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Wild About Perton

Thu 8 Aug 2019

A place for wildlife, a place for people

Our early August walk was notable for the amazing diversity of insects observed over a short time and in a relatively small area. The Upper Lake avian population was extremely low with only the resident Canada geese, mallards, coots and moorhens to be seen along with the mute swan families. Adjacent to the lake, a mass of wild flowers, purple knapweed, loosestrife and vetch attracted a myriad of insects. Hover flies and bees sought nectar along with a profusion of butterflies and dozens of striped Cinnabar moth caterpillars had draped themselves over the yellow flowered ragwort.

Dragonflies along with the much smaller common blue damsel flies patrolled Lower Lake where the dark shapes of large carp could be discerned swimming just under the surface of the water. Ripe blackberries are dotted everywhere on the bramble bushes and clusters of scarlet rowan berries hang heavy on the trees. The grassland near to the lake was alive with grasshoppers and crickets and tiny moths fluttered amongst the foliage. Eye catching painted lady butterflies fluttered together with small tortoiseshell, meadow brown, speckled wood and the darker ringlet varieties. There has been an influx of painted ladies this year with millions of these colourful insects having migrated from North Africa and the Mediterranean to the UK.

The next walk takes place on Saturday 7th September, 2pm from Perton Library