Moth Night 2015: 10th – 12th September

Plenty of info to find out more about these cryptic creatures at the National Moth Night website and the Moth Count newsletter (PDF) What is going on here in Northamptonshire? The Moths of Northamptonshire website has news … If you’d like to take part in future moth events at Bradlaugh Fields then please get in […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #61 Small Scabious

Small Scabious flourishes especially well in the dry, bare stony soil of the Hills and Hollows where the topsoil was scraped away to give wild-flowers a chance against the aggressive grasses that otherwise dominate where there is no grazing or mowing to remove nutrients. The attractive powder-blue flowers are lightly sweet-scented and a real magnet […]

Busy for Beetles in the Hills and Hollows

Here’s a pair of Common Red Soldier Beetles busy making baby beetles amongst the flowers of the Hills and Hollows at Bradlaugh Fields. No wonder there’s so many of them! They are especiallly fond of hanging out on Thistle and, as here, Umbellifer flowers, the ones in the photo belonging to the Upright Hedge Parsley […]

Early August Wildlife Trust Conservation Work Days at Bradlaugh Fields

There are two Wildlife Trust work days coming up in August. They are listed in their latest task sheet (PDF here) to be found on the appropriate page of their website. Please read the information about work-days (what to wear, bring with you etc) on the task sheet if you’ve not been on a WT […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #53 Creeping Thistle

It is a mistake to think too badly of this plant as it can bring great benefits to other wildlife, feeding butterflies – Marbled White seen in the photo above – and bees with its nectar as well as nourishing many more on its leaves and stems. With proper management, Creeping Thistle will not get […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #51 Lime Tree or Linden

This large forest tree fills the Midsummer air with delicious fragrance as tens of thousands of creamy yellow flowers attract insects from across a wide area to feast on its abundant nectar. The blossom is traditionally gathered by many people around Europe to prepare the famous Linden or Tilleul tea. If you look closely you […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #47 Common Hogweed

The photo above was taken yesterday near the top of the hill by the sundial (visible in the bottom left), overlooking Northampton, and shows a large, dense stand of Common Hogweed. This plant is related to Cow Parsley, with very similar umbrella- or dish-shaped heads of white flowers, but the plant itself is a lot […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #45 Bramble or Blackberry

Another plant that really needs little introduction. So competitive and successful is it that, useful though it is, like it’s relative the blackthorn, bramble needs to be constantly kept in check to prevent it completely taking over. There is no end to the wildlife that finds a use for brambles. On the recent meadow walk, […]