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By Hillfield, Aug 12 2014 08:18PM

THE MOTH IDENTIFICATION TABLE AT OUR BUTTERFLY WALK
THE MOTH IDENTIFICATION TABLE AT OUR BUTTERFLY WALK

The list of moths from the live moth traps caught overnight on 25/7/14 are:


ANTLER, BLACK ARCHES, BLOOD VEIN, BRIGHT-LINE BROWN EYE, BROWN-LINE BRIGHT EYE, BUFF TIP, BUFF ERMINE, BROAD-BORDERED YELLOW UNDERWING, BROWN TAIL, CABBAGE MOTH, CLAY, COPPER UNDERWING, COXCOMB PROMINENT, CLOUDED BORDER, COMMON FOOTMAN, COMMON RUSTIC, COMMON WAINSCOT, DARK ARCHES, DINGY FOOTMAN, DOT MOTH, DUSKY SALLOW, FIGURE OF EIGHT, FLAME, FLAME SHOULDER, GARDEN CARPET, GARDEN PEBBLE, GREY DAGGER, HEART & DART, IRON PROMINENT, INGRAILED CLAY, KNOT GRASS, LARGE YELLOW UNDERWING, LEAST YELLOW UNDERWING, LESSER YELLOW UNDERWING, LESSER BROAD-BORDERED YELLOW UNDERWING, LIME-SPECK PUG, MAGPIE, MEAL MOTH, MOTHER OF PEARL, MOUSE MOTH, NUTMEG, OAK EGGER, PEBBLE PROMINENT, PEPPERED MOTH, POPLAR GREY, POPLAR HAWKMOTH, RIBAND WAVE, RINGED CHINA MARK, ROSY RUSTIC, RUBY TIGER, SALLOW KITTEN, SCALLOPED OAK, SCARCE FOOTMAN, SHUTTLE-SHAPED DART, SMALL MAGPIE, SMALL PHOENIX, SMOKY WAINSCOT, SPECTACLE, STRAW DOT, SWALLOW PROMINENT, TAWNY SPECKLED PUG, TURNIP, UNCERTAIN, WHITE-LINE DART, WHITE SATIN, YELLOW TAIL

By Hillfield, Aug 11 2014 10:10PM

On Saturday 26th July we had our first butterfly walk at he nursery organized by Butterfly Conservation Norfolk branch.

As it was a hot and sunny day there were plenty of butterflies to see - twenty species recorded on the day:


LARGE, SMALL AND GREEN-VEINED WHITE, RED ADMIRAL, PEACOCK, SMALL TORTOISESHELL, PAINTED LADY, MEADOW BROWN, GATEKEEPER, RINGLET, COMMON BLUE, BROWN ARGUS, WALL, SMALL SKIPPER, ESSEX SKIPPER, LARGE SKIPPER SMALL COPPER, GRAYLING, COMMA AND PURPLE HARSTREAK.



The previous evening (a warm and cloudy one) live moth traps had been set. A total of 66 moth species were caught and recorded.



By Hillfield, Jul 1 2014 10:09PM

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly at Hillfield Nursery
Small Tortoiseshell butterfly at Hillfield Nursery
Borage flowers
Borage flowers
Poplar Hawkmoth at Hillfield Nursery
Poplar Hawkmoth at Hillfield Nursery
Privet Hawkmoth at Hillfield Nursery
Privet Hawkmoth at Hillfield Nursery
Red Clover flowers
Red Clover flowers

There are loads of bumble bees and butterflies in our wildflower areas. Over 150 small tortoiseshells amongst the red clover counted by Angela - our regular visitor from Norfolk branch of Butterfly Conservation. Should be lots of species to see on our butterfly walk with her on Saturday 26th July. Come and join in - it should be fun.

Live moth trap opening from 10 am. Butterfly walk from around 11.30am around our 30 acre site. Bring your lunch - there will be lots to look at!

By Hillfield, Jun 28 2014 09:50PM

Just thought I'd try to count the varieties of plum trees in ever increasing orchards. We have over 160 plum trees and more than 20 varieties!


From lovely sweet little early Opal plums which you can just pop into your mouth - to the sharper Czars and Early Rivers which make excellent wine or richly flavoured jams.


Later in the season we have Oullins golden gages which melt into your mouth and of course, Victoria plums a good old favourite.


Here's the list - I think I've got most of them! We also have several "unidentifieds"


Belle de Louvain, Coe's Golden Drop, Betuwese Kwets ( a curiously shaped little plum with a deliciously distinctive flavour) Czar, Early Laxton , Jubileum,

Cambridge Gage (greengage) Opal, Oullin's Golden Gage, Reeves, Herman, President, Marjorie Seedling,

Victoria, Laxton's Cropper, Yellow Pershore, Burbank


Damsons - Farleigh, Merryweather and Shropshire Prune.