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Post Info TOPIC: Bickershaw Rucks (other wildlife)


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RE: Bickershaw Rucks (other wildlife)


2 speckled wood, loads of meadow brown,small tortoiseshell butterflys, plus what i think was a gatekeeper although i only caught a glimpse so may be mistaken.

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After the rain showers quite a few small frogs on path around diggle flash, loads of slugs and snails.

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Large Skipper Butterfly, Meadow Brown Butterfly, Small White Butterfly,Common Blue Butterfly,Speckled Wood Butterfly, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser (both female in different areas}, Grey Squirrel, Hare
plus other insects I photographed and am trying to i.d confuse

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What looked like a vole scurried across the path,both cinnabar and 6 spot Burnett seen this morning, small tortoiseshell,large and small white and meadow brown butterfly,blue damselfly,

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I'm not an expert by any means on moths but I agree with Bernard, definitely Six-spot Burnet, in fact just checked photos I took to make sure . Noticed Common Spotted Orchid in flower yesterday also hundreds of Meadow Brown Butterfly.

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David Walsh wrote:

Bernard McGurrin wrote:

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3 six spot burnet moths

Six spot burnets are hatching at present, but there have been lots of Cinnabar moths flying over the past month, which look similar, if more red, in flight. Their black and yellow larvae will be appearing on ragwort over the next few weeks. I wondered whether your sighting from last week may have been of a Cinnabar?



-- Edited by David Walsh on Saturday 21st of June 2014 11:18:10 PM


late dog walk, 3 bats i think pipistrelle, over path near diggle flash.

David the moths last week definitely had spots, as kids we always called them ladybird moths, i would say they were definitely burnets.

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Bernard McGurrin wrote:

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3 six spot burnet moths

Six spot burnets are hatching at present, but there have been lots of Cinnabar moths flying over the past month, which look similar, if more red, in flight. Their black and yellow larvae will be appearing on ragwort over the next few weeks. I wondered whether your sighting from last week may have been of a Cinnabar?



-- Edited by David Walsh on Saturday 21st of June 2014 11:18:10 PM

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The dwindling Higher Swineshaw Reservoir, surrounded by a blackened Swineshaw Moor - July 2018


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3 six spot burnet moths, plenty of meadow brown and small tortoiseshell butterfly, good numbers blue damselfly.

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a shrew scurried across the path around diggle flash this evening.

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1 Fox close to New Water @ 10.45, 2 Broad-bodied Chaser(both female), 3 Meadow Brown Butterfly, numerous Six-Spot Burnet Moth, numerous Common Blue Damselfly & plenty Horsefly

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Weasel on old track at bottom of new road.

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2 burnet moths, probably 6 spot but i didn't count the spots disbelief

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good numbers of butterfly including meadow brown, common blue, large white,peacock and green veined white, 1 cinnabar moth,

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azure damselfly and blue tailed damselfly around diggle flash paths.

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2 cinnabar moths,5 bats over road to old anglers car park.

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Weasel darts across the path above diggle flash,plenty of common blue butterfly again, a few dragonfly darting about.

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good numbers of common blue butterfly again this morning, 3 speckled wood butterfly as well as various small and large whites, plenty of rabbits in fields.

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5 rabbits feeding this morning, also 1 toad on the edge of fir tree flash

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1 Grey Squirrel on path by Nevisons, Common Blue Butterfly, Half eaten Peacock Butterfly

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Fox on path between diggle flash and new road,2 bats around flash,

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Fox on path between diggle flash and new road,2 bats around flash,

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Weasel ran across new road @approx 10-30.

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4 bats again over old anglers car park area, I think pipistrelle but not 100% sure.

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good numbers of common blue butterfly also small white, peacock and tortoiseshell, squirrel feeding alongside a blackbird until another blackbird divebombed it and sent it packing.

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Fox in C6 this morning, also 2 rabbits feeding and some big carp surfacing on fir tree flash.

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Fox skulking near Scrapyard's this evening, bat overhead.

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13 common blue butterfly around site this morning.

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Young fox unsuccessfully stalking pheasant.

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Southern Marsh Orchid in flower - C2

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Weasel darted across path near the new road, also 3 feeding rabbits.

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Evening mooch with Keith Williams
Fox, rabbit,2 bats,toad,

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at least 6 common blue butterfly this afternoon.

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Weasel running mooching around near concrete road behind the big house above diggle flash, rabbits and squirrel further down road,


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Bat overhead on path at top of Diggle flash this evening.

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Fox scampered across the new road and over field @20-40.

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Visit this WE found apart from the birds already listed Broad Leaved Everlasting Pea. (Rare in GM more common on the coast it also exists elsewhere in Wigan.) Also Birds foot trefoil and common vetch were both in flower and about 2 weeks early. This area is enormous and offers huge potential for all sorts of wildlife and is perhaps overlooked by none local observers. Clearly one for more vist

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Water Scorpion caught in a small bucket by 3 young lads who came to me to ask what it was.

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fox nipped through gap from C8 to C6 near choked pond, approx 20-45,

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2 speckled wood butterflies, C9

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20+ orange tip butterfly this morning also small white, small tortoiseshell and peacock, 2 rabbit, 4 carp showing well basking in the sun at diggle flash.

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C9 fox on old anglers car park @ 18-30.

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4 peacock and 2 tortoiseshell butterfly in C9 this morning, plus a small cloud of midges.

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fox skulking in undergrowth in C9, plenty of rabbit this morning.

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weasel darted across path in C9 above diggle flash.

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1 Brimstone Butterfly C1N

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2 squirrel disputing an old magpie nest with a magpie.

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C9 fox crossing concrete road @ 11-16am

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fox in C9 @ 09-15 this morning.



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walking Charlie this evening we disturbed a fox skulking at the bottom of the new road @ 18-30.

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2 squirrel seemed to be repairing an old magpie nest.

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