Stour Valley Rangers

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We look after five main nature reserves in North Bournemouth. Here is a little bit of what we and our fabulous volunteers get up to. 😊

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Crazy caterpillars - come and check out our new caterpillars at the Visitor Centre #lepidoptera #catterpillarsofinstagram #cinnabar #buffermine #mothcaterpillar #redadmiral #largewhite #eggs #butterflycaterpillar #growingfast #hungrycaterpillar @bbcspringwatch @bournemouthcouncil @bournemouthecho @bournemouth_official @dorsetwildlife @nationaltrustsouthwest
A good but hot day with our conservation volunteers pulling Ragwort. As a landowner, we have a duty to control this invasive weed because it is poisonous to livestock if consumed in large quantities, particularly if cut and bailed into hay. However, it is brilliant for insects including the Brown Argus and Common Blue butterfly pictured, so we do leave some outside of our grazing fields. It is also the larval food plant of the Cinnabar Moth caterpillar 🐛 so plants with these on are left. #caterpillar #butterfly #ragwort #cinnabar #volunteering #volunteers #commonblue #brownargus #ragworting #ragwortpulling #goodforourpollinators #bestvolunteers #getinvolved #happy #summer #conservation #management #lepidoptera #bournemouth #stourvalley #plant
Beautiful Brown Argus found on #stourvalleynaturereserve today. #butterfliesareout #butterfliesofinstagram #stourvalley #lepidoptera #brownargus #butterflies #insect #blues #blue #butterfly #butterflytransect #delicate #bournemouth #ukbms
Two Holly Blue butterflies spotted this morning on our health walk taking minerals and salt from the path. #blues #butterfliesofinstagram #hollyblue #blue #lepidoptera #stourvalley #stourvalleynaturereserve #healthwalk #insects #butterfly #bournemouth #clever #pretty #summer #stourvalleyrangers
Just a couple of beautiful moths from our moth trap this morning. The first is the Box Tree Moth ( a micro) and the second is a Swallow Tailed Moth. #ourapteryxsambucaria #yellow #moths #swallowtailed #lepidoptera #moths #mothtrap #mothsofinstagram #mothuk #boxtreemoth #delicate #beautiful #wings #robinson #id #insectsofinstagram #stourvalley #kingfisherbarn #bournemouth
Our amazing volunteers literally getting stuck into clearing himalyan balsam - a non-native and highly invasive plant. Growing over 6 foot high it shades out other plants and spreads its seeds by the pods violently exploding, dispersing them widely. We are clearing it to keep it from taking over this entire bit of woodland. #hardwork #humid #amazingvolunteers #thickstems #himalayanbalsam #nonnative #invasivespecies #removal #control #reduction #tallplants #prettybutdestructive #needabrew #balsambashing #gooddayswork #lettinginthelight #mothsofinstagram #openingupthecanopy @bournemouth_official @bournemouthcouncil #darkborderedbeauty
3 juvenile European eels - relocated from a drying pool to the river. These can take between 8-12 years to become mature, living in freshwater during this time before heading out to sea to spawn #eel #amazingcreatures #relocation #backtotheriver #fishofinstagram #facinating #riverlife #frompondtoriver @bbcspringwatch @bournemouthcouncil @bournemouthecho
Release of the peacocks - our butterflies have emerged from their chrysilis and have taken wing!#butterflyrelease #takingwing #peacock #fromcaterpillartobutterfly #backtothewild #greatmoments  #goodfeeling #successfulrelease @bbcspringwatch @bournemouthcouncil @bournemouth_official @bournemouthecho
Release of the peacocks - our butterflies have emerged from their chrysilis and have taken wing!#butterflyrelease #takingwing #peacock #fromcaterpillartobutterfly #backtothewild #greatmoments  #goodfeeling #successfulrelease @bbcspringwatch @bournemouthcouncil @bournemouth_official @bournemouthecho
Two lovely moths today on our trap, the wonderful twenty-plume (a micro moth) and what we thought was a white-line about but turned out to be a micro #mothsofinstagram #plume #twentyplumemoth #notawhitelinesnout #nationallyscarce #greatfind #fridgetwitcher #alwayssomethingspecial #insectsofinstagram #mothtrap @bbcspringwatch @bournemouth_official @bournemouthcouncil @bournemouthecho
Just some of the beautiful flowers blooming in our wild flower meadows and around the car park #flowers #bugloss #sweetalison #stjohnswort #cornflower #poppy #bellflower #wonderfulcolours #summerishere #wildflowers #beauty @bournemouthcouncil
Tree bumblebees - these have made their way to the UK over the past decade and successfully established themselves without harm to our native bees and pollinators #treebumblebee #facinatingtowatch #beesofinstagram #🐝 #insectsofinstagram #hive #fallenwillow #kinsoncommon