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Pan recording: the sawfly Apethymus serotinus at Great Chalfield

Now, whilst I appreciate that not everyone will be as excited about this record as I am, the three images below are of a female Apethymus serotinus taken on October 10th at Great Chalfield. A Quercus (oak) specialist, this is […]

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Three common oak galls

I wrote a short post a few weeks ago looking briefly at some of the galls I've discovered at Great Chalfield (where I live in North


Great Chalfield panrecording: Helophilus trivittatus

I blogged recently about finding my first Rhingia rostrata, a distinctive hoverfly that is undergoing something of a strong range expansion (see the update here) and


Great Chalfield panrecording: Rhingia rostrata

There have been very few breaks in the poor weather lately (as anyone from the UK reading this will know already of course) but yesterday was a cracker,

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Random July invertebrates from Great Chalfield

Apropos of absolutely nothing at all, here are some random photos taken between July 4th and 18th at Great Chalfield in Wiltshire (VC7), the National Trust-owned estate

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Zombie Fly Fungus and Common Dung Fly

Yesterday - in between rain showers - I wandered 50m down the road to the Leat, a 'moat' that runs past Great Chalfield Manor and was originally

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Two ‘first’ sawflies, 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

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Solomon’s Seal Sawfly

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,

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Panrecording at Great Chalfield, May 13th

'Pan' what now? Yes, you probably missed it, but Tris and I are having a go at 'panrecording' - ie recording everything we find in our 'patches' (which

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Large and Dotted Bee-flies, Great Chalfield

Living on the National Trust's Great Chalfield Estate gives me some interesting opportunities when it comes to looking for wildlife in the grassland/unimproved pasture/'wildlife-friendly' farmland habitats that


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