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27 September 2022

Foxes Bridge settling pond and Wild flower area at Linear Park

Grid Ref SO 644 138

 

The team met at Foxes Bridge and we divided into two groups as some of us walked up a track to the settling ponds whilst others walked down to the wild flower scrapes at Linear Park. The group at the settling ponds were clearing small birch. The group at the wildflower area were planting hundreds of young wild flowers.

 

There was a lot of small birch appearing by the pond which was cut.

This is a sign of the White Barred Clearwing moth larvae which is quite an endangered species.

White-barred Clearwing Moth (Synanthedon spheciformis)

Wingspan 26-31 mm. Locally distributed in south-east and north-west England and parts of Wales including the Forest of Dean

It flies in June and can be attracted by the use of pheromones in suitable areas.

The larvae feed on birch (Betula) and alder (Alnus), burrowing into the wood and remaining in this stage for two or possibly three years..

 

 

The team at the wild flower site regularly replant native plants as we have done so over a few years.