Bealeswood Common Wildlife - September 2020

Flowers

The number of flowers recorded continues to decrease as the days get shorter and cooler. Over the last 3 months the numbers of species of flowering plants recorded has decreased from 71, to 43, to 36, a similar decline to that recorded last year. Also, the numbers of each flowering plant is small.

Each year there is a particular group of plants that are late flowering, starting in August and still continuing. These include:-

Devil's-Bit-Scabious occurring in a large patch between two stands of trees downhill from this noticeboard. The plants have tall stems bearing mauve-blue, round-headed flowers.

Common Harebell one small patch - watch where you tread!

Pink flowered Cyclamen and Marjoram along the verges to Bealeswood Lane.

This year it is planned to cut the Common during the first week of October. Because the Scabious is still flowering its main area has been taped off so that it is not cut down before the seeds have set. Hopefully the area of this spectacular flower will increase in successive years. We notice that it has been attracting a lot of butterflies and bees in the autumn sunshine.

Birds

Nuthatch in willow tree checking out our photographer (Alan Cox). Several pairs of this strikingly marked bird bred on the Common this year.

Swallows and House Martins were recorded until September 10th. However, evening sightings were made on the 27th and the 1st October and these were considered to be passage birds coming down to feed and roost prior to their flight south on their six week journey to Africa. A Blackcap was recorded on 23rd September and considered to be a juvenile as the adults would have migrated south in August.

Butterflies

The big news this month was the spotting of a Long Tailed Blue by Alex Potts, who also managed to take a photograph to show off its distinctive underwing markings and tails.