I discovered this mighty beast walking up the hall this evening. Not a word of a lie it was at least 6 feet from front to back toe. An absurd monster, stalking around the house seeking to eat anything in its way. Giant teeth. Growling too. It attacked my dog, thank goodness I don’t own a cat!
I’m going to hazard a guess and say this is a Dark Bush Cricket. Might be wrong but it’s definitely a Bush Cricket and from the size of the ovipositor I’d say she’s a lady.
In case you’re wondering I scooped her up and put her outside 😃 She savaged my arm but I’ll be ok.
South Downs mist at Heyshott
Another magical autumn morning on The South Downs.
Continue reading “Oak and stubble”
Trees in the mist
I had to make a brief stop on the way to work this morning to run into the woods with my camera! I got a few funny looks….
Continue reading “Autumn mist in Severals Woods”
Rooks and Heron
Spotted this very grey-looking Rook in the tree this morning…
Continue reading “An odd looking Rook”
Here’s a photo from early morning on 1st September 2018… one of those perfect Autumn mornings when the mist settles under the Downs, the trees are turning and there’s a nip in the air.
Got to love Autumn… view this image at full size on Flickr.
This is a monster of a haystack!
25 feet tall and built with great care an precision… I came across it behind the village of Lavant in West Sussex after the field had been combined and cleared. The next day it had gone.
Continue reading “Bale Castle”
We were contacted by reader of the Bepton Down blog who asked about a helicopter crash when he was a schoolboy. “Does anyone remember the helicopter that crashed on Bepton Down in the mid 1960s? I was a boarder at Midhurst Grammar School at the time and went to see the crashed remains up there on the hillside a couple of days after it happened.”
Richard Stephenson would like to know if anyone can remember any more details about this tragic accident? Please get in touch if you have any memories or information about the crash so we can pass them on to Richard and share with others. At the front of my mind are the two crew lost their lives that day – it would be good to remember these men as part of the history of Bepton Down.
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Brown hare on The South Downs Way
The recent dry spell of weather is causing all sorts of problems for our local wildlife. Take this poor hare. He should be hidden below waist-high crops, but all the fields are dry and brown. Nothing seems to be growing and the drought is making life hard for our Badgers too.
Continue reading “Hare today…”
Will 2018 be as good as 2017 for Hummingbird Hawkmoths?
It’s only the 21st June and look at this – a Hummingbird Hawkmoth scooting around the garden!
Continue reading “First Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the year…”
How to spot the difference between these two (almost) identical birds.
Marsh Tits and Willow Tits are almost impossible to distinguish by sight alone – their call is the main way to tell them apart. But how can you differentiate them if they’re not making any noise? Here’s a great example – photographed through my office window!
Continue reading “Marsh Tit or Willow Tit?”