Big black beetles: Black Oil Beetle
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The south west is a stronghold for oil beetles which may be seen walking across paths and bare ground at this time of year. These large black beetles are flightless and slow moving so are easily spotted. There are four … Read More

What’s that snake curled up on the path?
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Adders seem to be everwhere we go in Cornwall at the moment – see Is this the Most Southerly Snake in Britain? post a little over a week ago. This pair were curled up amongst the heather at Kynance Cove … Read More

Western Clover above Kynance Cove on The Lizard
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We found several patches of Western Clover amongst the short grass on the cliffs above Kynance Cove on The Lizard at the weekend. Insight: Western Clover (Trifolium occidentale) is native but very local, found in Cornwall, on the Channel Islands … Read More

Male Stonechat in Full Breeding Plumage at Kynance Cove
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This adult male Stonechat was showing well in the hedge by the National Trust car park at Kynance Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall. Insight: The male Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) in full breeding plumage is boldly marked, with an orange … Read More

Chough at Kynance Cove in The Lizard in Cornwall
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There’s something to be said for having a noisy bird as a County emblem, they let you know they’re there! While watching nesting Shag on Lion Rock a distinctive call gave away a Chough feeding on the top of the … Read More

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