Welcome to my blog. My name is Sean Locke from Norwich and I am autistic. But this does not stop my passion for nature and wildlife. I am a volunteer for RSPB Strumpshaw Fen and I also help out at Mousehold Heath with surveys and I birdwatch whenever I can. Since 2011, i have been writing a wildlife diary filled with my adventures, drawings and photos. Now i have decided to go online to share with you all.
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
April 19th Mousehold Heath
I am back at Mousehold with Will for another survey. This time we are counting butterflies on a transect on the other half of the site. It is still early days with this kind of survey as is often the case for April. The month is only starting to warm up after several days of rain and thick overcast clouds, it is no wonder that I am seeing very few butterflies so far. Today, it was sunny with the odd cloud cover, but we did manage to find a total of 6 butterflies; 4 peacocks, 1 comma and 1 small tortoiseshell. As these surveys continue from now until the end of September, I am hoping for a record year for Mousehold's butterflies. Fingers crossed!
At Vinegar Pond, thousands of tadpoles have hatched and cover the edges of the pond as a thick black mass. I don't think I have ever seen so many tadpoles at this pond before. With so many together, I could even hear them squirming around sounding similar to popping corn. It was a very strange noise indeed! We also heard a green woodpecker yaffling closeby, a bird I haven't seen here for a few years.