#30DaysWild No. 16. Yep, the teasels we planted out a year ago today have certainly grown.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 16 My, haven’t you grown”
Hmmm. No flies, no swallows or other insectivorous birds. So bearing that in mind, we’re delighted to have the start of a ‘fly list’ for Wheatland Farm and Popehouse Moor SSSI, courtesy Rob Wolton and the Devonshire Association, who visited recently.
It will sit alongside our flower list, for Popehouse Moor, started in 2009.
Rob found a southern yellow splinter cranefly (Lipsothrix nervosa). It’s not an especially pretty species, but is rather scarce, found in the UK and one other European country. Their larvae need saturated deadwood under a woodland canopy – and preferably quite large bits of wood at that. Allowing dead wood to lie where it falls, and leaving woody debris in the really wet bits of Popehouse Moor should help.
Rob found a hoverfly that parasitises ant nests, Microdon myrmicae, and that has its national stronghold on Culm Grasslands. He also found a kind of robber fly (this group are sometimes called assassin flies because they are ruthlessly predatory). The species found here was Leptarthrus brevirostris.
Rob’s fly list for Popehouse Moor SSSI is as follows:
|Cheilosia albitarsis sens. str.|
Additionally, these species were found around the main wildflower pond at Wheatland Farm:
#30DaysWild No. 14 When exam season is nearly over….
Or is this the look for tomorrow morning?
Either way, the picture says it all.
#30DaysWild No. 13. We were going to picture the bedraggled bumblebee we fished out the of the little ponds near Balebarn Eco Lodge, but this male banded demoiselle we spotted nearby is so much smarter!
Our favourite blackbird is so familiar she asks for food now…Read more
#30DaysWild No. 11 ‘A bowl full of birdsong’ someone said of Wheatland Farm the other day, so today we thought we’d just spend ten minutes outside and see what we could hear:Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 11 ‘A bowl of birdsong’”
Thistles are coming into flower. Some we welcome, like this meadow thistle (and its tree bumblebee visitor). Some we’re less keen on.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 10 A Moment For Admiring Thistles”
Huge thanks to all you lovely botany (and entomology) people, who helped us survey Wheatland Farm today.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 9 Botany Day at Wheatland Farm”
#30DaysWild No. 8. You see more from a bike – we were cycling (slowly) up a hill when we spotted what looked like a lava lamp of tiny fluttering things, rising and falling in the hedgerow.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 8 Tiny Moths, Huge ‘Horns’”
For today’s #30DaysWild Ian has made a bee box, with a sliding panel that should let us see what’s inside, once it’s occupied.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 7 Devon Accommodation For Bees Too!”
Our random act of wildness for day 6 of #30DaysWild is to follow in the footsteps of our recent guests in Otter Cottage, and sit stil enough to see the water shrew living at the wildlife pond. Here’s a clip we put together.Continue reading “A Water Shrew at the Wheatland Wildlife Pond”
Wild poppies are blooming at Wheatland Farm’s eco lodges, and that seems an appropriate remembrance for DDay, 75 years ago.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 5 Poppies for DDay Rememberance”
#30DaysWild 4th June – June means foxgloves, and they look all the better in today’s on/off rain.Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 4. Foxgloves”
#30DaysWild No. 3. Meadow Brown Butterflies are emerging in the lodge field. When fresh, they look pretty smart!Continue reading “#30DaysWild No. 3 First Meadow Brown of the Season”
#30DaysWild Today’s random act of wildness, by request from our guests in Balebarn Eco Lodge, is to look up and report back on this beastie. It seems it’s a Water Stick Insect, reaching up to 7cm long if you include it’s long tail-end snorkel.Continue reading “#30DaysWild 2: Water Stick Insect”
#30DaysWild starts today! Every day this June Wheatland Farm will be doing something wild as part of the Wildlife Trust’s month long project. We’ll be spotting Devon wildlife around the eco lodges, doing some land management, lobbying, looking, learning, and just recording lots of #10WildMinutes.Continue reading “#30DaysWild starts today!”
They cows are back at Wheatland Farm – so it must be summer! Here’s a clip of their release into the field.Continue reading “Welcome back cows!”
There’s a Great Spotted Woodpecker nesting in a dead tree near the Wheatland Farm stream.Continue reading “Woodpecker nest”
This hedgehog accidentally got trapped in a box at Wheatland Farm – so we gave it a breakfast of mealworms and filmed it as it bumbled on its way.Continue reading “Hedgehog time!”
Wheatland Farm has pledged £100 in support of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve’s nature improvement projects. Will you join us?Continue reading “Supporting crowdfunding for Devon’s wildlife”
Nuthatches are nearly ready to fledge outside Honeysuckle Lodge. This clip shows them being fed at the nest box entrance.Continue reading “Nestlings in sight”
[Maggie] I just can’t resist sharing another Wheatland Farm dragonfly/damselfly sighting…Continue reading “More beauties”
Ian’s just back from another morning helping at the Crediton Repair Cafe. Here’s a happy ‘customer’ who had his electric strimmer fixed for free. That’s one less item to end up in a Devon landfill.Continue reading “Crediton Repair Cafe”
Oooh it’s dragonfly time again… This four spot chaser must have emerged from the wildlife pond near Balebarn Eco Lodge overnight. It wasn’t until we looked closely at the image that we spotted the shed larval ‘skin’ just to the left of the dragonfly – almost peeping around the grass.Continue reading “Four spot chasers back at the pond”
It’s Ten Tors weekend again, when 2-3000 young people walk between 35 and 55 miles across Dartmoor, checking in at 10 Tors along the way.Continue reading “Ten Tors 2019”
It must be pretty much summer when the damselflies are back. The first to make an appearance are these large red damselflies. Fabulously colourful!Continue reading “Damselflies back at the pond”
On a day that’s full of ecological doom and gloom in the news, here’s a ray of sunshine. This is the first dingy skipper we’ve seen at Wheatland Farm. They are one of Europe’s fastest declining butterflies, so it’s great to see one here. Dingy Skippers like birdsfoot trefoil in mid-height grassland, and our management regime offers lots of that.Continue reading “Butterfly brings flutter of hope”
People quite often ask us where they can go running from Wheatland Farm. Well, there’s round the fields on the mown paths of course. But if you want a 5km run along Devon lanes, this is it. We thought we’d put it up for #NaturallyHealthyMonth 2019.Continue reading “Wheatland Farm 5km Running Route”