or wool remnants.

            

                                                                          246 Tinea semifulvella                               Photo : Danny Arnold

8 June At Frith Common, Pete & Vicki Stevens had the Cuckoo calling twice today. One locally to the house and one later at a distance towards Dumbleton Lane. They also had a Red Kite drift over last evening.

On the Highwood, Ken Willetts light trap was busy. He trapped and recorded this stunning little micro moth. Although there are several look alike's in this group, this is the easiest to identify as it is the only one with these distinctive yellow palps as can be seen in Ken's image. The moth is 1174 Epiblema Cynosbatella the larvae of which feed on a variety of roses including Dog Rose and even cultivated roses.

            

                                                                          1174 Epiblema Cynosbatella                               Photo : Ken Willetts

Whilst most of us get Blue Tits and Great Tits nesting in the garden, David & Jo Sothers at Rochford had this stunning pair of Redstart take up residence in a nest box just outside the conservatory window. Stunning images David!

                               

                                                                         Male Redstart                               Photo : David Sothers

                              

                                                                     Female Redstart                             Photo : David Sothers

                              

                                              Characteristic tail flick of the Male Redstart         Photo : David Sothers

7 June On the Highwood, Ken Willetts sent in this photo of another stunning moth, the Blood Vein Moth. No prizes for working out why its called that!

            

                                                                                Blood vein Moth                                     Photo : Ken Willetts

6 June At Lower Rochford Caroline Roseman is getting into bee identification in a big way. Here are four images of different bees that visited her garden today.

            

                                                                          Buff tailed Bumblebee                                      Photo : Caroline Roseman

 

            

                                                                              Red Tailed Bumblebee                                      Photo : Caroline Roseman

 

            

                                                                       Common Carder Bee                                      Photo : Caroline Roseman

 

            

                                                                                 Buff Tailed Bee                                      Photo : Caroline Roseman

 

And a 'first' for Ken Willetts who trapped and recorded this Broken Barred Carpet moth over night. Great record as this moth is not that common in the Teme Valley.

            

                                                                                 Broken Barred Carpet Moth                                      Photo : Ken Willetts

5 June At Ham Bridge, Claudia Kazim reported a very young dead Otter on the road today. Great to hear that Otters are doing well on the Teme. Unfortunate though re being a road kill. And yet another Tree Bee spot in the Valley. This time by Simone Arnold who took this picture in her garden of the Tree Bee and a Buff Tailed Bee on a flower. {Editor update - The Buff Tailed Bee has been identified by Caroline Roseman as a Garden Bumblebee}

                                                

                                                                 Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum)             Photo : Simone Arnold

4 June At Lower Rochford, Caroline Roseman has been out and about on her patch and taken these great images. The first is of a pair of Canadian Geese which have nested on her pool and are currently rearing five young. The second is of a rather messy Starlings nest. Nothing like letting people know where you're nesting!! The third picture, Caroline believes is Hover fly larvae on Hogweed, unless you know differently! And the final image is of one of the many Ground beetles we have in the area.

             

                                                                  Canadian Geese and young                                      Photo : Caroline Roseman

                                  

                                                                                                  Starling Nest                                      Photo : Caroline Roseman

            

                                                                        Hover fly larvae on Hogweed                            Photo : Caroline Roseman

            

                                                                                      Ground Beetle                                      Photo : Caroline Roseman

On Oldwood Common, John Abbiss photographed these two caterpillars and correctly identified them as the Vapourer Moth and Yellow Tail Moth.

            

                                                                                 Vapourer Moth Caterpillar                                  Photo : John Abbiss

            

                                                                                 Yellow Tail Moth Caterpillar                                  Photo : John Abbiss

3 June After saying there are only a handful of green coloured moths in the UK, Ken Willetts trapped another green species last night, this stunning Green Arches moth. This is rather an early emergence for this species as it is not usually seen until late July / August. The larvae feed on Oak buds and leaves. The second image Ken sent in is that of a moth called ...the Scorched Wing. Its not difficult to figure out why the Victorian entomologists called it this!

             

                                                                                 Green Arches Moth                                      Photo : Ken Willetts

 

            

                                                                                 Scorched Wing Moth                                      Photo : Ken Willetts

 

2 June Pete & Vicki Stevens at Lower Frith report the Cuckoo is still being heard in the Dumbleton Lane area. They also report seeing a Red Kite drift over their house this evening.

Ken Willetts moth trap is really producing some stunning moths of late. Last night saw this stunning Green Silver Lines moth come in. One of only a handful of Green moths in the UK.

            

                                                                                 Green Silver Lines                                      Photo : Ken Willetts

1 June Ken Willetts took this stunning Elephant Hawk Moth at his light trap last night. First one of the year. Meantime, at Knighton on Teme, Richard Pill has been out with his new camera and took this fantastic image of a Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly. Super image Richard!

            

                                                                             Broad Bodied Chaser                                      Photo : Richard Pill

            

                                                                             Elephant hawk Moth                                      Photo : Ken Willetts

 

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