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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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Neumanns Flash 15.00-19.00

1m Black Tailed Skimmer and 1m Migrant Hawker dragonflies were seen by Pods Hide.

Common Darters were seen in low numbers throughout.

The only butterflies seen were Speckled Woods, and they were in profusion.

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Brockholes NR Preston. 11.00-14,00

Plenty of Speckled Wood butterflies, although no other butterfly species were seen.

Common Darter dragonflies and Common Blue damselflies abound around the pools.

2 Southern Hawker, 2 Migrant Hawker and 2 Brown Hawker dragonflies also seen.




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We reverted to yesterday's plan & stayed local today. Started at Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset & some good sightings including Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Brimstone butterfly, Dock Shieldbugs & lots of Dark Bush Crickets. Then we went to Westhay Moor NR where we saw a Mink, Ruddy Darter & Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies and a Comma Butterfly amongst lots of other non- bird sightings. The day ended with a Fox in our headlamps at the B&B, and that's the last full day of our holiday done!

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We reverted to yesterday's plan & stayed local today. Started at Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset & some good sightings including Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Brimstone butterfly & lots of Dark Bush Crickets. Then we went to Westhay Moor NR where we saw a Mink, Ruddy Darter & Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies and a Comma Butterfly amongst lots of other non- bird sightings. The day ended with a Fox in our headlamps at the B&B, and that's the last full day of our holiday done!

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Late decision to head down the 70 miles or so to Arne RSPB today. Lovely sunshine & very hot. Highlight was 4 Wasp Spiders and several Raft Spiders. One of the latter was eating a Common Darter and then decapitated it & sucked it's brains out!!! A Four- spotted Orb Weaver & lots of Cross Orb Weaver Spiders were seen too. Emperor dragonflies & Black Darters were on the Heath as well as a Small Red Damselfly. A Sika Deer Stag & a Common Seal were also seen. A few Common Lizards were asking in the sun too.

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Stayed in Somerset today on our West Country trip. In the morning not much of note except for a Bank Vole, Common Darters & Migrant Hawker, all at Greylake RSPB. Spent the afternoon at Ham Wall RSPB and apart from the same dragonflies as last time the highlights were all spiders, which were everywhere! Best one was a stunning bright yellow male Four-spotted Orb Weaver, lots of Tetragnatha sp, wolf spiders, Nursery Web spiders & one sp yet to be identified! Three Perez Frogs and a Common Toad seen too.

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Arnside Knott - Two Scotch Argus noted. Not a good day for butterflies with heavy rain showers in the morning followed by stiff breezes later. Not sure if they have been a bit early this year, so could be the last ones now until next year.

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A day in Devon on our holiday today. Aylesbeare Common in the morning produced lots of Grayling butterflies and young Common Lizards. In the afternoon at Seaton Wetlands the only non-bird sighting was a Slow Worm.

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Over today into Dorset & Hants on our West Country hol, following the sun again. Most of the day was spent at Martin Down NR, a fabulous chalk down land reserve. Highlights here were lots of stunning Adonis Blue butterflies & one Silver-washed Fritillary. Also seen Common Blue, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Small Heath. Also Brown Bush Cricket & Common Darter and Migrant Hawker dragonflies. A Bloody-nosed Beetle was seen and a herd of Fallow Deer. We also had lots of Slow Worms and a few Common Lizards here.

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After a walk along the beach at Crosby this afternoon, with our son and grandson to see Antony Gormley's Iron Men we went over to Formby pine woods to look for the Red Squirrels. We weren't disappointed as there appears to be a healthy population there these days. Lovely little creatures.

 



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Today we decided to head to Portland, Dorset due to a sunny weather forecast there. It was mainly to be a butterfly trip, but never ended that way! First call for insects etc was Cheyne Weares Quarry where we saw over 10 Wall Lizards. We also had a Clouded Yellow butterfly, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth & a Painted Lady. Also here was the hornet-mimic hoverfly Volucella zonaria. Then up the road to Broadcroft Quarry butterfly reserve. Here we added Slow Worm & Common Lizard. Finally to Tout Quarry butterfly reserve. Here we saw a few Wall Browns, 3 Painted Ladies, Chalkhill Blues, Common Blues, Brown Argus, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Large White, Small White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown & Holly Blue. We Also had another Hummingbird Hawkmoth which actually settled & we got photos. Then Mega bird news broke (see other post) and insects were forgotten!

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Somerset, Shapwick Heath NR, our first half day of our holiday & a stunning start!! First an Otter crossed the track only 30m in front of us and then half an hour later we found a Harvest Mouse on the top of a grass seed head by the track! We could go a whole year without seeing either & we get both on the first afternoon of our holiday! Also seen: Odonata: Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Emerald Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly. Butterflies: Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood. Great Green Bush Cricket. Perez Frog (an introduced Iberian species of marsh frog).

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Neumanns Flash

11.00-14.30

Still 2 Black Tailed Skimmers showing near Pods Hide. 1 Ruddy Darter also here.

Brown Hawkers and Common Darters numerous both at Neumanns and around the Haydn Pool.

Another Ruddy Darter seen near the Haydn Pool.

Just 2 Gatekeeper butterflies seen, Meadow Browns though are still plentiful.

3 Speckled Wood and 2 Red Admiral butterflies also seen.

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At last my first Grass Snake sighting on my Newchurch Common local patch for 2017! After having seen them on 20 or so visits last year I was almost giving up this year, but thank goodness I went out today. One smallish one, either a male or young female, was on Shemmy Moss, but I retreated quickly and left it undisturbed, I don't think it even knew I had been there, which may bode well for a repeat sighting in the same location. What with the recent news that there are now two recognised species of Natrix in the UK, Natrix natrix (what we have always known as 'our' Common Grass Snake) and Natrix helvetica (Barred Grass Snake) I would like to check this one properly, but for now I will let it rest undisturbed! I have checked all previous photos from this site of snakes I have seen and all have been Common Grass Snakes.

A usual mix of other species:

Butterfly: Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large White.

Odonata: Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly.



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No chance to get out wild-lifing this weekend but managed a walk with the horse today near the yard at Foxwist Green, Cheshire. Lots of butterflies about on the short walk including a Holly Blue stiill along with numbers of Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods, Red Admirals, Green-veined Whites and Large Whites. A Southern Hawker Dragonfly was also seen.



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Lymm Area

16.00-18.00

Walked from Lymmhay Lane to Manchester Ship Canal along Sow Brook.

The path was lined with balsam throughout, which limited the wildlife to be seen, apart from an abundance of Honey Bees.

However, 3 Migrant Hawker dragonflies patrolled the brook. If the invasive balsam was not enough, another alien appeared near the canal, a large American Mink.

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Neumanns Flash & Haydn Pool

3 Brown Hawkers were the only dragonflies seen.

Speckled Wood butterflies in profusion. Meadow Brown butterflies still abundant, though most are looking very shabby.

1 Peacock butterfly was seen, whilst Gatekeeper sightings had dropped to just 2.

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Isles of Scilly Cetaceans 7-10 August 2017

Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, Blue Shark (five caught, tagged and released), Fin Whale, Minke Whale, Sun Fish.

Butterflies

Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Common Blue & Holly Blue.

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Another morning walk at Newchurch Common, mainly sunny & quite warm, but at the moment it somehow feels Autumnal rather than the third Summer month!

A nice sighting was a Common Shrew by Shemmy Moss.

Butterflies recorded were: Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Large White and Green-veined White.

Odonata: Black-tailed Skimmer (worn female), Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Common Blue Damselfly and Red-eyed Damselfly.

A totally different route today hence the different mix of species and why some obvious ones (especially butterflies) are missing compared to yesterdays list. A more representative list of species present at the moment would be given by adding the tow days together smile



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A morning walk at Newchurch Common, Cheshire, eventually produced a few insects as the sun came out.

Butterflies: Holly Blue, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White.

Damselflies: Common Blue and Blue-tailed.



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A few dragons around at the London Wetland Centre:

c20 red-eyed damselfly
c5 common darter
1 black-tailed skimmer
3 brown hawker
1+ emperor (not suffering the browns at all)

A few butterflies around, mainly large whites (plenty of whites; presumably other species present too) and red admirals, with a comma the only other species noted.

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11.30-15.30

Neumanns Flash

Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies still numerous, also 2 Green Veined Whites 3 Speckled Woods, and a couple of Red Admirals.

Only dragonfly seen apart from a couple of large blue coloured hawkers that shot past (Could of been an Emperor or Southern Hawker?), was a single Brown Hawker.

The only damselfly seen was a single Common Blue on Dairyhouse Meadows, perhaps the strong Westerly kept them in hiding.

The path from the Haydn Pool towards the canal bridge and Marbury CP nearly always delivers good butterfly sightings.

Today was no exception with 6 Holly Blues seen, mainly around clumps of ivy, plus 2 Red Admirals.

Despite scanning every oak though, there was no sign of any Purple Hairstreaks. A single ichneumon, "Amblyteles Armatorius" showed well as it ambled across a flower head.

Along the edge of Big Wood in Marbury CP, there appears to be a fair amount of young Wych Elm trees, are White Letter Hairstreak butterflies ever found here?.



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Andy Bissitt wrote:


Doc,

I thought I remembered a record from you on here, but couldn't find it when I looked back. They may be relatively common now, but still not recorded on this site much which is my main source of insect records for the area. Please keep us in touch with any more you come across.

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Have a word with Paul Hill too, he see's them regularly in Cheshire too and came a few times to photo the ones at Newchurch



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I saw a Hornet dive down and take a smaller wasp once; that was quite something. You don't think of wasps as victims very often. Docile wasn't the word that sprang to my mind...


Hahahaha, no predator is docile with its prey!!!!!! They are docile with humnas as opposed to smaller wasps that can sting without much provocation! I wouldn't bird in a hide with a Vespa vulgaris nest in it biggrin


Doc,

I thought I remembered a record from you on here, but couldn't find it when I looked back. They may be relatively common now, but still not recorded on this site much which is my main source of insect records for the area. Please keep us in touch with any more you come across.

Cheers,

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I saw a Hornet dive down and take a smaller wasp once; that was quite something. You don't think of wasps as victims very often. Docile wasn't the word that sprang to my mind...


Hahahaha, no predator is docile with its prey!!!!!! They are docile with humnas as opposed to smaller wasps that can sting without much provocation! I wouldn't bird in a hide with a Vespa vulgaris nest in it biggrin



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I saw a Hornet dive down and take a smaller wasp once; that was quite something. You don't think of wasps as victims very often. Docile wasn't the word that sprang to my mind...

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I love them too Andy, one of the most docile 'wasps' we get, lovely creatures, I have birded in a hide with a hornets nest inside it & no problems for anyone! They are relatively common in Cheshire now (I had a nest at Newchurch last year (see back in this thread) and regularly see them at Aldford (inc earlier this year), so there must be a GM record, although, like you, I don't recall seeing one reported recently. I see on NBN Gateway a record for Dunham Massey Park in 2008.



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A piece of late news. My brother found a hornet whilst working in a private garden in Church Minshull, Cheshire, about three weeks ago. Unfortunately (or otherwise if you don't fancy coming face to face with one), it was floating in a pond and could not be saved. Personally, I love them and hope to see one in Greater Manchester soon (not sure it has been recorded, certainly in modern times).

 



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Rixton Clay Pits NR

13.30-15.00 (Trying to the dodge the heavy showers)

Despite the rain, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies were still flying, and are still abundant.

Also around were 3 Peacock and 1 Holly Blue butterflies, and 2 Shaded Broadbar moths.

During a brief sunny spell, I was lucky enough to be alongside the pool that appears to be the best for odonata, and one with no fish.

The result was 2 Common Darter dragonflies, 1 Emerald, 2 Common Blue and 4 Blue Tailed damselflies.

Also here, sat on a floating leaf was a ground beetle, "Pterostichus Cupreus", a brightly coloured little predator that appeared poised to strike at having that passed by.

This pool seems to attract froghoppers, that leap from the surrounding tall grass and end floating in the middle of the pond.

I waited to see what beast would strike these unfortunate insects, but each time they managed to scramble out, this happened 3 or 4 times whilst I was there.

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here are some of my back and front yard butterfly and moth sightings over the past week

1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth
1 Holly Blue
3 Red Admiral
1 Large White



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Another morning on Newchurch Common, Cheshire again concentrating on inverts due to the sunshine.

Another fabulous butterfly day with 11 species, and a different mix from yesterday. Star of the show was my first Painted Lady of 2017 (picture). Also present: Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Small Skipper and Common Blue.

There was a nice surprise on the odonata front too with a new species of dragonfly for 2017, Migrant Hawker (female). Brown Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly were also seen.

Mother of Pearl Moth and Harlequin Ladybird were recorded, as well as a Red-eared Terrapin on Big Pool.



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15.00-16.00


Rixton Clay Pits

1 Black Tailed Skimmer and 1 Southern Hawker dragonflies. 2 Common Blue, 1 Emerald and 1 Blue Tailed damselflies.

4 Peacock and 2 Common Blue butterflies. Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies still numerous although most of them are now looking a little shabby now.

1 Yellow Shell moth.

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Back on Newchurch Common, Cheshire in warm, sunny weather.

10 species of butterflies were seen including 2nd brood Holly Blue (picture). Also present: Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Large White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood and Small Copper. Only 2 dragonfly species: Brown Hawker and Southern Hawker, and just two damselfly species, lots of Common Blues and a single immature male Red-eyed Damselfly.



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Rixton Clay Pits (14.00-15.00)

Butterflies : 1 Painted Lady, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Common Blues, 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Woods plus lots of Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns.

Moths : 1 Mother of Pearl, 1 Shaded Broadbar and 2 Garden Carpet.

Odonata : 4 Blue Tailed, 1 Emerald and 2 Common Blue Damselflies. No dragonflies were seen.

A shoal of Rudd have settled into a pool where I have previously seen Great Crested Newts.

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Haydn's Pool, Northwich :- Two separate singles of Purple Hairstreak amongst the oaks on the path that leads to Uplands. Southern Hawker nearby (photo attached).

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A summary of the last few days in the Highlands of Scotland. Yesterday (24th) we visited the W.coast mainly for dragonflies and weren't disappointed! Much of the day was spent at Slattadale by Loch Maree. A long search produced 2 lifer dragonflies, a female Azure Hawker and a couple of Northern Emeralds. Also seen were Highland Darter dragonfly and Scotch Argus butterfly. Two huge Giant Dark Horseflies were also seen, at over an inch long they are true beasts! Today we headed up a mountain, Creag Meagaidh, and found our target butterfly - Mountain Ringlet, adding Large Heath for good measure. Eight Common Lizards were seen too as well as a Common Shrew. We also popped in to Uath Lochans were we saw another Northern Emerald, a Highland Darter, a Four-spotted Chaser, Common Hawkers and Large Red Damselflies. Also here were Scarce Silver-Y moth and Bordered Whites. Earlier in Dell Woods Nethy Bridge we found the rare Twinflower, Creeping Ladies Tresses, Common Cow Wheat and Chanterelle mushrooms.

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Sandbach Flashes

Elton Hall Flash :

5 Red Admiral butterflies were attracted to a damp patch on the trunk of a willow, which appeared to be a scar that was seeping sap.

The butterflies seemed very agitated, I then discovered the damp patch was also attracting several wasps and masses of flies, mainly Greenbottles.

Pumphouse Flash :

Winged ants were seemingly everywhere. A single Painted Lady butterfly showed well near the broken wooden gate.

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Walking an eight mile section of the Sandstone Trail today in the Delamere Forest and adjacent farmland area. The sun finally came out around midday offering some warmth at which time a few butterflies were on the wing including Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Peacock (photo attached), Gatekeeper and a Painted Lady, the latter being my first of the year.

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Moore NR

Sandy heath area W. of Lapwing Lane :

Plenty of Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies on the heath, Speckled Woods being numerous in the shady wooded areas.

Alarmingly just 1 Common Blue butterfly was seen. Just 1 Comma butterfly was found too, and that was along the towpath of the old canal.

A single Azure Damselfly was seen on the heath, Common Blues though are plentiful along the edge of Birchwood Pool.

The only dragonflies seen around the reserve were 6 Brown Hawkers. A Brown Rat strolled across the path near Colin's Hide.

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Up in The Highlands of Scotland, especially for insects but watching everything! Yesterday, Thursday 20th, we saw Red Squiirrel, Bank Vole and Wood Mouse at Loch Garten. Also Grey Birch, Dark Marbled Carpet and Scalloped Oak moths. Today's butterflying near Grantown produced Northern Brown Argus (Scottish race), Small Pearl-bordered & Dark Green Fritillaries, Small Heath and Ringlet. Chimney Sweeper & 6-spot Burnet Moths were here too. When the sun comes out properly this could be good! 



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