We know we are about butterflies and moths, but the song of the nightingales at our Alners Gorse Reserve is pretty special, and there are at least three singing male Nightingales there at the moment (8 May).
If you visit Alners Gorse, you may note that there are new nestboxes around the site. These have been enabled by a very generous donation of £250 from the Hardown Society at Morecomelake, to whom very grateful thanks. They are made of “woodcrete”, which is a mixture of wooddust and cement, which we are hoping will withstand the attacks by woodpeckers, hornets and squirrels which have destroyed nearly all of the softwood boxes we put up 10-15 years ago.
Alners is a very special site for butterflies as well as Nightingales. The Grizzled and Dingy Skippers should be on the wing now, and later in the year will be followed by Marsh Fritillaries, White Admirals and (most special)
Brown and White-letter Hairstreaks. If you visit and enjoy the site, please think about making a donation to us to help enable us to continue our work on this very special site.