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 ofContinue 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 moreContinue 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 hadContinue 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 flewContinue reading “Hummingbird Hawk-moth”

Small Copper

The weather has finally changed, and I’m glad to have rain. My pond needs it, the garden needs it, and all farmers and owners of grazing animals need it! It’s unusual in the UK to have had such a prolonged spell of dry, hot weather. Now that the rain has come, it’s harder to takeContinue reading “Small Copper”

Peacock

The Peacock butterflies were enjoying the Buddleia in the garden today so I got a few photos 🙂 It’s my birthday today and my garden has celebrated with me 🙂 I got some presents for my pond too which is fab – a solar fountain and a Flowering Rush to grow in it. Hopefully ifContinue reading “Peacock”

Moth for lunch

While walking at Cors Caron last weekend I spotted a Damselfly looking a little odd. From a distance it looked like it had a rather distorted whitish head! When I got a closer look I realised it was eating a quite large lunch of a moth. Poor moth, but Damselflies need to eat too! ItContinue reading “Moth for lunch”

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 wonderContinue 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, readyContinue reading “Yellow Loosestrife”