|Wasp (to be identified) on a buttercup at Hagges Wood|
|Hagges Wood from the Bee Hotel|
Lin and the others want to recreate this precious habitat to see how easy or hard it might be to do. They are quite important as similar habitats in Estonia have 76 plant species per square metre. For every new species it's estimated 5 or 6 species of invertebrate can be attracted, and they are just a small part of the food chain so you can see how important they could be.
|Checking out the Bee Hotel with Lin|
So what did they do once they'd cleared the field of weeds? Well they rolled it and then spread on a meadow seed mix which had in it a variety of meadow plant species. Along with this a lot of native trees were planted in copses. The meadow mix was important to make sure the woods weren't just full of brambles and docks but had a woodland floor that would be something like ancient woodland.
|Black & Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata)|
|A Drinker Moth Caterpiller (Euthrix potatori)|
Not only are there a lot of plants there are so many insects. Even just wandering slowly across the meadow we saw lots of spiders, flies, bees, slugs, beetles, moths and wasps. Lin told me that they have now counted over 400 species of invertebrate on the meadow - incredible after only 3 years!
The hope is this sort of approach could be used in smaller places and could be used to make corridors of habitat to help bring back biodiversity in the country where it has been lost due to farming and development. It could help to reverse the loss of habitats and species that has been happening.
|We found four Broad Bodied Chasers|
(Libulella depressa) emerging as well as around 12 exuvia!
Dragonflies are amazing, this is only the second time I've seen this happen. The first time I wrote a post about it and it's still my most popular post - the lifecycle of Dragonflies and Damsleflies.
Well after that I realised it was well past dinner time so we had a picnic and eventually headed home.
I want to say a big thank you to Lin for inviting me and showing me round. It will be good to keep going back to Hagge Woods to see how it develops. Maybe there will be one near you soon if the idea keeps working as well as it has here. I would be good for everyone to have a Hagge Wood to watch growing up.
Hope you enjoyed,
P.S. You might like the spider photos here, they made me think it was saying this...
|Spiders? Around here?|
|Hmm, well I did see one over there...|
|It was huge, about this big!|