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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wildlife in Somerset meadows

We had a bit of drama in our meadow on Sunday. I had just spent a hour or so taking some record photos to show what was surviving the wet and unpleasant weather when a young man came into our field. To cut a long story short he was from Western Power and investigating a loss of electricity in our village. It became necessary to get access to a pole on the edge of our field which meant bringing in three large vans with all their gear to carry out repairs. Having pointed out that the field was a nature reserve they were careful to keep to the edge of the field to minimise trampling the grasses and orchids!

It took an hour or so to complete the work and peace and quiet was restored as was the electricity supply.

Here are a few of the wildlife photos I had just taken:

Soldier Beetles having a party!

 Marbled White on Knapweed  ( Centaurea scabiosa)

Burnet Moth enjoying the Knapweed.  ( Centaurea scabiosa)

Is this the Thickleg Beetle, Oedemera nobilis ? ( with rather thin legs!!)
on Field Scabious  ( Knautia arvensis)

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This is just one of hundreds if not a thousand or more in our 4 acres.  Pyramidal Orchid. (Anacamptis pyramidalis) I even found a pure white specimen a week or so ago.