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Post Info TOPIC: Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses (other wildlife)


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RE: Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses [other wildlife]


I have just seen a Mink next to the small stream near Moss Brook stud and Moss lane on Astley moss. Water voles beware!!!

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This morning
Grey Squirrel and a Hare in Rindle woods, Astley moss
A confused Wood mouse running around my boots along 12 Yards road.

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Astley moss this afternoon,

7 Brown rats including 2 young on the feeding track, they don't mind the birds but do react to any bird giving out an alarm call.
Grey Squirrel in Rindle woods
Water vole swimming down the full length of the ditch.
Small Shrew seen in the grass
Toad and 4 adult Frogs near the SSSI

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Seen around the mosses this morning,

2 Weasels running across 12 Yards road
Grey Squirrel in woods beside 12 Yards road
4 very well fed Brown rats on the feeding track at Rindle
2 Small tortoiseshell butterflies
1 small white butterfly, I'm not really sure of its id.

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I watched a Stoat dancing in the snow this afternoon. It was at the edge of the potato field near to the path next to the SSSI and when I first saw it jumping about I thought that it was hunting nearby prey. I have seen Stoats before try to mesmerize Rabbits by jumping about , while getting closer and closer to the Rabbit before the attack. This was very different in that the Stoat crawled on its belly in the snow,then rolled over a couple of times, them jumped and ran about and then back to rolling about in the snow. It danced about for about 4-5 minutes and it did seem to be enjoying itself.

Also there was plenty of tracks in the snow around the mosses this afternoon including;

Rabbit, all over the place
Small dog, along the paths
Stoat, in three areas
Squirrel, Rindle woods
Brown rat tracks at the feeding track
and some that I did not recognise.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 7th of June 2014 06:21:09 PM

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I watched a Stoat in the field between Rindle woods and Rindle road this afternoon. At one point it stood upright as it watched the many Fieldfare working their way across the field.

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Blue coloured dragonfly flew across Lower Green Lane near to Bodens yesterday afternoon.

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Seen this afternoon on Astley moss.

2 Rabbits
Grey Squirrel
Common Toad
Plenty of small Frogs
Lots of Dragonflies still about.
Stoat prints seen in the mud along the feeding track

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Stoat near green sheds on Astley Road. A juv Pied Wagtail was mesmerised by it until some lads came along on scooters and the stoat scarpered, only to reappear when they had passed.
A few dragonflies also

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2 stoats right by the road this afternoon, 6.30pm

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16.00-18.00

Circular walk along the edge of Astley Moss from former Rindle Road feeding

station.

1 Light Emerald moth and 1 Snout moth. 1 Large and 3 Small Skippers and

4-5 Meadow Brown butterflies on the meadow. 5-6 Small Tortoiseshells

along the hedgerows.

A few big hawker dragonflies on Bedford Moss, but none seen over Astley.

Clegs out in force.

1 small frog.

The nettles on the North West corner of Astley Moss scrapes are

covered in Peacock butterfly caterpillars.

-- Edited by John Williams on Tuesday 10th of July 2012 06:11:58 PM

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Chat and Irlam Mosses and Croxten

2 Peacocks - looking a little battered!
Cinnabar moth

Lots of damselflies and dragonflies - sorry I can't be more precise in identification!

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Astley moss this evening
Plenty of Rabbits

Chat moss
Stoat hunting around two piles of bricks opposite Red Challis farm.

Also on Saturday [12/5] evening a Buzzard was perched on a fence post beside field 69. A couple of young Rabbits were feeding on the grass close by. One Rabbit got too close to the Buzzards post and the bird just dropped on the rabbit and very quickly killed it and carried it off to the trees beside the rail track.

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A Weasel was hunting beneath a fallen tree branch this evening in Rindle woods.
Also seen;

7 Rabbits
Grey Squirrel

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17.30-21.00

2 Brown rats
Plenty of Rabbits
9 Pipistrelle Bats

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Astley moss this evening

13 Rabbits, wet grass seems to bring them out
2 Brown rats
Grey squirrel
Dead Mole



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A quick look on the way back from Pennington flash this morning turned up a Stoat in the field next to the feeding track.

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Astley moss this morning

2 Rabbits
Hedgehog with at least 5 ticks attached wandering around Rindle woods
Field mouse

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Astley moss this evening,

Water vole, my first of the year
2 Brown rats
5 Rabbits
A Weasel ran in front of my car as I went down Moss lane

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Around Astley moss this afternoon

3 Rabbits
Brown Rat
Grey Squirrel

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I know it's not quite Astley Moss but an unidentifed hawker type dragonfly flew over a Astley garden today! Is it me or is that very early?

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Astley moss this afternoon

2 Rabbits
Plenty of Buff tailed bumble bees about
Lots of Frog spawn in the ponds and the ditches and a small amount of Toad spawn with one dead Toad found near the scrapes

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17.30- 19.45 this evening on Astley moss

6 Brown rats all under the feeders on the Rindle road feeding track including 2 which had a disagreement and started a fight, lots of jumping about and I was able to get very close to watch.

5 Rabbits in f69
2 Pipistrelle bats over Bedford moss
3 small rodents caught by a pair of Kestrels following the plough in f67
Plenty of Frogs and two Toads on Rindle road.



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This evening around Astley moss
Brown rat and Rabbit on the feeding track
A quick glimpse of what looked like a Short tailed field vole alongside the potato fields.
Mouse

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This evening wandering around Astley moss with a big torch

4 Brown rats along the Rindle road feeding track.
A Stoat seen running beside the ditch between the potato fields.
What sounded like a Elephant running towards me on the track next to Rindle Hedges and nearly gave me my 2nd Heart attack of the evening when a large Hare ran past me at speed.
Lots of Frogs and 5 Toads found, some of which were crossing Rindle road.
A large Beetle with a light green colouring on its back on the remains of the wood chip path.

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Astley moss
First time that I have watched a Stoat hunting during a hail storm. It was working its way up the wood chip path between Astley and Bedford moss.
A Grey squirrel was giving out an alarm call in Rindle woods

I also found two dead Moles and what looked like a dead Bank vole

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Weasel seen exiting a recently dug Rabbit burrow on Astley moss. It had a quick run around in the short grass then it went back down into the burrow.

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A rather sickly looking rabbit feeding by side of Rindle Road near to the wood yard last Wednesday. Animal didn't make any attempt to run off as i went near it.

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A Weasel seen hunting around the mass of plastic drainage pipes near the metal barn on Croxdens peat works this afternoon. Also seen were 2 Black dragonflies and I found a dead Bank vole on the track that leads down to 12 Yards road.

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3 species of Dragonfly seen around Croxdens peat works this afternoon. I'm not sure of their id but it is still good to see them in November

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A couple of Red Admirals on the wing this morning

7 Spot Ladybird

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Very late post for Sat 1st Oct - Irlam/Barton Mosses

1 Painted Lady butterfly- Irlam Moss
1 Giant Puffball fungus - f9

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Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses (other wildlife)


Astley moss
Saturday 01/10

1 Stoat and a Wood mouse in the fields around Rindle road.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Sunday 28th of June 2015 09:57:03 AM

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