Bug Watch

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As the weather improves more and more of the little critters are coming out to play.  Here is a selection of what I have found in the last couple of weeks.


Weevil Wonder


Watching and Waiting


Soldiering On


Longhorn Moth


24 Spot Ladybird


Ichneumon Wasp


Corisuz hyoscyami


And just for a bit of fun….



And finally, quite obviously not a bug but worthy of shot anyway….

Young Wild Male Fallow Deer


Hands up who is enjoying the nice weather at last then?




Wild Deer Wednesday

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My oh my, what a handsome fella.

It started off with two beautiful Muntjac deer, a male and a female, coming into the clearing. Snap, snap away I went with my camera.

Then a female fallow deer. Then another. Then a baby fallow deer. More females. Then the stag. In total a Stag, 7 females and a baby!

This handsome chap unfortunately had a very bad limp. He didn’t seem deterred and still has seven ladies trailing around after him!

Two Rather Game Birds

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Red Legged Partridge get scared by Pheasant.

I sat and watched this Red Legged Partridge (on the right) for ages as it casually sat on a mud mound.

It seemed unaware of the group of pheasants creeping along the woodland edge.

Then the pheasant popped up onto the mud mound next to the Partridge and this shot is the result.

Panic Panic Panic!

Strange as they are so often seen together.  Guess it got took by surprise.

Autumn in Full Flow

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So now we are finally getting to Autumn.  It’s still very mild outside though and there are plenty of things to see.

Another small selection from recent encounters.

Wild Fallow Deer


Dragonflies still handing about

Some of the usual suspects …


Blue Tit


Still some insects searching out for what they can …

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Pied Wagtail (by the River)


Hoping to see (and capture) some of our Winter visitors soon, when they arrive.

Summer? Autumn? Summer? Autumn? It all got confusing!


As people of the UK will know it all went a bit weird this year.  Heatwaves in early October and apparent very cold summer (although I failed to notice this).

Below is a selection of wildlife that’s been around in the late summer/early autumn.  Changing of seasons is always a great spectacle in the natural world.  Autumn being the best IMHO.

Spider Chow Down




Corizus hyoscyami (a new addition to Worcestershire).

Shield Bug


Fallow Deer


Long Tailed Tit



Fallow Deer

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Young Swan


Now, let’s start on proper Autumn!

Snitterfield Bushes & Pipers Hill / Dodderhill Common


Today we took a visit to two local nature reserves, run by the Wildlife Trusts.  The first was Snitterfield Bushes which is quite close to Stratford upon Avon.  It’s quite a beautiful wood, peaceful and relaxed.

At this time of year, there are quite a few berries.  Unfortunately today I didn’t see much wildlife taking advantage of the abundance that seems to be about at the moment.

And one for the fungi fans!

The only bird I managed to capture (just about) on our short trip was a Marsh Tit.

One thing we did come across was a cheerful group of volunteers helping to coppice the wood.  Good on them!

Pipers Hill / Dodderhill Common is another local nature reserve, just outside Hanbury, Worcestershire.  Again, it’s managed by the Wildlife Trusts.

This, in my opinion, is the best time of year to visit.  It looks just glourious in Autumn.

The only real wildlife we saw we the local grey squirrels.  Quite a few of them in fact.  A few wrens were pottering about too.

If fungi is your thing then this is the place to come.  An absolute plethora and here are just a few.

Two beautiful reserves that I can’t recommend highly enough, even if it’s just for a short afternoon stroll.