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Butterfly Reserve Open Day

Hoe Grange Quarry

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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