A return after an absense of 8000 years?

A return after an absense of 8000 years?

Wyre Forest Study Group 21 May, 2021 A return after an absense of 8000 years? – After many rumors and false starts, it was finally possible to observe and photograph the incredulous sight of a terrapin. Sightings of this individual had been reported, often with...
Waterscorpion

Waterscorpion

Wyre Forest Study Group 9 May, 2021 Waterscorpion – Nepa cinerea – It’s difficult not to be impressed with the formidable nature of the Waterscorpion – Nepa cinerea, an accomplished predator often found in shallow, still water. They are poor...
Toothwort

Toothwort

Wyre Forest Study Group 17 April, 2021 Toothwort – Lathraea squamaria – On Saturday 17th April 2021 six members of the WFSG went on the postponed winter bird walk, but we don’t only look for birds! After our lunch stop near Arley we spotted Toothwort...
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...