Sunday, 21 June 2015

Whitwell Common

Saturday June20

Whitwell Common is an SSI reserve, mainly for its flowers but it looks very good for wildlife in general. Greg had been asked to open some moth traps at 2.00 as part of their Open Day attractions. The moth group mob attended, few others did, what a shame. Greg said we should hire ourselves out as a Rentamob.
We got some very good moths in the three traps, one new for Greg, Four-dotted Footman. He brought along the migrant Bordered Straw which was new for us, as were the Footman, pale Oak Beauty, Beautiful Golden Y,  May Highflyer, Large Nutmeg and Mottled Beauty. In the general kerfuffle I didn't get any pics - too busy looking.
Someone had been busy labelling some of the wildflowers, I photographed a few before leaving.

Bee Orchid
The tiny Bog Speedwell - flowers barely half a centimetre in diameter
Common Spotted Orchid

Simon Harrap led the group on a flower walk when we'd finished. What a privilege, Pam will buy his latest book next week. Unfortunately, we'd had enough standing by then, so left to watch us bat and win in a rain curtailed Duckworth Lewis second innings. Series win 3-2. What a turnaround. We lost 5 wickets very cheaply and then Bairstow hit a nagnificent 80, aided by Billings and Rashid, to win.

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