Male Nightjar ‘259’, shortly after having been radio-tagged in the Forest of Dean.
The amazingly well camouflaged Buff-tip Moth.
I can’t imagine how many time I’ve inadvertently flushed a Woodcock whilst walking the Forest. It’s one of those species that’s very easy to get close to accidentally, but you tend not to realise until it’s too late and the bird flies. This one happened to fly in to the Nightjar nets this week, offering a opportunity to get a close-up look at this crepuscular wader.
The return of the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary is something I look forward to every year. It’s our least common butterfly in the Forest of Dean, and isn’t widespread in the region, but conservation efforts designed to increase the amount of suitable habitat might one day help to change that.
We’re fortunate that the Forest of Dean is still home to this species, which is in long term decline. For some reason the local population seems to have emerged rather later this year than other populations in the country, unless I’ve simply been unlucky until now. This one was photographed on the 29th May.
Nice to see the return of what is probably my favourite bird. So far this year I’ve only seen a few, but will be spending a lot more time with them over the coming weeks, as per every year. This photo was taken last year in the Forest of Dean. The crop was unintentional as it was pitch black and largely down to guesswork as to when to fire the camera.
Wood Warbler photographed last week in the forest. Wood warblers are long-distance migrants, breeding across Europe and wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. The species is declining in many countries across its breeding range. The UK wood warbler population has declined by 69% since the mid 1990s and has been lost from 50% of its former UK range.