In pictures: Natural habitat
In the last week of June, National Grid sponsored and helped organise a ‘Bio-Blitz’ event at Bishops Wood Environmental Education Centre on the National Grid substation site near Stourport. Leading naturalists joined members of the public to help find, identify and record bats, moths, butterflies and beasties in the woods, meadows and ponds within the grounds. Pictured above is butterfly expert and local farmer Mike Southall leading one of the butterfly walks.
The buff tip moth
The buff tip moth (picture by Bob Tunstall): one of over 100 different species of moth found at Bishops Wood. National Grid owns the substation site and supports the Environmental Education Centre in its work. The Bio-Blitz helped build up a detailed picture of the site’s biodiversity; part of a wider sustainability strategy to help National Grid manage the natural environment in ways that benefit biodiversity, communities and the business.
The cockchafer beetle
The cockchafer beetle (picture by Bob Tunstall), photographed during the Bio-Blitz event. “We have a pretty good idea of the larger animals and birds that live here, including foxes, badgers, deer, rabbits, woodpeckers, buzzards and so on,” explains John Rhymer, Head of the Centre. “The Bio-Blitz is a great opportunity for members of the public to meet some of the country's leading naturalists and help them build up our knowledge of what else is living in the woodlands, meadows and ponds surrounding National Grid’s substation.”
The elephant hawk-moth
The elephant hawk-moth (picture by Bob Tunstall). As part of the Bio-Blitz, the Worcestershire Moth recording group set up a series of moth traps, which ran throughout the night. Taking part in the event were students from University of Worcester, who could hone their identification skills in the company of experienced naturalists. The results of the Bio-Blitz were collated and submitted to Worcestershire Biological Records Centre.
The four-spotted chaser dragonfly
Members of the public and National Grid employees had the chance to examine those insects which had been trapped overnight, then help release them back into the wild. The mini-beasts weren’t the only attraction though – a bat survey walk, barbecue, butterfly picnic, face painting and butterfly-related crafts were some of the weekend’s other highlights.
The Environmental Education Centre at National Grid’s Bishops Wood substation site offers nature-based education and learning for schools and community groups. It’s also an ideal venue for meetings, events, team-building days and learning traditional crafts. Visit www.bishopswoodcentre.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01299 250513 for more information.