Archive for August 16, 2013

Amazing news that a Chalkhill Blue butterfly has been found and photographed on Blackheath. This is a long way from its normal habitat on the chalk downs of Kent.

For further details go to http://greenwichwildlife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/locally-rare-butterfly-and-value-of.html
to see Joe Beale’s excellent report and photographs of this rare find.

Following a morning appointment I returned home via Sutcliffe Park LNR.

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As I arrived the clouds began to close in and although it was quite warm and muggy, a strong wind had begun to blow. Thsi was to be a bad sign as there was very little activity from Butterflies and I didnt see one Dragonfly during my visit, I had hoped to get some pictures but only managed to photograph this rather worn looking Gatekeeper.

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Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)

Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)

In a time when there was great religious tension in England, Henry VIII broke away from the Roman Catholic Church to form the Church of England. His son, Edward VI followed his father in supporting the new church. However, when his eldest sister Mary, a Roman Catholic married to the King of Spain, came to the throne she immediately sought to close down the English Church.

On a recent trip to Oxford I saw the place where three prominent bishops of the Church of England were burnt for heresy because they refused to renounce their Anglican faith. In October 1555 Bishops Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer were tried for heresy in St Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford and found guilty. Latimer and Ridley were executed on 16th October 1555 whilst Cranmer had to wait until March of the following year for his execution. The executions took place in what is now Broad St and a cross in the road marks the spot.

Broad St Oxford

Broad St Oxford

The site of Martyrdom

The site of Martyrdom

Nearby a tablet in the wall records the event.

Memorial in Broad St

Memorial in Broad St

It is said that the flames were so fierce that the original doors of Balliol college (since replaced) carried the scorce marks. In nearby St Giles a memorial to the memory of the 3 martyrs was erected in 1838.

The martyrs memorial in St Giles

The martyrs memorial in St Giles