Westcountry Wildlife

Setaceous Hebrew Character – Xestia C-nigrum

This week’s moth is one I’ve come across quite frequently when setting up a moth trap overnight, and is quite an easy one to identify as the Setaceous Hebrew Character, Xestia c-nigrum. It gets it’s somewhat unusual name from the black marking halfway down each wing, which resembles the hebrew character nun, while the epithet setaceous refers…

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2nd February 2018

Exe Valley – Spring is in the Air!

At this time of year it can be hard to muster up the enthusiasm for what is inevitably a muddy slog through the countryside… but last weekend’s ramble along a section of the Exe valley reminded me that it’s always worth it, whatever the weather! Over the last couple of weeks it’s definitely felt like…

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2nd February 2018

Common Frog – Rana Temporaria

The Common Frog, Rana temporaria is a familiar sight to most of us in the UK. It’s always nice to come across familiar as well as esoteric species on a nature blog, so I thought I’d include this little chap here among the lichen and fungi which dominate the winter wildlife blog. The Common Frog tends to…

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2nd February 2018

Green Carpet Moth – Colostygia Pectinataria

This beautiful Green Carpet Moth, Colostygia pectinataria, must have been fairly fresh when I took this photograph, as you can see from the very striking green colouration of the wings. This lovely hue tends to fade quite rapidly to a pale yellowish brown as the moth ages… while this does mean experts can guess at the age…

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2nd February 2018

How to Identify Trees

Everybody loves trees, but one of the most common questions I get asked as a countryside warden is how to learn to identify them. This can seem especially difficult in winter, when there are no leaves on the branches. This beech is of the most common trees in the hedgerows on Exmoor, and I’ve chosen…

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2nd February 2018