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WALTON'S GARDEN WILDLIFE
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A few examples of the wildlife to be found in and around Walton.
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Click to enlargeA male red admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta), Walton.
[July 2017]

Find out more at UK Butterflies. [Site accessed 08 Aug 2017.]

Click to enlargeComma butterfly (Polygonia c-album).
[August 2017]

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Click to enlargeBees in one's bin. A bumble bee nest in a garden compost bin. There appears to be an interloper present.
[3rd August 2014]
Click to enlarge A sparrowhawk and its prey.
[13 Oct 2014]
Click to enlarge A rather attractive crane fly (Genus Nephrotoma) on the Highfield public footpath. These flies are commonly known as 'Daddy Longlegs'.
"Attracted by the light, they fly in the window and start to flap against lampshades of the main light or the bedside light...apart from this they do no harm at all. Craneflies are merely large flies. They do not feed as adults, nor do they bite or sting."
[www.the-piedpiper.co.uk]
Click to enlarge The strikingly attractive foxglove (digitalis). Found in gardens, fields and woods throughout the area.
Click to enlargeA grey squirrel raids the garden bird feeder.
[2012]
Click to enlargeA corn bunting by Chevet Grange, Chevet footpath no. 2 (Chevet Branch Line to Chevet Cutting, Walton footpath no. 11). [2014]
Click to enlarge A blackbird keeping an eye on the birdcam. Click to enlarge A family of starlings hog the feeder. The blackbird keeps his distance.
Click to enlargeA pair of common toads (bufo bufo).
[15th September 2010]
Click to enlargeThe dunnock (Prunella modularis), a small, inconspicuous inhabitant of the garden. Scuttles about on the ground making use of cover provided by vegetation. It is resident in Britain. Also referred to as the hedge sparrow.
[29th March 2012]
Click to enlargeA common frog (rana temporaria).
[24th June 2011]
Click to enlargeA 14-spot ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata)
[26th June 2012]
Click to enlargeThis magnificent sparrowhawk (accipiter nisus) caused some alarm and despondency amongst the local bird lifewhen it caught and devoured a collared dove in the garden.
[10th September 2002]
Click to enlargeThis particular collared dove was not on the menu! (L. streptopelia decaocto).
[17th August 2010]
Click to enlargeA clutch of blackbird (turdus merula) eggs, temporarily unattended. The parents were not far away and all of the eggs were hatched.
[17th May 2011]
Click to enlargeHarlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) .
[2015]

The harlequin ladybird was introduced to North America in 1988, where it is now the most widespread ladybird species on the continent. It has already invaded much of northwestern Europe, and arrived in Britain in summer 2004. There are 46 species of ladybird (Coccinellidae) resident in Britain and the recent arrival of the harlequin ladybird has the potential to jeopardise many of these. Find out more at the Harlequin Ladybird Survey.

Click to enlargeA bright splash of colour in the garden, a jay (garrulus glandarius) makes a brief appearance.
[25th November 2001]
Click to enlargeThe long-tailed tit. Latin name Aegithalos caudatus. Family Long-tailed tits (Aegithalidae).
[01 August 2012]
Click to enlargeThe nuthatch (sitta europaea) often visits the garden with the tits. It is about the same size as a great tit.
[5th August 2001]
Click to enlargeGarden Spider, underside. (Aranues diadematus)
[29th September 2010]
Click to enlargeA marmalade fly, a member of the hoverfly family. (Episyrphus balteatus).
[19th July 2010]
Click to enlargePeacock butterfly (Inachis io). A common, but still spectacular, butterfly.
[8th August 2010]
Click to enlargeWhitetailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum) approaching a hosta.
[19th July 2010]
Click to enlargeRed-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) gathering nectar and pollen from a cornflower (Centaurea cyanus).
[4th July 2011]
Click to enlarge
Cole tit (L. Periparus ater) . This particular one was often in the company of a blue tit and nuthatch.
[03 Sep 2011]
Click to enlargeA damp, misty autumnal day - this ladybird has sought refuge in an old liatris flower head.
[19 Nov 2011]


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