Because I have just started doing the WildLifeTrust's #30DaysWild, this has been a very wild-life intensive few days. Although I had a pleasant visit to a buttercup field in Birmingham, I was disappointed that the bluetits that nested in the box on the side of the house had gone before I came back to Uckfield.
|BioBlitzing our garden - A lovely Sunday morning.|
- To record more species than I saw last year (127)
- To pay more attention to ground-level minibeasts and get a centipede onto my list.
- To detect a bat with the detector I got for Christmas.
|Germander Speedwell in an uncultivated corner.|
|Common Carder Bee feeding on Iris Sibirica|
|Western Yellow Centipede (Stigmatogaster subterranean)|
After setting up beetle traps, it was time to go indoors and start processing results. by the end of the evening, I had identified 102 species had about 15 photos of unidentified creatures.
|The Bushnell 'traps' a fox while I sleep off the day's efforts.|
|Beetle trap with Nebria Brevicallis in pot.|
|Hawthorn Shieldbug rocking 80's-style shoulder pads.|
|Baby blue tit well disguised in the dappled light and birch leaves.|
I've managed to meet my objectives having:
- identified 131 species with more to come - however finding them took more effort this year
- used beetle traps and dug around in the compost heap to find ground-level creatures including an implausibly long centipede
- detected and watched a bat.
I've also enjoyed a day "playing in the garden" - making beetle traps and dipping ponds. I exchanged photos and IDs with others across the country who were BioBlitzing their own gardens or taking part in #30DaysWild. I've learnt to identify some more of the creatures with whom I share the garden and greeted some who I thought had left without saying goodbye. Quite simply, a lovely way to spend 24 hours in June.
There are plenty more #30DaysWild blogs at MyWildLife.