Archive of: Insects Wildlife

  • Five Golden... Ring'ed Dragonflies

    Five Golden... Ring'ed Dragonflies

    Could there be a more festive species of Dragonfly than the Golden-ringed - fitting in rather nicely on day five of the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas.’

  • Butterfly survival strategies for winter

    Butterfly survival strategies for winter

    ​Butterflies are creatures of the summer, of flower-filled days and long, sunny evenings. But, like all wildlife, they need to survive the winter too.

  • Go Away!

    Go Away!

    If, as I do, you run a moth trap you will have noticed that moth colouration falls roughly into two categories.

  • Marshmallow at Rye Harbour

    Marshmallow at Rye Harbour

    We recently told our story of Marshmallow plants and its moth to Charlotte Smith on BBC Countryfile and we collected and then spread this year’s seed at Castle Water

  • Black Poplars

    Black Poplars

    Back in 2003 we collected some saplings of Sussex Black Poplar from Wakehurst Place and with our team of volunteers planted them out at Castle Water.

  • Swallowtail Diary

    Swallowtail Diary

    This is the ongoing account of the Swallowtail butterfly at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve in 2020.

  • Naming of moths

    Naming of moths

    For centuries, moths have cast a spell of fascination and intrigue so potent they have been bestowed with some of the most beautiful, fanciful and charming names in natural history.

  • The Emperor's new clothes

    The Emperor's new clothes

    A spectacular sight with a wingspan of 10cm, the Emperor is Britain’s largest dragonfly.

  • Royal terror - the Purple Emperor

    Royal terror - the Purple Emperor

    The Purple Emperor is the holy grail of British butterflies, a truly magnificent creature capable of drawing an impressive crowd of loyal subjects all seeking an audience with His Royal Highness.

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