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Summer lovin'

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Wal and I have seen lots of these lovely red- orange Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva) around. There are several species of Soldier Beetle and these are apparently the most common and easy to identify with their dark coloured tails and feet. They are usually found in pairs – mating pairs- which has led to their rather amusing nickname the ‘bonking beetle’.  

Wal has been making excellent progress at fencing off other parts of the site for our neighbours. Our own fencing has given the flora and fauna a chance to flourish undisturbed by the sheep; I wonder what else will appear in the future?

Finally, I also found a new (to WV) species of plant behind the pond which has taken a while to identify, mainly due to the fact that I was looking up wildflowers. We are not quite sure how Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) made it to the top o’ the hill but it is doing well. (Wal argues that it is called Love-in-the-mist, can someone settle this for us?)

Hours of Fun!

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