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In 2011, we were approached by the RSPB with a view to their members being allowed to survey Ransom Wood. We thought this was an excellent opportunity to fully understand the flora and forna of Ransom Wood. The RSPB have many members who are interested in birds but also have expert knowledge of insects and reptiles.
Our friends at the RSPB asked permission to hold a series of moth nights on the Park. The first night produced many interesting moths, which are detailed below:
The Green Carpet moth was the most common moth caught in trap 1 with a total of 21. This moth thrives in woodland and heath-land of which we have both. Its bright green colour soon fades to a yellow colour with age.
The Small Phoenix again enjoys wood land and open spaces and its larvae feed on willow herbs. You can see them during May and July and then again in August and September.
The Brimstone moth feeds on hawthorn and blackthorn, both of which are found at Ransom Wood. During the survey only one of these species was found.
The elephant hawk moth is so called because of its resemblance to the trunk of an elephant whilst still in its caterpillar stage. The adult moth is coloured pink and green and drinks nectar from plant such as honeysuckle. Look out for it from May – July. The larvae feed on rosebay willow herb, a common weed / wild flower found on the Park. This moth was spotted near The Willows on the night of the survey. Only one was found!
Moths not only pollinate flowers but they are vital food for other animals. They are food for spiders, frogs, toads, lizards, shrews, hedgehogs, bats and birds. They have evolved some amazing camouflage in an attempt to avoid being eaten!.
Many moth species are in decline including the luxurious sounding “White Ermine” which was spotted by the RSPB on their moth night.
The population of this moth has decreased by 77% since 1968. It is not clear why moth numbers are decreasing as many of the habitats are on the increase. Perhaps it is a sign that there is an effect due to climate change. I know that many people and companies are trying to reduce their carbon footprint which will help.
We should try to reduce pollution in the atmosphere and reduce the amount of pesticides and herbicides we use in gardening. Here at Ransom Wood we have imported lady bird larvae to the Park in an attempt to use “good” pest control. Another good idea is to plant flowers which give a large quantity of nectar. These could include bluebells, clover, forget-me –not, buddleia and lavender.
Caterpillars also need food to be able to thrive. They eat the leaves of native trees like oak, birch and willow. They also eat weeds like brambles, nettles and dandelions so an area left “wild ” in your garden would be beneficial.
Published: 14th January 2013
Say hello to our old man of the woods. Isn’t he great! He was carved for us by Mark Butler who has won several prizes for his work.
Published: 19th November 2012
The Ransom Wood story is one of business and nature living together. There is never a dull moment at Ransom Wood.
I think I can speak on behalf of all the ‘newbies’ when I say that we are very pleased to be here and all of us have settled in very easily. The whole of your team are great to deal with at all levels and any matters are dealt with great expedience!
You’re all stars and worth your weight in Gold and we Receptionists love and appreciate you !!
NHS Property Services, Birch House
Carl, thanks for your help today and over the last few weeks – you’ve been terrific, as have the whole estates maintenance team and it’s very much appreciated.
Hi Jane, Tony the electrician has done exactly what was asked of him and turned it around quickly for me. Fantastic job thanks for your help.
T K Construction
Thank you for your help and support, you are always so quick to respond in our hour of need and help wherever and whenever you possibly can. It’s a pleasure to work on the park with you and all of your team.
Cedar House Nursery
We here at Focus Management for Business Ltd have been part of the Ransom Wood Business Park community for over four years and we occupy the ground floor of Oak House A & B. Our experience of ‘living here’ is a very positive one, we find the staff around the business park very friendly and helpful.
Focus Management For Business
Hi Guys, In all seriousness as an individual I would like to thank you all at Ransom Wood Estates for the fantastic work you have all put in over the bad weather period.
You certainly have a wonderful team who work for you. Very impressed with the efficiency of your Workforce.
Vision West Notts
We would like to send our thanks for all the work you have done recently at Cedar House. We were really impressed with your electricians Tony and Ben as to how they refused drinks ( we thought all trades people worked on tea and coffee supplies), how polite and considerate they were and finally how tidy they left our offices.
Thanks very much and it’s been a real pleasure working with you over the years also. As a landlord, you’ve been fantastic – always being helpful and proactive, I wish you and Jane and all the other staff at Ransomwood all the very best.
British Heart Foundation
I wanted to write to express our thanks and appreciation for all the help and support we have had from yourself and other members of your team.
Mid Trent Local Cancer Network