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Down on the Farm and an Insect Safari

Posted: Monday 25th July 2016 by DevonWildlifeWatch

The latest adventures from the Kingsbridge Wildlife Watch group as they visit Scobbiscombe farm to investigate insects...

Kingsbridge Wildlife Watch Group received a very warm welcome at Scobbiscombe Farm at our latest meeting. A beautiful summer’s day, just right for sweep netting and spotting invertebrates. Shoya and Wilf – and some two day old chicks - welcomed us to their farm with delicious cake and drinks. Fortified, we went to check the moth trap with Gordon Waterhouse – we found a wide range of different moths were caught overnight from a swallowtail to a lesser magpie as well as a mother of pearl. The children were captivated by what we had caught (many had not seen moths up close like this before). During the rest of our insect safari, we found ringlet butterflies; long horned beetles; and an emperor dragonfly. We admired the King Edward potatoes; learnt the difference between spring and winter barley; and discovered that about 1 million bowls of porridge were being grown in the oat field! Lastly we dipped in the pond, from where there is a stunning view along the coast to Burgh Island where we visited for our meeting in May. The pond was teeming with wildlife, with an incredible number of small newts, as well as water boatman and damselfly nymphs. A wonderful morning and our huge thanks to Shoya and Wilf for making us so welcome.

No August meeting – but join us on Saturday September 17th for Start Point, Seals and Autumn Squills – contact Clare for more details on watch.sl@field-studies-council.org
 

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