Parishes Wildlife Group Update
The weekly dragonfly survey of the River Kird has been taking place with very helpful permissions from the landowners. There will be a break over the summer but it will resume to check up on late flying species in September and a report will be produced and circulated when it finishes.
Water condition training course
Jill attended a training course on monitoring river habitats run by the South Downs National Park in July and we had a look at three different sections of the River Rother adjacent to the Cowdray ruins.
Moths and bats
The group had a couple of marvellous talks in July in the Wisborough Green Village Hall – one by Dave Green on moths and one by Sarah Hughes on bats. Dave placed a couple of moth light traps in some suitable habitat and the following morning we all met in the garden of the Three Crowns public house and examined the species. Luckily we had Dave with us. The books he recommends are:
Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland by Paul Waring, Martin Townsend and illustrated by Richard Lewington, 3rd edition, 2017; and Field Guide to the Micro-moths of Great Britain and Ireland by Phil Sterling (2012).
The Parishes Wildlife group is contemplating obtaining its own moth trap next year and putting it out once a month in different parts of the village overnight and then identifying the contents the following morning.
Sarah Hughes, Community wildlife officer based at Chichester District Council and working for the Manhood Wildlife and Heritage group, MWHG, illustrated her fascinating talk on the bats we would find living locally with the sounds they make. Then we gathered our outdoor gear for our walk only to find the weather to be diabolical!! So we had to postpone our walk with detectors.
Look out for posters and information about a talk and look at dormice in September to be given by Petra Billings.
Jill Sutcliffe and Mike King
Parishes Wildlife Group 01403 700395