Quite a smart species, this colourful moth overwinters as an adult,and is regularly found hibernating inside barns and outbuildings.
The adults are attracted to both light and sugar, and the species is fairly common and well distributed over much of Britain. The larvae feed on willow (Salix) and poplar (Populus). For more details see https://butterfly-conservation.org/1034-12813/herald.html
Checking for barn owls in Nottinghamshire.
Using a telescopic handler and safety cage a check of the chimney pots was undertaken. These signs included brooding adult birds, concentrations of accumulated flattened pellet nest debris, faecal encrustation, eggs or eggshell remains, surplus prey items, bodily remains of chicks or infant down feathers.
An inspection of the base of the chimney suggested that the pellets were probably compressed, and it was considered likely that this area had served as a nesting chamber in the past.
Evidence of both current and long-term roosting by this species was found inside the roof void and associated with the chimney pot in the form of pellets (numbering several hundred in the chimney), areas of faecal deposits and feathers. A number of pellets were found on the the top of the brickwork.
The reasons for the serious decline of the Willow Tit in the UK is constrained by a lack of understanding of the species’ ecology, which is partly due to the difficulty of persuading Willow Tits to use nestboxes.
This design of nestbox has been shown to work in some study area. Nest success from nests in boxes that reach the egg stage is very high, probably much higher than those in natural cavities.
See this article https://britishbirds.co.uk/article/nestboxes-fieldcraft-monitoring-willow-tits/
More boxes made…
The tundra bean goose is a species of bean goose that can be seen in the UK during the winter. It tends to be darker and browner than the other ‘grey geese’ species with orange legs and a darker head and neck.
A joint LBC/LNU Meeting – 20th January 2018 – non-members very welcome.Lincolnshire Rooks; Living in the shadow of Ash dieback by Andrew Chick.The talk will look at 70 years of rook studies in Lincolnshire, starting with the1947 LNU Transaction paper and compare the results of the 2017 LincolnshireBird Club survey which inspected over 250 rookeries and counted 5959 nests.During the 1980s a detailed survey of the trees utilised by nesting rooks wasundertaken to assess the likely impact of Dutch Elm Disease on Lincolnshirebirds, some 30 years later we are now assessing the potential impact thatChalara dieback will have on Lincolnshire wildlife?