The Wilden Marsh Blog


Sunrise: 06.18 Sunset: 08.02 This is Walnut whizzing back to her nest after my first flash beam hit her – she was a couple of feet away from the doorway at the time. She moved so quickly that I was fortunate to get this shot. I wish I had used a slower shutter speed to create a little movement blur, but I’m not good enough, or quick enough, to pull it off. A… Read More

Sunrise: 07.11 Sunset: 05.35 The response of this Walnut Orb-Weaver Spider (Nuctenea umbratica), a spider of the Araneidae family, to my torch beam last night, was to crawl very slowly into its winter nest. This spider is very common in Hoo Wood, and seems to favour holes in rotting silver birch trees for nests. Nuctenea umbratica is capable of biting humans, causing itchiness and a burning sensation followed by a red patch with… Read More

Sunrise: 07.16  Sunset: 06.39