Kev's blog: 3 of a kind

 Today these 3 wise old birds were flying together from roof ridge to ridge enjoying the fabulous summer sunshine. Pigeons are really interesting birds to watch, and are actually the same family as the loveable Dove.  We have 5 different species of Pigeon/Dove living in the UK! Have you any ideas on which species these comical characters are?

Pigeons on roof


Is that a fly on that flower? Nope it's a fly orchid

I went on a field meeting with the Yorkshire Naturalists Union on Saturday to Dalby Forest, a site owned by the Forestry Commission. Along with the usual mountain bike trails and lovely visitor centre, Dalby has some fantastic species on show, my favourite was a fly orchird (photo from Encyclopaedia of Life as I stupidly forgot to take my camera!)

Fly orchid


Guest Blog: Sun and Fun in Wakefield

Hi, my name is Kevin Rich and I'm one of two OPAL MSc students working on the fabulous sites of Upton and Fitzwilliam Country Parks in Wakefield. I'll be posting here over the next year to keep you up-to-date with our projects.

Last week, I had a great day wandering round these wildlife havens looking for Butterflies with Dr Terry Crawford. We discovered a field full of pupating Burnet Moth caterpillars. I took this photograph which shows the caterpillar before (left) and during the pupating stage (right).


A bird that sounds like rocks, and more...

Last Wednesday it felt more like December than May, but a group of 10 people braved the icy wind and we went for a walk along the Pocklington Canal, East Yorkshire, for an OPAL course called "Look Listen and Learn". This course was led by bird expert John Wint from the Yorkshire Naturalists Union and he made sure that we did lots of listening, looking and learning. My favourite part of the course was hearing a sedge warbler.