Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 8th–14th August 2017

Scarce Breeding Birds - important posting guidelines

Please do not post any information about scarce or rare breeding species. They may be vulnerable to persecution or disturbance. 

The exception is information on these species at well known sites (e.g. Broadsands for Cirl Bunting and Aylesbeare for Dartford Warbler) or birds which are obvious migrants away from breeding sites.

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Further details can be found in the link below, but note, Wood Warbler is now also included as a scarce breeder:-

https://www.devonbirds.org/news/bird_news/rare_breeding_species

Posted April 15th at 3:02 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Saturday 12th August 2017

A Tiger on the Patio!

Not rare down here I know, but nice when they occur in your garden - taken this pm.

Jersey TigerJersey Tiger

 

Posted August 12th, 2017 at 4:29 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Thursday 10th August 2017

Butterflies at Honey farm

An hour or so at Blackbury Honey farm, Southleigh EX26JF.  No birds but a wonderful flower meadow full of Common Blue butterflies, male and female with a few Small Coppers, 4 Painted Lady, some whites and meadow brown.  Many of the Common Blue joined together making the next generation.

  Flower Meadow

Flower Meadow

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 7:24 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 8th August 2017

Barred grass snake, Natrix helvetica

Anyone who has read with interest the "discovery of a fourth species of  snake" in Britain, as reported by the BBC and press, might be interested to look at the original paper, available at:

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-07847-9

The paper concludes that the grass snakes in Britain do indeed belong to the new species, barred grass snake Natrix helvetica (previously thought to be a subspecies of grass snake Natrix natrix). However, Natrix natrix does not occur in Britain (apart from a few escapes of imported individuals of continental origin). So we still have only three native species of snake in Britain.

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 9:41 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

New Type of Grasssnake Reported Natrix helvetica

New Type of Grasssnake Reported Natrix Helvetica has been reported on the BBC, the Guardian, and the Daily mail, I believe the pictures show here are of that grass snake, these photo's were taken at Stover in May this year

  

Posted August 8th, 2017 at 8:36 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

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