Saturday, April 7, 2012
The Weekend Browse
BTO website, and catch up on the journeys of Clement, Lyster, Kasper & Chris, too!
On the subject of returning migrants, there's more excitement at the safe arrival home of Lady, our oldest breeding Osprey who last week arrived back home at the Loch of Lowes from a winter holiday in West Africa! She obviously likes the Loch because she's set up nest there for the past 22 years on the trot, raising a phenomenol 48 chicks from 56 eggs - Wow! You can see live webcam footage of the nest at this Scottish Wildlife Trust website.
Bat Conservation Trust is a good place to start in order to learn a bit more about these fascinating creatures.
On a local level, there are a number of bat groups flourishing around the country, including the Bedfordshire Bat Group that I'm going to really miss this season (including the flapjacks!). The Articles section, particularly, has some great material.
I'm not biased, of course, but Bob Cornes' article on the Bedfordshire Bat Group website is a lot better! :-)
When I was in Bedfordshire I was in involved in the introduction of several batches of young Adders into the County from the New Forest Reptiliary. Our big concern was the few females from which they were taken adding to the potential in-breeding problems in an isolated population. It will be very interesting to see what comes of the new genetic survey looking at this issue being undertaken by several organisations in Durham.
Bugman Jones reminisces on a trip to Wicken Fen in the early 80s with a great story about Tony Drane's dedication to the cause when spotting a rare beetle in the middle of one of the dykes!
I really enjoy the excellent posts of Africa Gomez in BugBlog. Recently she wrote a fascinating piece about mimicry in Hoverflies entitled, 'Why are some hoverflies poor mimics?'
Finally, Steven Falk continues his project of uploading his superb library of images to his Flickr website. I'm finding his social wasp collection really helpful in identifying the wasps that are starting to appear in my own local area.