It would be great to have a proper mothtrap but at the moment I get by with my ‘hi-tech’ white sheet. The sheet is tied up between the drain pipe and my pheasant hanging hook; directly underneath the outside light.
I then pop out occasionally and catch any moths into an insect jar then [...]
The spindle goes pretty much unnoticed for the most of the year but when October comes around; this tree, shrub or bush (call it what you will) really comes into its own.
Its leaves turn quickly from lush green through to peach and then a deep [...]
It’s not been a good year for butterflies and insects, it’s been too cold and wet for them. There’s not been enough sunny days for them to hatch, breed and lay eggs. Many insects need warm weather to help trigger emerging and breeding.
After such a bad start to the year and poor breeding [...]
Ryedale Natural History Society (Ryenats) are proud to present a talk on ‘Ecology & Climate Change’ by Professor Sir John Lawton at Helmsley Arts Centre on Tuesday 16th October at 7.30pm (Free Entry).
“Sir John Lawton CBE, FRS is one of the world’s leading ecological
scientists. He was Chairman of the Royal Commission on [...]
I have been exploring a new section of one of my fishing club rivers this summer. It is one of the major tributaries of the Rye but probably the least well known. That is probably because it is very difficult to access ie: no right of way, no footpaths, no roads, no parking, very overgrown, [...]
The ‘Elk’s Hair Caddis’ strikes again
With all the rain this year you would think that the fishing would have been a total washout, but not so!
Sure enough there has been plenty of days when getting in the rivers has been impossible but when the rivers haven’t been a raging torrent they have been [...]
OK we’ve all had a good old moan about how bad the weather has been, how seeds haven’t germinated, slugs have eaten everything, poor breeding season for birds, Yorkshire show cancelled, barbecues ruined etc. …and yes it has been terrible…BUT… It looks like the worst is over and there’s not much of the summer left [...]
Spotted fly-catcher – Muscicapa striata
Following on from an earlier post about building an open fronted nest box for Spotted fly-catchers here is quick video just to prove that they do work!
This was on the bank side of the River Rye in a garden at Nunnington. Spotted fly-catchers have been nesting in this [...]
Bushnell Trophy Cam versus Swann Outback Cam
I am just checking out these two new wildlife cameras. They are motion-sensor (PIR – Passive Infra Red) cameras which means that they will be triggered to record when they detect movement. They also have an infra-red light so that they can record at night as well as [...]
I know it is the Chiffchaff that we all listen out for as the harbinger of spring and to herald the end of winter and whet our appetite for the summer migrants yet to arrive. Though I have to admit that after the first few minutes of hearing it I am longing to hear the [...]