Now that spring has finally sprung and the days are getting consistently warmer much of the UK’s wildlife is becoming much more active including newts, Hedgehogs and Britain’s smallest rodent the Harvest Mouse.
The Asian Hornet, sometimes known as the Yellow-legged Hornet, is a large wasp which is poised to invade Britain. If it gains a foothold it will be bad for honey bees, native insects and pose a threat to human health.
Over the past several years public records of Otter sightings have revealed the recovery of Otters across most of Wiltshire. The Vincent Wildlife Trust is now launching a public appeal for the same kind of information to record the population recovery of another UK native mammal, the Polecat.
Last August a new species was found in Wiltshire which had not been recorded in the county before. The species was a rare squash bug called a Box Bug, so called because until recently it was thought to feed only on Box.
The new year has given us a chance to look at some of the huge datasets collected over the course of last year, which had revealed that 2013 was the best year since 2006 for butterflies, and possibly ‘the best ever’ according to our County Butterfly Recorder Mike Fuller.