Our species and plans (7) The Broad-Bodied Chaser Libellula depress. Status: fairly common in southern Britain, occasional migrant. Description: A medium sized dragonfly seen in early summer. This species are generally the first dragonflies to colonise newly established ponds and establish their territories. Both sexes have brown eyes and thorax. They are easily identified by…

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our species and plans (5) The Goldcrest Regulus Regulus. Status: secure. Habitat: quite common in conifer and mixed woodlands. This small bird can also be seen in gardens, parks, hedgerows and scrub. Statistics: The Goldcrest is Europe’s smallest bird. A length of 8.5cm to 9cm and weighing only 5 to 7 grams. Socially a solitary…

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Autumn and winter 2019 is upon us and we have been soaked with high levels of rainfall here in South Devon. Rainfall August saw 4.04 inches, September saw 4.54 inches and October a whopping 9.05 inches. This is in contrast to last year whereby we didn’t see any significant rainfall until the latter part of…

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Our species and plans (3) Sabre Wasp Rhyssa persuasoria Status : widespread but localised Habitat: mixed and coniferous woodland. Identification: peak times for observing are July and August. Often called the giant Ichneumon, it is the largest Ichneumon in Britain and one of the largest in Europe with a body size of 10mm to 40mm…

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During the winter of 2018/2019 we had the idea to create a small wildlife pond within our woodland because this would create a new and very important habitat with the aim to boost the level of invertebrates and provide food sources for the bats, we had spoken with a local officer from Devon Wildlife Trust,…

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