Monthly Archives: August 2013

Butterflies fight back the Moth PR release


Todays walk produced for me another first in Butterflies at Wimpole. On the high ground to the north of the estate I came across what I think is a Dark Green Fritillary or it could have been a High Brown … Continue reading

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POOR RELATIONS


Butterflies have always been looked upon as ‘nice things’ flitting around in the summer sunshine. This is all part of their excellent PR representatives hard work, all achieved in spite of some of their larvae eating Brassica vegetables in the … Continue reading

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Nothing to do with work!


Last week I was asked by the BBC if I could go to St Osyth- why? Apparently they are making a programme about the ‘Harvest’; they have been doing this all year and had come up with the romantic  idea … Continue reading

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Up the creek without a paddle


The pole lathing meeting on the Home farm, Wimpole estate wasn’t just about pole lathing. Flowers and paddles and a coracle supplied by David had us entertaining ourselves and the public.       The ‘have a go’ lathe was … Continue reading

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BARN OWLETS DAYS FIVE TO SEVEN


The two strong birds are doing very well, good feather and lots of confidence. The third weaker one is improving , stretching and strengthening its’ wings. In a few days hopefully it will join the other two higher up in … Continue reading

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Pole lathes, revet wheat & wild flower seed


Harvest may be in full swing, but last weekend the green woodworking courses, which included pole lathe turning, occurred. Mark Allery had driven up from his abode in the south of England to do the pole lathing. Saturday’s pole lathe … Continue reading

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Yesterdays’ elusive migrant and a first


I took a few photos a week or so ago of an odd looking ‘Blue” butterfly not odd at all, but fairly rare and a first for Wimpole Estate. A Chalk Hill Blue, they have been known to breed locally … Continue reading

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Migrants Arrive


Loads of butterflies around today, particularly around Sharpes’ Plantation and Frenches’ Corner; Meadow Browns, Gate keepers, Large Whites, Small Whites, Peacocks, Blues etc. In particular I saw several Clouded Yellows and Painted Ladies, both migrant butterflies and a few Brimstones. … Continue reading

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So what happened last week ?


Apart from the corn harvesting we did manage to do a few other jobs- one was to move the hay bales from the meadows we had just cut down to Home Farm so that Tim could use them in the … Continue reading

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Barn Owlets on Wimpole Estate


Three Owlets from one of the three successfully nesting Barn Owls during 2013. Two owlets look very strong but in comparison the third seems reluctant to leave the nest hole and it could be abandoned unless it gets a move … Continue reading

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