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RE: Ludworth Moor (other wildlife)


1 Weasel
2 Small Heaths

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SBI/Quarry area

1 Weasel
1 Field Vole

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-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 13th of September 2014 01:13:44 PM

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33 Speckled Woods
1 Large White
1 Short-tailed Field Vole

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One Short-tailed Field Vole
2-3 Gatekeepers

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An emergence of Gatekeepers since my last visit plus 2 Small Skippers.

Also Green-veined Whites, Meadow Browns, Small Tortoiseshells and a single Small Heath.
Emerald Damselflies seem to be doing well with some paired in tandem.

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-- Edited by John Rayner on Thursday 31st of July 2014 08:19:40 AM

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Ten species of butterfly today including brimstone (a first for the Ludworth sites) and a Wall Brown, still hanging on at about one sighting per year in the last 4 years.

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Excellent yesterday, especially around Brown Low, with the years first small heaths, and my first small copper and holly blue up here. Also still the same green hairstreak (on the same bramble patch). A Mother Shipton moth was a first for here, and a cinnabar plus three common heaths also seen. Perhaps pipping them all were at least 4 broad-bodied chasers, all spanking new copies!! Also found small heaths in the quarry area with another Mother Shipton in the SBI area. Some places up here continue to hang onto their semi-wilderness despite the best efforts of landowners. Orange tips and green-veined whites everywhere.

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2 Green hairstreaks the pick of things. 1 near Brown Low (not really accessible), but one up the path east of Larkhill as well (just over half way up where the bilberry is very evident). Also lead belle moth near quarry was a first for me (at least locally, I think). Disturbed a sleeping fox also in the Brown Low area.

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Weasel and Badger - both near Far Bradshaw

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The first damselfly of the year - a Large Red Damselfly near Cloughend Farm.

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Only 1 butterfly (Peacock) in a 3 hour walk.

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1 peacock, and 1 or 2 small tortoiseshell around the place. Great to be back amongst insects. Lots of frog spawn in pond overspill.

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Stoat near Smithy Lane Farm

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Small Copper 3
Peacock 3
Small Heath 1
Speckled Wood 8
Large White 1
Green-veined White 4

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Fewer butterflies in colder and windier conditions

Red Admiral 1
Speckled Wood 2
Small Heath 1
Green-veined White 3

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Gatekeeper 2
Small Copper 4
Peacock 2
Green-veined White 9
Speckled Wood 5
Small Heath 1

4 Spot Chaser 1
Black Darters c12
Common Darter 1
Southern Hawker 1
Common Hawker 2

1 Frog and 1Toadlet

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Late sightings for last Saturday, 27th July included a 4-spotted chaser on the pond (only 2nd or 3rd ever here), as well as 3 teneral black darters, and a brown hawker on the lane nearby. Butterflies included 3 small heaths and a red admiral ('rare' this year).

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c30 Small Tortoiseshells
c20 GV Whites

Large Red, Common Blue, Emerald Damselflies in tandem
At least 3 Common Hawkers including a pair in tandem

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Many Damselflies flying.

c50 Azure Damselflies
c30 Large Red Damselflies
c5 Emerald Damselflies (newly emerged)
2 Blue-tailed Damselflies

Also minimum 11 Green-veined Whites

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Female Palmate Newt in pond near quarry

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1 Field Vole in quarry area

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Young Badger (dead near Larkhill)
1 Field Vole
1 Toad

Many Black Darters and Common Emeralds
4 Common Hawkers

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Toad 2

Green-veined White 32
Meadow Brown 8
Gatekeeper 6
Small Skipper 4
Small Tortoishell 4

Silver 'Y' 1

Brown Hawker 2
Emerald Damselfly c8
Azure Damselfly 2

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Around the Quarry area

6 Small Heaths
Many Azure and Large Red Damselflies

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Back on the butterfly trail today with six species, as follows-

Small tortoiseshell
Peacock
Orange Tip
Speckled Wood
Green-veined white
Small Copper

You have to take what you can get at the moment.

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15th October:

Small Tortoishell 5
Comma 1
Red Admiral 2

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