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by JohnR
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Lovely fresh fox shit
Replies: 0
Views: 141

Lovely fresh fox shit

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by JohnR
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Foodplants and Gardening
Topic: Buckthorn or Alder Buckthorn
Replies: 13
Views: 805

Re: Buckthorn or Alder Buckthorn

I planted a single Alder Buckthorn and grow it as a tree adjacent to my field hedge which has purging buckthorn in it. I have only seen Brimstone larvae, and only in small numbers, on the Alder Buckthorn.
by JohnR
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Pieris rapae
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: Pieris rapae

Thanks, that seems to fit the bill. It's behaviour was also qite unlike any Small White that enjoy my brassicas, it was my ancient 'phone camera that let me down.
by JohnR
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Pieris rapae
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Pieris rapae

Does a male Small White ever appear without the black tips to the wings and with a white underside or should I be considering something else?
by JohnR
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Chequered Skipper - returning to England?
Replies: 36
Views: 2220

Re: Chequered Skipper - returning to England?

As I wasted a couple of quid on my lottery ticket I noticed a National Lottery Fund announcement which seems to favour a few butterflies and some other creatures that their proponents favour http://www.naturebackfromthebrink.org/about/ I fear that most of the funding will go to the management of the...
by JohnR
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Wildlife cutbacks - Surrey County Council
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: Wildlife cutbacks - Surrey County Council

My thanks to everyone who supported the petition. I always feel that the powers that be take no notice, but for me it's the only way to say that I object. Having said that, the Leader of Surrey County Council has recently said that there will now be no referendum to put the rates up by 15% in order ...
by JohnR
Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Wildlife cutbacks - Surrey County Council
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Wildlife cutbacks - Surrey County Council

The Council’s plan to cut funding under its 50-year agreement with the Surrey Wildlife Trust to zero by 2021 will result in all the jobs of the Trust’s 16 rangers becoming redundant. Few of these very experienced and dedicated staff are going to be re-employed in the much smaller organisation that w...
by JohnR
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: Major Forum Upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 1525

Re: Major Forum Upgrade

Dear Sir Pete, I'm missing the New Posts link, so instead of just clicking to see what I've missed I have to actually look at the dates of the posts. I have the honour to remain, Sir, UKB's most humble and obedient servant. PS it could just be me because I use ad blockers and a proxy server and I do...
by JohnR
Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Actually non-conservation
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Actually non-conservation

On the same day that BC send out an email headed "Bag yourself a butterfly bargain!"
by JohnR
Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: History of Vernacular Names created
Replies: 25
Views: 895

Re: History of Vernacular Names created

Pete Eeles wrote:Thanks Paul! I'll try and get hold of a copy. Are references for the names provided?
Cheers,
- Pete


Postscript books have Bugs Britannica remaindered at £9.99 http://www.psbooks.co.uk/products/science-nature/natural-history/item/bugs-britannica
by JohnR
Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: How white is a Holly Blue?
Replies: 0
Views: 139

How white is a Holly Blue?

Just been watching a probable f. Holly Blue on some damp soil in the evening sunlight. I firstly assumed it to be an unknown white; the blue was just the merest hint which made the white brighter. The butterfly struck me as being slightly larger than usual. Do Holly Blues emerge as almost white at t...
by JohnR
Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Need of data
Replies: 22
Views: 1035

Re: Need of data

When would the French use a lower case f and not introduce themselves as French Students ? :twisted:
by JohnR
Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas Greetings to you All !!
Replies: 22
Views: 978

Re: Christmas Greetings to you All !!

At least Brussels puts something decent on its Christmas Cards.

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A Happy Christmas to you all
by JohnR
Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Join the UKB Team!
Replies: 16
Views: 929

Re: Join the UKB Team!

Pete Eeles wrote: For example, building up a catalogue of most requested IDs would be a start, for the likes of Cinnabar moth and Elephant Hawk-moth larvae, for example :)
- Pete

I've got some fresh holes in my jerseys, can I send you some photos?
by JohnR
Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Moths, NBN and London gaps
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: Moths, NBN and London gaps

You might get an answer if you contact the only person who I can find for recording London moths and that is Colin Plant, Email: cpauk1 AT ntlworld.com who is the County Recorder for Vice County 20 & VC21 Hertfordshire & Middlesex. His address and phone number are available on-line in the li...
by JohnR
Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Be there collectors here?
Replies: 63
Views: 3288

Re: Be there collectors here?

Here is an ongoing research project asking non-collectors to catch common butterflies (Pieris rapae - Small White) and send them on to the researchers. http://www.pierisproject.org/ Some genealogists do the same thing to trace where their ancestors came from but I haven't heard of a case where cous...
by JohnR
Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: Foodplants and Gardening
Topic: Wildflower patch
Replies: 28
Views: 2401

Re: Wildflower patch

Being lazy and not wishing to strip the top couple of inches of my field, I sprayed it with a 360 Glyphosate in the late summer (after cutting and letting it regrow so that there was fresh growth for the herbicide). Rotovated the dead area, sowed a mixture of wildflower seed and extra Rattle, rolled...
by JohnR
Thu May 28, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: May 2015
Replies: 138
Views: 6884

Re: May 2015

Painted Lady (rather faded) S.W. Surrey today
by JohnR
Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Releasing adult lepidoptera
Replies: 11
Views: 1002

Re: Releasing adult lepidoptera

Personally, I think the onus should be on the individual to think ahead and figure out what they're going to do with the resulting adults (and that includes adults of native stock as well) and act accordingly. What's missing is an awareness of the law, the ethics and the practicalities. Many dealer...
by JohnR
Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Sightings
Topic: April 2015
Replies: 109
Views: 5369

Re: April 2015

First f Orange Tip seen today in SW Surrey, no boys spotted yet!

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