Serious flooding at Moor Copse

Serious flooding at Moor Copse
Stopped in at Moor Copse on the way home today to check out how high the river is. Well, the answer is – VERY! Tidmarsh village flooded last week, after yet more rain, and one week on the water has receded from the woodland but it is still right up to the top of the river bank. ...

Moor Copse & Pamber Forest

Moor Copse & Pamber Forest
Today was an absolutely glorious 28C and sunny (without a gale-force wind!) so I headed out for Moor Copse to see what I could find. I set off along the river bank accompanied by a chorus of 100s of Roesel’s Bush-cricket coming from the long grass. I soon saw Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Scarlet Tiger (sitting ...

A Spring walk round Moor Copse

A Spring walk round Moor Copse
There was less sun than the weather forecast had promised but it was still quite a mild day (18C) so I went for a troll round Moor Copse. There were plenty of Gymnocheta viridis on sunny fence posts and tree trunks but no other tachinids – just lots of muscids and calliphorids with a few ...

Moor Copse – 31st July 2010 1

Moor Copse - 31st July 2010
Funny field-trip today – started badly when I discovered that the Wildlife Trust had put cows into the only field with a decent patch of hogweeds and totally trashed it. Needless destruction of nectar sources really annoys me – they could have put the cows into another field while the hogweeds were flowering but no ...

Moor Copse – 17th July 2010

Moor Copse - 17th July 2010
The cloud too a long time to clear so I only got out to Moor Copse after 2pm. Still, the insects didn’t seem to matter and the hogweeds were in full flower so it turned out to be a good day. Some highlights are: Nowickia ferox, Phasia hemiptera, Dinera grisescens, and a really amazing Silver-washed ...

Moor Copse – 3rd July 3020 3

Moor Copse - 3rd July 3020
I braved clouds of Cleg flies at Moor Copse today to take some photos and catch some flies. Saw lots of Dinera grisescens and Phasia obesa/pusilla-group and some Exorista rustica-group, a single Nowickia ferox and a superb Stratiomys potamida. One of the nicest sights though were dozens of Silver-washed Fritillaries flying along the river bank ...

Moor Copse – 12th June 2010 1

Moor Copse - 12th June 2010
Just a few tachinids today – lots of ragged Zophomyia temula and a few Tachina fera but no sign of any Eurithia yet. One nice highlight though was finding a mating pair of Scarlet Tiger moths on Comfrey. There were also quite a lot of dead Empis tesellata – parasitized by the fungus Entomophaga.

Moor Copse – 25th May 2010

Moor Copse - 25th May 2010
Today the weather has been sunny but not as hot as the previous 3 days so this lunchtime I popped down to Moor Copse to see what was flying. It wasn’t very busy but there were some nice tachinids – notably: a lot of Zophomyia temula flying in and out of the low vegetation; Thelaira ...

Moor Copse – the Pang in full spate

Moor Copse - the Pang in full spate
I took these photos today on my constitutional, of the river Pang in full spate after the recent rains – quite impressive!

Moor Copse – 15th November 2009

Moor Copse - 15th November 2009
For my Sunday constitutional walk I went over to Moor Copse again. The storm-force winds of the previous 2 days and night had abated and I thought it might be useful for the reserve managers if I went round to look for fallen trees. It was a bit muddy under foot but the sun shone ...

Moor Copse – 11-12 July 2009

Moor Copse - 11-12 July 2009
I made 2 quick visits to Moor Copse this weekend – the first was in light drizzle and the second was in full sun. On both visits I concentrated on visiting the Hogweeds that grow along the margins of the main wet meadow. Diptera: Stratiomys potamida was seen on both days, along with Phasia obesa ...

Bombus hypnorum at Moor Copse

Bombus hypnorum at Moor Copse
In the afternoon I decided to head out to one of my favourite local nature reserves – Moor Copse. Despite being pestered by clegg flies (Haematopota sp.) I managed to see some really nice insects – most notable of which was Bombus hypnorum, a recent visitor to the UK. The only problem was accidentally setting ...