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Recent moth news

Early July has bought out the moths,  see pictures by Phil.

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Silverwashed Fritillaries etc

Here’s a couple of better photos of Silverwashed Fritillaries, taken south of Ashlawn Bridge on Sunday 2nd July. They were out in good number, but I was still quite a long way away from the ones that were willing to pose for me! Also a photo of a Small Heath taken on 19th June. Small […]

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Weevil Release 2nd June 2017

One of the challenges of the Trust in protecting and enhancing our nature reserves and the wider landscape is the control of invasive plant species.  Often choking out our native wildlife, non-native invaders can have a serious impact and reigning them in is always a difficult task.  Manually pulling or treating with herbicides are often […]

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Orchids @ Station Pool

Good numbers of Southern Marsh Orchids appearing @ the pool.  Heathland butterflies out and around now. More pictures by Ken Monk.  

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Lovely day for a morning stroll

Lovely day for a morning stroll, with highlights: two Grasshopper Warblers ‘reeling’ between Pytchley and Ashlawn Bridges, a young fox at the bottom of the zig-zag path, 30+ Early Purple Orchids in the Station Pools, Beautiful Damoiselle, Four Spotted chasers, Large Red Damselfly, eleven species of butterfly including Brown Argus and Small Heath, and of […]

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Spring has sprung

Ashlawn update 4th April Steve proved spring has truly sprung, with a find on our 2nd April workparty to tidy up the Onley Glade and embankment. The embankment top was raked to clear years of leaf litter, and patches of a variety of wildflowers including Bird’s-foot Trefoil seeded. Red Admiral, and Brimstone butterflies were seen, […]

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Network Rail Day March 15th 2017

Bright and early the Network Rail De-Veg team turned up shortly after 7.00 a.m. to prepare for the day in the mist. Fortunately by the time most got going it had turned into a glorious sunny day. There were 28 volunteers in all on site and a huge amount was achieved with the experts using […]

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Swiftly Hedging

WOW!!!!! What a fantastic job, I’m amazed at your efforts and achievement today. Well done to you all.  I can’t wait to see the finished job. Quote form Nev Yes we were well pleased to have finished this overgrown hedge.There’s plenty of brash to dispose of in the ditch but that can wait for another […]

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Froggy February

Ashlawn Frog update 27th Feb Suddenly after a drab January, half way through February the weather warmed up and a few frogs had been noted crossing local roads on 16th Feb. when the air temperature was just 8.5C.  On the 20th the temperature shot up suddenly to peak at 14.4C. Maybe this warmed the water […]

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Odd sightings

This Coltsfoot, tussilago fafara,  flowering where they have spread the mud from the ditch South of Pytchley Bridge. Section 10E. Also, Marsh marigolds are starting to flower. Some interesting fungi were noticed, below is Ochre Bracket Trametes ochracea  at the Birch Pool. Pictures and comments from Steve Wright  

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