Archive of: Insects Wildlife

  • The 2020 Odonata in Sussex Challenge

    The 2020 Odonata in Sussex Challenge

    For many years I have been meaning to take more interest in Dragonflies and Damselflies, and the summer and autumn of 2020 provided the perfect opportunity.

  • Bees at Castle Water

    Bees at Castle Water

    The sandy areas at the northern end of Castle Water are excellent for early bees associated with sandy habitats and over the last few years we have turned up a range of rare species

  • 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.

  • 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.

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