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Archives for July 2011

In pictures: UK butterflies (part five)

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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 16:06 UK time, Wednesday, 27 July 2011

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Osprey tracking: Following an incredible journey

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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 16:56 UK time, Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Osprey eye

Leri, one of the osprey chicks Autumnwatch will be tracking © Emyr Evans

Remember Monty, Nora and their brood of chicks from Springwatch? They were the first ever osprey chicks to be born at the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust's Dyfi Osprey Project near Machynlleth in Mid Wales.

For two years Monty, the male, had been hanging around the nesting platform waiting patiently for a female to turn up. Then on 9 April Nora, a female born at Rutland Water two years ago, arrived on the scene. They soon paired up, mated and on 25 April their first egg was laid.

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Brimstones and buckthorn

Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 16:23 UK time, Monday, 25 July 2011

Butterflies can be choosy little things... Guest blogger Julian Dowding from the Suffolk branch of Butterfly Conservation on how the reintroduction of the buckthorn bush has paid dividends for the local brimstones.

brimstone egg-laying on alder buckthorn

Brimstone laying eggs on alder buckthorn © Matt Berry

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In pictures: UK butterflies (part four)

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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 14:16 UK time, Thursday, 21 July 2011

The weather's put a bit of a dampener on the Big Butterfly Count, though the good news is that by yesterday there had still been an impressive 4,500 counts. There's still another week and a half to go so let's all do the opposite of a rain dance. In the meantime, it's time for part four of our guide to all the UK's species using photos from the Springwatch and Summerwatch photo groups: painted lady to (the enchantingly named) silver-washed fritillary.

Part one: Adonis to common blue
Part two: Dark green fritillary to holly blue
Part three: Large blue to orange tip

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In pictures: UK butterflies (part three)

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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 17:01 UK time, Thursday, 14 July 2011

The sun's out and so are the butterflies... welcome to the third part of our guide to all the UK's species using photos from the Springwatch and Summerwatch photo groups. This time it's L-O or large blue to orange tip.

Part one: Adonis to common blue

Part two: Dark green fritillary to holly blue

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Why nature is good for your health

Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 12:18 UK time, Friday, 8 July 2011

Den building

Nature detectives den building © Beverley Gormley

Guest bloggers: Elisabeth Garton and Gail Graham from the Woodland Trust

As nature lovers we all enjoy watching wildlife and getting out into the countryside to escape the hustle and bustle of town or city life. Even the British summer weather doesn't deter us. Saint Swithin’s Day is 15 July and it's said the weather on that day will remain for 40 days, so fingers crossed we get a sunny one. Although we have a feeling that even inclement weather won't stop our enjoyment of spotting different species or trying out a walk in a different wood.

But is that the case for society as a whole? Have you ever heard of nature-deficit disorder?

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In pictures: UK butterflies (part two)

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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 13:36 UK time, Thursday, 7 July 2011

Time for the second part of our run-through of all the UK's species of butterflies using photos from the Springwatch and Summerwatch photo groups. Last week it was A-C (adonis to common blue), this time it's D-H (dark green fritillary to holly blue). Hope you'll all agree, stunning images of stunning creatures...

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In pictures: UK butterflies (part one)

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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 14:36 UK time, Friday, 1 July 2011

The UK has 56 species of butterfly and by my reckoning every last one of them has been photographed and shared on either our Springwatch or Summerwatch photo groups. In honour of these most eye-catching of insects and also of all the hard work, skill and talent of our photographers, over the next few days I'm going to post pics of every species, all taken from these groups. First up, it's A to C... adonis to common blue.

Update 7 July: Just posted part two: Dark green fritillary to holly blue.

Update 18 July: Part three now live: Large blue to orange tip.

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