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14 May 2019

Linear Park

Grid Ref SO650126


What a beautiful day for us to do a wildlife survey around Linear Park! We were particularly looking for butterflies and here are the results:

From the main track along Linear Park-

9 orange tip butterflies
5 green veined butterflies
1 comma butterfly
6 speckled wood butterflies
1 peacock butterfly
2 holly blue butterflies
2 small white butterflies
1 brimstone butterfly
2 small tortoiseshell butterflies
1 large white butterfly


Extra records from the triangle opposite the sewage works are -

11 Dingy skipper butterflies
1 grizzled skipper butterfly
2 green veined white butterflies
2 small heath butterflies
2 small tortoiseshell butterflies
1 burnett companion moth

We also saw -

numerous green long-horn moths
2 brown silver line moths
6 seven spot ladybirds.

The team are walking along the main Linear Park track and frequently stopping when something caught their eye.






A large bunch of Cowslips.

The common name cowslip may derive from the old English for cow dung, probably because the plant was often found growing amongst the manure in cow pastures. An alternative derivation simply refers to slippery or boggy ground; again, a typical habitat for this plant

Bulrush (Typha) plants

Seeds of bulrushes are consumed by ducks and other birds; while geese and nutria consume the rhizomes and early shoots. Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.).

After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates.