Lazy Late-summer

It is lazy late-summer time and The Heath has changed colour again. The heather is in full bloom, providing masses of purple, with bistort, honeysuckle and rosebay willowherb dabbing similar colours around. Of course, these are crucial food sources for bees and butterflies so the bees are ceaselessly buzzing all over the heather and the... Continue Reading →

Butterfly Survey

Now is the time of year for the annual, national Big Butterfly Count. So we took a walk through the nature reserve on Friday afternoon and recorded what we saw. We spotted eight species - most of them near the sandpit - and I have sent our count into the survey. SPECIESCOUNT6-spot Burnett1Comma2Gatekeeper5Holly Blue1Meadow Brown3Purple... Continue Reading →

Butterflies and Bees

This sunny summer weather is perfect for butterflies, bees and other insects. A variety of species are active in the nature reserve at the moment. Some can easily be seen by checking out the flowers that are in bloom. For instance the yellow daisy-like flowers of ragwort are magnets for lots of insects. You may... Continue Reading →

Sunny Summer Afternoon

The weather favoured us again for our second "Nature on The Heath" event on Sunday, 17th July. We enjoyed a gloriously sunny afternoon with our lovely visitors. While some had their faces painted, played giant snakes and ladders or created things at the craft tables, others ventured into the nature reserve to hunt the trails... Continue Reading →

Buds of May

The month of May is when The Heath bursts forth. Tree leaves unfurl, flowers bloom and butterflies appear. Summer's almost here. Kevin Griffiths

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