What’s About – week of 24th May 2016


Swifts, House Martins and Swallows over Tattenhoe Park

Peregrine hunting at dusk at Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve (22nd)

Pair of Goosanders over Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve (22nd)

Pair of Kestrels in Tattenhoe Park (Possibly nesting)


Tadpoles and Sticklebacks, Howe Park Wood (23rd May)

Tadpoles and Sticklebacks, Howe Park Wood (23rd May)










Broad-Bodied Chasers, Four-Spotted Chasers and Hairy Dragonflies in and around Tattenhoe

Libellula depressa and Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Broad-Bodied Chaser and Large Red Damselfly, Tattenhoe










Large Red and Azure Damselflies around Howe Park Wood and Tattenhoe Park

1 Blue-Tailed Damselfly by Howe Park Wood (23rd)




2 Dingy Skippers, 1 Brown Argus and 1 Common Blue by Howe Park Wood (22nd)

Aricia agestis

Brown Argus, Howe Park Wood (22nd May 2016)








Holly Blues in and around Tattenhoe

Burnet Companions and 1 Clouded Border in Tattenhoe Park (22nd)


Tree bumblebee Bombus hypnorum – nest in bird box in last year’s blue tit nest in Secretary’s garden, Blakelands. This species, which has arrived in Britain over the last 15 years, is stated in the literature to have a strong preference for hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, a large specimen of which grows outside the Secretary’s gate 10 metres from the nest.

Bombus hypnorum nest site

Birdbox with Tree Bumblee nest inside (Steve Brady)

Bombus hypnorum nest

Tree bumblebee nest (Steve Brady)










(All sightings and photographs by Harry Appleyard unless otherwise stated)