Archive for the ‘Fauna’ Category

Wasp Nest

Thanks to Carl W for this warning

Please be aware there is a wasp nest in a hole in the ground approximately one third of the way up the sledging field/Cowes Close. 

It’s on the right hand side quite close to the footpath.

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Breakfast Visitor

Many thanks to David G for this amazing series of pictures of a robin visiting his garden.

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Hedgehog 4

This morning I collected my fourth rescue hedgehog from Derby Hedgehog Rescue, I got to know the wonderful lady who runs the rescue when I found a baby hog in my garden in trouble., she nursed him back to health and he returned to Wheatsheaf cottage with a friend who needed a home.
I collected another female just before the winter who had reached the optimum 600 grams to be able to hibernate safely.
This spring they have visited the feeding station regularly, the garden has gaps in the fencing to allow the hogs to roam the distances they need, I don’t use any chemicals in the garden and like to think they may eat some of the slugs and snails.
Hedgehog numbers are declining why not help them out by putting out a shallow dish of water and if you can put food out for them, either cat food (not the fishy sort) or even better specialist hedgehog food. Jill L

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Thank you from PDHS

Thank you to everyone who attended the PDHS village show. Lots of exciting entries from so many people and here is Bob Woolley proudly showing his trophy and best vegetable in show; George Woolley would be proud!
What a wonderful way to bring the community together.
Thank you again.

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Thanks to John F-S for these great shots

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A great shot of these curious cows, with thanks to David G for the pics.

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Sleepy Chick

‘The sun is out I’m fed and watered, now I just want to sleep’ Another fabulous shot from David G

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Party animal (Moss) returns from the solstice turned into fire breathing dragon. Another great pic from David G

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Calling Local Bee Keepers

I used to keep bees when I lived in NE Norfolk some years ago and greatly enjoyed the hobby. I’m keen to do so again up here in Alsop, but I’m concerned that nectar and pollen from our local trees and flora might not be sufficient to sustain a colony year round. Is our area a relative desert for honeybees?
I should say that I’m not so much interested in getting loads of honey; just giving the bees a place to thrive and for me to study them.
Grateful for any advice.
Anthony C
Alsop en le Dale

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Last Winter Feast

No Swallows by the pond but thank you John F-S for these lovely pictures of a Thrush enjoying the last of the winter harvest.

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Dusty Bees

Dusty Bees by David G

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It’s February!!

With the sound of lawnmowers audible around the village, and birds gathering nesting material, is Spring coming early this year?

This Ladybird and Peacock butterfly seem to think so!

Let’s hope the Starlings are not peckish!

Thank you David G for sending in these images from his garden today.

 

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Is this the last week?

As the stunning starling murmuration continues over the village, have any of the starlings missed having their photo taken? If so, please send in your photos and we will publish the best!

Photos By Steve J

 

 

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Love is in Air!

Tonights Murmuration Photos have been sent in by:

‘Chimney Fire’ by David G

‘Love Hearts’ by Saskia T

 

‘Hosing the Car Down’ by Lynn C

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From the Top of the Village by Martin C

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Murmuration Continues

Wasn’t the starling murmuration spectacular over the village tonight? Thank you David G for the photos and thank you David S for an explanation as to why the starling formation was so good tonight.

Just one for the observers, ( if not noted) this evening they were under attack from three sparrow hawks creating even more dramatic shapes as they avoided contact, I did not see any taken, but the hawks have soon observed when a meal is available and what time.

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The Show Continues

Thank you David G for sending in new photos of the Starling murmuration above the village. They are still growing in numbers, fascinating to watch them!

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Horse Chestnut Turns Black

Thank you David G for sending in these photos tonight. The Starling population is growing each evening, so wonderful to watch them.

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Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum).
Shot this evening at Alsop en le Dale.
By Anthony C

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More Bugs!

Other forms of bug control are available!

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Photo sent in by John Lord

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The drought continues

July 2018 – The Millenium pond has completely dried up, the photo compares the pond to this time last year. Not good timing for the Baby Moorhens who are currently on the pond finding what few puddles there are.

Who has picked blackberries before in July?!

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Spot the Owl, no. 2

Seeing Bob’s photos inspired me to take my camera out today and here’s the result – spot the owl competition no. 2. This one is somewhat easier than number 1!
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Spot the Owl

In the tradition of the once popular Spot the Ball games here’s our very own variation Spot the Owl.

Can you spot the Barn Owl captured by iphone this afternoon near Newton Grange on the Tissington Trail? (Come back John F-S!)

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Feed the Birds!

 

A lot of hungry Blackbirds in our garden today. Hang on that’s not a Blackbird!

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Poorly Bat?

Does anyone know about bats? This was hanging on my wall this morning. Is it poorly? Should I do anything with it or just leave it alone? Fiona H

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The Great Parwich Bug Quiz

How many bugs and beasties can you name? (Slideshow may be slow to load especially with our village “broadband” ! )

 

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Watch Out!

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Coming soon to a garden near you the Great Parwich Bug Quiz!

 

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Butterfly Reserve Open Day

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The first Open Day for Derbyshire’s first Butterfly Reserve has been organised for Sunday the 23rd of July from 11 am to 3 pm. 

Members of Butterfly Conservation East Midlands, including Ray Walker (Hon Warden), Derek Brownlee (Hon Assistant Warden) together with Pat and Ken Orpe will be able to show visitors around this abandoned limestone quarry where already 24 species of butterflies have been recorded including Dark Green Fritillary and the Peak District version of the Brown Argus. It will also be possible to see the work that many volunteers have done to enhance the habitat so as to increase the biodiversity at the site. 

Directions. From the cross road in the centre of Longcliffe village, proceed in a north westerly direction towards Slipper Low Farm and just after the brow of the first hill, take the first left, just before a bungalow, and then proceed down a limestone track and park by the entrance gates to the Nature Reserve at the end of the track (SK222562). 

Contact: Ken Orpe ken@malaga.plus.com

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A Bug’s Life

British summer time officially starts tomorrow June 21st, and with such glorious sunshine over the last few day, perhaps 2017 is going to be a summer to remember. Some of our local photographers have been sending in sightings of insects found in the village, some are harder to identify than others. We wonderered how many different species we typically get in Parwich?

If you spot an unusual insect, why not take a photo and send it to Parwich@hotmail.co.uk, we will create a montage, it could be interesting to see how many species we share our lovely village with.

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Image 1 By Saskia T

An almost perfect hexagonal cluster of tiny bright green eggs, each no more than 1 mm, on the underside of a red valerian leaf. Can anyone tell me what these will turn into? I’ve not managed to find the answer yet despite some googling. Thank you Saskia

Can anyone identify these?

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Image 6 Is another Broad-bodied chaser, it may be the female which is brown, the male is vibrant blue see JFS photo of the male from last weekBroad-bodied Chaser

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Broad-bodied Chaser

A lovely sharp photo by JFS of a male Broad-bodied Chaser on Parwich pond yesterday.

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Fits like a glove

Photos taken in yesterday’s sunshine by David G

 

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Parwich is Buzzing

Our village photographers have been busy enjoying the sunshine. Can anyone help identify the species found in their photographs? No prizes for the swallow!

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Spring has sprung

Lovely images of spring violets taken along Monsdale Lane this afternoon.

Photos by David G.

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  • Curlews have been congregating near the village for the last few weeks.
  • Siskins have been spotted nibbling on sunflower hearts on the feeder.
  • We saw our first Peacock butterfly in the sunshine today (surely too early).

It will be the first day of spring on 20th March (astronomical). We thought it would be nice to share your first sightings of the year, send in your observations to the blog using the comments field below.

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Lock up your Goldfish!

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Best of Friends

Thank you David G for these photos of a bee and a butterfly together ‘gathering the last of the nectar’

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Limbering Up

Not only do humans limber up for a days work, our busy Bees do the same. David G,

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The Age Old Question

The age old question, does my bum look big in this?

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Photo by David G.

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A Broad Bodied Chaser

Glad to see that John F-S has not forgotten us. The photo is a Broad Bodied Chaser (Male) on the Jubilee Pond at Nether Green.

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Busy in the Garden

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Planting for bees?

Despite the cool weather the bumblebees seem to be quite active. In my garden they are going for the lungworts (pulmonaria) and the perennial wallflowers (erysimum) rather than the spring bulbs. What are they making a bee line for in your garden?

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