This week I'm doing some work experience with Nottinghamshire ecologist Nick Crouch, based at County Hall. Yesterday was spent in the office, learning about an ecologist's role within the County Council, looking at the process to deal with planning applications from a conservation perspective and conservation within the county.
Today however we were out in the sweltering heat all day doing practical conservation; removing a non-native species of dogwood from a small wood. It was hard work, but very rewarding, and there was plenty of wildlife at the site too. There were loads of Swifts, Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins feeding over a marshy field all day, and the wood was full of Chiffchaffs and Wrens singing away. A Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were also seen, a Reed Bunting was singing and a Lesser Whitethroat briefly sang a few times. There was a large amount of Common Twayblade orchid Neottia ovata, and also some Common Spotted orchids Dactylorhiza fuchsii to kick off my orchid list. Ringlet butterflies were everywhere, as well as Meadow Browns and a few Large Skippers, and some Common Blue damselflies. On the bee front I saw 8 species, just on one small patch of brambles!
When I got home I sat out in the sun, and watched an Andrena (Mining bee) species going into a hole in our table outside, here's a still from a video I took of it as it emerged from the hole:
A cracking end to what has been a great 30 Days Wild, and a great June!
I'm Sorrel, a young birder and wildlife artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.