A Wonderful Wildlife Filled Week

I have been rather busy at work recently running the WILDside Project so was looking forward to a week off for a long time. I headed down to Cornwall with my partner @bumble_being to explore the Cornish coast and record whatever wildlife we came across, we weren’t disappointed!

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Our adventures always involve lots of vegan food.

On Monday we went to Saint Ives to explore the coastline there. It is a really spectacular place filled with breathtaking views and wildlife. The highlight of this walk for myself and Charlotte was seeing numerous brown banded carder bees! This was a new species for Charlotte and one that I had only seen once before, what a lovely surprise!

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Charlotte looking for bees

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A lovely brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis)

On Tuesday we woke up early and hired a ‘small car’ (actually turned out to be an 18 plate SUV!) and headed to Coverack on the Lizard Peninsula. I have always wanted to go back to the lizard as I have only been once and that was when I was very young.

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Small car apparently

We parked up and walked to Lowland Point, in search of a very special solitary bee. I have loved solitary bees for a number of years, and have always had a thing for Eucera longicornis, the long-horned bee. This rather charismatic species used to be widespread but is now rather rare in Britain.

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Male long-horned bee 

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Two male long-horned bees fighting over a female

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A gorgeous rose chafer

On the way back to the car we noticed a lot more, including numerous Eucera males, I must have been so intent in getting to the hotspot that I missed all the other wildlife along the way. We recorded a small pearl bordered fritilary, heath bumblebees and hairy birds-foot trefoil.

 

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Heath bumblebee (Bombus jonellus)

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Hairy birds-foot trefoil (Lotus subbiflorus)

On Wednesday we got the train to Falmouth Docks and walked along the coastal path all the way to just beyond Maenporth. This really is a lovely walk to do and take in the dramatic Cornish coastline while seeing wildlife too. We say lots of sheep’s-bit, kidney vetch and bumblebees!

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Sadly on Thursday it was time for me to go back to Buckinghamshire in preparation for heading to Wales on a botany trip with some work colleagues the following day. On Friday myself, some of my colleagues and people that used to work at the Wildlife Trust headed to Llanfyllin in Wales for a long weekend of botany on the Welsh / English border.  We recorded some lovely plants and I learnt a lot!

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Marsh arrowgrass

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Northern marsh orchid

 

 

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