Warden’s notes 17/6/15

Cockaynes - Brimstone Moth caterpillar on Alder Buckthorn 17-6-15 024

Brimstone Moth caterpillar on Alder Buckthorn

Cockaynes - Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on Ragwort 17-6-15

Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on Ragwort

Cockaynes - Meadow Brown Butterfly 17-6-15 012

Meadow Brown Butterfly

Cockaynes - Small Skipper Butterfly  17-6-15 017

Small Skipper Butterfly

A walk on site today to put up posters for the Open Day (28th June) & meet people enjoying the Reserve. Unfortunately one of the posters was torn in half by the time we got back to our car, but it was mended for others to read. At the Scrape we spotted two of the Lapwing chicks (one flew across the water as we walked past) with one of the adults, the other adult was on the far side of the Scrape & too far to see any other chicks. There was also a Moorhen with five chicks on the water & a Coot family also. On the Small Pond we saw a Coot with four chicks. Walking through the Meadow area we found more of the Yellow Rattle flowers, a Meadow Brown Butterfly & a Small Skipper butterfly. In the Yard area we found Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars on the Ragwort plants with plenty of the moths flying. We also found some Brimstone Moth Caterpillars on the Alder Buckthorn trees in Cockaynes Wood.

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