Saturday, 24 June 2017

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In Bynea, the Ragwort was being munched on by Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae) larvae.

When the Rivers Run Dry?


The WWF has apparently warned that a quarter of England's rivers are now at serious risk of running dry at some points in the year (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/24/quarter-england-rivers-risk-running-dry-finds-wwf). The effects on river life such as aquatic plants, insects and fish are obvious but such events would also be serious for Water voles, otters and birds (like the Dipper Cinclus cinclus shown above). 

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Vervain (Verbena officinalis) was flowering in Bynea.

Friday, 23 June 2017

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Spotted from the car on my way to an Oxwich Bay hotel dinner. Harestail cotton grass (Lagurus ovatus) at Fairwood; White water lily (Nymphaea alba) at Broadpool and Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) at Oxwich itself.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

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A little cooler and more butterflies. In Loughor, spotted a Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus). In Bynea, Meadow browns (Maniola jurtina) and Commas (Polygonia c-album) were in flight.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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At Swansea University Singleton campus, Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium); Enchanter's nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) and Monkey flower (Mimulus guttatus) were in bloom. On the beach opposite, Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum); Lady's bedstraw (Galium verum); the hips of Burnet rose (Rosa pimpinelifolia); Stone bramble (Rubus saxatilis); Sea stock (Matthiola sinuata); Sea bindweed (Calystegia soldanella); Common broomrape (Orobanche minor) and Rest-harrow (Ononis repens) all made appearances.

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Back to the house light only in Loughor but a Brimstone (Opisthograptis luteolata); a Small emerald (Hemistola chrysoprasaria) and a Buff ermine (Spilosoma lutea) made appearances.