Fauna

The following fauna have been seen in the past within Adcombe Wood. To get a better idea whether the wood managment 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

the Blind /Bald Spot or Green Patch

In 2016 Natural Futures arranged for a number of dormouse boxes to be installed throughout the wood. These are being monitored on a regular basis by Catherine Shellswell. None were found to be in use during 2016, though evidence of dormice summer nests were found by our working parties.

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