Ibsley water grassland wildlife.

Yesterday the volunteers were helping to pull ragwort on the banks of Ibsley water. While not the most enjoyable of tasks it did allow us to view a not normally accessible part of the reserve. We managed to find at least 6 bee orchids of varying size.

 

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Bee Orchid and glove.

We also found a male emperor dragonfly with it’s leg entangled in some grasses. After a bit of fiddling around we untangled and released it.

 

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Emperor dragonfly.

Patches of nettles had groups of peacock butterfly caterpillars feeding on them.

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Peacock butterfly caterpillars.

Sightings today have included 63 lapwing, 253 fledged juvenile black-headed gulls, 1 redshank and 1 common sandpiper on Ibsley water and 2 ringlet butterflies on the path approaching the goosander hide.

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