Posted by: Ross Gardner | July 24, 2019

Suffolk in Summer

So the blog limps, neglectfully along, exactly a month month since my last post!  I have, as previously lamented on more than one occasion, been terribly slack and somewhat distracted.  Distractions though, have lessened (I now possess a qualification in ‘Supporting Children and Young People with Autism’) so hopefully time at the keyboard can be turned to other things.

It just happens that I spent last weekend enjoying the delights of the northern reaches of Suffolk in the campervan, specifically the open and afforested country of West Stow Country Park and its surrounds, a dreamy stretch of the River Lark and the fascinating environs of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Lackford Lakes reserve.  Below, therefore, are a few images of some of the delights therein……

Pseudospinolia neglecta (pos) (scaled)

A jewel indeed. Sometimes called jewel wasps, the ruby-tailed wasps are a difficult lot to ID, but this one looks like it might be the scarce Pseudospinolia neglecta.

Stictoleptura rubra 2 (scaled)

Stictoleptura rubra – an uncommon species belonging to the impressive longhorn beetles.

River Lark - West Stow (scaled)

The dreamy River Lark on a hot summer’s day……

Pike (scaled)

…… the haunt of Pike (Esox lucius); even this youngster makes for a fierce predator of the weedy shadows.

Kingfisher - Lackford Lakes 5 (scaled)

Sometimes that ‘blue flash’ stops still out in the open. The old flooded gravel pits of Lackford Lakes has developed something of a reputation for seeing kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).


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