June 2018

26th. Large flight of scarlet tiger moths in the garden - 5 entered the house in a few minutes, while at least 20 swarmed outside. We are experiencing a heatwave at present.

25th. The wild flower meadows in Royal Fort Gardens are looking good.

Royal Fort Gardens

21st. London - live on 'In Our Time' interviewed by Melvyn Bragg about echolocation. We then visited the Courtauld Gallery to see some incredible impressionist paintings. I only spotted the man lying down taking a photo at the bottom of the staircase later!

In Our Time

Courtauld Insititue

Renoir

Then to The National Gallery to see some great paintings including Van Gogh's crabs, and another fabulous Renoir. We also visited the first Monet exhibition in Britain for 20 years - Monet and Architecture.

Van Gogh

Renoir

16th-17th. Cornwall - Marazion and Mousehole. Manx shearwaters moving off shore, and a shag flying past.

Marazion

Mousehole

11th. A gorgeous bee orchid alongside my cycle route through Ashton Court.

bee orchid

9th. Old Sneed Park Reserve in Bristol - a hidden gem with lovely meadows containing southern marsh orchids.

Old Sneed Park

Old Sneed Park

4th-8th. The annual Orielton field course. 2 red kites on the way, one on return in Carmarthen area. We enjoyed wonderful weather, and made the crossing to Skomer on 6th.

Orielton FSC. Beautiful demoiselle, azure damselflies, male golden-ringed dragonfly and male broad-bodied chaser. The students caught a marsh fritillary on site - only the second record. Tree bees are present too.

beautiful demoiselle

azure damselflies

golden-ringed dragonfly

golden-ringed dragonfly

broad-bodied chaser

tree bee

Bosherston white water lilies, and a panorama from Broad Haven back to the lakes.

white water lilies

Broad Haven

Stackpole Head - chough, feral pigeon that has reverted to rock dove wildtype, fulmars, kittiwake, grey fish, jellyfish and sperm competition in common blue butterflies. Pyramidal and southern marsh orchids.

chough

chough

feral pigeon/rock dove

fulmar

fulmar

kittiwake

kittiwake juvenile

common blues

common blues

common blues

grey fish

jellyfish

pyramidal orchid

southern marsh orchid

 

Skomer - razorbills, puffins, whitethroat and a herring gull with an out-of-focus dinghy. We also saw 2 harbour porpoises. Best display of wild flowers I can remember there.

Skomer

Skomer

razorbills

puffin

puffin

puffin

whitethroat

herring gull

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