Monthly Archives: June 2014

Beetle on a dock leaf

The dock leaf beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) does exactly as its English name suggests and are found on docks and related plant species, often in damp areas.  These beetles are fairly common and widespread and are a shiny metallic green, often … Continue reading

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A tiger in the hills

As you travel up the Coquet past Rothbury the land suddenly changes at Alwinton from rolling productive countryside to steep-sided grassy hills split by deep V-shaped valleys. This sharp edge of hills can be followed from here to the north … Continue reading

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The County Flower

The Northumberland coast has long stretches of dune helping to protect the shore from the North Sea storms.  This dune strip is home to a variety of specialist plants including bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum) which has been chosen at Northumberland’s … Continue reading

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A gothic visitor

A few days ago a fairly large moth found its way into the house one evening.  It was extracted and released again outside.  Today the same moth turned up again hiding in one of the garden wood stores.  Like most … Continue reading

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