Monday, 30 May 2016

Seeing the Changes 1070






















On the way to Oxwich, saw Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) in flower. In the Oxwich dunes, flowers included Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus); Kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria); Bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum); Stone bramble (Rubus saxatillis); Cowslip (Primula veris); Biting stonecrop (Sedum acre); Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor); Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis); Germander speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) and Orpine (Sedum telephium). Critters were also abundant with the Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans); Oedemera nobilis; Chrysomela populi; a day-flying moth; Silver-studded blue (Plebejus argus); Small blue (Cupido minimus) and Small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) butterflies. A Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis) also sang.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Seeing the Changes 1069



A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa) and Ragged robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) both emerged.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Seeing the Changes 1068




Warm weather in Loughor has caused the first Bramble (Rubus fruticosus) flowers to emerge whilst lepidoptera were busy laying green eggs on the plant's eaves. A click beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis) explored in the vicinity.

Dodgy Business Downunder?


The UN has produced a report on climate change but, reportedly, all references to Australia (which seems to have real current problems namely the bleaching of its Great Barrier Reef and wild fires in Tasmania) have been removed after intervention from its Government, complaining that visitors to UNESCO sites might be 'put off' by sections pertaining to this continent (www.theguardian.com/2016/may/27/australia-scrubbed-from-un-climate-report-after-government-intervention). Commentators (including some Australians) suggest that this is 'unprecedented' and it sits strangely with the reported recent axing of many climate-change studying scientists from the CSIRO. Inconvenient truths can, apparently, be whitewashed even from the reports of world bodies.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Seeing the Changes 1067





Things are warming up nicely. Black knapweed (Centaurea nigra) was flowering in Bynea. In Loughor, Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) was bowling along and hoverflies (Melanostoma scalare) flitted.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Seeing the Changes 1066



A few more flowers, including White clover (Trifolium repens) in Bynea and Red dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) in Loughor.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Seeing the Changes 1065





More colourful flowers appeared. In Loughor, Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus) and Marsh willowherb (Epilobium palustre) bloomed. In Bynea, Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) and Cut-leaved cranesbill (Geranium dissectum) made appearances.