Introducing Frampton Cotterell Nature Notes!

Introducing Frampton Cotterell Nature Notes!

This is a page to share all of your encounters with nature and wildlife in the local village. Whatever wild plant or animal you’ve spotted, we want to hear from you! We welcome pictures as well as anecdotes of sightings across the parish and the surrounding areas.

We hope that by sharing our sightings and wildlife encounters, we will learn more about the biodiversity we have in the local area.

Anyone of any age can send in to Frampton Cotterell Nature Notes. All you have to do is email Daisy Finniear on projectofficer@framptoncotterell-pc.gov.uk, message us on Facebook or leave a comment below and we will add it to this page for all to see. Remember to state where you saw the plant/animal and your name (age discretion optional!).

We are especially keen to hear sightings from the Centenary field, as we have recently had a biodiversity survey undertaken and want to improve the habitats across the field.

Happy nature spotting!

Spotted: Elephant Hawk Moth Caterpillar!

An elephant hawk moth caterpillar has been spotted in the parish.

These chunky mini beasts can grow to be the size of your thumb! Their adult counterparts are just as impressive, growing into huge spectacular moths with a wingspan of up to 6cm.

Councillor Sue Walters, who spotted the caterpillar, said:

“I found this large caterpillar marching up my garden path today. It’s about 8 cms and quite fat with chunky legs and distinctive head markings like two eyes. It also has a ‘hook’ on its tail end which suggests it’s a hawk moth. The moths are huge. Over the last few weeks I’ve had something that felt bigger than a usual moth flying past me at night in the garden and I think that must be it. They mostly feed on rose bay willow herb so will be trying to plant some in my wild garden.”

Read more about elephant hawk moth’s here.

Images by Sue Walters

Slow worms – the legless lizard

Our local groundsman discovered a young healthy slow worm at the over grown nature zone at the back of the Brockeridge centre 31/07/2019. As slow worms are protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and are a Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework, this is very promising in terms of biodiversity that they are present in the overgrowth. This just shows that sometimes less is more when it comes to wildlife gardening, as the lawn clippings, overgrown brambles and shrubs provide ideal habitat hiding spaces for many species!

Slow worms thrive in composted areas – so keep a look out for them if you have an allotment at Jubilee or Mill Lane and be careful when turning your compost.

Nature Notes – Butterfly Sightings

One of our councillors, Sue Walters, shared her encounter with some beautiful butterfly species:

“Walking the dogs this afternoon some meadows had been cut and there were hundreds of butterflies. Every step they were flying up around us, I think they were Meadow Browns but they were the sort that keep their wings closed so cannot be sure. But amazing. Nevertheless.”

Bug Hotel at the Glebeland

Chair to Council, Linda Williams, spotted a bee hotel in use at the Glebeland by the wild flowers between Rectory and Church roads.

Linda says, “Possibly leaf cutter bees? (…) It was good to see as I’ve never seen a bug hotel in use before!”


(Photo by Linda Williams).

Centenary Field Bats

“On the 20th June 2019, I went out to do a little informal bat survey of the Centenary Field. The aim of this was to give our ecologists an idea of the species that are present before they wrote up their biodiversity management plan (watch this space for updates on the plan!).

Despite only surveying for 40 minutes, I encountered at least three or four species of bat using my Magenta bat detector!

The bat detector turns the high frequency bat calls, which are undetectable to human ears, into lower frequencies that we can hear.

The species noted included soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus), common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) and a noctule (Nyctalus noctula).”

(Anecdote from Daisy Finniear)