SPECIES IN THE BRIERDENE WILDLIFE SITE IS NOW 993
Dates for your diary.
The Annual Bio Blitz will be on Saturday 28th July from
10:00am – 3:00pm,
and the Annual Moth Night will be on Saturday 4th August from
The dene top is now in bloom with Yellow Rattle,
Meadow Buttercups, Knapweed, Oxeye Daisy and a variety of grasses and other
plants. If you look closely you should still be able to see some Common
Spotted-Orchids at the west end of the dene top.
No further damage has been caused in the dene this
month, but the high winds did bring down a few branches which have been cleared
away. The Willow fence alongside the burn in the upper reach has been rebuilt
and the two information boards have been replaced in the lower dene.
We are losing four DoE volunteers (1 Gold and 3
Bronze) who have completed their Community Work with us and wish them all the
best for the future.
COMMUNITY POLICE MEETING
I have been asked to pass on that the local
community police will be holding a drop-in meeting at the Whitley Bay Golf Club
on Thursday 12th July from 1:00pm until 2:00pm.
GROWING WILD FLOWERS
have done very well in growing Oxeye Daisies and Knapweed this year, but we
have had very little success in growing Meadow Buttercups with only a few
plants growing from our 8 trays.
new species was recorded on the last day of this month, a Great Pied Hoverfly; details and photos can be found
on our website.
The number of recorded species in the dene now stands at 993.
On the 30th a large number of Butterflies were sighted, Speckled Woods
at the west end of the dene top, Meadow Brown Females and Ringlets were seen in
the middle and east end of the lower dene.
Six Tree Bees were seen feeding on
the Meadow Cranesbill at the east end. We usually only see the odd one.
More details and photos are on our Species Information Page