Summer’s glow, bugs galore and balsam

Summer’s glow Did you know glow worms are real? They sound like fairy-tale creatures but in reality they look like an elongated woodlouse! It’s actually only the females that glow and they do so to attract the flying males. As the females can’t fly they wait on the edge of vegetation and the end of… Continue reading Summer’s glow, bugs galore and balsam

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Meeting moths… fluffy faces and feathery antennae!

Sarah, our Wildlife Site Surveyor for the Habitat Biodiversity Audit, shares her new passion - moths! I love the variety of them, their colours, fluffy faces and feathery antennae as well as the most incredible fanciful names. I recently had the great privilege of being able to join some serious lepidopterists for a night of… Continue reading Meeting moths… fluffy faces and feathery antennae!

Hibernation, migration and creating habitation

As winter approaches hibernation beckons for many animals such as hedgehogs and hazel dormice, but did you know many insects, including ladybirds, hibernate too? Ladybirds may cluster together to hibernate over winter, finding natural places like under the bark of trees or hollow plant stems. Others choose to head into our homes, gathering in groups… Continue reading Hibernation, migration and creating habitation

#30DaysWild has begun!

It's that time of year again - 30 Days Wild is here! Every June we ask you to make room for nature and commit to carrying out 'Random Acts of Wildness'. It doesn't matter where you live, whether it be on the coast, in the middle of the countryside, or even in an urban jungle;… Continue reading #30DaysWild has begun!

Spring time! Blossom, bunnies and Easter eggs galore

Spring is here! The hedgerows are bursting with vivid lime-green leaves. Pretty white flowers are already cascading from the branches of blackthorn and soon you’ll spot hawthorn blooming too.  Though known as the May tree, the heavy scent of hawthorn flowers may be in the air by the end of April. It’s the trimethylamine found… Continue reading Spring time! Blossom, bunnies and Easter eggs galore

Wild about Learning!

When Warwickshire Wildlife Trust turns up at a school to run a nature club, the children can barely get their wellies on quick enough! Thanks to a £66,000 grant from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Trust’s education team has been busy running weekly sessions across nine primary schools, where creative fun and games have… Continue reading Wild about Learning!

Where’s the wildlife this winter?  

While we humans are snuggled inside with mulled wine and glittery episodes of Strictly on the telly, UK wildlife is still making its home out in the wild. In the bleak midwinter Many mammals have headed into hibernation, migrating birds departed and amphibians buried themselves safely away from winter freezes. Even insects and butterflies may… Continue reading Where’s the wildlife this winter?