The monthly club I go to, the Young Naturalists, is usually held at Blashford Lakes a Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust nature reserve, but this time we went to Pennington marshes to do a bird survey and look at … Continue reading →
July 12, 2016 by Jackson Hellewell | Comments Off on Purple Emperor at Straits Enclosure, Alice Holt Forest
This Sunday I visited Straits Enclosure in hope of spotting the elusive Purple Emperor. Luckily enough it was sitting in the middle of the path apparently eating some very old fox/dog scat. It stayed there long enough to allow me to take some good photos but then it flew away shortly after I arrived. We watched it floating around in the tops of the oak and hazel surrounding the path. It settled in the tree tops a few times and soaked up the sun for a while. It didn’t come down to the path again for long though.
It was far bigger than all the other butterflies that were around and seemed to be a much more powerful flyer.
Before I saw the Purple Emperor there were other great butterflies on the bramble flowers like white admirals, ringlets and commas and along the way there were little frogs and toads crossing the path.
There were many commas and ringlets flying about. It seems to be a good year for both species.
I was surprised at how many white admirals there were at straits enclosure; three or four at a time! I had considered them as being quite rare but there seemed to be a few around.
Small baby frogs and toads were crossing the path whilst we were on it.
May 23, 2016
by Jackson Hellewell Comments Off on Water Voles at Titchfield Canal
Yesterday afternoon we went for a walk along the canal at titchfield which leads to the reserve there. We were really lucky to see a lot of water vole activity there. Not 20 meters down the track we saw a … Continue reading →
April 25, 2016
by Jackson Hellewell Comments Off on Winnall Moors Nature Reserve
At the weekend we visited Winnall Moors Nature Reserve in Winchester. Its such an oasis of calm and wildlife in the midst of a city (less than a mile from Winchester High Street). We hoped to see kingfishers and water … Continue reading →
February 3, 2016
by Jackson Hellewell Comments Off on Blashford Lakes – Wildlife Rangers day
At the Blashford lakes Young naturalists group at the weekend we made a dead hedge to shield the people walking past from disturbing the birds on Ivy lake. These Scarlet Elf Cup were a nice splash of colour in amongst … Continue reading →
At the weekend I took advantage of a short break in the seemingly relentless rain to visit Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve. Although the decent weather didn’t last, my brief visit turned out to be jam-packed full of a vast variety … Continue reading →
November 15, 2015
by Jackson Hellewell Comments Off on Marsh Harrier and Peregrine at Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve
Today my mother, grandparents and I went to Farlington Marshes nature reserve near Portsmouth. Farlington is one of the oldest reserves managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. We went in search of Short Eared Owls which … Continue reading →
September 28, 2015
by Jackson Hellewell Comments Off on Wildlife Rangers at Blashford Lakes
On the last Sunday of each month I’ve been going to Blashford Lakes nature reserve in the New Forest to join a group of young Wildlife Rangers aged 13-18. It’s run by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust … Continue reading →
August 25, 2015
by Jackson Hellewell Comments Off on Visit to Minsmere RSPB Reserve
My cousin Joe has been working as a Summer Warden for Natural England at Benacre reserve Tern Colony in Suffolk. As its the summer holidays we decided to go see him on his days off so that he could show … Continue reading →
August 16, 2015
by Jackson Hellewell Comments Off on Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes Nature Reserve
Today my family and I cycled along the coast from Lymington to Keyhaven. Along the way we passed Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes Nature Reserve. I had a great time and it was a perfect opportunity to use my new camera. … Continue reading →