Wonders of the natural world

I’m the local recorder for Berwick Wildlife Group. It is notable that the recent warm spell at the end of last month has roused a number of insects early from their hibernation.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 11 March, 2019, 08:00

We expect to see the odd peacock and small tortoiseshell in the next few weeks, but a number of sightings of both have been seen by the end of February.

Rather unexpected for me was an early red admiral, which spent a couple of days feeding amongst the early spring bulbs and shrubs in my garden in Cornwall Avenue.

That was really trumped on Sunday lunchtime when, looking out my window, I was surprised to see a very ragged painted lady land on the white flowered heather in the garden. It did not stay long before it was blown down the street.

This migrant comes to us in May/June and, with the past warm week, has arrived in the south of England early, only to be blown northwards with Storm Freya.

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I’ve contacted Butterfly Conservation, which tells me another was reported around Blyth. They are the earliest recorded in the county.

It’s surely a wonder of the natural world that such a small insect can fly hundreds of miles in such a few days.

Malcolm Hutcheson

Berwick Wildlife Group