Welcome sign of spring’s arrival

Welcome sign of spring’s arrival

Wyre Forest Study Group 31 March  2024 A welcome sign of spring’s arrival Ever watchful Susan Limbrey writes: “I was watching a Holly Blue butterfly by the house, when I saw this female Common Lizard, plus a juvenile which I couldn’t get a good photo...
Viburnum opulus Guelder

Viburnum opulus Guelder

Wyre Forest Study Group 4 Sept,  2023 Viburnum opulus Guelder   The Viburnum opulus Guelder is a deciduous shrub that boasts beautiful clusters of flowers, vibrant berries, and striking foliage. It typically grows to a height of 10-15 feet, with a spread of 8-12 feet....
Musk beetle – Aromia moschata

Musk beetle – Aromia moschata

Wyre Forest Study Group August  2023 Musk beetle – Aromia moschata This fabulous longhorn beetle was found along the riverside at Blackstone by Ellie Reast on our August field meeting. This localised beetle takes 3 years to complete its life cycle. Eggs are laid...
Drab Lopper – Minoa murinata

Drab Lopper – Minoa murinata

Wyre Forest Study Group 5 July, 2023 Drab Lopper moth – Minoa murinata In spite of its common name, there was a good deal of excitement among the members of the WFSG, when several specimens of this day-time flying moth were recorded during a recent visit to the...
A glint of gold …

A glint of gold …

Wyre Forest Study Group 5 July, 2023 A glint of gold – Golden-ringed dragonfly On a recent July field meeting of the WFSG to the Wyre, we were treated to the sight of one of the UK’s spectacular dragonflies – the Golden-ringed dragonfly. The...
Club-tailed Dragonfly emergence

Club-tailed Dragonfly emergence

Wyre Forest Study Group 26 May, 2023 Club-tailed Dragonfly emergence The Club-tailed Dragonfly emergence period for 2023 is almost over now after two weeks and already it looks like a better year than 2022. The only way to assess how well this dragonfly is doing is to...
Narrow-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia)

Narrow-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia)

Wyre Forest Study Group 23 May, 2023 Narrow-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia) One of our special Forest plants flowers in May and can be surprisingly difficult to see in dappled shade. The Narrow-leaved Helleborine is a botanical treasure that exudes...
Common Cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis)

Common Cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis)

Wyre Forest Study Group 14 May, 2023 Common Cardinal beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) This attractive beetle feeds on small insects and pollen. Eggs are laid under bark of dead trees in which the larvae feed for at least 2 years. These beetles can be found across...
Greater Fork-moss – Dicranum majus

Greater Fork-moss – Dicranum majus

Wyre Forest Study Group 23 April, 2023 Greater Fork-moss (Dicranum majus)   Dicranum majus Greater Fork-moss found growing along Bell Brook valley, Wyre on Sunday 23 April 2023. Dicranum majus plays a significant role in its ecosystem. As a moss, it helps retain...