Common Whitlowgrass  – Erophila verna

Common Whitlowgrass – Erophila verna

Wyre Forest Study Group 9 March, 2021 Common Whitlowgrass  – Erophila verna – I recently came across a large carpet of these tiny spring flowers growing on a dry bare trackway. These plants, only a few centimetres tall, flower and fruit by April, and are...
SPRING IS COMING!

SPRING IS COMING!

Wyre Forest Study Group 23 January, 2021 SPRING IS COMING! – Spring is coming soon we trust, although winter is hanging on with more snow falling this week. But Great Tits are singing, Song Thrush males are proclaiming their territories and Winter Aconites and...
Holding On

Holding On

Wyre Forest Study Group 24 October, 2020 Holding On – I passed this Hazel tree growing near Dowles Brook recently and was reminded about the many difficulties we’ve experienced in 2020 when the ground seems to have been taken from under our feet and there...
Toad on a Stool

Toad on a Stool

Wyre Forest Study Group 11 November, 2020 Toad on a Stool On a walk in Wyre recently I spotted a nibbled Funnel Cap toadstool, so stopped to search underneath for the elusive Lemon Slug. Under the leaves I found this tiny young toad so carefully popped it on top of...
Meadow Cranesbill

Meadow Cranesbill

Wyre Forest Study Group 15 October, 2020 Meadow Cransbill – Geranium pratense It is good to see that there are still a few plants in flower in October like this Meadow Cranesbill found down by the River Severn near Blackstone on a sunny autumn day    ...
Rove Beetle – Staphylinus olens

Rove Beetle – Staphylinus olens

Wyre Forest Study Group 28 September, 2020 Rove Beetle – Staphylinus olens The ferocious looking Rove Beetle (Staphylinus olens), commonly known as the Devil’s Coach Horse, isn’t slow in showing that it means business! When caught out in the open it will often...
Waxcaps

Waxcaps

Wyre Forest Study Group 3          October, 2020 Waxcaps – It’s autumn and grassland fungi are beginning to appear! Pink Waxcaps are an indicator species for what could be a special site for fungi, and if this is found it is worth returning to see what else...
Cygnets hitching a lift.

Cygnets hitching a lift.

Wyre Forest Study Group 11            June, 2020 Cygnets hitching a lift – Whilst walking along the riverside near Bewdley, Rosemary Winnall spotted a female Mute Swan swimming upstream with her 3 small cygnets swimming alongside. As she watched, the cygnets...
Pearls of delight

Pearls of delight

Wyre Forest Study Group 31 May, 2020 Pearls of delight   This year the flight of Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries have overlapped and they have been flying together in the hot sunshine. This has given us a chance to look...