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Hair Ice Tom Scholes/ WSBRC

Fabulous Ice Phenomena

29 Dec 2014

Winter creates some wonderful ice formations, and the natural phenomena known as frost flowers and hair ice are two of the most intriguing, such as these photographed at Savernake Forest; however they are not made from frost but are actually ice crystal formations that come up from the ground.

Buff-tailed Bumblebee Penny Metal@flickr.com

Look Out For Active Bumblebees This Winter

19 Dec 2014

To most of us the sight of a bumblebee is a clear sign of spring or summer and the warm weather that we at least hope for at these times of the year. However since the late 1990’s, an increasing number of sightings have been recorded of Buff-tailed Bumblebees during the winter months, particularly during December and January.

Hedgehog in the Snow David Berkowitz @Flikr.com

Unseasonal Sightings

10 Dec 2014

The recent mild weather has seen reports of some unusual wildlife sightings. Many sightings are much later than usual, such as butterflies being spotted in December; others are occurring many months earlier than normal.

Burnt Orchid Rob Large/ WWT

One in Five Plants Are Now Threatened With Extinction

22 Oct 2014

A new report A Vascular Plant Red List for England by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) reveals one in five vascular plant species are threatened with extinction, including the Wiltshire County flower, the Burnt-tip Orchid.

Small Ranunculus Moth Gail Hampshire @Flickr.com

Rare Small Ranunculus Moth Spotted

1 Sep 2014

The Small Ranunculus moth (Hecatera dysodea), which has in recent years reappeared after a period of extinction in the UK, has been recently sighted, outside the WSBRC’s office! Not only was this rare species spotted, at least 20 of the small green caterpillars were counted on one plant, a fantastic sighting.

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