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Death's Head Hawkmoth caterpillar (Matt Bruty)

A rare find on the site (Matt Bruty)

Work continues on the reserve

RSPB Information Officer Howard Vaughan takes a monthly look at the comings and going on the reserve.

Late August saw the quite a lot of substantial work on the reserve commence with contractors coming in to start on our two new cattle corrals as well as setting the route for the Northern Trail through the reedbed alongside Aveley Pools. 

There will inevitably be some disturbance but the pay off will be the chance to circumnavigate the reserve in the winter with dry feet! 

New viewing platforms should allow a better view of the pools and their attendant wildlife.  Speaking of which our two star finds in recent weeks have been a diminutive Red-backed Shrike along the seawall which has been catching and devouring bees and wasps and impaling them on twigs for later snacking and a huge yellow Death's Head Hawkmoth caterpillar that was photographed near the scrubby area where its favourite food plant, Deadly Nightshade, is to be found.  Having this very rare species breeding on the site is quite an achievement.

Up and coming events include a Moth and Bat Night this coming Saturday (15) (and you never know, they may just catch a huge Death's Head Hawkmoth!) and our scary Trick or Tweet on Halloween extravaganza on Wednesday, 31, October.  Book now on 01708 899840 to avoid disappointment.

last updated: 10/10/07

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