As many of you know, June is the month in which The Wildlife Trust start #30DaysWild, it’s an amazing challenge for you and your loved ones to get out and about enjoying our wildlife and environment. More info here ( http://action.wildlifetrusts.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1823&ea.campaign.id=48499 )
We have been doing the challenge since Day 1, in fact we started a tad early and had a nice trip to a local meadow, walking and relaxing a few days before.
Day 1 – My wife and her friends went to a local park, bug hunting and tree climbing whilst I did some bug hunting.
Day 2 – We had a nice walk to another local meadow which we have never visited at this time of the year.
Day 3 – We set the moth trap up in the evening
Day 4 – We checked the Moth Trap this morning and ID’d the species and then we took part in the Garden Bioblitz which is happening today and tomorrow. More info here ( http://www.gardenbioblitz.org/ )
We love the Garden Bioblitz, such a fun way of introducing the kids to the wildlife in your garden, and at the same time recording and discovering beautiful creatures! The first thing we discovered, after moving some rocks was this Red Ant nest, the girls were amazed!
After admiring the hard working Ants for a few minutes we began to dig deeper into the garden and collect our specimens to be ID’d later. We hung an old shower curtain up, and with the help of the kids we shook the bushes and trees hoping whatever fell would land on our sheet. We actually got this Idea from watching BBC Springwatch, although they used and umbrella 🙂
After a 2 hour period we began to list and ID all species we found and have some lunch.
In total we found :
- Greenfly x a gazzilion
- White lipped Snail x 3
- Common Garden Slug x 5
- Southern Garden Slug x 1
- Red Ants and Larvae x way too many to count
- Garden Snail x 10
- Common Garden Frog x 1
- Common rough woodlouse x 35
- Female wolf spider and egg sack (Pardosa Sp.) x 5
- Red Velvet Mite x 7
- Male Wolf spider (Pardosa Sp) x 15
- Common Garden spider x 10
- White tailed Bumblebee x 1
- Black Ant x 1
- White legged Millipede x 2
- Brown lipped Snail x 2
- Earwig x 1
- Small White Caterpillar x 1
- Female Zebra Jumping Spider x 7
- Male Zebra Jumping Spider x 5
- Micro Moths (Various) x 3
- Cadisfly x 15
- Common shiny woodlouse x 19
- Blue Bottle x 8
- Common Green Capsid x 5
- Sac Spider x 6
- Meadow Brown Caterpillar x 1
- Weevil ( possible Polydrusus tereticollis) x 1
- Running Crab Spider x 8
- Skipper caterpillar x 1
- Earthworms x 10
- Owl Midge x way too many to count
- Female Hairy Footed Bee
- Sawfly Larvae
- Small White Butterfly
- Large White Butterfly
- Common Wasp
- Large dragonfly
- Yellow Slug
- Wood Pigeon
Some list that for 2 hours in a small garden!!!
Of course, I had to get a photo of those Ants with my Macro Gear!
Bring on the rest of the Month 🙂