What’s been seen at Brockholes? – June 2018

04 Jun 2018

What a month! With the sun shining almost constantly it has been full-steam ahead at Brockholes! And not just for us – the wildlife has taken advantage of the beautiful weather and really seems to have flourished after our rotten spring.

A five-spot burnet moth and six-spot burnet moth sitting on a flower with a red-tailed bumblebee

Photo Credit: Charlotte Varela

It seems like you can’t walk anywhere on the reserve without disturbing a butterfly, moth, dragonfly or damselfly that is feeding nearby or resting on the ground. Multiple burnet moths (both six-spot and five-spot), and cinnabar moths can be seen jostling for position with bumblebees on almost every plant! Common blue, small copper and meadow brown butterflies are just three of the species regularly seen fluttering around, but the real star of the show is the white-letter hairstreak. These teeny butterflies are usually hard to see as they prefer flying around the tree canopy, but they’ve been showing brilliantly across our reserve so keep your eyes peeled!

Dragonflies are stealing the show for many of our visitors, with four-spotted chaser, broad-bodied chaser, brown hawker, black-tailed skimmer and even emperor dragonflies spotted whizzing around near our lakes and ponds.

Then, of course, there are the birds, with the waders treating us to something of a baby boom! So far we’ve counted the following chicks:

An oystercatcher chick walking across rocks

Photo Credit: James Rogerson

  • 10 x lapwing
  • 10 x oystercatcher
  • 10 x redshank
  • 2 x common sandpiper
  • 3 x ringed plover

With a pair of little ringed plover sitting on eggs we could soon have even more little ones pottering around the water’s edge, and thanks to scrub clearing by our volunteers the habitat is primed for late broods.

If you follow our social media pages you may have seen a video of two more exciting chicks… common terns! They’ve been exploring their raft nursey and are absolutely gorgeous. Click here to take a look.

A barn owl in flight over Brockholes Nature Reserve

Photo Credit: Ged Gill

Other exciting bird sightings include a beautiful barn owl regularly hunting across the reserve, and snipe spotted on the edge of Number One Pit.

We can’t wait to see what July brings and love hearing about your sightings, so keep us up to date over on social media. You can ‘Like’ us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or follow us on Instagram, or all three!

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