More youth action from Doctors Pond this morning.

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The Rosemary Beetles had all disappeared after some strong winds, but they have reappeared now on the lavender


The Moorhens around Doctors Pond have been doing very well this year…lots of Chicks. We didn’t have any Moorhens here until 4 or 5 years ago, we now have at least 2 well established families.

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Despite living close to Doctors Pond in Great Dunmow we very rarely see damselflies in the area…indeed, this is only the second time I have seen one in our garden after 18 years of living here.


Blazing sunshine all day – the damselflies were very busy


Spotted this rather colourful caterpillar on a walk around Roxwell, it’s a Mullein Moth Caterpillar


A second visit to the Phyllis Currie Nature Reserve, specifically for some bug photography. Unfortunately there was a very strong breeze blowing keeping a lot of the flying insects down. I still picked up a few shots including, just as I was leaving, the featured shot of the meadow grasshopper as he very kindly posed for me on a gate post…he was tiny though!

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I regularly see a lot of rabbits on my morning walks around Dunmow. Today, I had my infra-red camera with me so wondered what a rabbit would look like…wonder no more – I like how the eye has come out particularly.


Highly recommend a visit here. It’s only a small reserve but has plenty going on. 

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The honey bees are enjoying our chives at the moment…