Clifden Nonpareil – back from the brink?

Clifden Nonpareil – back from the brink?

Wyre Forest Study Group 6 October, 2019 Clifden Nonpareil – back from the brink?   Sometimes referred to as the Blue Underwing, the Clifden Nonpareil is a very large and impressively beautiful, rare moth. This individual was photographed by Jon Cartwright...
Nightjar sighting

Nightjar sighting

Wyre Forest Study Group 6 October, 2019 Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)   Jon Cartwright was able to photograph an elusive Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) in Fastings Coppice. As a summer visitor to the UK, Nightjars arrive to breed in mid-May and have normally...
A butterfly without borders

A butterfly without borders

Wyre Forest Study Group 7 August, 2019 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...
Redstart – a welcome summer visitor

Redstart – a welcome summer visitor

Wyre Forest Study Group 2 July, 2019 Redstart – a welcome summer visitor   Mick Farmer was recently fortunate enough to able to capture some beautiful images of a pair of Redstarts (Phoenicurus phoenicurus). These delightful birds are regular summer...
News just in … Black Redstart sightings!

News just in … Black Redstart sightings!

Wyre Forest Study Group 9 June, 2019 News just in … Black Redstart sightings!   A somewhat unusual sighting has been reported of a male Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) in its 1st summer plumage. Craig Reed has observed and photographed this individual...
Pearls in the forest

Pearls in the forest

Wyre Forest Study Group 5 June, 2019 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...
Clubtail Dragonfly

Clubtail Dragonfly

Wyre Forest Study Group 7 June, 2019 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...
A tangle of legs!

A tangle of legs!

Wyre Forest Study Group 1 May, 2019 A tangle of legs!   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 were surveying a...
Gorse Shieldbugs – Piezodorus lituratus

Gorse Shieldbugs – Piezodorus lituratus

Wyre Forest Study Group 19 April, 2019 Gorse Shieldbugs – Piezodorus lituratus 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...
Galls in Bracket Fungus

Galls in Bracket Fungus

Wyre Forest Study Group 13 April, 2019 Galls on Bracket Fungus 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. They are caused by the...