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January 2013

Tuesday 15th January 2013

Looking at our local Environment

On Tuesday we welcomed Michael Symes the Devon Wildlife Trust's Northern Devon, Nature Improvement Area Advisory Officer. He gave a presentation about Culm grasslands – our local unique habitat. In our area there are three main areas that have open access; Hollow Moor, Whiteleigh Meadow and Halwill Nature Reserve. He explained that they are of international importance as home to some of the nation's most threatened wildlife, such as the marsh fritillary butterfly and the narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth.

rag rob
ragged robin

Culm grassland comprises a variety of different plant communities and this diverse flora supports several butterfly species as well as other insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. For the full list visit the DWT website or the 'Wildlife' pages on the main Halwill website.

ragged robin growing in Culm grassland

marsh frit
marsh fritillary butterfly
devil's bit scabious
devil's-bit scabious

The rare marsh fritillary butterfly, it's caterpillars feed on devil's-bit scabious only!

barn owl
barn owl
              cuckoo -lady's smock
cuckoo flower/ lady's smock

early purple orchid
early purple orchid

wild angelica
wild angelica
              wood white
wood white butterfly, one to look out for on the Halwill Nature Reserve