Wyre Forest Study Group Field Notebook Blogs

A butterfly without borders

A butterfly without borders

On a sunny August day members of the Wyre Forest Study Group gathered to visit and survey several wildflower meadows in the forest. On this occasion the group were also joined by several members of the ...
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Redstart – a welcome summer visitor

Redstart – a welcome summer visitor

These delightful birds are regular summer visitors to the Wyre Forest, although sadly their numbers have fallen in recent decades. The droughts of the 1960s and 1970s resulted in a dramatic fall in their ...
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Pearls in the forest

Pearls in the forest

The Forest is home to many species of insects, some inconspicous and difficult to find and others vivid and easily sighted. An example of the latter are the Pearl-bordered Fritillary and the Small Pearl-bordered ...
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Clubtail Dragonfly

Clubtail Dragonfly

The Clubtail Dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus) is near threatened nationally, but we are lucky to live near its stronghold the River Severn. The dragonfly is unusual in that it doesn't stay around ...
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A tangle of legs!

A tangle of legs!

The Clubtail Dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus) is near threatened nationally, but we are lucky to live near its stronghold the River Severn. The dragonfly is unusual in that it doesn't stay around ...
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Gorse Shieldbugs – Piezodorus lituratus

Gorse Shieldbugs – Piezodorus lituratus

One of the many joys of walking in the forest is the sometimes unpredictable events of nature that can often be overlooked by the more casual eye. With the land owners permission the WFSG ...
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Galls in Bracket Fungus

Galls in Bracket Fungus

Gorse Shieldbugs (Piezodorus lituratus) overwinter as adults and emerge on sunny spring days when they may be found basking on gorse, often well camouflaged amongst the spines and old seeds.
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New Woodlouse for Wyre!

New Woodlouse for Wyre!

The Artist’s Bracket Ganoderma applanatum is not uncommon on trees in the Wyre Forest, but these fascinating galls on the underside that John Bingham showed us are rarely found.
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Laceweb Spider

Laceweb Spider

"Oh, to be in England now that Aprils here". This was the optimistic air as members of the Study Group met to look for signs of spring along the forest rides. Despite our optimism, the grey wintry clouds ...
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Toads Breeding

Toads Breeding

Andrew Curran spotted this large Laceweb Spider under a stone in Town Coppice. It is likely to be Coelotes atropus. The female builds a tunnel-shaped web in which she lays her eggs.
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Juvenile Kestrel

Juvenile Kestrel

As the frogs finish spawning, the toads move into their breeding ponds to lay their spawn. The adults, often in amplexus (the male hitching a ride on top of the female so that he is ready to fertilise the eggs when ...
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Buzzard in ash tree

Buzzard in ash tree

Whilst most of us were watching toads spawning on our field meeting on 23rd March 2019 Gary Farmer was digging and delving amongst the leaf litter where he found something very special.
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Spiders’ Web

Spiders’ Web

Buzzards are regular visitors to this ash tree from where they can survey much of their territory. They are often seen flying before dawn - presumably hunting for ...
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Deer prints

Deer prints

We woke up to freezing fog this morning and everything was covered in rime. It was very pretty, and many spiders webs were conspicuous amongst the vegetation. But ...
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Winter Heliotrope (Petasites fragrans)

Winter Heliotrope (Petasites fragrans)

The Clubtail Dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus) is near threatened nationally, but we are lucky to live near its stronghold the River Severn. The dragonfly is unusual in that it doesn't stay around ...
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Rosy Bonnet (Mycena rosea)

Rosy Bonnet (Mycena rosea)

One of the many joys of walking in the forest is the sometimes unpredictable events of nature that can often be overlooked by the more casual eye. With the land owners permission the WFSG ...
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Ergot in Purple Moor Grass

Ergot in Purple Moor Grass

The Forest is home to many species of insects, some inconspicous and difficult to find and others vivid and easily sighted. An example of the latter are the Pearl-bordered Fritillary and the Small Pearl-bordered ...
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Autumn Woodland

Autumn Woodland

These delightful birds are regular summer visitors to the Wyre Forest, although sadly their numbers have fallen in recent decades. The droughts of the 1960s and 1970s resulted in a dramatic fall in their ...
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The perfect guest?

The perfect guest?

Andrew Curran spotted this large Laceweb Spider under a stone in Town Coppice. It is likely to be Coelotes atropus. The female builds a tunnel-shaped web in which she lays her eggs.
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Snuffmill Pools

Snuffmill Pools

One of the many joys of walking in the forest is the sometimes unpredictable events of nature that can often be overlooked by the more casual eye. With the land owners permission the WFSG ...
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Life under a log

Life under a log

This attractive fungus is found in leaf litter in woodlands and hedgerows. It may be found to be a variety of Lilac Bonnet Mycena pura. It smells of radish and should not be ...
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Dark Green Fritillaries

Dark Green Fritillaries

This pretty little daytime-flying Crambid micro-moth is often seen flying around mint, marjoram and related plants. There are 2 broods between ...
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Caddisfly first for Wyre Forest

Caddisfly first for Wyre Forest

Marbled White butterflies are now on the wing in some of our meadows, the males gliding over the flowers in their search for females. They live in ...
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Glowworm larva!

Glowworm larva!

This moth, so well camouflaged on the oak trunk, has recently emerged, having spent the winter as a pupa underground. The caterpillars feed on oak leaves...
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Toadspawn

Toadspawn

It was great to see a Glowworm larva walking across the track in Wyre recently. Larvae are usually nocturnal, but in their third year, between April and June ….
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A wet day in Wyre

A wet day in Wyre

It was great to see a Glowworm larva walking across the track in Wyre recently. Larvae are usually nocturnal, but in their third year, between April and June ….
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Birds in the snow

Birds in the snow

This small fragile evergreen shrub (not often higher than 40cms) grows wild in just a few of our hedgerows and woods around Wyre where the soil it isn’t too acidic ...
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Elfcup (Sarcoscypha sp.)

Elfcup (Sarcoscypha sp.)

Wyre Forest Study Group members braved the cold rain and ventured out into Earnwood Copse, following an ancient sunken track down through the ...
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Snowflakes

Snowflakes

This small fragile evergreen shrub (not often higher than 40cms) grows wild in just a few of our hedgerows and woods around Wyre where the soil it isn’t too acidic ...
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Signs of Spring!

Signs of Spring!

A late night walk in the snowy garden with a magnifying glass enabled me to see some detail in the snow flakes – what lovely patterns there are!
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Redwing

Redwing

On a Wyre Forest Study Group walk along Dowles this week there were many signs of spring in spite of the cold temperatures. Wild Arum (Arum maculatum) and ...
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Hawfinch

Hawfinch

A late night walk in the snowy garden with a magnifying glass enabled me to see some detail in the snow flakes – what lovely patterns there are!
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Grey Shoulder Knot moth

Grey Shoulder Knot moth

On a Wyre Forest Study Group walk along Dowles this week there were many signs of spring in spite of the cold temperatures. Wild Arum (Arum maculatum) and ...
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Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Whilst out in the Forest yesterday Dave Scott spotted this Grey Shoulder Knot on the bridge near Lodgehill. Roger Plant’s excellent photograph of the moth sitting on ...
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Spangle galls and Cherry galls

Spangle galls and Cherry galls

This moth, so well camouflaged on the oak trunk, has recently emerged, having spent the winter as a pupa underground. The caterpillars feed on oak leaves...
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Nephrotoma flavipalpus

Nephrotoma flavipalpus

This 5mm tortoise beetle is associated with stitchworts and sandworts. It has an almost metallic gold lustre with clearly defined lines of punctures on its elytra.
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