Surveying for reptiles, butterflies and dragonflies

The final day of 30dayswild and the last full day of our National Trust Working Holiday. Today the plan was to survey for reptiles, butterflies and dragonflies. Earlier in the week the Ranger we were working with had laid reptile tins in two areas of Clumber Park, in the hope of attracting reptiles to the …

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Grassland plants, small mammal surveying and building nesting posts

Another day of our fascinating National Trust Working Holiday at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire. Another rather damp day, feet squelching, recording sheets sticking together, ink smudging. Despite the weather it was a great day. We started early again, out checking the mammal traps in the Wetlands from 7.30am.  Some damp and sleepy voles greeted us …

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Treasures from the moth trap 

I've recently become more interested in moths. There are many more moths than butterflies, lots are stunningly beautiful, their wings etched with exquisite patterns, beautiful colours and edged with flourishes. Truly they are as beautiful than their better known butterfly cousins.  There are moths that fly during the day such as the striking black and …

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