The railway bank at Greenwich station has thrown up a few surprises in the last few weeks.
Several Evening primrose flowers have been in bloom, which is the first year that I have seen them. In fact I have rarely seen this plant in the general neighbourhood and wonder if the seeds were brought back by some traveller returning form a beach along the Kent coast.
I tool a walk through the long grass and stands of herbs this week to count butterflies and I managed to ‘disturb’ a few day flying moths. Beautiful moths at that. It toke me a while to identify the species – they turned out to be Burnet Campion moths (Euclidia gylphica). The beautifully pattern brown forewing and orange underwing makes this a very attractive moth indeed and a new one for me.
The big butterfly count along the railway bank included Small whites, a couple of gatekeepers and my first Lesser tortoiseshell butterfly of the year.
The mustards and rapes have come to prominence over the last month. Although to many these are slightly straggly and messy looking ‘weeds’ they are a real bonanza for the local bees. Sweet pea and mallow were catering for the various bees feeding on the railway bank.
Although I have been spending more time on the heath this month, which is a largest area of green space in the area, I still find it rewarding and inspiring that even a small area of ‘wasteland’ and an informal and accidental nature spot can provide such an engaging wildlife experience.
And I hope that the mowers and the tidyers will be kept at bay for a month or so, so the railway bank can hopefully summon up a few more surprises.