Summer is now with us, and the sun is shining!
Steve Warrillow, warden at the Denso Marston Nature Reserve, Baildon brings us up to date with his “ramblings”; of all things happening down at the reserve. The reserve is open to the public all year round. Why not take a walk down there with the kids one weekend. It is situated on Otley Road, Baildon.
Written by Steve Warrillow
Everything has just about fledged down here on the reserve, we are waiting patiently for the first dragonflies to appear, and this being the Brown Hawker and this is a large dragonfly. It is one of the easiest to identify down on the reserve. It is all brown including the wings it is a large insect and it is usually see flying around the pools or patrolling the surrounding grassland areas and if you are lucky enough you may see it land.
But this month my main focus is moths, we have been trapping most of the year, it has been steady but now that we are into summer we are hoping for more moths to appear. On the Friday 4th July we have a moth night event this is to coincide with the National Moth Night event. There will be lots of events throughout the country. People will be putting out their moth traps hoping to catch something special. It will be a very busy weekend as there is a certain cycle race passing through our glorious county.
We have already caught some of the larger moths, such as the Poplar Hawkmoth and the stunning Elephant hawkmoths, there are over two thousand different species of moths recorded in the UK and not all are brown and boring and the majority do not eat your clothes.
We have been moth trapping for about 5 years down on the reserve and we have now recorded over an hundred different species and the list continues to rise. Moths are important in the life cycle chain as they are food for bats and other creatures.
So if you would like to pop down to our moth night, it starts at 9pm and meet up at lay-by just past St James Church and we will see what we can find and catch. I will be setting up a bat detector too so we may even see or hear some bats hopefully not munching on too many moths.
If you would like any more information, please give me a call on 0791 952 5913
Or visit Friends of Denso Marston Nature Reserve online…