Tuesday, 6 August 2013


This year we have not had any storm events flattening the vegetation. The Campion was out all over the island in the spring lighting up the island at night. Now the white turns to yellow.

We are currently enjoying the rich yellow of  the Ragwort all over the island. This gives the island a different feel and makes a change from the nettle and burdock beds.

One of my first jobs while volunteering 16 years ago was pulling up Ragwort. Ragwort is poisonous to livestock and needs to be controlled in areas where animals graze. It is also very good for insects. It is a blessing we don't have to pull it on the island!

A yellow landscape

We've started seeing good numbers of Red Admirals on the Ragwort after a slow start for this species

We're seeing a few Peacocks, a lot of Whites and the odd painted Lady on the Ragwort

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