Golf Course Ecology Visits - August 2021

28 September 2021 Ecology Bulletin

I couldn’t let the summer slip by without showing you all some smashing eco snaps, all sent in by greenies up and down the UK.

 

Just take a look at this whomper sent in by Phil Dewhurst. It’s a hawkmoth caterpillar which Phil found on his golf course travels in July. This chap was returned back to its habitat to grow into a brightly coloured moth.

Phil Dewhurst's Hawkmoth Catterpillar
Phil Dewhurst's Hawkmoth Catterpillar
Purdis Heath's Garden Tiger Moth
Purdis Heath's Garden Tiger Moth

 

 

Speaking of brightly coloured moths, how about a garden tiger? The Purdis Heath guys sent over this belter.

Blarney Golf Resort's flowers
Blarney Golf Resort's flowers - Alex Newham

 

 

Natural roughs are of the highest importance for many reasons, one being its an avenue throughout the course. Here’s Blarney’s example. Super stuff.

Joe Hendy was out and about plying his trade on courses down south and found this patch of floras. Thanks Joe, and these are of the highest order by the way!

Joe Hendy's Wildflowers
Joe Hendy's Wildflowers

 

Gog Magog (fab name) have a small blue butterfly onsite. These tiny fellas have declined considerably over the past few years so to have one visit is an honour – most likely visited because the team carry out first class rough management.

Gog Magog - small blue butterfly
Gog Magog - small blue butterfly

 

Further to the north and Hunley have the usual fantastic bits of fauna milling around. Here’s Hunley’s hares. Congratulations on you GEO certification, team.

Hunley's Hares
Hunley's Hares

Wait until you see what Bruntsfield have got. Yep. A sign. It’s no ordinary sign, though. This sign lets members, visitors and anyone else know how good a golf course can be for our creepy crawly chums. We’re loving this!

Bruntsfield Sign
Bruntsfield Sign

All this leads us around to a place where you’ll probably find all the aforementioned critters, Dufftown in Scotland. Just look at John Milne’s rough – perfect! Keep it growing, John.

John Milne's rough
John Milne's rough

Do keep seeing the photos and sightings over. It’s creeping into fungi season – and that’s when the real fireworks start showing!

Author

James Hutchinson
BIGGA | Membership Services Manager - Ecology

James Hutchinson is BIGGA’s Ecology and Sustainability expert.  With over 30 years greenkeeping and ecology experience, including two years at St Andrews Links Trust as their Environmental Officer, he is well placed to offer guidance and advice to BIGGA members

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