Our walk through the Sussex Wildlife Trust's Southerham reserve today wasn't as sunny - or as warm as I had hoped for and spring butterflies were hard to find (although we did see an orange-tip and a dingy skipper). Luckily a fine display of burnt orchids more than made up
A badger has been visiting the compost bins at Woods Mill nature reserve.
There are no meat products in the compost bin, just the usual uncooked vegetable matter, fruit and shredded paper etc, but also lots of juicy worms!
Since we're launching our "Into the Wild" photo competition, we thought we'd tweet some finalists from previous years, for inspiration! Glorious colour here from Jamie Fielding, Etienne Fournier, Martin Munn & Alan McKenzie https://t.co/95Y5hGL96upic.twitter.com/OLf56GjVSX
Despite the depression inducing bbq patches, there were 7 marching Musk Orchids in the same place that 6 were last year, and I've had reports of more elsewhere on the reserve which is great news! pic.twitter.com/oGG3gK6Q08
Warden Chris reports that it's Big Horsefly Time! This male Large Marsh Horsefly was lounging on a gate at Castle Water earlier in the week (you can tell it's a male because the eyes touch on the top of the head). This one is beefy, though it is still considered medium-sized. pic.twitter.com/c2M2INNVor