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Our Patchwork Landscape

The term ‘patchwork landscape’ may convey an idea of randomness, a mixed assemblage of woodland edge, scrub, hedgerow and open ground – but its character is quite distinct, its origins and development easily traceable. However diverse, it represents a broad … Continue reading

03. November 2016 by Dave Pinkney
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Summer Woodland Fritillaries

Our five orange and brown-winged fritiliary butterflies are insects of spring and high summer. It’s easy to recognise a fritiliary, but another matter to tell which is which. All fritiliary butterflies share a characteristic wing pattern: the upper surface is … Continue reading

14. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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Woodland Glade Butterflies

Although large and often vividly coloured, some woodland butterflies can be difficult to spot among the trees in which they live, but late summer flowers, and even the rotting fruits of autumn, may attract them down to feed. An ideal … Continue reading

14. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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Hoverflies: Insect Mimics

As their name suggests, hoverflies are expert at hovering and can often be seen poised over flowers or high up in a woodland glade. They are remarkable for their mimicry of bees and wasps – a mimicry that goes much … Continue reading

14. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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Nut-Boring Weevils

If you look at acorns and hazel nuts in autumn you may find some with a small round hole bored in the shell. This is the work of weevils whose larvae live inside the shells and feed on the kernels. … Continue reading

14. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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Fruit tree pests

The apple blossom weevil is one of the best known members of its family. It is widespread in England and Wales and often very common where apples are grown. It is much rarer in Scotland and Ireland. The apple blossom … Continue reading

14. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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Weevils: A Vegetarian Lifestyle

Originally denoting almost any kind of beetle, the name weevil is now used for the 500 species of the family Curculionidae. Many are brightly coloured and all are vegetarians. Most weevils are recognisable by the fact that the head is … Continue reading

14. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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Woodlice: Armoured Invertebrates

Since you are most likely to find woodlice in forests with chalky soils, it may come as a surprise to realise that these little animals are crustaceans – related to the crabs and lobsters inhabiting the sea. They are usually … Continue reading

14. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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Hidden creatures: animals of the leaf litter

Leaf litter is a world of living things, a place of dampness and darkness inhabited by a host of insects, arachnids, mites and other animals. Here we look at those dwellers in the debris of the woodland floor that are … Continue reading

14. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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Insects of deciduous woodlands

The insect and other invertebrate life in deciduous habitats occurs in a bewildering array of forms. Every source of organic matter supports some kind of invertebrate, whether in the soil deep below the litter or on the topmost bud. These … Continue reading

14. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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