Galling: literal observations and campaign metaphors.

Has summer finally arrived with us?   There have been respectable numbers of Brimstone’s around the garden, Orange-tip and Green-veined Whites too but not such good numbers of Holly Blue a species which is always a delight to spot flitting about its namesake.

An interesting visitor to the patio door recently was a Sycamore Moth,  it is the larva of this species which is the more colourful stage of the species life cycle.  Brown Silver-line moths have also been recorded on Thorne Moors with up to 30 present along the area known as Green Belt.  A common species and  a bracken feeder.

Galls have been very noticable too with Eriophyes tiliae evident on the Lime green leaves of its host (below).  These mite induced ‘nail galls’ can occur in huge numbers and are generally found on the lower branches of the tree.

140515 Eriophyes tiliae hrk 907

The ‘currant galls’ shown below are caused by the gall wasp Neuroterus quercusbaccarum, these are the sexual generation and develop on the male catkins or young leaves of the Oak tree.

140518 Neuroterus quercusbaccarum hrk 920


Campaigns update:

The campaign to get the BBC to reintroduce live broadcast of Nightingale is planning to set up a live broadcast from Kent.  Chris Rose reports that …. “This follows the disappointing decision of the BBC to only broadcast a pre-recorded Nightingale on Monday (11pm Radio 4). We’ve asked the BBC to do a live Nightingale broadcast for next year, as it could be the centrepiece of a national Nightingale Night. (See letters to and from BBC here.)”

Rare Amazon trees are being cut down by criminal loggers and turned into luxury garden decking and Jewson: Stop Plundering the Amazon is a new campaign being run by Greenpeace.

New – General Licence : we only have until the end of Monday to respond to a Natural England consultation on the regulations surrounding which species of bird are covered by the general licence in England.  Mark Avery has produced a useful blog on the issue and it is certainly worth a read, particularly so if you are minded to make a response.  Typical of his campaigning stance he writes  “The thing I would most like to see would be a deluge of responses calling for the Jay to be removed from the General Licence. Is the Jay an economically important pest of anything? Which aspect of farming is affected by the Jay?”


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