Heavy rain forced the young Halloween creepy crawly hunters ( see events) inside. They manfully stirred the compost, we had brought in, finding worms , woodlice ,slugs , snails, millipedes,beetles,and lots of fun. They might also have learned a bit about nature’s recyclers.
The days before and after, of course, were bright and sunny, so there were still lots of dung flies
, hoverflies and other diptera about, in sheltered spots.
The beetle pitfall traps revealed ground beetles to be active at Halloween and devil coach horse beetles on the move . Lots of slugs to be found in the slug pubs and the potatoe traps .The spider traps on the tree trunks produced no spiders over the week but earwigs and woodlice (on a dead tree).
The first frosts now hitting(29th oct) so activity will drop off. The whooper swans now number 30 on the Bawn lake and the berry hunting thrushes and blackbirds are busy.