Conservation Work Report – 12th September

Tuesday’s work day was well supported by Cheshire Wildlife Trust volunteers and our local town’s folk. The day followed the regular pattern of gorse clearing and nest box maintenance.

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We put up ten additional nest boxes, and checked and cleaned the pre-existing ones. We were gratified to find most of the boxes contained an old nest, proving they had been occupied this year.

Elephant Hawkmoth Catepillar

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

While surveying the boxes, we were amazed to find an enormous caterpillar in the Rosebay Willowherb clump. It was an Elephant Hawkmoth, Rosebay Willowherb being its usual foodplant.

There is always something worth seeing on The Heath.

Thank you to Cheshire Wildlife Trust for running the event and to our wonderful volunteers for their time and effort.

Kevin Griffiths

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