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Post Info TOPIC: Horwich Moors (other wildlife)


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RE: Horwich Moors (other wildlife)


Overnight Skinner moth trap from gardens on edge of Rivington - 1 x spectacle, 1 x lesser swallow prominent, 1 x common quaker, 1 x Hebrew character



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359 Red Admirals were counted heading south in an all day migration watch on Winter Hill today.

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11.00-17.00

Georges Lane : 1 Wall Brown and 1 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

Burnt Edge and Walker Fold : 4 Peacock, 1 Green Veined White and 8 Speckled Wood butterflies.

1 Migrant Hawker dragonfly patrolled Sugar Loaf Plantation, whilst 1 Southern Hawker was seen by Walker Fold.

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A single Nicrophorus Investigator beetle was at the north western end of Burnt Edge. Not normally a beetle fanatic but this was fairly impressive. Sadly not the best image.

-- Edited by Craig Higson on Thursday 17th of August 2017 09:19:33 PM

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11.00-15.30

Butterflies: Just 2 Gatekeepers were seen, both around the clumps of heather, and 4 Meadow Browns were alongside the paths.

Also seen were 6 Peacocks and 6 Small Tortoiseshells, plus a couple of Small Whites.

Dragonflies : 1 male Southern Hawker patrolled the path at Walker Fold, whilst a single male Common Darter was by a pool near Holdens Farm.

Other insects noted were a Violet Ground Beetle on Burnt Edge, whilst a Meadow Grasshopper jumped onto my arm near the Lancs border on Georges Lane.

The St. Marks Flies, or very similar summer flying equivalent, are still flying in abundance.

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11.00-16.00

Few butterflies were about as it was breezy and quite cool most of the time, however the following were seen.

Burnt Edge : 1 Red Admiral. 3 Gatekeepers, which here seem to be attracted to the heather flowers rather than brambles.

Walker Fold : 2 Green Veined White. Also 5 Red Admirals were seen together on Angelica flowers.

In the bushy areas and along the woodland edges there were lots of large black flies, similar to St Marks Flies, which I thought only appeared in spring?.

The Willow Warblers were seen catching and relishing a few of these insects.

A couple of large hawker dragonflies with blue bodies were seen, but they were too quick to be identified.



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11.00-16.00

With light rain and a strong SE wind blowing most of the time there were few insects about.

The plantation on Burnt Edge held 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Common Carpet and 1 Garden Pebble moths.

The only butterflies seen were a couple of Green Veined Whites and a single Gatekeeper at Walker Fold.

Also at Walker Fold a Weasel ran across the track.

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10.30-15.00

Gatekeeper butterflies abundant throughout, several Meadow Browns seen, mainly along the path at Walker Fold or on Burnt Edge.

1 Speckled Wood butterfly in Wilderswood.

1 male hawker dragonfly patrolling the footpath near Holdens Farm. I'm pretty sure it was a Migrant Hawker, but he did'nt settle, hence I can't be 100% sure of ID.

There were numerous Gatekeeper butterflies on a clump of heather nearby, and he flew within inches of them but left them alone.

He just kept patrolling the same area where the path crosses the stream from Holdens Plantation.

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Walk covered Georges Lane, Burnt Edge, Walker Fold and Holdens Farm.

The only butterflies seen were 3 Small Tortoiseshells along Burnt Edge.

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a stoat ran across georges lane & into the horse paddocks this afternoon.

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If you are interested, Alan, you can add your Painted Lady sighting to this years survey data. It is done by Butterfly Conservation every year and this year there has been a massive influx of this species, with females ovipositing across the UK.
The link to the recording form is at:


Painted Lady Sightings



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Walk up George's Lane to Rivington Pike

3 Small Heath
Painted Lady
Small Tortoiseshell


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John Williams wrote:

The small pools around Holdens Farm & Plantation appear to hold masses of frogspawn.
The only frog I found though was an half eaten dead one on Burnt Edge.





Stumbled across the same dead/half eaten frog this morning. The red admiral butterfly nearby was more of an attraction

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The small pools around Holdens Farm & Plantation appear to hold masses of frogspawn.
The only frog I found though was an half eaten dead one on Burnt Edge.

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a weasel was running along the wall that holds the alpacas in.

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10.30-13.30

Red Admiral 5 including one which flew up into the clouds south clearly migrating
Small Copper 1
Comma 1
Tortoiseshell 4
Speckeld Wood 3 seen on way up Walker Fold and on the way back too. Probably a great amny

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A large ichneumon wasp, fitting the description of "Pimpla Instigator", landed on my car window whilst parked at Burnt Edge.

Speckled Wood butterflies still abundant at Walker Fold. 1 Small Heath butterfly near Holdens Farm.

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Burnt Edge/Walkerfold/Holdens Farm, then along Georges Lane from Wilderswood to kissing gate & steps.

8 Small Copper butterflies seen throughout, Speckled Woods numerous around Walker Fold.

1 Red Admiral and 2 Peacock butterflies on Burnt Edge.

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Dog fox at top of horse field near Holdens farm

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Burnt Edge

Lots of Small Skipper butterflies, including one that had a lucky escape when it settled near a Nursery Web Spider.

The spider had her silken nursery in tall grass and was guarding it, but she made a dash for the butterfly, that fluttered off just in time.

Lots of Meadow Browns around the grassy areas and heather moor, they were really struggling to fly, battered by the strong Westerly breeze.

A single Knot Moth was resting on a thistle flower.

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Cheers Dave. That confirms my suspicions. Managed to find my butterfly book (eventually) and was edging towards that species.

-- Edited by Craig Higson on Saturday 14th of June 2014 05:42:35 PM

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Sounds like a Small Heath butterfly. They're emerging over the past couple of weeks, and the habitat sounds right. I've seen a dozen or so along Brushes Valley today.

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Lots of Common Heath moths in the heather off mast road. Also what I'm guessing was a moth, but could easily have been a butterfly. Looked orangey in flight but when I saw one land it sat in the 'wings up' position so couldn't see it's upper wing. Underwing did have orangey cast towards the upper/outer edge with a small 'eye' but that's all I could get on it. Any ideas?

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Pair of Roe Deer in Lomax Wifes Plantation and a Rabbit further up Coal Pit Road this morning


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Late post for yesterday, 3 Roe deer [ does ] , spooked by dog walker, making their way to walkers fold.

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Nearly all the moorland pools contain masses of frogspawn.

3 large frogs were still having fun in a pool alongside Mast Road.

They need to be wary, a Grey Heron flew low over.

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1 Roe Deer, with an unusually orange back, similar to that of Fallows/Reds, was feeding near Holdens Farm.

1 large Violet Ground Beetle on Burnt Edge, several Small Tortoiseshell butterflies around here too.



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09.30-13.00

Orange Tip butterflies in profusion, especially around Wilderswood and Holdens Farm.

1 Speckled Wood at Wilderswood, 4 Peacock butterflies on the moor together with just 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

Common Pond Skaters on the pools, and 1 medium sized Brown Trout in the brook.

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Went in search of Green Hairstreaks around Burnt Edge area this morning. I had a really good much around the Bilberry but could not find any.

Most butterflies seen were along Coal Pit Road :-
Green-veined Whites
Large Whites
Orange Tips
Peacocks
Small Tortoiseshells


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3 Roe deer seen in the woods north of Barrow Bridge this am around 0930. Nice view of a doe who eyeballed me for a bit before disappearing uphill. smile


I put this here as Barrow Bridge doesn't seem to have its own "other wildlife" section.

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3 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on Burnt Edge.

No other butterflies about, despite it being sunny and warmish, but lots of bumblebees and a few Lacewings too.

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2 Roe Deer seen at the junction of Matchmoor Lane and lane to Burnt Edge
also Brown Hare ran across the road on the way up to Winter Hill

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thanks i will keep my eye out for them...tim

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Hi Tim, I have seen Fallow Deer on numerous occasions, and they are breeding as I saw young ones last year. They are presumably escapes from Smithills Open Farm, and a few months ago I saw a buck at the fence on the outside of the enclosure, with another buck at the fence inside the enclosure, quite happy together. When I first saw them reported on here I also wondered about them. Obviously there are still plenty of Roe Deer about also.

Chatting to farmers and horse riders I am led to believe there are maybe a dozen living wild.


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are you sure they were roe deer ,i thought there was only roe around there

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Pair of Fallow Deer watched me walking up Coal Pit Road, and were still lying in the same place when I came back down again. A fine set of antlers on the buck.


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Sugar Loaf Plantation

1 Roe Deer

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1 Grey Squirrel running along the road by the last two masts. A surprise for the workmen there. I have seen them by the masts and along Dean Ditch years ago, a long way from the nearest tree.
Violet Ground Beetle at Dean Ditch
Small Tortoiseshell at Bryan Hey Reservoir
Peacock along Coal Pit Lane




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Saturday 6 October sightings

2 Roe Deer near Holdens plus one barking close to Burnt Edge watchpoint
Stoat ran across Edge Lane
2-3 Peacock

Sunday 7 October

1 Roe Deer viewed from Burnt Edge
Lots of Small Tortoiseshells moving around Dean Ditch and Mast Road area
Also 1 Gatekeeper sized butterfly

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Small Tortoiseshell basking on the sheltered side of a dry stone wall off Mast Road this afternoon

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Walker Fold ( 12.00 ish)

1 Fox plus 2 Speckled Wood butterflies.

Burnt Edge

1 dead Hedgehog

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Bryan Hey Reservoir :-
2 Common Blue damselflies
White-tailed Bumblebees
1 Green-veined White
1 Speckled Wood

Coal Pit Lane :-
1 Green-veined White
1 Small Tortoiseshell
4 Peacocks
2 Gatekeepers
1 Meadow Brown
1 hairy caterpillar in road, unable to identify but not a woolly bear
Common Green Grasshoppers + Field Grasshopper
Common Pond Skaters in a puddle

Horrocks Moor :-
1 Common Frog
3 Peacocks





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10.00am

Wilderswood

1 Roe Deer and 1 Small Copper butterfly.

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Georges pond area, late post for Sunday

Roe Deer and youngster in deep cover
Brown Hawkers near pond, one caught what looked like a Cranefly and managed to get some film of it eating it. http://youtu.be/kKskLqrUGZg
Blue tailed and Azure Damselflies also in good numbers.
Meadow Brown, small Copper, Gatekeeper and Peacock Butterflies all present

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Burnt Edge:

Adult Roe Deer with 1 youngster



Georges Pond:

Emerald Damselflies
Brown Hawker
and a nice hoverfly - Sericomyia silentis

Cheers, John

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Dead Hedgehog on Burnt Edge Lane today, one wonders how anybody could run any animal down on this track!

Live wildlife included

6 Pond Skaters in a puddle!
Gatekeeper - several
Meadow Brown - several
Small Tortoiseshell - 3
Also lots of Large and Small Whites

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Sightings today between myself, Andy Makin and Ken Haydock.

5 Fallow deer, 1 Weasel & 2 Common Lizards.

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25/3/2012 am with Andy, Ken and Jill.

1 Weasel by main mast building
1 Roe Deer Montcliffe

Butterflies included 4 Peacock, Red Admiral and 6 Small Tortoiseshell.

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18/3/12 (PM)

1 Peacock on the footpath at Adam Hill. My first butterfly of the year

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Around 20 Roe deer and a fox this afternoon in the fields between the M61 and lower rivington res.

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