‘Moor’ ramblings & rants but not forgetting natural observations ….

Readers may recall a recent post pondering the fate of Hatfield Moor’s Neolithic trackway.  I have tried and will continue to try to establish an update from statutory agencies perspective in terms of its condition status, but yes …. please continue to watch this space.  In the interim ….

It was a tad cool to start with on Monday morning as I arrived at Crowle Moors but the autumnal sun appeared and tempted out the last few speckled wood and small tortoisehell butterflies to enjoy the warmth and bramble fruit juices.  A party of house martins of around eight birds were also observed hawking over the ‘nettle crop’ meadow as were a similar number of swallows, all fuelling up before their long migratory flight.  Later on, another small flock flew westwards over Swinefleet Warping Drain towards Thorne Moors and the NE depot as I made my way around the reserve, their constant chittering a reminder of the passing season.

However, by far the best ‘tick’ for the visit were the four superb red deer stags (there might have been a fifth animal but the vegetation obscured an accurate count) feeding, irritatingly the camera was still in my rucksack and as I was up wind of them I simply froze to enjoy the view which I knew would disappear as soon as they picked up my scent.  I had excellent views of three of the substantive beasts, two of them had good number of points or tines,  sadly I have not published the number because of the ‘sporting’ interest in such animals.  The presence of red deer on the Thorne Moors complex is a very contentious issue not least because of financial implications, sporting opportunities and landowner interest.  I can’t remember the last time I was lucky enough to see a Royal and as for a Imperial or a Monarch ….

The image below illustrates antlers from two different animals, one from a Scottish moor the other from Thorne Moors.  Can you tell which from where?


Red antlers 351


Other recent observations include the recent occurence at light of a Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita at Haxey Turbary recently.   The State of Britains Larger Moths categorises the species as broadly being one of  woodlands and they report it as having increased by nearly 300% up to that date.  UK Moths website describe it as reasonably common.  An oak feeder the species is not a commonly recorded one on the Humberhead Peatlands unless of course you know differently?  In which case, drop us an email so we can update our records.


Brindled Green 3 Haxey Turbary 14.9.13

National Nature Reserves still need our protection, if you’ve not already signed our 38 degree petition here, please think about it.  If you’ve concerns about our stance that are not answered on the petition page then please do contact us.

Images by Phil Lee & Helen Kirk.


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