Category Archives: Our Devon Wildlife

Butterfly counts

This year’s Big Butterfly Count is coming to a close – though you can still post sightings until the end of the month. All you have to do is enjoy a cup of tea for 15 mins and count what you see – the maximum number of each species you can see at any one

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A bit batty

Remember the bat detector? Well, the results are back. We have at least 6 and maybe 9 different species of bats flying near the eco lodges:   Common pipistrelle Soprano pipistrelle Unconfirmed pipistrelle species Noctule Natterer’s Whiskered or Brandt’s Barbastelle Leisler’s or Noctule Myotis – species unconfirmed   Of those, Noctule, Soprano pipistrelle and Barbastelle

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Zebra or a tiger?

George spotted this moth in Exeter when he was practicing parkour in the Cathedral and Quay car park. He snapped it on his phone. We weren’t going to bother looking it up, convinced it was bound to be called a zebra moth. But hey – a quick look in the book showed we were wrong.

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Which way now? 30 Days Wild No. 30

It’s always greyer inside than out, even when it rains. Today’s bike ride was primarily to gain preemptive absolution for Friday night snacks and drinks – but it was worth it. There was a sparrow hawk sitting on a wall, meadow sweet in the hedges, and deer in the far corner of a field. #30DaysWild

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Ringlets in the meadow: 30 Days Wild No. 27

#30DaysWild No. 27. Ringlets are everywhere at the moment – it’s butterfly city out there. It’s one of the main reasons we leave so much long grass (well, that and because it cuts down on the mowing). When you walk through the meadow in front of the lodges there are just clouds of butterflies. How

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Wildish hedge trimming: 30 Days Wild No. 26

#30DaysWild Random act of wildness No. 26. Ian has been wielding the hedge trimmer in a wildish but not entirely random way – trimming back vegetation under and alongside the line of the electric fence. It’s so we can get the cows back onto Popehouse Moor. The white flowers in the foreground also have to

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#30DaysWild No. 25. Our annual thank you to Emma Miranda Smith, who shared her Elderflower champagne recipe with us a few years ago: 4.5 l water, 700g sugar, 1 lemon, 4 large elderflower heads, 2 tbsp white wine vinegar. Warm a little water and stir in sugar to dissolve. Leave to cool. Squeeze juice from

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Sowing more wildflower seeds

Today’s ‘random act of wildness’ was to take a moment to notice what we’ve achieved with wildflowers (down by the wildlife pond) and then to collect oxeye daisy seeds from the early flowers in the poly tunnel and spread them about the newly cut patch in front of Beech Lodge. This time next year –

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