There was a reason we were at Halse Copse in particular: the two patches of ancient woodland and associated meadows are right in the path of the projected route of HS2. Historically under-studied, the record centre held records for just 171 species in the Local Wildlife Sites, making them (apparently) much less biodiverse than my garden - which just goes to show the value of surveying thoroughly! The BioBlitz was an attempt to get a better picture of the diversity in line to be destroyed.
|Hard at work adding to the insect numbers...|
|Scymnus haemorhoidalis, a 2mm hairy ladybird (pic Jo Bogaert)|
|The first Small Copper ever recorded at Halse Copse!|
|Ommatoiulus sabulosus, beaten from gorse|
|The click beetle Agriotes linearis, here in walking mode rather than catapulting itself through the air|
|The Heineken Fly, busy reaching further|
|A red ant nose-deep in an extra-floral nectary|