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07 April 2009

We saw two of these lizards today. He is well camouflaged against the leaves.

Adults emerge from hibernation in March, usually the males are a few weeks earlier than the females. Mating is between April and May. The females produce between 3 and 11 young in July, the young are born in an egg sac that breaks either during birth or soon afterwards.


One of our team took this photo today.

This is the Comma (Polygonum c-album) butterfly. It has jagged edge to it's wings, with an orange ground colour and dark markings. It's underwing is mottled brown and has that comma mark from which it earns it's name. The most remarkable feature of the Comma has been its severe decline in the twentieth century and subsequent comeback. Open woodland and wood edges are the main habitats for both breeding and hibernation


Grid Ref SO621076


Our last spring outing took us back to Oakenhill to continue with the heathland regeneration and we can see lots of signs of success in this area now. Bluebells and violets are poking up as well as foxgloves and the animal wildlife is quite evident with signs of deer and wild boar as well as butterflies and common lizards. The fires we burn to clear away the piles of gorse and birch and are then left as an ash heap are very attractive to the nightjars and are also used by adders.

Comma butterfly


Common lizard



The area of heathland is now quite extensive.






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