Some recent wildlife finds from Devon

During the second half of July I visited Devon and made a number of trips to The Royal Horticultural Gardens at Rosemoor, Woolacombe beach, Ifracombe and Baggy Point a coastal headland reserve managed by the National Trust. Photographs from the trip are presented in my Picasa photographic gallery which can be accessed here  

An interesting find on areas of low gorse scrub and bramble bushes at Baggy Point was the spider Neoscona adianta, with its very distinct and striking abdominal pattern. The distribution of this orb spider is in the southern most part of the UK. It is not reported as occurring in Ireland in the NBDC website. Perhaps a species to look out for in Ireland if temperatures continue to rise.

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The visit to the RHS garden at Rosemoor was a superb floral extravaganaza … with some of the gardens challenging Chelsea.  But for me the large wild flower meadows that the RHS has created within the gardens being a true highlight of the visit. The wild flower meadow shown below contains the striking pink/purple flowered labiate Betonica officinalis (Betony).

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And of course no summer trip would be complete without a day on the beach. And at Woolacombe it was the turn of jellyfish to impress! Shown below is the Compass Jellyfish (Chrysaora hysoscella) with its striking brown radial pattern. This species stings so maybe worth taking extra care if you come across it in Irish waters during the summer. 

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© Peter Foss 2012