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Post Info TOPIC: Ashton-in-Makerfield (other wildlife)


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3 Noctule out of Skitters Wood this evening



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Brimstone this afternoon on land with scrub etc off end of Princess Rd by Millingford Brook 



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2 Red Admirals enjoying the autumn sunshine outside the office (Redgate Road, South Lancs Industrial Estate) early this afternoon.

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Painted Lady and a newly-emerged Grey Dagger, unfurling it's wings, by Skitters Wood today



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Purple Hairstreak at Skitters Wood this evening



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Fantastic numbers of dragonfllies and damselflies active on the wetland reserve at Three Sisters on a quick lunchtime visit yesterday. Included vast numbers of Four-Spotted Chaser, also Emperor Dragonfly, Large Red Damselfly and either/or Broad-Bodied Chaser/Black-Tailed Skimmer. A bit rusty on dragonflies and didn't see any of the latter well enough, though pretty sure both species were present. All incredibly active in the hot, bright weather. A site well worth looking at.

2 Common Blue on the approach to the hide.



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A Brimstone was flying along Old Road in the afternoon on Tues 19th, through small front gardens of terraced houses, not near any suitable habitat



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A Small Tortoiseshell in flight at a sheltered sunny spot by Skitters Wood earlier today 



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Min 50 Harlequin Ladybird emerged on a sunny corner of our Ashton-in-M house today

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Peacock flying through gardens by Skitters Wood today

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Just caught a Blood Vein moth in my sons bedroom! I only ever caught 1 of these in several years of light trapping, so more than a little surprised to see one on his bedroom wall!

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3 Purple Hairstreak at Skitters Wood this evening. A single Holly Blue earlier today

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Red Admiral at Skitters Wood today

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Brimstone today around a roadside verge at Landgate

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Old Lady moth in the town centre on Gerard Street today

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Holly Blue at Skitters Wood today

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Brimstone and Small White at Skitters Wood this morning

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queen Tree Bumblebee at Skitters Wood this morning

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Comma at Skitters Wood this morning, Peacock in Bryn

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Satellite moth this evening at an outside light at Skitters Wood

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Good Friday 29th: Peacock butterfly out of hibernation in a sunny part of our house

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Pale Brindled Beauty and a vine weevil at our window by Skitters Wood this evening. Honey Bees active at the entrance to an artificial hive today near Landgate

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Feathered Thorn at our kitchen window by Skitters Wood this evening

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Town Green, Bolton Road this afternoon: 2 Migrant Hawker; singles of Holly Blue, Small White, Large White, Peacock and Speckled Wood; lots of Carder Bumblebee feeding on Lavender plus a couple of White-Tailed Bumblebee

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a dead Mink was on Low Bank Road this morning near to the M6

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Migrant Hawker on the edge of Skitters Wood today
2 Peacock at Buddleia

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Purple Hairstreak briefly over the canopy of an Oak in Skitters Wood this evening

An impressive Great Diving Beetle swam down Millingford Brook this afternoon, where the water was very clear and slow moving today, looked like a snooker ball doing the breaststroke

also on the edge of Skitters Wood Friday 20th - 1 Comma, Thursday 19th Clouded Border at light

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plants in flower on derelict land off Princess Road today included Orange Hawkweed, Self Heal, Alsike Clover, Tree Mallow and Perforate St John's-Wort
Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper there

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a very fresh looking Painted Lady was in Jubilee Flower Park today, feeding on Lime flowers

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Tormentil in flower on Ashton Heath today, 2 Speckled Woods the only butterflies seen on a circuit of the site

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worker Tree Bumblebees and a Harlequin Ladybird by Skitters Wood today;
Sweet Woodruff in flower in the wood yesterday


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Speckled Wood caterpillar on grass at Skitters Wood today

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Speckled Wood Skitters Wood today

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a dead Common Shrew on the edge of Skitters Wood today

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Friday 06 April 2012

First Grey Squirrel for our garden this morning

info thanks to my mum

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Early Bumblebee in Downall Green today

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on the edge of Skitters Wood today in our garden: 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Tawny Mining Bee, 1 Lily Beetle on Snake's Head Fritillary

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Sunday 01 April 2012

My dad saw a Speckled Wood (butterfly) in the garden today.

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Wednesday 28 March 2012

A Hedgehog along the side of Allscott Way, now safely relocated to our garden.

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Sunday 25 March 2012

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1 Pine Ladybird (are these common? Never seen one before)
2 7-spot Ladybird
1 Small Tortoiseshell
1 Red-tailed Bumblebee
1 Hoverfly sp. (stayed in same spot high over garden most of the day. It was quite short/fat and dark)
2 Crane Fly sp.
1 Centipede sp.

Old Sewage Works
6+ Small Tortoiseshell
3 Peacock




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Sat 24th: Orange Ladybird Skitters Wood

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in the garden afternoon & evening:

1 Peacock butterfly
1 7-spot Ladybird
1 Common Wasp
many Woodlouse

1 Pipistrelle bat

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My first Common Wasp and hoverfly sp. of the year in the garden this afternoon.

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a queen Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum entered our house today, by Skitters Wood - had me puzzled at first as I hadn't seen this species before

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Skitters Wood 21st March: Common Dog Violet, lots of Ramsons coming through

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Small Tortoiseshell next to Bryn Road, near the speed camera, early afternoon.

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Small Tortoiseshell this morning, my first butterfly of the year.

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Moths: Clouded Drab at light by Skitters Wood last night

Harlequin Ladybird on a Laurel bush in our garden by Skitters this morning

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queen Red-Tailed Bumblebee at Skitters Wood today

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Three Sisters 5th March: Lords and Ladies, growing not far off a footpath, probably planted there

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