Thursday, 14 August 2008

The teddy bear's picnic

I thought I'd post this Mediterranean-like picture of a very sunny Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve at Blackpool to remind everyone (or just myself) what blue sky used to look like.

Yesterday at Marton Mere nature reserve the Rangers held a 'teddy bear's picnic' and bug hunt for budding young naturalists. With the Ranger's help they found a fair whack of stuff. Included in their finds were 3 species of damselflies; Common Blue, Azure and Blue Tailed, 3 Dragonflies; Emperor, Common Darter and Brown Hawker, a selection of moths; Burnished Brass, Silver Y and Flame Shoulder. Best of all was a butterfly that has become extremely scarce in this part of Lancashire in recent years, Small Heath.

Where to next? Don't forget the Rock Pooling event on Sunday afternoon (17th). Meet at the Mirror Ball at 4.00pm, bring your nets, buckets and wellies.

In the meantime let us know what you have spotted in your own 'outback'.

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