This time last month I was in north Norfolk with my family for a well deserved break. It wasn’t as productive for wildlife or relaxing as I would have liked, however I thought I would share some of my highlights with you. Mostly just photos. Sorry that it has taken me a month to write this, I have been working full time for the last month and haven’t had the time really. Some exciting stuff coming up I hope though. All involving bees!
My favourite place that we went was Holkham National Nature Reserve.Wwe went there with my dog for an hour or so and I decided I would leave the others and come back there the next day for a full day of relaxing in the way I know best.. finding, recording and photographing wildlife. So I parked up and headed to the beach. The beach is very popular with tourists but is so huge that it is rather deserted. Holkham also has a mix of other habitats including salt marsh, sand dunes, pine woodland and grazing marsh. I decided to mainly explore the beach and sand dunes, although I did explore the woodland and grassland areas a bit. Like all good fieldwork in beautiful places, it is best to carry it out barefoot, must easier to connect with the habitats you are in that way!
The transition of habitats from beach to dunes and saltmarsh was rather exciting for me. I live in a landlocked county as far from the sea as you can in Britain so the sea and surrounding habitats always fill me with excitement.
One thing I did notice about this landscape is how blue it is, common sea lavender dominates the lanscape around Holkham and was wonderful to see.
Here are some of my other highlights from the site:
Although Holkham was by far my favourite place of the trip, I also saw some nice things elsewhere.
We were staying on a lovely farm so I put my moth bulb on for a few hours on two of the nights and found 39 species of moth which was good. There was also a grey partridge that visited the garden among other things
Even thought it was a family holiday I managed to find 38 species that I have not seen before, they can be seen in the table below
|Preferred name||Common name|
|Perdix perdix||Grey Partridge|
|Polypodium interjectum||Intermediate Polypody|
|Aethusa cynapium||Fool’s Parsley|
|Atriplex laciniata||Frosted Orache|
|Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima||Sea Beet|
|Cakile maritima||Sea Rocket|
|Euphorbia paralias||Sea Spurge|
|Honckenya peploides||Sea Sandwort|
|Limonium vulgare||Common Sea-lavender|
|Mentha suaveolens||Round-leaved Mint|
|Salsola kali subsp. kali||Prickly Saltwort|
|Spergularia media||Greater Sea-spurrey|
|Suaeda vera||Shrubby Sea-blite|
|Carabus violaceus||Violet Ground Beetle|
|Hippodamia variegata||Adonis’ Ladybird|
|Erythromma viridulum||Small Red-eyed Damselfly|
|Bombus barbutellus||Barbut’s Cuckoo Bee|
|Lasius fuliginosus||Jet Ant|
|Philanthus triangulum||Bee Wolf|
|Catoptria falsella||Chequered Grass-veneer|
|Cerapteryx graminis||Antler Moth|
|Chiasmia clathrata||Latticed Heath|
|Eucosma cana||Hoary Belle|
|Idaea biselata||Small Fan-footed Wave|
|Parapoynx stratiotata||Ringed China-mark|
|Udea lutealis||Pale Straw Pearl|
|Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata||Large Twin-spot Carpet|
|Philonicus albiceps||Dune Robberfly|
|Rhagio tringarius||Marsh Snipefly|
|Villa modesta||Dune Villa|
Thanks for reading, I will be back on Wednesday to promote a guest blog post that I have written for Alice Hunter on wildlife that can be found in your garden at this time of year.