Four wings red

A Ruddy Darter, Sympetrum sanguineum at RSPB Fowlmere today. It was a terrific afternoon to take a four year old exploring. We watched dragonflies buzzing over the reeds, butterflies dance in the glades, a young grass snake swim across a pool and a common tern hunting the mere from Tower Hide.…

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Four wings good

Brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni The garden was full of Large White butterflies this morning. They fed on the sweet nectar of the lavender and buddleia and span delicate spiralling dances over the flowerbeds, their wings flashing bright in the strong sunlight. A solitary Brimstone joined them and sought out the magenta flowers…

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Marbled White

This rather magnificent Marbled White caught my eye this morning on my way to work so I had to stop to take a closer look.  The species has a curiously restricted range. As my RSNC Guide to British Butterflies explains there are a small group of colonies in the Yorkshire…

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The Peppered Moth

My office building stands next to some land awaiting  redevelopment on the western, industrial edge of Stevenage and as with any space that has been left to its own devices for a period of time, the natural world has gradually started to reclaim it. ‘First Invaders’ as Richard Mabey names…

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