Thelnetham and Betty's Fens, 6 April 2024

A favourite walk of our is around the maze of footpaths through the fens around the headwaters of the Little Ouse. Normally this is an area we visit once the numerous marsh orchids are up so it was nice to visit at a different time.

With little in the way of birds or flora it was once again the insects that stole the show. Along the north bank of the fledgling Little Ouse I found numerous Alderflies had emerged with a couple of nice beetles - Mitten Blackclock and the diminutive Cereal Leaf Beetle. Also quite numerous were Nemoura cinerea which also goes by the slightly unfair english name of Small Dull Brown and the wetland-loving spider Pachygnatha clerki. Kentish Snail was another good find with several Brimstones out enjoying the watery sun. Awat from inverts I spotted some pretty large Eyelash Fungus on wet rotting logs. 

After our walk we retired to nearby Redgrave and Lopham Fen where we just managed to catch our regular coffee vendor before he shut and enjoyed our coffee sitting watching displaying Marsh Harriers over the fen.  

                                                                                                                                 Mitten Blackclock
                                                                                                                              Small Dull Brown
                                                                                                                              Cereal Leaf Beetle
                                                                                                                                Pachygnatha clerki
                                                                                                                                   Kentish Snail
                                                                                                                             Eyelash Fungus

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