There are hundreds of newt larvae in the pond in this wild garden in Standish. In the late afternoon they were near the surface, not gulping for air but just hanging there. Perhaps on this hot day there was more oxgen in the surface water than at depth (they still have feathery gills), or perhaps they seek out warmer places which would speed development.
An illustrated atlas of Gloucestershire lichens is available on-line at http://gloslichens.potsherd.net. The website is a working tool for lichen studies which will be particularly useful for beginners and intermediate lichenologists. There is a non-technical description and photos of the commonest species and distribution maps for all species.
There are about 2000 lichens in the UK, about 700 of which have been seen in Gloucestershire. The maps reveal patterns of distribution and frequency that were not hitherto evident.
The aim is eventually that all tetrads (2km x 2km on the Ordnance Survey national grid) in Gloucestershire should be visited. About half the squares are still virtually blank so there is plenty still to be done. Added to this, the lichen scene is in flux, particularly as a result of decreasing pollution levels and new information from DNA analysis. With climate change also implicated in arrivals and disappearances, it is an exciting time to be involved in lichenology.
For information on this site, or for details of the field meetings of the Gloucestershire and Bristol Lichen Groups, contact email@example.com
As per my piece in the March edition of GNS news; here is more information about this bioblitz
Here is the website link from that poster:
Students from the University of Gloucestershire will be identifying many of the species from as many taxon groups as they are able to. Come and help the next generation of naturalists if you can make it.
World Curlew Day was celebrated on 21 April. Listen to Mary Colwell being interviewed on the Radio 4 Today Programme on 21 April. Available to listen to until 20 May 2018. Interview starts at 1:17:40.
Here is an excellent video of courting Curlews made by Billy Clapham in the Shropshire hills:
Curlews don’t just sing…they dance too! Not that this female was having any of it! Filmed yesterday in the gorgeous Shropshire Hills! #WorldCurlewDay @_BTO @BBCSpringwatch @BBCCountryfile @Natures_Voice @Gameandwildlife @WildlifeMag @WildlifeTrusts @MA_WildFilm @ShropsWildlife pic.twitter.com/zDUX4JOwJp
— Keeper of the Call (@KeeperOfTheCall) 21 April 2018
⚡️ “World Curlew Day” THANK YOU to everyone who took part on Saturday, pictures and tweets came in from all over the world. It was a wonderful day bringing many people together who love the natural world. Tnx @NicolaNiDuffy @RichSteel @CurlewCountry https://t.co/p391dGevHA pic.twitter.com/nRjj7JzURd
— Mary Colwell (@curlewcalls) 23 April 2018
To celebrate World Curlew Day on Saturday 21 April, residents of Upton on Severn and members of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society gathered on Upton Ham alongside the Severn, with the support of the Upton Town Council and the Upton Ham Owners Association. The Ham is the best botanical site alongside the Severn and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Among those present was Mary Colwell who had just given an interview about World Curlew Day to BBC Radio 4.
Now that the recent floods had gone down, the spring vegetation was coming along, notably the carpet of Ladies’ Smock or Cuckoo Flower; a Cuckoo duly obliged with its spring song, and two pairs of Curlews were seen, apparently preparing to nest.
Upton is one of the classic riverside hay meadows which, through maintenance of their traditional farming regime, provide nesting habitat for Curlews and other ground-nesting birds like Skylarks.
A quick reminder that on Friday 13 April David Simcox will be talking about ‘The History of the Large Blue in the Cotswolds and the Re-introduction’ at Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester, GL7 1JR – 7pm for 7.30pm start. This event is free to all members.
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