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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.
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
|2014||Tim Haselden||Water Voles - A reintroduction project|
|2014||Caroline Corsie||Wildlife friendly farming|
|2014||Judith Leavesley||Bee friendly bee keeping|
|2014||Harry Green||The ecology of the Lime tree ......... (Also the AGM)|
|2014||Dr Mark Robinson||Putting in place a canal side reedbed|
|2014||Rebecca Lashley||The Worcs Orchards Project|
|2014||Dr Pete Boardman||Craneflies|
|2014||OUTDOOR EVENT||Flowers, Birds, Bats and Moths evening at Eastham|
|September||11th||2014||Dr Joy Rooney||
The ecology of Hartlebury Common - An inland sand dune
|October||9th||2014||To be Confirmed||To be Confirmed|
|November||13th||2014||Will Watson||Ecology of the River Teme (To be confirmed)|
2014 Monthly Nature Walk Calendar
Other Upcoming TVWG Events in 2014
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3 March Steve Whitehouse got in touch to say that there had been six Crossbill seen in some larches SW of Stanford Bridge on the B4203 today.
2 March David Norsworthy sent in this wonderful photo of seven over wintering Herald Moths and a lone Red Admiral. He was moving some boxes in a barn and thought at first they were dead leaves. Herald moths are often one of the last macros to be seen in the year and having over wintered are usually one of the first to be seen in the Spring.
Herald Moths Photo: David Norsworthy
On the Highwood, Ken Willetts had his light trap on last night a recorded rather appropriately this freshly emerged March Moth. Ken also took the two forms of the Satellite Moth, one with white markings the other with Orange. These two photographs show a good comparison.
March Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
Two forms of the Satellite Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
On Oldwood Common, John Abbiss had five Bewick Swans flying over in an Easterly direction.
1 March Over at Stoke Bliss, Chris & Jenny Rogers have had a Bullfinch in the garden for the first time in many years they said. They have also had a pair of Muntjac wandering over the lawns.
Meantime in Tenbury, David Patrick took this shot of a Lesser Redpoll feeding on niger seeds with a Goldfinch. Not too many Lesser Redpoll have been reported this year, so a nice record.
Lesser Redpoll & Goldfinch Photo: David Patrick
28 February At Ashbed Woods, Geoff Wookey spotted a pair of Goosander. And at home, a male Siskin has joined the female he had a few days ago.
27 February On the High Wood, Ken Willetts took advantage of some sunshine today to take these images of wildlife in the garden.
Beetle Photo: Ken Willetts
Dunnock Photo: Ken Willetts
Bullfinch Photo: Ken Willetts
Robin Photo: Ken Willetts
26 February A possible Pine Marten sighting near Stanford Bridge was reported today. The recorder was confident in her identification in the Bitch Berrow area.
25 February Whilst out walking the dog at Ashbed Woods today, Geoff Wookey sent up a Woodcock from the undergrowth.
The better weather prompted Ken Willetts to get out with his camera again today, resulting in these two close up photos of two of our less common garden visitors. The Long Tailed Tit and a female Siskin.
Long Tailed Tit Photo: Ken Willetts
female Siskin Photo: Ken Willetts
At Lower Rochford, Caroline Roseman noticed at least two bee species feeding on the early nectar of the crocus's in the garden.
Bees feeding on crocus nectar Photos: Caroline Roseman
24 February At Lower Rochford, Caroline Roseman took advantage of the better weather today and took these spring photos. Great to see the deer and the bottom of the field too!
Deer Photo: Caroline Roseman
Crocus, Daffodils & Snowdrops Photo: Caroline Roseman
Blackthorn flowering Photo: Caroline Roseman
Over at Boraston, Geoff Wookey had a female Siskin on the garden feeders this morning and whilst out walking the dogs at Ashbed Woods, came across a pair of Kestrel. A great record considering they are a species in decline. Meantime, on the Highwood, another first record for the year for Ken Willetts This time the Common Quaker Moth. This species can very often be found around sallows and willows where they feed on nectar from early flowers.
Common Quaker Photo: Ken Willetts
22 February Ken Willetts light trap didn't produce any moths last night, but this drowsy wasp did turn up. Wasps can be attracted to light traps in large numbers some nights, so the traps are always opened with some caution!
Wasp Close-up Photo: Ken Willetts
21 February And a few more moths from Ken Willetts light trap. These two moths are very common species here in the Teme Valley, but the Clouded Drab is the first reported record of 2014 for this species in the area.
Hebrew Character Photo: Ken Willetts
Clouded Drab Photo: Ken Willetts
20 February Ken Willetts light trap has finally started to produce some moths. These are the first of two new species for the year, into his light trap this year. The Pale Brindled Beauty and Dotted Border moths. Both relatively common at this time of the year in the Teme Valley. They could easily turn up at a porch light left on over night.
Dotted Border Photo: Ken Willetts
Pale Brindled Beauty Photo: Ken Willetts
18 February At Boraston, Geoff Wookey had 6 Lesser Redpoll on the garden feeders this morning and a Reed Bunting on the hedge on the walk up to Ashbed Woods. Geoff says there is about 17 acres of unharvested Oilseed Rape on the walk up to the woods and there are massive flocks of Linnet, Chaffinch and Greenfinch, also large numbers of Goldfinch. There are also a number of Bullfinch making use of the crop and a Sparrowhawk making regular forays.
17 February On the Highwood, Ken Willetts took advantage of the better weather and took this stunning image of the blue skies around today. He also caught this Wood Pigeon unaware too.
Blue Skies Photo: Ken Willetts
Wood pigeon Photo: Ken Willetts
16 February At Upper Rochford, the moth light traps have been running, but the evenings have been so cold, there have been no moths flying. The Last couple of night however, have been a few degrees warmer and the first Oak Beauty moth of the year turned up for Danny Arnold.
Oak Beauty Photo: Danny Arnold
12 February At Boraston, Geoff Wookey had his first Brambling of the year. This is also the first one reported in the area this year.
11 February Over at Oldwood Common, John Abbiss has been looking at what's about at this time of year. Firstly he noted that there was a well worn track through the bracken, which he reckons from the foot print in the mud is probably made by a badger.
Badger track Photo: John Abbiss
Badger Print Photo: John Abbiss
He also noted some early flowers including these orange seeds spewing from some pods on the ground and a host of Snowdrops.
Seed pods splitting Photo: John Abbiss
Snowdrops Photo: John Abbiss
Some Bracket fungi was showing well on some dead wood and on one of the trees, he caught sight of this Treecreeper.
Treecreeper Photo: John Abbiss
Bracket Fungi Photo: John Abbiss
Bracket Fungi Photo: John Abbiss
10 February Out and about, Ken Willetts snapped this close up of a Pheasant, and down at Eastham Bridge, he took a couple of photo's from above the bridge, showing how very high the water level currently is on the River Teme.
Pheasant Photo: Ken Willetts
Eastham Bridge up stream of the bridge 1 Photo: Ken Willetts
Eastham Bridge up stream of the bridge 2 Photo: Ken Willetts
7 February ....And another butterfly emergence in Janice's utility room. This time a Small Tortoiseshell made a quick exit through the door.
6 February Over at Eastham, Janice Lucas dropped an email to say that she had seen her first butterfly of the year, which had emerged in her utility room. A Small White which obviously thought it was Spring!
3 February Oohh....I think it might rain today. This photo taken at Upper Rochford as dawn was breaking this morning.
Red sky in the morning.... Photo: Danny Arnold
1 February At Boraston, Rachel Packard was delighted to see three Otters moving up the brook, all witnessed from her lounge window.
27 January Another photo from up on the Highwood. Ken Willetts says that this is a bird he always has trouble photographing as they are so skittish, you just cant get close. This is a nice image of a Fieldfare in his orchard though.
Fieldfare Photo: Ken Willetts
24 January Up on the Highwood, Ken Willetts is happy as he's had his first moth in the light trap for 2014. This Chestnut moth came in last night. A typical winter / early spring species. The larvae feed on a range of trees as a food plant including Birch and Oak. Hence why it is such a relatively common species in the Teme Valley.
The Chestnut Photo: Ken Willetts
23 January Up at Clifton on Teme, Simone Arnold noticed this jelly like mass growing on some wood in the garden. This is Yellow Brain Fungus, a fungi that can be found at most times of the year, though the fruiting body which this is, prefers late autumn. Clearly the mild weather has tricked it into thinking it still is autumn!
Yellow Brain Fungus Photo: Simone Arnold
Danny Arnold confirmed the presence of an Otter using a camera trap set up over night. It was only a tantalising glimpse as it set off the unit, but enough to confirm it wasn't mink. The Otter video footage can be seen by clicking this link. Today, Danny had two Goosander on one of the pools and a Kingfisher. Along with this quick photo taken of a Long Tailed Tit which was one of several working there way through the tree canopy over head. A Mistle Thrush was also busy sunning itself on top of a conifer.
Long Tailed Tit Photo: Danny Arnold
Mistle Thrush Photo: Danny Arnold
Meanwhile, Ken Willetts made the most of the sunshine this morning and captured this very arty photo of some catkins. Has anybody else ever noticed that the catkins start out with a tiny pink flower?
Catkins Photo: Ken Willetts
22 January Danny Arnold had a Goldcrest in the Scott's Pines this afternoon and down by the pool, was signs of an Otter's presence. Not that unusual, as when the river is in flood, they move up the dingles to cleaner water where they can feed. In the moth traps over night, Danny also trapped three of this tiny species, Yposolopha ustella. One of the few micro moths that venture out at this time of year. The larvae feed on Oak.
461 Ypsolopha ustella Photo: Danny Arnold
17 January All this talk about Bullfinches last week prompted Vicki Stevens to email saying that she had her first pair of Bullfinch of the year in the garden today. Likewise, Ken Willetts also dropped a line in saying that he was getting three pairs of Bullfinch regularly in and around his feeders. Ken also sent in this fantastic close up picture of a Great Spotted Woodpecker he has coming to his feeders. What a fantastic image!
Great Spotted Woodpecker Photo: Ken Willetts
16 January At Lower Rochford , Caroline Roseman reports a Tawny Owl on her drive way a few days ago and she sent in this image of newly emerging Snowdrops. Beautiful!
Snowdrops Photo: Caroline Roseman
Whilst at Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold had this tiny micro moth come into the light trap last night. The larvae of this moth Acleris sparsana feed on Beech and Sycamore and as there are not particularly common species of tree in the Teme Valley, this moth is not often recorded. It is also one of only a very few moths that can be found flying at this time of year.
1041 Acleris sparsana Photo: Danny Arnold
Also in the moth trap over night came this relatively large beetle, measuring 32mm. Unusual to get beetles in the moth trap at this time of year.
Beetle Photo: Danny Arnold
15 January John Abbiss followed up on his Pied Wagtail observation yesterday and noted that this dung fly (?) landed on his window. He wonders if the Pied WAgtails are after these, as there are very few other insects around at the moment.
Dung fly(?) Photo: John Abbiss
14 January On Oldwood Common, John Abbiss says there are a small flock of sheep which have been penned in to graze. This has prompted a flock of 15 or so Pied Wagtails to the area, which have been there a few days now, interested in what the sheep are churning up. Worth a visit.
13 January Traveling down through Upper Rochford this morning, Danny Arnold had a small flock of around 50 Lesser Black-backed gulls in a field. Unusual to see them this far in land.
10 January The temperature over night was cool, (a low of 3C) with a slight ground frost this morning and whilst Ken Willetts didn't record any moths in his moth trap over night, he sent in this stunning image of a Goldfinch he took yesterday. Just along the ridge from Ken, Danny Arnold managed just a single moth record over night, the first Chestnut moth of the year.
Goldfinch Photo: Ken Willetts
9 January On the Highwood, Ken Willetts had the first Siskin of the year in his garden today. And at Abberley, Diana Parkin had 9 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 5 chaffinch and 1 Lesser Redpoll in the garden today.
8 January Following the post on the 6th January about the Bullfinches, Danny Arnold had three males in one tree on his patch today. Maybe there are three pairs about, not just two? And on the other side of the river at Frith Common, Mike Harley had two pairs in his garden today also. It would be great if they are making a come back!
7 January There are not too many micro moths that fly at this time of year. This tiny moth measuring only a few millimeters in length will have over wintered from around September last year and would normally be seen flying as the temperature warms up in April and May. But last night was fairly mild (a low of 7C) which allowed this tiny Acleris literana to venture out and into the light traps of Danny Arnold. The larvae of this moth feed on Oak, which of course is plentiful in the Teme Valley.
1061 Acleris literana Photo: Danny Arnold
6 January Danny Arnold had four Bullfinch on his patch at Upper Rochford today.
5 January And over at Knighton on Teme, Richard Pill thought his bird feeder was in a bit of a dilapidated state, so he made a new one out of a piece of Scaffold Pole and some angle iron he had lying about. Pretty substantial Richard!. That should last a life time! Send us some photos of your home made feeders!!
Home made Bird Feeder Photo: Richard Pill
4 January First out of the blocks this year is Ken Willetts on the Highwood who sent in this photo of a Mistle Thrush perched in an apple tree in his orchard. This shot clearly shows the white edges to the tail feathers which is diagnostic for Mistle Thrush. The Song Thrush does not have these white edges.
Mistle Thrush Photo: Ken Willetts
1st January 2014 A very Happy New Year to all our members, contributors and visitors.
30 December And we are going to finish the year with a flurry of bird photos sent in by Ken Willetts. Some truly magnificent bird images here. Starting off with that Nuthatch from yesterday, on the right side of the branch this time.
Nuthatch Photo: Ken Willetts
House Sparrow Photo: Ken Willetts
Treecreeper Photo: Ken Willetts
Marsh Tit Photo: Ken Willetts
Great Tit Photo: Ken Willetts
Bullfinch - male Photo: Ken Willetts
29 December Ken Willetts took the opportunity of some brief sunshine yesterday to photograph this Nuthatch which was in the garden yesterday.
Nuthatch Photo: Ken Willetts
25 December Happy Christmas to all our members, friends and supporters of the Teme Valley Wildlife Group. We hope you have a great day!
20 December John Abbiss had his first male Blackcap of the winter in his garden today. Always a nice sighting!
17 December Danny Arnold had twelve Long tailed Tits on the feeder outside the lounge window this morning
13 December Ken Willetts up on the Highwood sent in this photo of a moth trapped last night. Ken correctly identifies this as a 'Twenty Plume' moth. It is one of the few species that can turn up at almost any time of the year.
Twenty Plume moth Photo: Ken Willetts
12 December Angie Hill emailed to say that she has been having large flocks of both Redwing and Fieldfare passing through her patch in Martley. She also notes that Goldcrest are evident in the woods opposite her house. On the side of the Clee, David Faulkner also notes passage of large flocks of Fieldfare in the area.
11 December Caroline Roseman emailed to say that she has two Goosander on their pool today.
10 December Charlotte MacDonald sent a note through to say that she got a really good view of a polecat yesterday evening - about a mile south of Ludlow crossing the B4361. She says she was driving at the time, and it was dark so unfortunately, no photos! She had to slow down to let it cross in front of her. This is the first time she's seen a live polecat - Although she says she has seen a couple of dead ones in the past - both on the same stretch of road. Good to know they are about.
9 December Danny Arnold received notification from Tony Simpson the Worcs County Moth recorder, that the moth pictured below has been confirmed as a Saltern Ear Moth by Roy Leverton and as such, makes this the first ever Worcs County record for this species. There are four species of Ear Moth, all of which look very similar. Danny takes the common Ear Moth regularly at light, and three years ago in 2010, he took the first record for Worcs of the Large Ear moth. Now, this is another county first, of the Saltern Ear moth, which as the name somewhat implies, is more usually a coastal species. Roy Leverton, one of the leading authorities on this species, has indicated however, that it is now thought to be a migrant species and there isolated pockets elsewhere in the UK where it inhabits acid heath land. This specimen therefore could well have come down off the Clee Hills in Shropshire. This moth was tapped and recorded back in August 2013, with confirmation just coming through.
1st Record for Worcs - Saltern Ear Moth Photo: Danny Arnold
8 December At Upper Rochford Danny Arnold had a large flock of Redwing moving through the birch trees on the other side of the Valley from the House. Through the scope, he could see that it was all Redwing. Surprisingly, there were no Fieldfare in such a large flock.
7 December At Stoke Bliss, Chris and Jenny Rodgers had a Red Kite sighting at the end of Bank Street. There have not been too many Red Kite sightings reported this year, so this is a good record for the area.
4 December A photo taken by David Norsworthy back in October had him intrigued as to what this caterpillar might be. We think its a Pale Tussock Moth caterpillar . Its very distinctive with the black segments between the yellow bands and the pink tail. These were quite a lot of these caterpillars around this year, showing they must have had a good breeding year this year.
Pale Tussock Moth caterpillar Photo: David Norsworthy
29 November A relatively warm night for this time of year last night meant that there were a few moths about. These three came to a light trap at Ken Willetts house on the Highwood. The first two are colour variations of the Mottled Umber moth. This species is exceeding variable in colour, although the pattern stays pretty much the same. The bottom photo shows a close cousin, the Scarce Umber moth
Mottled Umber - usual form Photo: Ken Willetts
Mottled Umber - Dark form Photo: Ken Willetts
Scarce Umber Photo: Ken Willetts
28 November At Ludlow Jim MacDonald had this December Moth come to porch light. One of only a few moths that fly at this time of year.
December Moth Photo: Jim Macdonald
26 November Ken Willetts took advantage of the clear blue skies today and photographed these three birds on the same branch within minutes of each other. More stunning shots from Ken!
Marsh Tit Photo: Ken Willetts
Green Finch Photo: Ken Willetts
Coal Tit Photo: Ken Willetts
25 November Geoff Wookey emailed again saying that he had around 14 Linnet working their way through the flower beds in the garden today, which was part of a much bigger flock of about 40 birds which were in the trees by the house. Geoff also had two Yellowhammer in the hedge close to the house yesterday, which is always a great record for these declining birds..
24 November At Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold had 70 Canada Geese flying over his patch in a northerly direction this morning.
22 November In his garden at Boraston, Geoff Wookey had the first four Lesser Redpoll in his garden this morning. Geoff also says that he saw a Goosander on the pool at Ashbed Woods.
21 November These cool mornings mean that if you are up early enough, you can get some great dew pictures as Ken Willetts shows with this Spiders Web. Ken also sent in this shot of a Grey Squirrel drinking at his pond.
Dew laden Spiders Web Photo: Ken Willetts
Grey Squirrel drinking Photo: Ken Willetts
18 November Many of you will know Steph Mocroft for her botanical recording in the area, but another area of interest for Steph is in Dragonflies. She records dragonfly sightings to Mike Averill the Worcs recorder who collates all the data for the county. Steph put in her records for this year and was delighted to hear back from Mike, saying that her garden records for Large Red damselfly, Azure damselfly, and Southern Hawker were the earliest dates for these three species seen in the county this year. Better than that, her Large Red sighting of May 1st, was the very first sighting of any dragonfly or damselfly in the whole county for 2013!
17 November At Lower Rochford, Caroline Roseman sent in this photo of a Hummingbird Hawk moth. This is a very late record but ties in with a small influx of migrants that have recently come in from the continent.
Hummingbird Hawk Moth Photo: Caroline Roseman
16 November Over in Ludlow, Jim MacDonald sent in this photo of a Hedgehog that has been vi sting the garden over the last few nights looking for food ready for the long winter sleep. Great to see more and more of these being recorded locally.
Hedgehog Photo: Jim MacDonald
13 November At Abberley, Alyson Lloyd sent in some photos from the summer of her daughter Rebecca holding a Hedgehog they found in the garden. Apparently, it was accompanied by two babies as well. Great to see this iconic UK mammal doing so well locally. As a foot note, congratulations to Rebecca, who through a lot of hard work and effort is now on standby for inclusion in the England U17's Euros having spent a lot of time training both at college in Solihull and at St George's Park over the last months.
Rebecca and her Hedgehog family Photo: Alyson Lloyd
12 November Over on Oldwood Common, John Abbiss found this interesting Spider amongst some wood he was chopping. And on the Common itself, John photographed this collection of fungi, which includes a couple of waxcap species.
Spider - Anybody give us the ID ? Photo: John Abbiss
Grassland Waxcap species Photo: John Abbiss
Grassland Waxcap species Photo: John Abbiss
Pink Waxcap Photo: John Abbiss
Grassland Waxcap species Photo: John Abbiss
Ken Willetts sent in this photo from last night. There are two very similar species which cannot be identified by picture alone. So, this is either Winter Moth or Northern Winter Moth.
Winter Moth or Northern Winter Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
11 November A couple more photos from Ken Willetts. The moths were trapped recorded and released last night and the Robin was in the garden this morning. Both moths are common at this time of year. Angle Shades is a master of disguise. looking like a dried leaf. The December Moth is one of only a few moth species flying at this time of year. It is protected by a thick covering of scales. The Robin has been paying close attention to the moth trap of late!
Robin Photo: Ken Willetts
Angle Shades Photo: Ken Willetts
December Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
8 November Ken Willetts had this nice moth in his light trap last night. The Sprawler moth. This moth is associated mainly with coniferous trees, which Ken indeed has in his garden on the Highwood.
The Sprawler Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
7 November Angie Hill left the porch light on this evening and returned to find these two moths settled close by. Both are common winter species in the Teme Valley, but always nice to see.
Feathered Thorn Photo: Angie Hill
Mottled Umber Photo: Angie Hill
And talking Moths, Geoff Wookey trapped a tiny micro moth back on April 13th this year. It was kept for dissection and positive identification by Danny Arnold who confirmed it as A.purpurea. Geoff subsequently sent the record to his Shropshire moth recorder who confirmed that this was only the second record for Shropshire of this species, the first record being over 60 years ago in 1948! Great record Geoff.
691 Agonopterix purpurea Photo: Geoff Wookey
5 November Geoff Wookey reports seeing his first Cormorant of the year on the pool at Ashbed Woods today.
4 November Margaret Bradley made a tentative sighting last night of a possible Long Eared Owl in the Eastham area. This is definitely worth keeping an eye out for.
Danny Arnold had a female Sparrowhawk fly over his patch at Upper Rochford today.
3 November Caroline Roseman downloaded a host of pictures from her camera, taken over the last couple of months. Starting with this stunning sunset image from her house.
Sunset at Lower Rochford Photo: Caroline Roseman
Then came these beetles. Thanks go to Harry Green who Identified them as an Oil Beetle , Possibly Meloe rugosus and a member of the Devils Coach Horse beetle group Staphylinus (Platydrachus) stercorarius
Meloe rugosus Photo: Caroline Roseman
Staphylinus (Platydrachus) stercorarius Photo: Caroline Roseman
And then this Cricket. There were a lot of these seen around the Teme Valley this year. Several of the bug hunts carried out locally reported them. (Harry Green - ID)
Long Winged Cone head Cricket Photo: Caroline Roseman
Then we had some mixed Lepidoptera. I'm afraid we haven't ID'd the Caterpillar or Chrysalis case, but the butterflies and Moths were great to see, even if they did leave it till late on in the summer to appear!
Caterpillar Photo: Caroline Roseman
Chrysalis Photo: Caroline Roseman
Comma Butterfly Photo: Caroline Roseman
Common Blue Butterfly Photo: Caroline Roseman
Peacock Butterfly Photo: Caroline Roseman
And this Photograph shows really well the size difference and wing patterning differences between two very similar butterflies, the Gate Keeper and Meadow Brown Butterflies.
Gate Keeper and Meadow Brown Butterflies Photo: Caroline Roseman
Lots of these moths around this year in the Teme Valley. A migrant moth, the Silver Y. Showing clearly how it got its name.
Silver Y Moth Photo: Caroline Roseman
And Finally Caroline says this is a Queen Bumble Bee.
Queen Bumble Bee Photo: Caroline Roseman
1 November Jim MacDonald sent in another moth photograph from the porch light. This time it is of the stunning Angle Shades moth i
Angle Shades Moth Photo : Jim MacDonald
31 October Jim MacDonald sent in this shot of a moth perched high up on the gable end of his house wall under a security light. Jim correctly identified this as a Red Underwing.
Red Underwing Moth Photo : Jim MacDonald
28 October Danny Arnold had a flock of circa 30 Redwing fly over the house today. The first flock of the year.
25 October Pete Stevens reported a flock of circa 50 Lapwing on the fields at Eastham Bridge today. Great to see these birds back.
20 October Chris Peacock arrived home yesterday to find o pile of feathers on the lawn. Then this morning, he noticed another pile, but this time with a female Sparrowhawk in the middle of them! Chris says he watched the bird for about 15 minutes systematically plucking the pigeon it had brought down.
18 October Geoff Wookey had some good news today. On the August 25th he trapped in his moth trap over night Yponomeuta plumbella. The info was sent to his county (Shropshire) moth recorder and it turn s out that it was only the second ever county record for that species. Further more, on the 2nd August he recorded a Dusky Plume moth, which turns out to be the first ever Shropshire record away from the Stiperstones
17 October At Wolferlow, Stuart Smith sent in this list from his recent walk around his patch. Great Spotted and Green woodpeckers, two Redwings and two Mistle Thrushes guarding hawthorn supplies, four Little Grebes, two Teal, a Jay, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, ten Yellowhammers, two Meadow Pipits, a Mute Swan and then a large powerful raptor over the garden in the shape of a Goshawk! Great list Stuart !
15 October And whilst she is on a roll, Simone Arnold sent in another picture of another plume moth she found in the house today. This time it is the most common of all the plume moths in our area, Emmelina monodactyla the larvae of which feed on Bindweed. Again, this adult will over winter and reappear in the spring.
1524 Emmelina monodactyla Photo : Simone Arnold
14 October At Clifton on Teme, Simone Arnold sent in this photo of a small Plume moth. She says it was flying around the kitchen for a couple of days before she managed to photograph it. It is Amblyptilia punctidactyla. The larvae feed on the flowers and unripened seeds of Woundwort amongst other things. The moth flies in two generations. This latest generation will hibernate over winter and reappear in the spring.
1498 Amblyptilia punctidactyla Photo : Simone Arnold
13 October Over at Boraston, Geoff Wookey had A flock of 17 Redwing landing in one of his trees this morning. That was a first of the year for him. Talking of firsts, He also had firsts for the year of Merveille de Jour, Feathered Thorn and November Moth agg last night in the moth trap.
10 October At Martley, Angie Hill sent in this lovely image of a Silver Y moth nactaring at a thistle. The Silver Y is a migrant moth but we also have out own indigenous UK strain. At certain times of the year, there can be large influxes of this species from the near continent.
Silver Y Moth Photos: Angie Hill
9 October At Menith Wood today, David Evans reported a Red Kite above his house. The first record of this bird for a month or so. And at Lindridge Church, Pete & Vicki Stevens came across this colourful caterpillar, complete with white tufts and bright pink tail. This is the larvae of the Pale Tussock Moth.
Pale Tussock Moth Caterpillar Photos: Vicki Stevens
And at Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold trapped and recorded the first Merveille de Jour moth of the autumn. A stunning black and green moth that must surely be one of the UK's most spectacular moth species.
Merveille de Jour Photo: Danny Arnold
8 October An interesting intruder last night. Ken Willetts came to empty his moth trap from last night and found a very fat and contented Wren had found its way into the moth trap. Needless to say, there weren't many moths left!. It was released unharmed and no worse for its temporary imprisonment! The picture is taken through the perspex slides in the moth trap.
Wren in the moth trap Photo: Ken Willetts
No Wrens in the trap for Geoff Wookey who recorded his first Red Line Quaker and Yellow Line Quaker moths of the year. He also recorded this stunning Green Brindled Crescent, which if you compare with the one trapped by Ken Willetts on the 4th October (below), you can see just how variable in colour this species can be. Geoff also trapped a Vestal, the first record for the Teme Valley this year, and again, another Migrant moth species.
Green Brindled Crescent Photo: Geoff Wookey
Geoff also reports over on recently ploughed fields near Ashbed Wood there's been a flock of around 200 to 250 mixed gulls. They are about 50:50 Herring and Lesser Black-backed but there are a few Great Black-backed thrown in as well. Also at Ashbed Woods, he also reports large numbers of Hornets being about. Several others have written in saying that they too are seeing a lot of Hornets about this year. He also saw 6 Mistle Thrush in the field next to the garden the other day
And, talking about Hornets, Margaret Bradley at Knighton on Teme took a photo of a Hornet feeding on an over ripe apple, and a Comma Butterfly basking in the remaining heat of the autumn sun.
Hornet on rotting fruit Photo: Margaret Bradley
Comma Butterfly Photo: Margaret Bradley
7 October And another migrant moth for Ken Willetts. Last night he trapped and recorded the large Dark Sword Grass moth.
Dark Swordgrass Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
6 October At Boraston, Geoff Wookey took these images of a pair of Grey Wagtail making use of the water facilities in Geoff's garden. A nice garden record.
Greywagtail 1 Photo: Geoff Wookey
Greywagtail 2 Photo: Geoff Wookey
Well, the migrant birds may not yet be here, but the migrant moths have arrived. Ken Willetts sent in this photo of a Rush Veneer moth, a migrant from the near continent.
Rush Veneer Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
5 October Ken Willetts sent in this nice shot of another typically autumnal species of moth. The very appropriately named Red Green Carpet Moth
Red Green Carpet Moth Photo: Ken Willetts
At Clifton, Simone Arnold sent in these two images from her garden. A large Orb Spider and a Pied Wagtail which she says she hasn't seen for several months. So a nice sighting!
Garden Orb Spider Photo: Simone Arnold
Pied Wagtail Photo: Simone Arnold
4 October John Abbiss had a flock of circa 40 Linnets fly over and land on Oldwood Common today. Meantime, Sallyann Williams at their site in Great Witley, found these new fungi species on their patch recently.
The underside structure of fungi can help with identification Photo: Sallyann Williams
A grassland species of fungi Photo: Sallyann Williams
A Boletus species of fungi Photo: Sallyann Williams
The spongy under side of the Boletus group of fungi Photo: Sallyann Williams
On the Highwood, Ken Willetts trapped and recorded these autumnal moth species over night
Center Barred Sallow Photo : Ken Willetts
Feathered Thorn Photo : Ken Willetts
688 Agonopterix Heracliana Photo : Ken Willetts
Green Brindled Crescent Photo : Ken Willetts
3 October Ken Willetts on the Highwood had his moth trap out last night taking advantage of the warm evening. He was rewarded with these three typical autumnal species.
Beaded Chestnut Photo : Ken Willetts
Lunar Underwing Photo : Ken Willetts
Common Wainscot Photo : Ken Willetts
1 October John Abbiss reported a small flock of Fieldfares flying over Oldwood Common today. First reported in the Teme Valley this year.
30 September Chris Peacock reported two sightings of a Kingfisher on the River Teme today. One at Little Hereford and one at the Temeside Inn bridge. It could be the same bird, but non the less, great records for a species that has had a hard time of late.
23 September Chris Mussell has some young Chiffchaff in the garden. Presumably this years off spring. (Confirmation ID by Steve Whitehouse - Birdguides)
Chiffchaff Photos : Chris Mussell
21 September John Abbiss reports Swallows still present on Oldwood Common today. And Tony Thompson was out in the garden today at Hope Bagot when he noticed 4 tiny Grass Snakes lying on top of the compost heap. They were all about 6 or 7 inches long. Grass Snakes are very much attracted to Compost heaps as they generate heat.
Tiny Grass Snakes on a compost heap Photo : Tony Thompson
16 September Brian Marsh sent in this photo of a large fungi conglomeration which appeared over night on his patch. Any warmth in the autumn air together with damp conditions will likely start fungal spores sprouting.
Fungi appearing over night Photo : Brian Marsh
15 September At Upper Rochford over night, this distinctive Tortrix moth came to Danny Arnold's light trap. A late Summer - Autumn flying species, 1062 Acleris emargana is dependant on Sallows, Willows and Birch, on which the larvae feed. So its presence in the Teme Valley is not unexpected with so much of the food plants about.
1062 Acleris emargana Photo : Danny Arnold
14 September Two light traps from opposite sides of the valley trapped and recorded five moth species new in for the year that scream 'Autumn is here!' All five of these moth species are harbingers of this season taken by Geoff Wookey at Boraston and Danny Arnold at Rochford.
Frosted Orange Photo : Geoff Wookey
Black Rustic Photo : Geoff Wookey
Lunar Underwing Photo : Geoff Wookey
Pink Barred Sallow Photo : Danny Arnold
Brown Spotted Pinion Photo : Danny Arnold
12 September Angie Hill at Martley sent in this photo of an insect from the Teme Valley Wildlife Group Moth trap she was using. This time, it was not a moth, but one of the very many caddis fly species we get in the UK. Like moths, they readily come to light and are often found in moth traps.
Caddis Fly Photo : Angie Hill
At Geoff Wookey's moth trap at Boraston, he recorded this micro moth species over night. Eudonia angustea is often associated with coastal areas, but we do rather well for this species in the Teme Valley where it appears to be more associated with mosses.
1342 Eudonia angustea Photo : Geoff Wookey
10 September Carina Sylvester sent in this photo, taken by her Brother whilst working at Matthews Tree Nursery, of an Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar which he dug up. The larvae of this large moth burrow themselves below ground and then pupate next spring, emerging as fully grown adult moths.
Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar Photo : Carina Sylvester
9 September Allen Hunt had a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in his garden today.
8 September It looks like there might be another hard winter on the cards this year. There is a lot of fruit on the trees and the Elderberry has masses of fruit and the Oaks are laden down with acorns. These photos taken by Danny Arnold at Rochford.
Elderberries Photo : Danny Arnold
Plenty of acorns this year Photo : Danny Arnold
6 September Over on the Highwood, Ken Willetts sent in these two butterfly shots. There has been a late resurgence of the Speckled Wood Butterflies as they make the most of the late summer sun and Ken has also photographed one of the few migrant Painted Ladies seen this year in the area.
Painted Lady Butterfly Photo : Ken Willetts
Speckled Wood Butterfly Photo : Ken Willetts
And nothing to do with wildlife, just a nice shot of a rainbow as the rain was passing over Rochford today.
Rainbow Photo : Danny Arnold
5 September At Stanford Bridge, Chris Mussell reported circa 150 Swallows on the wires yesterday. Today, they have gone. Presumably it was a flock waiting to go south for the winter.
And at Danny Arnold's light trap at Upper Rochford, this tiny micro moth, the Skin Moth Monopis laevigella came in. This species is often found in and around birds nest where the female often lays eggs in the detritus of the nest.
227 Skin Moth Monopis laevigella Photo : Danny Arnold
Also in for Danny Arnold, came this Mouse Moth, not the first for the Teme Valley, as Geoff Wookey trapped one last year, but a first for the SO66 10km square which encompasses much of the Teme Valley in Worcestershire. This moth, whilst widespread, is seldom reported or seen.
Mouse Moth Photo : Danny Arnold
4 September Three weeks ago at Upper Rochford, Danny Arnold found a juvenile Male Buzzard flapping helplessly about in one of his Orchards. The bird was weak and had a severe discharge coming from its mouth. Danny took the bird to Roy Fowler, at the Worcester Barn Owl Trust, who with the help of a local vet, nursed the bird miraculously back to health. Today, Roy brought the bird back to the Orchard at Upper Rochford for release. As can be seen from the photos, the young bird was back to full health ready for release and not a bit impressed with being handled. Roy's expertise without doubt saved this young birds life which was suffering from a worm infection in the mouth called Capilliariasis which would have eventually killed the bird as it would not have been able to feed. A great result for this bird thanks to the professional and diligent efforts of Roy Fowler.
Male Buzzard about to be released Photos : Danny Arnold
And at Frith Common, Vicki Stevens photographed this freshly prepared Cocoon on the window. The caterpillar inside is presumably going to over winter and emerge as a moth (or butterfly) in the spring.
Cocoon on window pane Photos : Vicki Stevens
3 September At Burford, Tom Blumer sent in this great photo of a Male Sparrowhawk posing just outside the window at their house. The bird was far more intent on watching the 'dinner choices' on the bird feeder than it was in Tom's wife, Pauline, taking the photo. A great garden record Tom.
Male Sparrowhawk Photos : Pauline Blumer
And another Sparrowhawk photo from further down the Valley at Newnham Bridge. This time it is a Female bird photographed by Sue Wilkinson. Sue said that the bird spent a couple of hours perched in the tree as if dazed, before flying off. Maybe it had flown into a glass window?
Female Sparrowhawk Photos : Sue Wilkinson
Ken Willetts was out in his garden today and came across this Hummingbird Hawk Moth. This is a migrant moth which comes in from the near continent. It has the ability to hover and whilst keeping its body stationary, extend its elongated tongue to feed on nectar from suitable flowers. These shots Ken has captured are all the more remarkable as the wing beats at a speed far faster than the eye can see and clearly shows the insect taking nectar from the flowers.
Hummingbird Hawk Moth Photos : Ken Willetts
2 September Performing a rescue act with his Mom Caroline, Gerald Roseman at Lower Rochford managed to help untangle and free this Southern Hawker dragonfly from some serious cobwebs in one of their barns. Gerald said that after it had briefly posed for the photos, it flew away apparently none the worse for its ordeal.
Southern Hawker Dragonfly Photos : Gerald Roseman
1 September A couple of photos sent in by John Abbiss over at his home on Oldwood Common. A Wasp taking in nectar and a Silver Y moth basking in the sun.
A Wasp taking Nectar Photo : John Abbiss
Silver Y Moth Photo : John Abbiss
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