August in the Reserve
Posted by RWH on August 07 2011 11:39:03

The flight period for large fritillaries is coming to an end. The late summer hatch of Speckled Wood is evident as they dart around the dappled woodland showing off their creamy-yellow patches on a chocolate background. Their numbers will increase until they fade away at the end of September. Look out too for slowworm on the paths.


Extended News

The flight period for large fritillaries is coming to an end, but a High Brown Fritillary was identified last Friday, for the first time this year. The count for High Brown and Dark Green fritillaries has been below average and much lower than last year, but this has been the case across South Cumbria, possibly owing to poor weather during the egg-laying season last July. The late summer hatch of Speckled Wood is evident as they dart around the dappled woodland showing off their creamy-yellow patches on a chocolate background. Their numbers will increase until they fade away at the end of September. Look out too for slowworm on the paths.