Rory the Rabbit

New arrival at Gribin Isaf

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Quickly at home in his temporary quarters

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Happy to receive visitors

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But some quick construction

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to give him a bit more…

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…privacy

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It takes two to chase

Not just one

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but another

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two

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Male Broad-bodied Chasers competing for our territory. Having two is a first for us this year.

Meanwhile, apart from the Ringlets

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who have been around in numbers on sunny days

other butterflies such as the Red Admiral

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and Painted Lady

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have only been here as individuals.

Some other small residents:

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Fly eating competition

The male flycatcher

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has installed (one of?) his mate(s) in a nestbox outside the polytunnel

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which provides him with a handy all-weather fly catching zone

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Plenty of insects here

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but he may not know he is competing against some fly-hungry plants

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Sunbathing time

Today was the first hot sunny day in the life of this juvenile Robin and he took full advantage of it

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Meadow Browns arrived in the Meadow for the first time this year

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And while the damsel flies have been around for some time

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the Broad-bodied Chaser also made its first appearance of the year

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as for us and the bees

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no time for basking.

Insects and other small treasures

We only need the windscreen test to know what is happening to insect life.

A recent analysis published in Biological Conservation reported “The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.”

So we don’t take for granted the smaller occupants of our plot

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Who knows what lives in the depths of the ponds, from where bubbles mysteriously rise

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On the surface, where waterboatmen row by

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there is evidence of metamorphosis

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Above fly a variety of damselflies

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One we have not seen before:

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The spider that chooses this spot

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can ensnare a colourful meal

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