The Wilden Marsh Blog

Monthly Archives: April 2017

The forest bugs are polyphagous. Their main food source is any of several species of oaks, but it can also be found on alder, hazel and other deciduous trees, including apple and cherry. It is a sap-feeder and uses piercing mouthparts to withdraw the liquid. Occasionally adults will consume insects, especially caterpillars, as well as fruits. Adults can be found from July to November. Females lay eggs during the summer in the… Read More

In the United Kingdom the common bluebell is a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Landowners are prohibited from removing common bluebells on their land for sale and it is a criminal offence to remove the bulbs of wild common bluebells. This legislation was strengthened in 1998 under Schedule 8 of the Act making any trade in wild common bluebell bulbs or seeds an offence.

Scientists have found that the lack of calories in sweetners kill flies by starvation.

Lamium galeobdolon, commonly known as yellow archangel, artillery plant, or aluminium plant, is a widespread wildflower in Europe, and has been introduced elsewhere as a garden plant. It displays the asymmetric flower morphology, opposite leaves, and square stems typical of the mint family, Lamiaceae. The flowers are soft yellow and borne in axial clusters, with a prominent ‘hood’. It spreads easily and so has been commonly used as an ornamental ground cover…. Read More

I find this time of year very exciting, as do many others I’m sure. Animals are digging new holes or clearing out and extending last year’s dens, setts and burrows, colourful blossoms and blooms are popping up everywhere, and we’re well into the breeding season. Of course, it’s things nature related that really feed my obsessiveness, to a point where they take over much of my life in one way and another…. Read More

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