June, 2014

Rainham Marshes

Rainham Marshes
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Rainham Marshes

  • A little shop plug

    A little shop plug but we have just got our own personalised OS Map reserve mugs and coasters..... Cannot wait to tell Ken Barrett's family that he has been properly immortalised!  Anyway, pop in and have a look next time you are in and release a few moths...

    Oh and the summer sale is now on too!!!


  • Insect Week Grand Finale.....

    A fitting way to end National Insect Week...... I found this large hoverfly on the 24th June in the Cordite.... It looked a little odd and did not quite fit what I expected... I posted it on the UK Hoverfly FB page and by the end of yesterday it had been confidently identified as Eristalis similis which is very rare here and in fact this is probably only the 4th or 5th reported in the UK.... well chuffed.


  • Wolves

    Ground loving Wolf Spiders are prolific in the leaf litter and understory of our woodland as well as being premier hunters of our grasslands. They may be predators but they are also excellent parents.

    Wolf spiders are unique in the way that they carry their eggs. The egg sac, a round silken globe, is attached to the spinnerets at the end of the abdomen, allowing the spider to carry her unborn young with her. The abdomen must be held in a raised position to keep the egg case from dragging on the ground, however despite this handicap they are still capable of hunting. Another aspect unique to wolf spiders is their method of infant care. Immediately after the spiderlings emerge from their protective silken case, they clamber up their mother's legs and crowd onto her abdomen.


    Cracking shots by Lawrence Rogers