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Shingle moths

Birdguides have produced a web article on shingle moths with many photos form the RX area - click here.


Glow worm

One of six female glow worms found along a path in grassland between Beckley and Northiam two days ago.

Should you come across any of these animals in your nocturnal travels the UK glow worm survey would be keen to receive your records.


A weevil by another name

The notable weevil that lives on viper's bugloss has recently changed from Ceuthorhynchus geographicus to Mogulones geographicus. It doesn't have a common name, but the viper's bugloss weevil would be sensible. The NBN Gateway for this species shows the national distribution as being just 27 10km squares. It is one of the species being considered for biological control of purple viper's bugloss in Australia, where the plant is not native and is referred to as Patterson's curse.

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A tangle of vetches

I referred to fields on Lydd Ranges that were full of meadow vetchling the other day, the flowers appeared as tiny yellow dots in a broader landscape, so here in all it's glory is the plant itself.

The leaves of this plant occur in pairs, with no leaf stalk, and have a pointed tip, and a tendril emerges from near the base of the leaves.  This enables the plant to

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In decline...

Several people have written to me recently with turtle dove sightings. But it's pretty clear there are very few left breeding in the RX area, how many years before we no longer hear their summer "purrring"? So make sure your sightings get passed on to the county bird recorder. Click here for Sussex or here for Kent. This photo is from Dorothy & Ron Nash (TQ92D) - "this turtle dove visits our garden.  Unfortunately, we had to take it through the kitchen window as it is very shy and being early evening the light was rather poor.  We throw out a mixture of small seed and wheat on the grass for the birds to eat and as we had just cut the grass, I think it was finding plenty."

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