We don’t receive many records of the elusive Water Shrew and we are uncertain of their status and distribution in and around Wyre. I was pleased to find some Water Shrew skulls and bones recently whilst sorting through the contents of an owl box that had been used by Barn Owls on a farm not far from Snuffmill Dingle. The photograph shows the lower jaws of Pygmy Shrew (top), Common Shrew (middle) and Water Shrew (bottom) for comparison. The latter has no cusps on the front tooth.
Metatropis rufescens is found on Enchanter’s Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) during the summer and this one was found in Cleobury Coppice on 5th September 2012. This heteropteran bug, a distinctive member of the family Berytidae, overwinters as an adult.
Whilst in Cleobury Coppice on 5th September 2012, we found a number of galls on the oak trees, including this one. The tip of the leaf gall was turned down and had browned even though the leaf was still green. It was empty and the single larva which had spent the summer inside the gall, had presumably dropped out to pupate on the ground.
The autumn fungi are starting to fruit and I was pleased to see Golden Spindles coming up in large clumps in the meadow at Bliss Gate on 24th August 2012.
Whilst walking in Areley Woods near Stourport on 18th August 2012, we spotted a number of Dark Bush Crickets sitting on the foliage at the side of the path, like this male in the photograph.
There has been so much rain in recent weeks and slugs are enjoying their summer! I was able to photograph this well-marked Leopard Slug at night at Bliss Gate on 8th August 2012.