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Neumann's Flash, Northwich

Around 8 Dingy Skipper on the south side of the Flash this late morning together with Brimstone, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood.

Odonata were represented by several Hairy Dragonfly and the odd Black-tailed Skimmer, amongst others.

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A day watching Butterflies in the Silverdale area yesterday.

Gait Barrows
3 Duke of Burgundy
6 Green Hairstreak
4 Dingy Skipper
5 Brimstone
Also saw Orange tip, Large, Small and Green Veined White, Small heath and Peacock


Warton Crag

3 Pearl Bordered Fritillary
1 Dingy Skipper
1 Wall Butterfly
2 brimstone

Also saw saw 6 Green Hairsteak today near the trig point on Pendle Hill


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Two hours this morning in Anderton Nature Park, Northwich. Weather sunny and warm.

Butterflies - Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Comma and Brimstone.

Odonata - Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Four-spotted Chaser and Broad-bodied Chaser.

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A short but very productive walk in the sun this afternoon on Newchurch Common for insects.

Several new species of Odonata were added to the year list. Most impressive was an immature male Broad-bodied Chaser near Big Pool. There was a huge emergence of Common Blue Damselflies and a few Blue-tailed Damselflies new out. Two male Downy Emeralds were seen and Red-eyed Damselflies still. To complete the tally Azure and Large Red Damselflies were still on the wing.

The most noteworthy butterfly was Holly Blue. A Cinnabar moth was also seen. Other finds were Green Shieldbug, Scorpion Fly, Nursery Web Spider, Cockchafer and a Click Beetle.



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Gaitwarth
Good numbers of toad tadpoles in pond near entrance
2 Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies

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09.45-14.00

Neumanns Flash: 3 Dingy Skipper butterflies.

Walked around Neumanns Flash, the Haydn Pool and Marbury CP.

Butterflies seen along the route : 2 Brimstone, 3 Peacock, 1 Small White, 3 Orange Tip and 6 Speckled Wood.

A single Scorpion Fly was by Big Wood and lots of Caddis Flies were emerging along Budworth Mere.


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In my morning recuperative walk on Newchurch yesterday (Thursday 17th May) the sunshine produced plenty of invertebrate interest.

A new butterfly species for the year was seen on Shemmy Moss namely Small Copper. Other butterflies were as my last walk, just missing a couple of species. A new damselfly species was also seen, Red-eyed Damselfly on Small Pool. Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus) was abundant and new for site. Red and Black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) was also seen. I had my first Volucella bombylans hoverfly too and 3 species of Ladybird: 14-spot, 7-spot & the first Harlequins.



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A sunny walk yesterday afternoon (Mon 14th) produced a bif hatch of my first Azure Damselflies of the year, along with lots of Large Red Damselflies and 2 Downy Emerald Dragonflies. 10 butterfly species were seen: Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood. Green Tiger Beetle and Click Beetle (Athous bicolor) were seen. The 'Footballer' hoverfly Helophilus pendulus was also seen as well as Alder Flies.



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Green hairstreak on the Longshaw Estate moors today.

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Rixton Clay Pits LNR:

2 Broad-bodied Chasers - both female
Large Red Damselflies

Butterflies:
Orange Tips
Green veined White
Large White
Peacock
Speckled Wood

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A few butterflies on the wing today, seen whilst birding in Primrosehill Wood which is a short distance south of Delamere Forest in Cheshire :-

Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock and Speckled Wood.

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An unplanned visit to meet up with Melanie, Simon & Alan for a very pleasant couple of hours and added a couple of new species to my Newchurch 2018 listings to boot. A Holly Blue was in the field by the Farm Field Pool, my first spring one ever, despite getting them in good numbers later every year! Also a Downy Emerald had emerged on Gull Pool, found by visiting photographers with nets, not a very ethical practise in my opinion cry

Directed my pals onto Green Hairstreaks and Green Tiger Beetles too smile



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A walk on Newchurch Common, Cheshire, produced my first damselfly of 2018, predictably Large Red Damselfly, seen near the Whitegate Way. A good tally of butterflies included several first for patch for 2018, namely Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Large White and Small White. Also seen were Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell , Comma and Green-veined White. A Scalloped Hook-tip moth and a Shaded Broad-bar moth were firsts for the year, as was a 14-spot Ladybird. Green Tiger Beetles were again on the mosslands.



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Brockholes Nature Reserve Lancs

Butterflies : 1 Brimstone, 5 Peacocks, 3 Small Tortoiseshells and lots of Orange Tips.

1 Cockchafer and 1 Bee Fly along the the riverside path.

Elsewhere on the reserve : 2f Emerald Damselflies, 1 Common Blue Damselfly and 1 "Volcella Pellucens" hover fly.

Masses of caddis flies around Number One Pit.

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A Newchurch Common walk with a guest wanting to see the Green Hairstreak butterflies, and I duly delivered with 10+ individuals even though it wasn't ideal with lots of cloudy periods and quite a breeze. Saw my first patch Small Tortoiseshell today, also other butterflies I had seen before, namely Green-veined White and Peacock. Had my first Latticed Heath moth on the mosslands too. Also seen, especially for my visitor, Green Tiger Beetle, and for me to photograph on a bluebell a Common Carder Bee. Had the first Tawny Mining Bee at the 'nesting' area today. There was also a huge hatch of Alder Leaf Beetles.



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At Newchurch Common today, when the sun finally came out, c.8 Green Hairstreaks on the mosslands, a male Orange-tip in the same area and lots & lots of St Mark's Flies. Several 7-Spot Ladybirds were seen and a Common Carder Bee. Spotted Cranefly (Nephrotoma appendiculata) was on the mosslands.



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Moore NR

Lots of St Marks flies around the Eastern Reedbed, and Caddis Flies by Pumphouse Pool.

Oddly, after a 6 hour walk around the site, with no rain and it being warm enough to just wear a jumper, no butterflies were seen throughout.

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Neumanns Flash Around 8.30pm (25.04.18)

2 Pipistrelle sized and 1 Noctule sized bats flying over the path on the E. side of Neumanns Flash.

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On April 20th (last Friday) hope was high in the warm sunny weather.

I recorded my first Green Hairstreaks with 10+ on the mosslands. Other butterflies present, again in the same area, were my first Green-veined White, Comma and Peacock. At least 10 Green Tiger Beetles were on the mosslands too, with four even watched in territorial battle on a sandy mound, a type of lek I suppose! Also present were Whirlygig Beetles and Pond Skaters. Two queen Tree Bumblebees were seen too.



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Whilst visiting Burton Mere RSPB earlier also viewed: Brimstone, Peacock and Orange Tip butterflies.



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A walk from Newton le Willows to St Helens along the Sankey Canal 10am to 1pm.
5 Orange Tip
2 Brimstone
6 Peacock
4 Tortoiseshell Butterfly
1 Large White
1 Small White
1 Comma


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Neumanns Flash

2 Speckled Wood butterflies in shady areas on the Marsden side. 1 Zebra Spider on a wooden post.

Haydn Pool : 6 Peacock and 3 Orange Tip butterflies.

Marbury CP and Big Wood : 4 Brimstone, 4 Orange Tip and 2 more Peacock butterflies.

Dairyhouse Meadows : 1 Small Tortoiseshell butterfly.

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On Newchurch Common, Cheshire today:

2 Comma and 1 Peacock Butterfly. queen Red-tailed Bumblebee, queen Common Carder Bee, Tawny Mining Bee, White/Buff-tailed Bumblebee.

For anyone who does Geocaching I've found a box on my patch, so inbox me if you wanna see it smile



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On Newchurch Common, Cheshire today in warm sunshine my first basking Common Lizard, probably one of last years young from the small size. Also a male Smooth Newt.



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N.Wales, Denbighshire - Fox Moth Caterpillar up at Craig Bron-banog Mast in Clocaenog Forest.



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Red-Eared Terrapin on the River Dee in Chester this morning, swimming across the mud below Castle Drive

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Out on Newchurch Common, Cheshire, today in the sunshine and I had my first butterfly of the year (apart from hibernating ones we used to have in the old Focalpoint farm unit) in the shape of a Peacock butterfly flying near East Bay, Sandiway Big Pool. My first butterflies on this patch last year were on March 26th so this is a really early date for me to record one in 2018 here smile



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On Newchurch Common this morning for a patch walk and at the boundary of Shemmy Moss and the Whitegate Way I had my latest ever Common Darter Dragonfly, a pretty drab individual. Amazing to think that I scraped ice off my car before setting out to go there, but the sun certainly was warm in the end smile



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Out near home on a sunny autumn day.

On the R.waever by New Bridge S.of Moulton, Cheshire, 2 fisheren were unhooking a pike which was between 3 and 4 feet in length, it was a monster, it's mouth looked like a cavern !!

Down the road at Newchurch Common I had 2 butterfly species, one predicatbly a Red Admiral. The other was a late Speckled Wood, which I thought should have gone over, but checking UK Butterflies a few folk have had them still late October.



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M Brimstone flying round gardens

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Neumanns Flash 10.00-13.30

Just 1 dragonfly seen, a male Common Darter, and no butterflies recorded at all.

The main feature though was the sheer number of Harlequin Ladybirds around, especially on Dairyhouse Meadows.

At least 6 were clinging to my clothing at any point throughout. They were flying at eye level, so they often hit you in the face.

Everyone I met here was troubled by the ladybirds, the Harlequins appeared more numerous than a hatch of winged ants.

4 much smaller native 7-Spot ladybirds were also seen.



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Redsmere Cheshire 11.00-14.30

2 Red Admiral butterflies. 1 Migrant Hawker dragonfly.

A pair of coupled Common Darter dragonflies were by a pool at nearby Capesthorne Hall.

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A quick afternoon walk around Newchurch Common produced a Bank Vole on Shemmy Moss and 6 Smooth Newts under logs. Quite a few fungi too with lots of Shaggy Inkcaps and a huge patch of Common Earthballs.

Yesterday at Foxwist Green there were 6 Red Admiral butterflies on Ivy plus one Speckled Wood. Also, sadly, a dead large female Grass Snake, squashed by a car on the road.



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Elton Hall Flash Sandbach

6 Red Admiral butterflies still around the hawthorne hedge at the back of the flash.

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Rixton Clay Pits NR

A couple of Red Admirals were the only butterflies seen.

Dragonflies though are still around in reasonable numbers with 2 Brown Hawkers, 2 Southern Hawkers, 8 Common Darters and 3(m) Black Darters.

An "Inanis" hover fly rested on a sowthistle flower.

Prospect Lane, Holly Bush Lane and Woodend Lane (Circular walk)

A big oak on Prospect Lane was full of Red Admiral butterflies, I gave up trying to count them.

They seem to be attracted by Ivy flowers, but many were also just sun bathing from the trees leaves. 2 Comma and 1 Peacock butterflies were also there.

1 Small Copper butterfly was by Woodend Lane. 2 Brown and 1 Southern Hawker dragonflies were also seen there.

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Neumanns Flash & Marbury Country Park 10.30-14.30

The only dragonflies seen throughout were 4 Common Darters.

2 Red Admirals by the Haydn Pool were the only butterflies recorded.



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A morning walk round Newchurch Common, Cheshire yesterday, Sunday 24th September, produced a mammal new for the patch for me. This was a Field Vole (otherwise known as Short-tailed Vole, Microtus agrestis). This was seen at the border on the mosslands near the Whitegate Way and no doubt is plentiful but rarely seen. The only other wildlife of note, not of an avian variety, was a single Green-veined White butterfly over a sphagnum bog area by the Whitegate Way.



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Neumanns Flash ( 11.30-14.30)

Butterflies : 1 Red Admiral and 6 Speckled Woods.

Dragonflies : 2 Southern Hawkers, 1 Migrant Hawker and 2 Common Darters.

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Elton Hall Flash Sandbach. (Around noon)

8 Red Admiral butterflies were along the lane down the side of the flash, where a single Southern Hawker dragonfly was also seen.

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Burton Wetland RSPB

Dragonflies :Until the rain started Common Darters were abundant along the path near the reception.

Migrant Hawkers were numerous too, mainly on the former IMF side of the reserve. 2 Southern Hawkers were also seen.

The only butterflies seen were 2 Commas and a single Large White.

2 large ichneumon wasps (Pimpla Instigator) were seen near the former IMF hide. A single "Arbustorium" hover fly was also seen near there.

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Woolston No 3 Bed 11.30-14.00

Migrant Hawker dragonflies were still plentiful when the sun came out. 1 Southern Hawker was seen near the weir on No 2 bed.

2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Speckled Wood butterflies were noted, as was 1 Dark Arches moth.

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Pembrokeshire, Wales 9th - 14th September:

Following Butterflies - Red Admiral x lots, Comma, Speckled Wood x lots, Green-Veined White, Small White, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Painted Lady and Small Tortoiseshell.

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Woolston Eyes No3 Bed 11.00-14.00

Butterflies : 10 Red Admirals (8 of which were on the few remaining flowers on a Buddleia bush), 1 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood,

1 Green Veined White and 2 Small Whites.

Dragonflies : 3 Brown Hawkers, 3 Southern Hawkers and numerous Migrant Hawkers (Migrant Hawkers most numerous near the footbridge on No 3 bed).

2 Common Darters were also seen.

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Rixton Clay Pits 10.30-12.00

Butterflies : 4 Red Admirals, 3 Comma, 3 Speckled Woods, 1 Green Veined White and 2 Large White.

Dragonflies : 1 Brown Hawker, 4 Migrant Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker, 5 Common Darters and 1m Black Darter.

Also 1 Common Frog.

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Woolston Eyes No3 Bed 11.00-13.00

4 Migrant Hawker dragonflies above the old river and 1 Southern Hawker near the meadow.

The only butterfly seen was a single Comma seen near the footbridge.


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Tatton Park (Alongside Tatton and Melchett Meres)

6 Migrant Hawker and 1 Southern Hawker dragonflies. 1 Red Admiral and 1 Peacock butterflies.

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Thanks for the info Paul. I saw another one yesterday, this time in Dunham Hall Gardens! As far as i can recall in the '80's in Cheshire, they were pretty much unheard of!

I don't think hornets have reached where i live now, in Conwy.

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Myself & Paul Hill see them regularly around Cheshire, several times a year. I had a nest last year at Newchurch Common but none this year. I see them just about every time I go to the R.Dee area looking for dragonflies too, in fact I've never failed there!! They are still a great insect to see and it is great that they are getting commoner smile

I suppose one of the things with Paul & I is that we go out on dedicated invert walks and seek stuff like that out, it's probably a less frequently encountered species if it isn't looked for.



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Lune Estuary, Glasson, Lancs

4 Migrant Hawker dragonflies patrolled the seawall this afternoon.

Also here were 4 Red Admiral and 1 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

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Myself & Paul Hill see them regularly around Cheshire, several times a year. I had a nest last year at Newchurch Common but none this year. I see them just about every time I go to the R.Dee area looking for dragonflies too, in fact I've never failed there!! They are still a great insect to see and it is great that they are getting commoner smile

I suppose one of the things with Paul & I is that we go out on dedicated invert walks and seek stuff like that out, it's probably a less frequently encountered species if it isn't looked for.



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One hornet was watched chomping on an apple in the gardens of Arley Hall today, Tue 29th.

A Cheshire first for me - anyone know how common they are?



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