A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
#30DaysWild - Garden Bioblitz
I've taken part in the Garden Bioblitz for the last two years so I decided again this year to take part and count it as part of the #30DaysWild Challenge organised by the Wildlife Trusts. The idea is to record all the wildlife you see in your garden (that has arrived of its own accord) over a 24 hour period. So on Sunday, 5th June, (apart from when the French Open Final was on tv!!) I bioblitzed our garden, on Monday I uploaded the photos and set out about identifying the species I wasn't sure about and putting a few where I was still uncertain on i-spot. Then yesterday I uploaded all my records and some photos to i-record.
We have planted a lot of native trees, shrubs and wild flowers over the last 35 years so I have to be careful to include only species that have arrived naturally.
Here is a list of species I found on the Sunday (sorry about the quality of some of the photos I take them just as record shots and many are heavily cropped).
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
(I was hoping for a few more bird species!)
Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
Common Mouse-ear Chickweed (Cerastium fontanum)
Bramble (Rubus fruticosus agg)
White Clover (Trifolium repens)
Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris)
Dandelion (Tarraxacum officinale)
Broad-leaved Willowherb (Enilobium montanum)
Wall Speedwell (Veronica arvensis)
Cat's Ear (Hypochaeris radicola)
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Upright Yellow Sorrel (Oxalis stricta)
Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)
Lesser Trefoil (Trifolium dubium)
Cleavers (Galium aparine)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Daisy (Bellis perennis)
Yellow Corydalis (Corydalis lutea)
Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
Red Campion (Silene dioica) We have planted this in the wildflower meadow at the top of the back garden but a plant has appeared in the front garden so I have counted this one - although the photo taken here is a plant in the meadow.
Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) This plant appeared from nowhere and is one of my favourites - it is spreading all over the garden and the bees love it :)
Smooth Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)
Shepherd's Purse ( Capselia bursa-pastoris)
The following tree species all appeared of their own accord - although the Sycamores are usually pulled out!
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria - the first this year :)
Ruddy Streak (Tachystola acroxantha)
Common Swift (Hepialus lupulinus)
Bee Moth (Aphoma sociella)
Heart and Dart (Agrotis exclamationis)
Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata)
Diamond-backed Moth (Plutella xylostella)
I was also hoping for more moth species in the trap!
On hawthorn (Stigmella regiella)
On Lilac - Common Slender Leaf Mine Gracillaria syringella
Holly Leaf Mine (Phytomyza ilicis)
Gall Mite on Sycamore (Aceria macrorhyncha)
Red Mason Bee (Osmia rufa)
White-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum)
Common Carder Bee (Bombus pasuorum)
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Early Bumble Bee (Bombus pratorum)
Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
Black Ant (Lasius niger)
Red Ant (Myrmica rubra)
The Footballer Hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)
Eriozona species possibly syrphoides - a bee mimic Hoverfly. I've never seen one of these in the garden before. A very impressive and lovely insect.
Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina)
Cuckoo Spit which contains the nymph of Philaenus spumarius)
Black Bean Aphid (Aphis fabae)
14-spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata)
Interestingly, I didn't spot any Harlequins.
Pollen Beetles? - still waiting for a response from i-spot
Sadly, I didn't have time to go rummaging in the log pile looking for more beetles and I also didn't get time for pond dipping so
Pond-skater (Gerris lacustris) was the only pond species. I couldn't see any Common Newts either although there was a Common Frog
Common Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber)
Millipede (Diplopoda species)
White-lipped Banded Snail (Capaea hortensis)
This makes around 68 species. I still have some lichens, mosses, grasses, flies, hoverflies a spider and some plants (most minus flowers) to identify but am going to leave them for now and perhaps return to them in a few weeks.
It really is a fun thing to do and would be great for children as it helps you realise the biodiversity that exists just outside your back door.
Apologies for any mistakes in the spelling of scientific names (at times I can't read my own writing! and haven't had time to check them all).
Just a few moths from Monday night's trapping session
Brimstone (Opisthograptis luteolata)
Puss Moth (Cerura vinula)
What a gorgeous moth - B found it on the barbecue cover next to the moth trap - somehow I had missed it!! A new species for the garden.
B has also discovered Orange Tip caterpillars on Honesty (they seem to be eating the seed pods). I am really thrilled although B is rather upset they have ignored the Lady's Smock he grew from seed and planted in the bog garden!!
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