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25 May 2021

Speculation and Serridge Butterfly Survey

 

 

There were two groups out today - one group did the butterfly and wildlife survey in Serridge Woods whilst the other group removed old railway wire from about 630 metres of the track at Speculation! That is serious work!

The original railway lines had been closed in 1963 and are now very good hard tracks . Some areas still have the original fencing which are slowly being removed.


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This is a newly emerged Speckled Wood Butterfly spotted in Serridge woods and a Wood White butterfly.

The Survey

Butterflies and Moths

Green veined white 

Common Carpet Moth

Orange Tip egg

Peacock

Wood White

Large White

Burnett Companion

Brown Silver Lines

Small Yellow Underwing

Speckled Wood

Micro moth- Micropterix Calthella

Micro moth- Celypha Lacunana

Birds

Willow Warbler

Wren

Blackbird

Wren

Blackcap

Chiff Chaff

Wood Warbler

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Song Thrush

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Plants

Greater Stitchwort

Creeping Buttercup

Cuckoo Flower

Speedwell

Coltsfoot

Brooklime

Mares Tail

Silver Weed

Cut leaf Geranium

Plantain

Wood Spurge

Mouse Ear Hawk Weed

Barren Strawberry

Celandine

Other

Common Lizard

Black Slug

Ladybird

This shows a few interesting bits where the old wire had come into contact with the sweet chestnut and the wire was through the tree at Speculation.

We removed wire along roughly 630 metres of the track which equated to a whole trailer load, the wire was very brittle in places and broke easily so was placed into old tree bags.

We were at Speculation removing the old wire off of railway fencing. The posts were left in situ as heritage features.