Monday, 24 June 2013

Practical Session Report - June - Birthday Celebrations

It was a very special session for us this month as it marks the 15th anniversary of the project at St. Giles.

Here's a fab present from Leslie, who generously donated a grass collector to the project. It was certainly popular with Lucy and Angela taking turns to collect the grass cuttings using our new tool.

We had more helpers than usual as we welcomed some family members of our regulars. They were a great help and not only raked, but some helped Liz with the invertebrate sample, which yielded some great records including four spiders, two butterflies, a bumblebee, a beetle, and a woodlouse:

Daddy Long-legs - Pholcus phalangiodes 
Cucumber spider - Arianella curcurbitina with the specific epithet, curcubitina, relating to cucumber, as the spider has a bright green abdomen.
Crab spider - Xysticus cristatus 

Common Fox spider - Alopecosa pulverulenta 
Click beetle - Athous haemorrhoidalis, which as Liz told me is best known for the ability to throw itself in the air when it finds itself on its back.
Speckled Brown butterfly - Pararge aegeria
Green-veined White - Pieris napi 
Early Bumblebee - Bombum pratorum 
Pill Woodlouse - Armadillidium vulgare

The invertebrate sample in action.

The stars of the show this month? Us. 
It's wonderful how we all come together to keep this churchyard not only looking good, but also as a great habitat for wildlife.

Our youngest volunteer, Archie, and his mum made this tasty chocolate and butterfly cake.
And here we all are having a break and a chat as the candles on the cake are being lit.

A plant to watch in the coming months is this Tutsan, located near the Yew on the side wall area, which even at the bud stage looks good.

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