Trip reports

TRIP TO WYRE FOREST NEAR BEWDLEY

TRIP TO WYRE FOREST NEAR BEWDLEY

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Nine of us set off from the car park and were immediately confronted with a slow worm. Unfortunately, it was dead but several of us hadn't seen one in recent years. A few yards further on a largish butterfly glided across the track in front of us and settled with its wings open for a few seconds on a bramble so we could all see it. It didn't stay long enough for any photographic recording of the highlight but it was clearly a White Admiral which are known to be in the forest. Many of us had never seen one before so we rated the day a success even if we had no other less common butterfly sightings! Apart from Ringlets which were all hatching out we had to wait until lunch time when we stopped in a small sunny clearing by a bridge over the stream for the bulk of our butterfly sightings. These came in rapid succession; Brimstone (both the yellow male and paler cream female), Speckled Wood, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Skipper (photograph attached), Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, and Small White. On our walk we also came across a White Plume Moth, a Burnet Moth and numerous caterpillars of the Mullein Moth.
Our success with birds was not so great. The thick green canopy hindered our efforts so we more often heard them than spotted them. Our efforts were also hampered by many others out enjoying the great outdoors with dogs, horses and bicycles! Our sightings included: Robin, Wren, House Sparrow, Gt Tit, Blue Tit, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Wood Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Grey Wagtail and Dipper. We also heard Blackcap, Chiffchaff, and Magpie.