The forest bug Pentatoma rufipes is a species of shield bug in the family Pentatomidae and sometimes called red-legged shieldbug. It is a common and widespread species found in forests and woodlands. This one was in my Lincolnshire garden on 06/09/2016.
The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has published the latest Breeding Bird Survey, the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK’s common breeding birds.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust report urges the Government to deliver its promise of a 25-year plan, and also to make itself accountable to Parliament through an annual budget statement on the value of the environment, alongside the value of the economy. In order to fund environmental improvements, the report cites the Norwegian approach, where companies who deplete the nation’s natural wealth have to pay towards renewing it through a ‘sovereign wealth’ fund.
2013-2014 was a good year for many of the UK’s birds. The latest results from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) brought some short-term, positive news for a suite of both migratory and resident species against a backdrop of long-term declines for many, long-distance migrants in particular. The BBS Report 2014 reveals the latest short and long-term trends for 110 species, focuses on increasing coverage in the uplands and takes a look at recording how birds were first detected during the 2014 surveys. I cover the National Trusts Belton Park site as part of this survey. See http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/bbs
This bat was recorded in an abandoned industrial site near Grantham, Lincs, with a total lack of any trees and surrounded by open arable farmland. I recorded occasional common pipistrelles throughout the night (and not a lot more), then this bat appeared briefly just after midnight. Not the place you would expect to record a Barbastelle…..