Sunday, 14 July 2013

14th of July: How to catch a shark

Last Sunday evening we shared a selection of moth photographs with you. This weekend we also ran a Robinson moth trap overnight, and amongst our findings was this Shark...
 ... so called because of the protuberance from its head, which resembles a shark's fin.

... and this rather beautiful Buff Arches:

As well as a shark, we also had a couple of tigers...
Ruby Tiger

We also had seven White Satin moths. Their caterpillars are abundant on the White Poplars in the Plantation.

A pipistrelle bat was seen feeding on moths last night.

There are no longer any Oystercatcher eggs along the landing ridge. However, there are still some small chicks in the area, so please move on if you hear an adult alarm calling and keep dogs on leads at all times. Earlier in the week we captured this footage of a young Oystercatcher chick.

On Friday the first juvenile Little Tern was seen in flight. The Ringed Plover eggs near the Lifeboat House are still being incubated, it is around ten days before they are due to hatch.

Sheep's-bit, a plant most common near the sea, is in flower on the sand dunes.

If you would like to learn more about the flora and fauna of Blakeney Point, then book a place on our upcoming guided walk this Friday - tickets available here.

- Ajay (with photos by Paul and Matt)

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