Fauna

The following fauna have been seen in the past within Adcombe Wood.

Dormouse

Seventy dormouse nesting boxes were installed throughout the wood under the Nature Futures Project in conjunction with the Blackdown AONB. These boxes are monitored on a regular basis to establish the size and health of the dormouse population. No box was occupied by dormice in 2016. We know there are already many dormice in the woods as several summer nests have been discovered.

18th June

young male, lost tail end

 

Our first occupant (apart from several blue tit nests in spring) a male that had lost part of its tail:

 

 

 

 

 

16th July

 

Our male was joined by a female, no young as yet:

To get a better idea whether the wood management is succeeding it is important that we monitor the fauna throughout the year and each following.

Do let us have your sightings, confirming these fauna are still there, or to record their absence or even to note new fauna species. Can you help? It would be wonderful if someone can step forward and offer to conduct a weekly butterfly transect through the summer ‘flying’ months. Certainly guidance and even some initial help identifying the butterflies that might be found can be offered.

In 2010 a moth watch was carried out on national Moth Night and the following were recorded:

  • brimstone moth
  • scalloped hazel
  • engrailed
  • square spot
  • white-pinion spotted
  • great prominent
  • lunar marbled brown
  • hebrew character
  • nut-face tussock

the Lower Meadows (Paddocks)

Butterflies

  • Wood White
  • Duke of Burgundy – not since 2004
  • Gate Keeper:

the Blind /Bald Spot or Green Patch

The origins of the Bald Spot is waiting to be researched. Anyone with recollections or memories about this locally significant feature, do please get in touch and share with us.

 

All the OS maps of the woods show a pond near the rt.angle bend in the righthand path that runs past the lower meadow. In autumn 2016 the pond location was searched for but only a small pond found. It appeared that the pond site expands or contracts dependant on surrounding soil movements. In June 2009 a SERC survey identfied the following in the immediate location:

  • dragonfly larvae
  • cranefly lavae
  • scavenger water beetle
  • water beetle
  • non-biting midges
  • frogs and efts (young newts)

to be continued

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