Two new species of butterfly have been recorded for the first time at Ness in the Wilderness.
The Brimstone Butterfly who particularly favours the plant Alder Buckthorn which was especially planted three years ago. The second one, Ringlet is very much an exciting find but despite much effort and energy we still do not have a photograph yet. There are fewer butterflies recorded in Cheshire this year, possibly due to the late spring. Despite this bumblebees seem to have done quite well.
The bee hotel is also creating much excitement as bees and mammals have already moved in. A weasel recently poked its head out at one of the team as they walked past.
Having selected a suitable cavity the bees reverse backwards into the hole and lay eggs at intervals along the length. The hole is then sealed off with mud until the larvae hatch and dig their way out.
Most of the baby birds have fledged and left the nest but one or two sparrows and blackbirds are still stilling sitting on late eggs. On the ponds at Ness we can still observe very tiny coot and duck chicks.
Tall Hogweed is now towering over the avenues of seeding Cow Parsley. This in turn will be towered over by random stems of Giant Hogweed.(Cow parsley appears like an open umbrella the correct way up, Hogweed looks like the wind has blown it inside out.)