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Nine species of butterfly today (p.m.) inc first local red admiral of the year. Highest numbers were of ringlet and meadow brown which numbered about 25 each. Not far behind, though, was silver 'Y' with 19 seen (there were probably many more as every time I stepped into the grass, I flushed one). Seems to have been an invasion as many immigrant moths and other insects have been reported on the Atropos website.

5 broad-bodied chasers inc four males, and two brown hawkers. A little bit mundane at present with little in the way of surprise.



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Four species of damselfly today, and a good number of broad-bodies chasers (5 inc two males disputing an area of swamp near the river bird hide). A hawker type species, which had probably just emerged, flew from near the farm road between the two ponds and off towards Ernocroft wood. Comma, green-viened whites and orange tips were only butterflies.



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Saturday 12th. First odonata for park this year with a fair hatch of blue-tailed damsels, and a few azures. Pity the park is going to the dogs as, unbelievably, an off-road vehicle was driving up the path as I left Ernocroft wood!!!! As I walked down the tarmac road into the park, two dirt-track scrambling bikes were coming in. No wonder few birds of interest use the place anymore.



-- Edited by Andy Bissitt on Sunday 13th of May 2018 11:03:36 PM



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Orange Tip 11
Green-veined White 16
Comma 1
Peacock 1

Also Brown Silver-line showing the line on under wing. The Bluebell display alone is worth the visit at the moment

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It's not been a great insect year, with moths especially poor, so finding this brilliant Red Underwing in the park this afternoon was a real prize. Only my second ever, and first for more than 25 years!



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Yesterday p.m.

1st hawkers of the year seen: 2 brown & 1 southern. Also a broad-bodied chaser female which might have been a first for the park for me.

Butterflies.

5 red admiral, 2 comma, 3 speckled wood, 22 ringlet, 20 meadow brown, 4 large skipper, 1 green-veined white.

Others:

1 tree bumblebee, 5 black & yellow longhorned beetles.



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Spring is definitely here... first pristine male orange-tips (3), also 2 green-veined whites and 4 commas. Got to take advantage whilst the weather is better for insects than for scarce birds.



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Yesterday p.m.

My second record for site of banded demoiselle. A female hunting from the nearside bank of the canal just where the 'cafe path' meets the road into the park. I did say that removing the trees might be to the advantage of insects, and this is brilliant proof of that. Hope they don't allow too much grow back. Also yesterday amongst other things, 8 brown hawker, 1 southern hawker, first common darter of year. Best butterfly was this years rarity, the red admiral (second of year for county only).



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Brown Hawker 1

Common Darter 1

Speckled Wood 2

Field Vole 2

Cheers John



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Yesterday I tried to locate any White-letter Haistreaks but found none. However I did get my first Ringlet in GM near the weir pool.

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After ONLY 30 summers visiting the Park, I finally chanced upon a White-letter hairstreak there today. Was always aware there were (historic?) records from there, but finding this species is not that easy anywhere (especially with dodgy weather). I thought I would go without a UK sighting this year after a site I found at Marple Aqueduct last summer was destroyed during the winter (courtesy of the Canal and River Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund and Stockport Council).

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Comma, Speckled Wood, Ringlet

Beetles Carabus nemoralis Ground Beetle fees on snails,
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn - Agapanthia villosoviridescens another sighting which seems to indicate it has a good range in south GM with sightings here, stockport and Astley Moss.
Longhorm Beetle Rutpela maculate large very well marked yellow and black beetle.
Another Longhorn Beetle Grammoptera ruficornis
False Flower Beetle Grammoptera ruficornis

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Moschatel found; thanks for the directions Ian. Also good to see some proper Yellow Archangel.



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Hi Ian, if you could could give me rough directions as to where the Moschatel patches are I'd very much appreciate it.
It's a plant I've been looking out for for quite a while now.

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Short Tailed Vole and Wood Mouse from hide, Ramsons, Blue Bell, Wood Speedwell, Green Alkanet, Dogs Mercury, 5 patches of Moschatel, Archangel natural and sadly variegated form working it way into the wood Barren Strawberry, Yellow Pimpernel, Wood Sorrel, Wood Anemone, wood forgetmenot Skunk Cabbage, Opposite Leaved Saxifrage, Wood Rush, Pink Purslane, Lesser Stitchwort, Dog Violet Lesser Celandine, Marsh Marigold, Garlic Mustard, Cow Parsley all in flower Lord and Ladies, Marsh Cinquefoil showing.

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Some good plants all in flower
Lord and Ladies, Fringe cups, Wood Aven, Blue bells, Ramsons, big patches of Bugle, Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage, Moshcatel, (Both quite Rare in GM) Barren Strawberry, Cuckoo Flower, Wood Sorrel, Water Cress, Sorrell, Comon Bistort, Pink Purslane (An Invasive Increasing in the Keg) Yellow Archangel, (Not the variagated garden plant) Wood Speedwell, Thyme Leaved Speedwell, Lesser Stitchwort, Yellow Pimpernel, Common Dog Violet, Dusky cranesbill

leaf beetles Hydrothassa marginella on buttercup, Ground Beetle 'Snail Hunter' - Cychrus caraboides found under a log near the hide and a large group of whats looks lik Donacia Genus reed beatles on buttercup in the marsh over 40.

Several Orange Winged butterfly mainly female, few Speckled Wood and Green Viened White.

In the river below Brabyns Park I was tipped off that Signal Crayfish have spread from a brook further up. Lifted a few rocks to see if this was correct. I didn't find this American pain but did find 6 large bull head fish.

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In the Keg Woodland

Dog's Mercury
Field Wood-rush
Wood Sorrel (a simple but beautiful plant)
Barren Strawberry
Pink Purslane (some clumps white rather than pink)
Wood Anemone (always a treat)
Bluebell (in flower but not yet in their prime - running a week or two late. If there's a better woodland
for Bluebells in GM, I'd like to know where)
Lesser Celandine bringing some yellow in amongst the white and the blue

None of these wild flowers are uncommon, but all worth seeing. smile

-- Edited by Tony Darby on Sunday 5th of May 2013 10:54:56 PM

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Stoat in woods beyond Hirst Cottage

Cheers, John

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Marsh Cinquefoil now established at Etherow CP. In pond opposite the entrance to the hide.

One of the Broad-leaved Helloborine sites had 5 plants showing -not in flower yet- 2 further plants broken off as part of area has been trampled.

-- Edited by Ian McKerchar on Saturday 16th of June 2012 04:22:34 PM

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