Westcountry Wildlife

Hazel Trees

It’s not very often that you get to see a fully mature hazel tree, as it is frequently either managed by coppicing, or naturally coppices as individual stems break and die. As such it often appears as a mass of straight stems growing up from a thicker stump or “stool”. This coppicing does not harm…

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19th February 2018

Alder Trees

Alder trees can be found throughout the UK, growing alongside rivers, lakes, and wetlands. The root systems can be important in preventing erosion in river banks and are even used as nesting sites by otters, and it is also an important source of early nectar in these habitats. In the winter months it can be…

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19th February 2018

Ash Tree

The ash tree, Fraxineus excelsior, is one of Britain’s most graceful species of large tree, and can be recognised in Winter by its slender upright shape and domed canopy. As well as being a beautiful tree in its own right, it’s open, airy canopy and early leaf fall provide ideal conditions for wildflowers and butterflies in…

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12th February 2018

The Common Marbled Carpet

This week’s moth, the common marbled carpet, Dysstroma truncata is one you’re quite likely to come across if you ever set up a moth trap, but it is something of a tricky customer to identify! It can take on quite a wide range of colours and patterns, as you can see here: https://www.ukmoths.org.uk/species/dysstroma-truncata/adult-5/ The one pictured…

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12th February 2018

Spring is Coming!

Other than the occasional out-of-season bloom, it’s been a long time since I last saw a bank of wildflowers. I always look forward to the spring, and although we’ve still got a little while to go yet these beautiful snowdrops reminded me it’s just around the corner! Snowdrops are immediately recognisable by their drooping bell…

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2nd February 2018