Introducing The Barley Hollow Project

I’m proud to introduce you to The Barley Hollow Project. This is a project created by my daughter for her Welsh Bacc at school. She needs to do 30 hours of community work and she’s decided to work on improving the wildlife area in our village. This is where I have taken a lot of…… Continue reading Introducing The Barley Hollow Project

Little Green Bugs

I have been seeing a little green bug around in the garden over the last few months. He really liked the Knapweed when they were flowering. I’d see him on them pretty much every time I went out there. I believe he is a Potato Capsid Bug (Closterotomus norwegicus). Despite his name he seems more…… Continue reading Little Green Bugs

Here be Dragons

Well, it’s been a while since my last dragonfly photo, and I was feeling the lack of it. Lately I’ve taking a lot of photos of horses and ponies and hadn’t had much opportunity for other smaller creatures. However this weekend I’ve been pottering round the garden taking photos, then this morning felt I had…… Continue reading Here be Dragons

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Today I saw my first Hummingbird Hawk-moth! I managed to get a few half-decent photos, but even without perfectly focused images, it was pretty cool! They’re quite big and as the name suggests they flap their wings quickly and hover, poking out their long proboscis to suck up nectar from the flowers. This one flew…… Continue reading Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Grasshopper Hide-and-Seek

Grasshoppers seem to taunt me at times… I can hear them but I can’t see them. However today I was lucky enough to track down a couple of them in the garden. They seem to be aware when they’re being watched and sometimes shuffle around a blade of grass to hide. When you move left,…… Continue reading Grasshopper Hide-and-Seek

Marmalade Hoverfly planning for the future

At the weekend I was watching a Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) visiting my Knapweed. She seemed to be checking out various stalks and choosing carefully which one to land on. She then proceeded to do what looked like laying eggs. She seemed to choose the stalks with many aphids attached, so it made me wonder…… Continue reading Marmalade Hoverfly planning for the future

Yellow Loosestrife

Yellow Loosestrife take quite some time to flower. They seem to spend weeks and weeks looking as if they’ll flower any minute, and then finally a profusion of yellow blooms open and make it worth waiting for. The flower buds appeared at the beginning of June: By mid-June (15th) they looked fit to burst, ready…… Continue reading Yellow Loosestrife