All posts tagged great chalfield
I am getting slightly hooked on sawflies – a difficult task as there are hundreds of look-alike species, some are very tiny, and there is no handy guide book. Even worse some of the identification criteria are tricky – impossible-to-see things like the claws on the back legs, or shape of the ovipositor (which in live insects is tucked away most of the time).
There's a rather nice vegetable garden here at Great Chalfield, tucked away behind stone walls and a little off the main visitor route. One of my neighbours,
If you go down to the woods and lanes around Great Chalfield you may (if you know what you're looking for because it's not a particularly showy
Two of the things that kicked off my curent interest/obsession in 'panrecording' (ie trying to identify everything I come across rather than just going 'Oh look a Blackcap
A couple of days ago I found a bee at Great Chalfield that I couldn't identify. Dark-winged, with a dark abdomen with narrow silver/white bands it was
I took the images below during the last week or so in various locations on the Great Chalfield estate, none more than about 1000m from my front
"Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater
A good find yesterday was this teneral Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva flying along rank vegetation in one of the fields at Great Chalfield. As its name suggests
The scientist J.B.S. Haldane, when asked what his studies revealed about 'the Creator', is alleged to have said that "He has an inordinate fondness for beetles". It
It may well be just the result of a certain character trait that means I obsess over 'new things', but I am getting seriously hooked on this whole