Grazalema Visitor Centre, Grazalema, Andalucia
An exhibition of macro photography by Steve Jones celebrating the insects of the Iberian peninsula.
From the 11th August to the 7th October 2010 the excellent Visitor Centre at Grazalema in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in Andalucia is playing host to an exhibition of macro photography by Steve Jones entitled Insectos de Iberia: “El Calor del Verano” (Insects of Iberia “Heat of the Summer”).
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The Epaulet Skimmer is one of a number of dragonfly species where the mature male is predominantly blue and the female/immature male is predominantly a tan/brown colour. However it is unique amongst the Skimmers occurring on the Iberian peninsula in having a single white stripe or “epaulet” outlined in black on each side of the thorax.
These "epaulets" are clearly visible when the insect is viewed from the side, running from just above the middle leg to just below the base of the forewing, and are present in both sexes regardless of their maturity, (with the possible exception of really old males).
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Insect Photography at Rospannel Farm
Sunday 25th July 2010
Start time 10.00am
Meeting at Rospannel Farm(SW390263). Head west along the A30 from Penzance, turning left at the centre of the hamlet of Crows-an-Wra. Follow the single track road for approximately 1km to where the road ends. The entrance drive to Rospannel Farm runs south from this point. Park as instructed at the farm.
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The Grey Seal – Halichoerus grypus qualifies as the UKs largest land mammal as it regularly hauls itself out into isolated coves around the Cornish coast.
One such site is Mutton Cove, part of the Site of Special Scientific Interest & Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty at Godrevy, perched at the northern end of Hayle’s “3 miles of golden sands”. Here at Mutton Cove it is possible to observe these beautiful animals from the cliff top without disturbing them if you respect their need for a calm environment and follow a few simple rules.
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In keeping with the modern culture of designated days for this, and special days for that, Sunday 2nd May 2010 was international dawn chorus day. The event received a fair amount of coverage on the television & radio, but with my own shameful "rise & shine" moment taking place at 7.45am, well after dawn, I missed the whole spectacle.
One of the species that was often talked about in reverential terms as being a peerless soloist in this early morning symphony of sounds is the Nightingale - Luscinia megarhynchos.
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Sunday 20th June 2010
A Closer Look at the Dragonflies of Goss Moor
Start time 10:00
Meet at Lay-by near Indian Queens (grid reference SW 932 599). Drive from Indian Queens heading east towards Bodmin on the old A30 road for one mile, the lay-by is on the left just before the bridge over the railway.
Bring wellies, binoculars, camera, suncream and lunch.
Leader(s) Steve Jones and Dave Thomas
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