Nature Notes

Nest Box Battle

This morning I tuned into the garden nest box camera to see how the blue tit (Parus caeruleus) was getting on. Yesterday (10th May) she had started to incubate her clutch of 7 or 8 eggs.I was surprised to see not a bird sat patiently on a mossy nest,

Slave raids on the Welsh Border

The Slave-making ant Formica sanguinea has a strange distribution in Britain. Common in parts of southern England and central Scotland the only other locations are a few sites scattered in the counties along the Welsh/English border.Formica sanguinea worker (feeding on dried mango). Nash Wood.Looking for a different

Spring Bees - Nature Notes

We have two polytunnels which we use for growing tomatoes and other fruit and vegetables, bumblebees and solitaries enter and leave through the doors and pollinate the flowers, sometimes they nest inside the tunnels. However at times the tunnels act like giant Malaise traps and insects find it difficult to

LED Moth Trap part 2.

A simple and inexpensive LED light trap for moth recording continued (from Part 1). (January 2019 - updated test results added below) Since posting details of my initial experiments with LED moth traps I have been able to use the traps on many nights and also to compare the catches