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An interesting and enjoyable day was had by all at Awnells Farm in Herefordshire.  Eight members of this organisation took part in the walk led by Viv Geen looking at the wildlife and traditional Hereford cattle on the farm.  Several new invertebrate species were recorded on the farm particularly moth and beetle species.  Everyone enjoyed meeting Jock; the friendly Hereford steer.  They were amazed at how tame he was and how he responded to his name.  One participant particularly enjoyed hearing the cuckoo calling.  The visit finished with a well-earned cup of tea and slice of cake.

Following on from this walk we hope to organise an invertebrate survey or bio-blitz at Awnells in 2019.

Here is a list of invertebrate species recorded during the visit provided by Carol and John Taylor:

Bees

Andrena cineraria (Andrena Cineraria)

Andrena haemorrhoa (Andrena Haemorrhoa)

Apis mellifera (Apis Mellifera)

Bombus hypnorum (Tree Bumblebee)

Bombus lapidaries (Red-tailed Bumblebee)

Bombus pascuorum (Common Carder-bee)

Bombus pratorum (Early Bumblebee)

Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed Bumblebee)

 

Beetles

Oedemera nobilis (Swollen-Thighed Beetle)

Pseudocistela ceramboides (a scarce saproxylic beetle)- recorded mating in the Main Orchard.

 

Butterflies and Moths

Common Blue butterfly

Epiblema sticticana

Garden Grass-Veneer moth

Meadow Brown butterfly

Red Admiral butterfly

Scoparia ambigualis

Silver-Ground Carpet moth

Silver ‘Y’ moth

Small Magpie moth

Small White butterfly

Speckled Yellow moth

Straw Dot moth

Yellow Shell moth

 

Grasshoppers

Chorthippus parallelus (Meadow Grasshopper)

 

Sawflies

Rhogogaster viridis

Tenthredo mesomelas

 

Soldierfly

Chloromyia Formosa (Chloromyia Formosa)

 

Viv Geen

Monitoring Officer (Herefordshire)