The Field Club was invited to visit Henley Down at Luddesdown Vineyard on the 21st May. Six members met with conservation manager Will Moreno (and got driven around in his ATV) to see what could be found on the chalk grassland and the surrounding organic fields. Butterflies and moths were abundant, including Adonis Blue, Dingy Skipper and Grizzled Skipper, and other nationally scarce or rare invertebrate species were also present. We even managed to add some plant species to their already substantial list. The most unusual discovery of the day was two stridulating males of the Common Green Grasshopper, when all the other Orthoptera on the site were still tiny nymphs!

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Five Field Club members helped out with a bioblitz at Stream Walk Community Garden on the 14th May. We found an abundance of bees, hoverflies and spiders to help with pollination and pest control. But the gardens also support moths, butterflies and bush crickets, as well as slow worms and many bird species. We had a great relaxed day which included excellent cake and biscuits and a lot of interest from the garden's volunteers.

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 On Sunday 20th June, Kent Field Club held it's first field meeting since 2019 at Walderslade Woods. Led by Rob Burrows of Walderslade Woodlands Group, twelve members explored this 5 hectare site of woodlands and glades, consisting of a series of plateaus created by spoil from the construction of the M2 in the 1960s. Ground conditions were, it's fair to say, a bit damp and not ideal for the entomologists among us, though bumblebees were abundant and making use of the many orchids and other flowers in the glades. However, things had dried out a bit by lunch time and everyone got to see individuals of the long-horned bee Eucera longicornis.

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