A DIARY OF THE WILDLIFE OF THE WANSBECK VALLEY AND BEYOND
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Stobswood and Ulgham
Chimney Sweeper moth, Ulgham
Hairy Bindweed, Ulgham
Speckled Wood, Stobswood
Hairy St. Johns wort, Stobswood
River Lyne at Ulgham...beginning to dry out!
Vipers Bugloss, Stobswood
Tall Melilot, Widdrington tip
I went up to Widdrington tip and walked around Stobswood. The orchids here are past their best but other plants are coming into flower. Tall or Golden melilot is common around this area, Knapweed and Wild Carrot attract a lot of insects but today was a bit windy to bring out the best. There was a lot of butterflies on the wing, Ringlet, Meadow brown, Common blue and Small skipper, the latter were in their hundreds particularly on the flower heads of Creeping thistle and there was also 3 Speckled woods and Brimstone moth. At the site of the old brickworks the main plant here is Vipers bugloss where there were hundreds of plants and nearly all of them had 5 & 6 spotted Burnet moths on them.
On the way home I called in at Ulgham and lots of Ringlets and 50+ Chimney sweeper moths in the meadows. Lots of waterside flowers like Purple Loosestrife, brooklime and one of my favourites in this area Hairy Bindweed.
Hemlock Water dropwort, Ulgham
Ulgham meadows and woodland is a fine place for a quiet waterside stroll.