2014 - 2023

A few pictures

Ray's picture of the Holt taken in 1968 - note the railway.

2 Balmey Blokes Birdwatching on a Bench

Funny looking Barn Owl

Pictures and information, lists, habitat plus bird & bat box locations
Maps, Grids, Emergency coordinates, books, tools, ash dieback & long term planning
Barn Owl nesting boxes, wildflowers, hedge laying, coppicing, pond maintenance & how to build a bug house
Moat & Alisons Acre General information about the site
4 Kids Forest School, RSPB Activities, things to do and information
Links Useful links and help for identification
Contact VOLUNTEERING and Glen Parva information plus map
Hospital A link to a Leicestshire Wildlife Hospital

My Favourite Insect Pictures

Bee Fly - Bombylius major
Picture taken in my garden - what a poser.
A furry bee-like fly with long legs and proboscis and a body the size of a small bumble bee. I found it on my purple sprouting broccoli, never seen one before. The larvae are parasitic on other insects especially solitary bees and wasps. Eggs are laid near the nest and the young larva make their way into the nest where they attack both the food store and the the young bee or wasp. LOVELY
Swallowtail - Papilio machaon
Picture taken at How Hill reserve in Norfolk, June 2016.
Swallowtail butterflies are large, colorful butterflies that form the family Papilionidae. Swallowtails differ from all other butterflies in a number of anatomical traits. Most notably, their caterpillars possess a unique organ behind their heads, called the osmeterium. Normally hidden, this forked structure can be everted when the caterpillar is threatened, and emits smelly secretions containing terpenes. The adults are often tailed like the forked tail of some swallows, giving the insect its name.

All about Bee-Flies

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