Maybush Copse Friends - more photos
Maybush Copse Friends is a residents group set up to manage the Maybush Copse site
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We have had so many photos that I have now archived some of them - you can see older photos here.

Cameratrap - Owl on the raptor post.

Cameratrap - Juvenile Green Woodpecker (with parent?)

Blackthorn in blossom. Spring is approaching (even if it got a bit lost on the way)

And thanks to Paul Johnson as well for this nice photo os a Maybush Copse Song Thrush
From the Camera Trap - Feb 28, 2016  


Greater Spotted Woodpecker

A stoat - very active, never still enough to get a good photo!

Another stoat photo ....

Fox with prey

This fox knows how to pose!
Jan 2016
Tiny, quick and feisty - this weasel was caught on the Cameratrap.

Jan 2016 - Not a good photo, but we believe this is a weasel and her kit. This is far earlier than usual. Weasel kits are usually born from April onwards.
New ditch work to improve drainage for Maybush Drive, and the fields around Maybush Copse.
On the northern side of the Copse
At the western exit, and bridge
going south
to join up with other ditches
Images of Autumn -
Thanks to Paul Johnson (no relation)

From the Cameratrap - a fox with what looks like a kill.

First success with the new Raptor perch - this male kestrel.
Thanks to Nova Barnett

Sparrow hawk with small prey - from the Cameratrap

31st August - The successful Bat hunt led by John Arnott - it was dark ....

Crows, not Rooks, in Maybush Copse

Turtle Dove spotted by Georgie at the western end of Maybush Copse

This Pyramidal orchid, just going over when this photo was taken, was spotted by Paul
June 2015 - Camera trapped

We have been very lucky to have a few Bee orchids flowering in Maybush Copse this summer.

Another rare and endangered 'species' with a distinctive sound quite often seen or heard over Maybush Copse

Turtle Doves have been calling from Maybush Copse for much of the Summer. We are lucky to hear their distinctive sound. They are also in Maybush Orchard.
(This photo was taken in June 2015 immediately adjacent to Maybush Orchard.)

Chidham School visits Maybush Copse

Whitethroat (Thanks to Mike Bulpett).

Slow worms - please be careful whenlifting and lowering the steel sheets

The Beehives have arrived - part of the Harbour Honey project

Oak Logs - may need splitting - PYO for donations - tel 572059 for access

Masses of Blackthorn blossom

Buzzard over the Copse

Is it a bee? is it a fly? It's a bee fly sunning itself on the woodchip path

Peacocks that have overwintered seem to have done well this year.

There seems to be a pair of Jays treating Maybush Copse as home territory

These are not woodpigeons. I believe they are Stock Doves that appear to have adopted our Kestrel box as their residence.

Fox with its prey - a rat

Squirrel poses for the cameratrap

from the Camera trap - this fox looks in excellent condition

From the Camera Trap - this roe deer looks to be taking off in a hurry

from the Camera trap - a jay

Hot Chocolate (and flapjack) break - Feb 7th work party

Two photos taken on Christmas Day

Thanks to Lawrence Wilson

Kestrel in Maybush Copse - Dec 13th

Brent Geese in the field to the south of Maybush Copse

A frosty December morning, taken before our work party started. our visit was marked by a buzzard flying low over the site. (I must learn to do panoramas properly)
From the Camera Trap - is it a stoat or a weasel? (Thanks to Mark Odell)
Saturday November 1st - we had a well supported work party and replenished sections of the path with woodchip, as well as removing prickly weeds from the grassy areas.

With the mild weather we also noticed quite a few different types of fungi, most of which I couldn't identify, but this one (see photo) is a shaggy ink cap.
A wonderful view from the new bench - do you see?
Now do you see? A stoat, I believe.
Images from the camera trap - Fox
and Roe deer

First Frost - Early on Harvest Festival Sunday

Early October - Patterns in the land - a view looking southwest

Common Blue underside

Common Blue topside

The beautiful small Common Blues can be seen in Maybush Copse now (August) . The top surface of the wing is a beautiful bright blue. They tend to feed on the birdsfoot trefoil (low growing yellow with splash of orange flower)

This is a clouded yellow (male). They are a fast flying butterfly and always close their wings when they land. The wing underside is greeny yellow, the top surface is bright yellow, which is what you see when they fly.

I think it might be a whitethroat. But what do you think?

Hover Fly and Ribwort flower - Mark o Dell

empid fly feeding on surface of hazel leaf - Stuart Ball

gall or picture-winged flies, Urophora stylata, mating on thistle - Stuart Ball

hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum female - Stuart Ball

mirid, capsid or plant bug, Deraeocoris ruber, on nettle - Stuart Ball
Some flowers in bloom and other photos - July 2014

This is a day flying Six spot Burnet Moth

Poplar trees can split and branches fall spontaneously. I was there when this branch broke - there was no wind.
I don't know all the names of these plants. If you do, please let me know.

Caterpillars of the Cinnabar moth feeding on Ragwort.

Self Heal has medicinal wound healing properties

A profusion of birdsfoot trefoil - June 23rd
The beginnings of a wild flower meadow ...
Thanks to Mark O'Dell for the camera trap photos and for other photos. If you take a nice photo, please send it in
April 2014

Some great photos of beetles found on burdock.
Tiny, fascinating and beautiful.
So much of the biodiversity of the Copse depends on beetles and other insects.

Thanks to Stuart Ball for the brilliant photos.

Flea beetle, on Burdock Stuart Ball

Tortoise beetle, Cassida Vibex -Stuart Ball

Weevil, apionidae family - Stuart Ball
Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you?

This is one of the Greater Spotted Woodpeckers that live in Maybush Copse
This is a male, see the red patch on the back of his head?
You may hear him drumming in the Copse, but they like to keep out of sight.

Thanks to Philip MacDougall for the photos

Feb 15th 5 big bags of woodchippings were shifted to repair the woodchip paths.

You're never to young to enjoy Maybush Copse

Chipper Work Party
On Tuesday Dec 3rd there was a work party to clear up fallen branches from the large tree that came down in the storm organised by the Harbour Conservancy with the help of Friends of Chichester Harbour and local residents.

Ranger Keith and Ed Rowsell managed the chipper, and the chippings were used to replenish the wood chip paths. A good quantity of woodchips was produced but some paths need further replenishment. We will need more chips to spread, but that will be for another work party in the New Year.

A kestrel, often seen perching in the west end of the Copse

Autumn leaves still hanging on into December.
The St Jude storm

Over Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning (Oct 26/27/28 2013) we had violent storms which caused widespread damage in Southern England with some damage in Maybush Copse.
Several trees were brought down, others had branches broken off. A large poplar tree on the south west corner of the site came down blocking the path and crushing one of the oak benches positioned at a viewpoint.
The site is covered by an all embracing Tree Preservation Order so approval for clearing away the fallen branches has to be sought and obtained from the District Council Tree Officer.
This is in hand.

As you can see, one of the wooden benches has been comprehensively smashed. These Oak benches are expensive, but the quality is worth it, and we will replace the bench with one of comparable quality.
This camera trap photo shows a Fox with a pigeon in its mouth

Thanks to Mark O'Dell .

A rabbit enters its burrow.
A Common Blue Butterfly on the grassy area - the favourite foodpant for its caterpillars is Birdsfoot Trefoil - see below
A new approach to aerial photography and mapping - a helium balloon/kite with a camera underneath it was recently trialled at Maybush Copse.
As with any new technology there were teething troubles but although it was the first time out the project got off the ground.
Posing for the camera - a fox with a rat from the look of the tail
Below, a badger - hard to see it, but identified by experts
June 20 - The Birds Foot Trefoil (aka Eggs and bacon) has expanded in the grassy areas and is now a real picture

Saturday April 6th. 2013

John Arnott (left) led a morning Bird/wildlife walk round Maybush Copse. Almost immediately we were treated to a Buzzard flying low over the site (and subsequently two of them). It was nice to see the sun, and besides a variety of birds and plants, we came across this small tortoiseshell butterfly that had successfully overwintered and was out, like us, enjoying the sunshine

Roe deer
Green Woodpecker

January 2013

An Owl box has been installed.

Weasel (or Stoat?)

Entrance and wheelchair path improvementsand have now been completed.

Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Grass snake sloughing its skin in October
a Chiffchaff
A pair iof Goldfinches
Busy bees ...
slow worms
Grass snake and slow worms
Comma Butterfly
Red Admiral butterfly
Migrant Hawker Dragonfly
Peacock butterfly
Grass Snake
Green Woodpecker
Juvenile Green Woodpecker
The birdboxes were made and decorated by the children of Chidham school. Several are now in use.
There is a Green Woodpecker in this photo. Good Camouflage?
Big Ears
Bluebells and wild garlic in flower
A slow worm
Common Toad