Anglesey Wild Flower Meadow: Bird Feast: Elderberry (Sambucus)
The bees have done an amazing job this summer there is an abundance of berries in the hedges surrounding the mea...
Welcome to the blog of my Wild Flower Meadow for 2015.
A bit late starting this year due to nasty persistent virus that was so difficult to eradicate.
Sadly this may be the last year I may be keeping a blog for my meadow . The house and acre of land will be going on the market in the not too distant future . The new owners may put the land back to grazing or development who knows .
I sincerely hope not.
I hope it will be as loved and nurtured as It has been since I started it in 2006
In the mean time I will endeavour to keep the blog up to date with lots of pictures showing how the plants and wildlife play out in 2015 .I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I do producing it.
Please pop back from time to time to see the new additions and feel free to add any comments
Friday, 19 August 2011
|Rowen or Mountain Ash (Sorbus)|
|Crab Apple ( Malus)|
Hawthorn Tree (Crataegus Monogyna)
|Sloe or Blackthorn (Prunus Spinosa)|
Monday, 15 August 2011
I recently purchased this reference book . Although I have at least 10 wild flower books this one has got to be my favourite. It has helped make identifying the wild flowers in the meadow that are new to me really easy. Previously I hadn't been that accurate in my observations and the three varieties of Willowherb below I thought that they were all the same , but since having this new book I now realise they are all different
|Broard-leaved Willowherb Epi|
|Chickweed Willowherb Epilobium alsinifolium|
|Marsh Willowherb Epilobium palustre|
The last few remaining blue flowers, its rather sad there won't be many more flowers to show and it will soon be time to cut the meadow and to start preparing it all for flowering next year.I have more plugs to plant and I have ordered more bulbs for planting but more about those in a later post
|Harebell Campanula rotundifolia|
|Early Forget Me Not Mysotis ramosissima|
|Field forget me not Myosotis arvensis|
Saturday, 13 August 2011
|Short Tailed Vole|
|Flossie on Vole Patrol|
|Flossie being good|
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
This is just a very small selection of birds that we have visiting the meadow. we also have Blackbirds . Thrushes ,Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Blue Tits, Great Tits ,Jackdaws ,Crows Magpies.During the very hard winter of 2010 we even had a Raven in the hen pen eating from the hen feeder . A Buzzard landed in the meadow tonight after either a rat or vole . The visitors that thrilled me most a couple of weeks ago was a family of Linnets 6 in all. Lovely to see their bright pink chests.They were really tucking in to the flower heads of the Ox Eye Daisies and Corn Marigolds that had gone to seed
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Due to the hard winter and the very dry spring the butterflies and bees are very scarce these pictures were taken in 2010 there have just not been enough to photograph this year. Also the bumble bees are a less not as many varieties as in passed years . My own honey bees are thriving at the moment but not a lot of honey as of yet ,but as long as they make enough to make it through the winter I will be satisfied.
|Small Tortoise Shell Butterfly|
|Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar|
|Cabbage White Butterfly|
|Common Blue Butterfly|
|Chamomile Shark Caterpillar|
|Wall Brown Butterfly|
|Meadow Brown Butterfly|
|Painted Lady Butterfly|
|Peacocks Eye Butterfly|
|Red Admiral Butterfly|
|Small Copper Butterfly|
|Yellow-Tail (Euproctis similis) Caterpillar|
Friday, 5 August 2011
|Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum)|
Buff-Tailed Bumble Bee ( Bombus (Bombus) terrestris )
|Honey Bee ( Apis mellifera )|
|Red Tailed BumbleBee ( Bombus (Melanobombus) lapidarius )|
|Ladybird on Rowen|
|Ground Beetle (Poecilus sp.)|
|Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus longicornis|
|a fly (Muscidae)|
|a hoverfly (Rhingia campestris|
|Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela campestris)|