Spindle berries (Euonymus europaeus)

This is a good time to look out for the berries of Spindle which occur infrequently in the Wyre area. In some hedgerows the pink fruits contrast in colour with red haws when they grow alongside. A close view will reveal the Spindles’s seeds in bright orange sheaths.

Spindle berries in the hedgerow, Ribbesford, 5 December 2016, ©Rosemary Winnall

Leopard moth (Zeuzera pyrina)

This beautiful and impressive moth is on the wing this month. The larvae live inside small branches of various deciduous trees, taking up to 3 years to mature. The adults are nocturnal and cannot feed, so need to reproduce speedily when they emerge. The males (as seen here) have impressively large comb-like antennae so that they can pick up the pheromone scents of emerging females. These moths are attracted to light but can sometimes be seen during the daytime resting on tree trunks.

Leopard Moth, Bliss Gate, 19 July 2016 ©Rosemary Winnall

Summer birds

It is good to know that Matthew Lissimore is still taking some great bird photographs in Wyre. Here are some excellent shots taken in the forest this year.

Kingfisher with fish, Wyre Forest, ©Matthew Lissimore

Male Pied Flycatcher, Wyre Forest, ©Matthew Lissimore

Male Pied Flycatcher, Wyre Forest, ©Matthew Lissimore

Dipper, Dowles Brook, Wyre Forest, ©Matthew Lissimore