Sunday, 13 August 2017

Wildflower meadow management at Chapel Green, Rocklands

Today villagers got together to carry out the annual cut of Chapel Green wild-flower meadow. Further posts on this wonderful local asset, managed by the community on behalf of Rocklands Parish Council, are to be found here.

The green had unfortunately grown quite long and rank, because we were unable to carry out the annual cut in 2016.

Thanks to the loan of a wheeled petrol strimmer by the kind people at the village's Walnut Tree Garden Nursery, we made short work of the cut.

Our late afternoon break, with the hay almost cut, consisted of Carolyn's locally harvested, home-made elderflower cordial, freshly harvested apple (from our garden) crumble, and tea.

After a further mow with the lawnmower, the green is ready for the coming year's growth.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Butterflies of the Pyrenees

Some of the butterflies encountered on a family camping trip to the Huesca Pyrenees in late July-early August.

[Text to follow. Some IDs tentative]

Pyrgus alveus centralhispaniae / P. armoricanus ?, Torla, 21 July

Argynnis pandora, Torla, 21 July
Apatura iris, Torla, 21 July

Parnassius apollo, río Ara above Bujaruelo, 22 July
Hesperia comma, Valle de Otal, 23 July
Lasiommata maera, Valle de Otal, 23 July
Polyommatus escheri ? , Valle de Otal, 23 July

Pyrgus sp. Valle de Otal, 23 July

Lysandra cordon, Valle de Otal, 23 July

Argynnis paphia, Valle de Otal, 23 July

Polyommatus escheri ? , Valle de Ordesa, 24 July

Plebicula dorylas ♀, río Ara above Bujaruelo, 25 July

Nymphalis antiopa, Lac d'Orédon, 29 July

Lycaena vigaureae, Lac d'Orédon, 29 July
Brassy Erebia sp cf gorgone, Ibón de Plan, 31 July

Ibón de Plan, 31 July

Melitaea phoebe occitanica & Zygaena filipendulae, Revilla, 1 Aug

Melanargia galathea, Revilla, 1 Aug

Iphiclides podalirius, Laguna de Pineta, 3 Aug