Wildlife spotting in May

Look out for some of these beauties as you walk around Cirencester amphitheatre, Querns Wood and IV Acre Field in Spring. You may be surprised by what you can find if you stop, look and listen closely…

Peacock butterfly
They seem to love the woodland edge in the IV Acre Field, flying up and down and sunning themselves on the grass. Watch out for their black caterpillars on nettles later on.

If you’re extra lucky, you might also get to spot one of these too…

Comma butterfly
The cut-out edging to their wings is quite easy to see in the photo. These are not that common anymore, but they can be seen on a sunny day at the woodland edge with the other butterflies.

7- spot ladybird
Hiding in a nettle leaf on the edge of the woodland in the amphitheatre. These beetles are brilliant at controlling garden pests such as aphids.

In Querns Wood itself, you might find one of these in amongst the leaf litter.

They eat rotting plants and fungi. They basically deal with all the dead leaves and other vegetation.

Apparently, they only poo and don’t wee; and in this area they can sometimes be called “Grandads” or “Chucky Pigs”!!!

Watch out for the classic flash of red/orange and the loud song of the Robin as you wander round Querns Wood. Robins will agressively defend their territory, singing and fending off other birds.

If you would like to encourage them into your garden, open-fronted nest boxes hidden away in a climbing plant such as ivy, are best. And they love worms!

Grey squirrels are often easy to hear and see in Querns Wood, but they are very quick to scamper up a tree and disappear. I was very lucky to get this photograph of this one recently!
They are originally from North America and have out-competed our native species, the Red squirrel. This is because greys eat a  wider range of food and carry a disease that doesn’t affect them, but kills the red.

Remember, to protect wildlife and look after our green spaces, please put your litter in a bin or take it home with you. Thanks!

Download your own version of AQIVA nature expert, Melanie Dodd’s, nature notes here.

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