A late morning visit today. There was not a lot of action bird wise, but the two Common Terns remain and a drake Tufted Duck was loafing in the middle of the reservoir.
The work party, led by Reg, was out in the wood today so I stopped to have a chat and connected some faces to names. They were busy clearing the pathways of some vegetation and opening up areas of newly planted shrubs so that they don't get too overgrown. During their work they had found a dead tiger moth, we weren't too sure of the species but I can confirm it is a Scarlet Tiger. It is a really good record and as far as we know a new species on site. It would be good to find more alive or possibly some caterpillars. The main food plants is comfrey (which there is some around) and can also be found eating nettles (which there are plenty around!) amongst other things.
This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!
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