Last month WSBRC was able to confirm the first record of Sea Fern-grass in Wiltshire. Interest in the story has not only focused on how far the plant has been found outside of its natural range, but also on how human activities have facilitated this and shows the importance of regular wildlife recording as this can reveal unexpected effects of human activities on wildlife.
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 Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed Bumblebee) during the winter months, particularly during December and January.
The first county record for Sea Fern-grass (Catapodium marinum) has been confirmed on the Protected Road Verge at Thorny Down on the A30 near Salisbury.
As bonfire night fast approaches householders are being asked to pay particular attention to the welfare of Hedgehogs. At this time of year these welcome, but increasingly rare, visitors to our gardens come in search of beetles, worms, slugs and snails.
Harsh weather, habitat loss and the American Mink look to be the cause of a dramatic decline in the country’s Water Vole population. Records reveal Water Vole presence is down 22 per cent in two years.