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July 2013

posted 18 Aug 2013, 03:18 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 18 Aug 2013, 03:48 ]
cattle on Pipe Green

The cattle have settled down well and are doing an excellant job of grazing the Green. This is a vital part of our management strategy as the cattle, by grazing and controlling the grasses, allow the wild flowers to proliferate. This year the leader of the herd is this very friendly white bullock, who enjoys having his head scratched!

holly blue butterfly

The butterflies this month have been amazing with literally hundreds flitting across the Green. The other day as I came across an amazing sight of 20 green veined whites drinking from a puddle. However I can not share this image with you as I did not have my camera with me!! Aagh!! However Bob Russon always has his camera with him and managed to get this lovely image of a holly blue butterfly. Seemingly this butterfly is so called because holly is an important food source for the larval form - hence holly blue!








Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group
Little grebe

A little grebe (or dabchick) has been seen on the ponds behind the Green, near Leomansley house. This is a first sighting of this species in the PipeGreen/Leomansley Wood area. It is a delightful bird, quite dumpy with a fluffy rear end and lovely browny/red plumage. In fact Bob Russon has now seen two little grebes on the pond who seemed to be nest building.....! So we maybe getting a resident population of little grebes. Fingers crossed!









Image to the right courtesy of Bob Russon, Lichfield & District Local RSPB Group