As Winter slowly slips into slumber, it seems that Spring is rushing into action. Within just a few days, the once-bare winter trees are bursting with buds, shoots, new leaves and blossom. Blink, and you may miss it.
Last summer I attended a Wildlife Trusts’ course on moth identification and trapping. I found the course fascinating and was amazed to find out there are over 2,500 individual moth species in the UK alone! They range from the impressive Death’s-head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, with a typical wingspan of up to 13cm, making it the largest here in the UK. Through to the smallest, Enteucha acetosae, with a tiny wingspan of just 3mm, one of the worlds smallest moth species. Some species of moth are just as beautiful as a butterfly, like this Elephant Hawkmoth, Deilephila elpenor, which is a bright pink and green, looking almost exotic.
The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch has again flown by for another year. It is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey, and last year saw more than 519,000 people across the UK taking part recording an amazing 8,262,662 birds! This year was set to be another big success and many people have been hoping to get some unusual records with migrants like Waxwings, Bombycilla garrulus, making their way to the UK because of the colder weather and our bumper crops of berries.