A very successful visit was made to Bishops Bowl Lakes on the 14th June, with Mike Slater of Butterfly Conservation. The wind kept the butterflies and moths down but the wild flowers were well worth the visit. It was a new site for most with about 18 members present.
Society members Rick Thompson and Alan Anscomb have led two walks in St Nicholas’ Park recently which have been very successful. The ’Sunday Bird Walk’ on 15 April attracted 16 people with the aim of counting how many species could be identified in 90 minutes. 32 made it onto the list including Reed Buntings, a Sparrowhawk soaring overhead and a Cormorant flying along the river. The rare Cetti’s Warbler was also heard. The second ‘Wildlife Walk’ on 10 June also identified 32 bird species - although not necessarily the same ones! But what happened to the butterflies? Only a couple of small whites were glimpsed and no dragonflies. It’s surprising how many bird species can be seen or heard in such a busy park in the centre of Warwick and hopefully a further visit will be made later in the summer.
21 members and several visitors enjoyed a visit to Bordon Hill Nursery at Stratford upon Avon on Sunday. The Nursery has wide margins and borders all around the site and these are being managed to encourage flora and fauna. Many species were identified including Marbled White butterflies. The Nursery is very environmentally aware and following refreshments in the canteen, a whistle stop tour of the production side took place, and it was fascinating to follow the progression of seed planting through to the final plants seen in the local store, using high-tech machinery.