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27 June 2017

Foxes Bridge Colliery Tip and old Trax Site - Wildlife Survey and BBQ

Grid Ref SO638136


Today was our annual barbeque deep in the heart of the forest. Whilst the Forest Rangers erected the gazebo and prepared the food, our team went off in three groups to survey the area. One group went up on the old Foxes Bridge Colliery tip, another group carried on down the track where the ponds are and the last group went over to the old Trax site. The weather was warm although a bit overcast but there was a lot to see and record today.



The full report of species recorded can be seen here and there are more photos of the species found on the report.

Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae) Caterpillars


The cinnabar moth is brightly coloured, with crimson hindwings bordered with dusky black. Its dark grey forewings have a red streak towards the front margin and two red spots on the outer edges but in the larval form, the caterpillar is even more striking, with a bright orange body and black transverse bands. The head is shiny and black, and the body is covered with short black hairs

During June, females lay large batches of eggs on the undersides of ragwort leaves. Ragwort is highly poisonous, particularly to horses, and the bright colouration of the caterpillars warns potential predators that they are distasteful, a result of feeding on a poisonous plant







The team are checking their findings as they record the dragonflies on the pond.





The gazebo has been erected and, yes, this is a part of the forest seldom visited by visitors and a real haven for the wild animals.





All tucking in now!





At the end of the day, we help to lower the gazebo, tidy up all the rubbish and leave the sitre as if no one has ever been there!

A good day was had by all!