Thanks for the flower photographs Gordon. We have added some of the plants to the list produced as part of the "Breating Spaces" report.
Plants useful to butterflies include Sheep Sorrel and Common Sorrel, which are the food plants for the Small Copper Butterfly. We saw a small copper on the Glebe near a "Sorrel patch" on 30/7/09. Watch out for it if you're walking up there. I didn't manage to photograph it but this one was at Barry Budden yesterday 6/8/09.
The numbers of small coppers have suffered massive declines as they cannot survive on fertilised grassland and it also suffers in cool wet summers. It likes unimproved heathy grassland and hot sunny places.
Other butterflies seen on the Glebe at the same time were:
Small tortoiseshell 1
Green veined white 1
Meadow Brown 1
Seen on the Glebe this morning, Feb 8th, both a Kestrel and a sparrow hawk. My attention was attracted by a heated raptor conversation at ground level and then both birds took of from the same area of scrub. Make of that what you can!
Last edit: 08 Feb 2010 17:01 by Harvey Carruthers.
A first for the Glebe, I flushed a woodcock this afternoon, very occasionally we have had them in the garden. Also around this week, the kestrel was seen defining a territory, it was driving off a Buzzard. It was very enjoyable to watch the two birds in aerial combat, and no damage was sustained by either, pride may have been damaged!
I have also seen on a number of occasions now a pair of long tailed tits in the same area, so we could have some house prospecting going on. Male hedge sparrow and yellowhammer have been singing. So it looks as if the birds sense spring not far away!