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Friday, April 08, 2016

Butterfly Conservation April news letter and Somerset Moth Group.

Continuing my quick review of my favourite conservation groups here is the into to the April  news letter from Butterfly Conservation:

Dear David, hello and welcome to April's ‘all aflutter’.
The official start of British Summer Time (BST) has blessed us with more daylight hours to enjoy the great outdoors but, if you're heading out, remember the start of BST doesn't necessarily mean the start of the sunny weather. This month we look at how last year’s cool summer made life difficult for our butterflies. The Secret Gardener reveals why the humble rockery can prove a wildlife haven. We introduce the April Fritillary and we find out why one of our conservationists is pounding the pavement of the capital to save butterflies and moths.

Links to the group are :,44HAV,4B4HIB,EZ4UA,1

Here in Somerset we have several specialist study groups which includes Somerset Moth Group. Link here to their web site:


Plantlife International

A follow up to my last post.

Here is a link to the latest newsletter from Plantlife for the month of April:

Visit their web site on this link. -

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Wildlife. What to See in Somerset. PCNR, Local Wildlife Sites,

Only recently I found that a member of our Heart of the Levels Group committee, Chris Chappell, is the author of a regular feature in the Somerset Wildlife Trust web site. Follow this link to see the March write up.

It motivates me to report on the awakening of our local Private Nature Reserve called Batty Piece which is the name shown for the area on the old Tythe maps from about 1840. I must post soon with photographs. This show were a couple of years ago and a bit later in May or June. We should see another great display in time for the open gardens.

It is, together with an adjoining 4 acre field, the nearest thing to untouched meadow around Curry Rivel. Increasingly rare in Somerset too. Well over 100 plant species have been identified growing there including Bee and Pyramidal Orchids. The field will be included in the Curry Rivel Open Gardens scheme set for 12th June. The last Open Gardens day was two years ago and over 300 visitors visited 16 gardens and two meadows.