Dry Drayton Nature Notes - March
Here we will build a collection of monthly nature notes for Dry Drayton. You can find here information about regular and more unusual sightings of Parish flora and fauna. Please send us your sightings to add to these pages or send your local wildlife queries to us.
March month of 'many weathers' wildly comes
|John Clare, The Shepherd's Calendar 1827|
Blue Tits can now be seen prospecting for nest sites.
Unusual Dry Drayton sightings published by the Cambridgeshire Bird Club
16/3/08 - Red Kite flying West
23/3/08 - 4 Common Buzzards over fields South of village (Richard Hook)
6/3/09 - 10.10 3 Buzzards over West (Ken Hook)
22/3/09 - Red Kite East to West across the ridge (Rowena Baxter)
The hosts of golden daffodils in gardens are one of the high spots of March, reflecting the early spring sunshine in their petals.
Insects and Spiders
Resting on one of last autumn's fallen leaves, the Comma butterfly is one of the earliest species of the spring, coming out of hibernation to bask in the feeble warmth. Its name comes from the white underwing mark on a black background.
|Now coming out in considerable numbers is our commonest Ladybird, the Seven Spot. A foreign invader, the Harlequin Ladybird should also be looked out for from now on. For more information go to the Harlequin Ladybird Survey site|
|Butterflies||The following are possibilities for early sightings, depending on the weather: Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood|
Amphibians and Reptiles
March is the traditional month, at least in Cambridgeshire, for frogs to spawn. Variable weather can compress spawning into just a few days.
Photos and text by Val Perrin.