Germander Speedwell 

Flora and Fauna

SWARM TRAPS AND BEE DROPS

Apian behaviour, beekeeping paraphernalia and colony loss language.

"...Bee brush, brace comb

Straw skep, swarm trap

Chalkbrood, Check-Mite

Bee drops and fake fires..."

 

SOUNDINGS

Human descriptions and interpretations of the songs and calls of birds found in the Thames Estuary (from the Soundings from the Estuary project).

"...A squeaked "pseep", a liquid "twit",

     a jingle of keys, a rusty lock

     a twisting hinge and metallic "clink"..."

 

SIGHTINGS

Reports of birds, and other flighted activity, in the Thames Estuary (from the Soundings from the Estuary project).

"...Avocet Egg Watch, Pipits on pit-stops,

     Godwits on slipway, and ducks flushed from ditches;

     Peregrines on pylons, Sandpipers in puddles,

     Redshank on mudflats and Fieldfare in paddocks..."

 

FALSE VAMPIRES

True bat names of the world.  See full version below.

"...The Sucker-footed, Hollow-faced, Tube-nosed, Funnel-eared

     Lobe-lipped, Thumbless, Wing-gland and Clinging Bats..."

 

THRISTLE MUSH

Local / vernacular names of the characterful Mistle Thrush.

"...Thin-thresher, Screech-drossle, Gawthrush, Charcock, Storm Bird, Skirlock,

      Jeremy Joy, Butcher-bird and Jaypie..."

 

BRYODIVERSITY

The uncommon 'common' names of British Mosses.

"...The Fuzzy Fork, Frizzled Crisp, Petty Pocket,

      Twiggy Spear and Flabby Thread...."

 

LESSER-SPOTTED LEPIDOPTERA 

The neglected splendour of British moths.   (See Dictations page for recording)

"...The Maiden's Blush, the True Lover's Knot, the Dark Dagger, Pod Lover,

      The Bloodvein, the Gothic, and the Death's-Head Hawk Moth..."

 

GABBLE RATCHET

Local/vernacular names of British birds.

"Yaffle, Yuckel, Eccle and Yockel

Pick-a-tree, Hew Hole, Nicker Pecker, Wood Hack..."

 

PENNY BUN or POISON PIE

The possible perils of inaccurate fungi identification: names of British fungi, with a recipe for Cep Soup, and symptoms of Death Cap poisoning.

"...Witches Butter, Batchelor's Buttons, Old Man of the Woods and Dead Man's Fingers

Bleeding Mycena, Amethyst Deceiver, Bitter Bolete and False Morel..."

 

RESIDENTS, MIGRANTS AND VAGRANTS

Ornithology and vagrancy, and a crescendo of bird sounds.

"...A chiff-chaffing, a chough choughing,

      a crow coughing, craw crawing, and a ringing sobbing..."

 

DEAD HEADINGS

The curiously specific world of botanical terminology and plant naming.

"...A pendulous sedge, sprawling sanicle, ramping fumitory and spreading panicle!"

 

BLIGHT

Plant disorders, diseases and pests.

"...Fruit drop, butt rot, bark split, bitter pit..."

 

MERMAIDS' PURSES

Coastal and sea life of Britain.

"Cuttlefish, Stickleback, Dabberlocks and Bladder Wrack..."

 

A SPINKIE DEN

Scottish local/vernacular plant names.

"A spinkie den of rag-a-tag, mappie's lugs and flapper bags

  Runchie, ramps, wrack and rammock..."

 

SPUDS-YOU'D-LIKE

Just a few of the 427 varieties of British-registered potatoes.

"...Schoolmaster, Chancellor, Home Guard, Avalanche

Dunbar Archer, Ulster Lancer, Arran Banner and Maris Piper".

 

THE TEASEL MAN IS COMING - see Industry / Activity page.

 

 

See also the Natural History Survey done at Surrey Docks Farm.  

False Vampires

 

True bats of the world

 

The Pipistrelle, Barbastelle

Bumblebee and Bulldog Bats

The Dog-faced, Hog-faced

Mouse-eared and Rat-tailed

Club-footed, Hare-lipped

Lump-nosed and Bent-winged

The Fig-eating, Tent-building

Natterers and Grabflatterer Bats.

 

The Whiskered Bat, Moustached Bat

Shaggy-haired, Hairy-legged

Lappet-eared and Hammer-headed;

The Sucker-footed, Hollow-faced

Tube-nosed, Funnel-eared

Lobe-lipped, Thumbless

Wing-gland and Clinging Bats.

 

The Bonneted Bat, the Domed-palate Mastiff

The Sword-nosed, Spear-nosed

Slit-faced, Notch-eared and Groove-lipped;

The Silver-haired, Wrinkle-faced

White-lined and Horny-skinned

The Tomb Bat, Ghost Bat

And predictably pasty Pallid Bat.

 

The Heart-nosed False Vampire

And Greater Naked-backed Bats;

The Long-fingered, Thick-thumbed

Big-lipped and Broad-winged

Little-collared, Dwarf Epauletted,

Flower-faced, and Leaf-chinned.

 

 

© Germander Speedwell   July 2008  (2008 being Year of the Bat!)  

 

 

These are all names of bat species from around the world.  Many have bizarre facial shapes and appendages, and are genuinely deserving of their curious names.  The False Vampire family of bats are so-named from their grotesque appearance which inspired the image of the vampire in fiction, however this group of bats are not true vampires but merely insect and invertebrate eaters.

GiantSpearNosedBat

The Giant Spear-Nosed Bat