Monthly Archives: July 2015

Willow Warbler

Another contribution from Vivien Crump – a fine photo of a Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), seen warbling in a willow tree on the RBRGHA allotments in Wollaton…

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Thanks to Vivien for the photo.

Three-Spined Stickleback

Thanks to Vivien Crump for sending in a photo of a male Three-Spined Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), seen in the brook that runs through the RBRGHA allotment site in Wollaton….

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The brook is an ancient water course that runs from Strelley to Martin’s Pond, which is the heart of the Martin’s Pond Local Nature Reserve.  The fish are usually seen on the allotment site just before the brook joins the pond.  Unfortunately the brook will  be deviated to aid the drainage on the allotment site, as part of the unwelcome development of the site.

 

Hedgehog at night

Regular contributor Nic Cairns has installed a wildlife camera on an allotment in St.Anns, and recently it captured footage of a foraging hedgehog….watch closely!

Nottingham’s rich network of allotments is a large potential hedgehog habitat, and it’s good to know that hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are active on the St. Ann’s allotments.  They have declined dramatically during the last 50 years, to the extent that they may be at risk of extinction in the UK, according to a 2013 report.  Hedgehogs need all the help they can get; there is advice for hedgehog-friendly gardening HERE and HERE.

Thanks again to Nic for the video – hopefully his wildlife camera will capture further interesting footage soon.

Small Magpie Moth

Another nice moth photo from Vivien Crump….a Small Magpie Moth (Anania hortulata), seen through horticultural netting on the threatened RBRGHA allotments :

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Thanks to Vivien for the photo.