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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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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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Newchurch Common, Sandiway Small Pool

A minimum of thirty Red-eyed Damselflies seen this afternoon along with Common Blue and Blue-tailed. A Southern Hawker was noted on the nearby Whitegate Way path just south of Gull Pool. Not the best day for Odonata but the sun did its best to come out later and give off a bit of warmth.

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A late post for Tuesday 18th, a visit to Newchurch Common, Cheshire in hot sunny weather.

Unsurprisingly isects dominated the walk with 12 species of butterfly and 6 odonata.

Butterflies: Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Skipper and my first Small Copper and first second gen Holly Blues (2).

Odonata: Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Four-spotted Chaser, Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Azure Damselfly.

Moths: Mother of Pearl, Silver-Y, Silver-ground Carpet.

Nursery Web Spider

and 2 new insects for me on patch - a flea beetle Crepidodera fulvicornis, and a rove beetle Ocypus brunnipes.

 

Then pm popped over to Rudheath, Northwich again and saw 2 White-letter hairstreaks in elms where I saw them before. Being windy and with them in the crowns of the elms viewing was hard, but a few ercord shots were obtained (below).



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Dairy House Meadows & Ponds, Northwich.

Butterflies - Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White.
Odonata - Common Darter, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly.

River Dane Fishermen's Ponds, Rudheath, Northwich.

Butterflies - Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown.
Odonata - Ruddy Darter, Common Darter, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly.

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Neumanns Flash (11.00-13.30)

4 male Black Tailed Skimmer dragonflies were chasing each other along the path leading to the new hide.

Several Brown Hawker dragonflies were seen here too.

Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies were plentiful throughout. The shady areas held numerous Speckled Wood butterflies too.

6 Red Admiral and 1 Common Blue butterflies were also seen.

2 Southern Hawker dragonflies were by the Haydn Pool, whilst another was seen on Dairyhouse Meadows.

A single cuckoo wasp "Chrysis Ignita" was basking on a wooden post by the Haydn Pool.



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Northwich Woodlands/Neumann's Flash/Haydn's Pool/Anderton Nature Park

Spent around five hours on patch today in glorious sunny and warm weather.

Butterflies :- Common Blue (2), Large White (2), Small White (1), Green-veined White (c.60), Gatekeeper (c.35), Meadow Brown (c.30), Small Skipper (2), Red Admiral (c.12), Speckled Wood (c.10), Comma (c.8), Brimstone (3).

Odonata :- Four-spotted Chaser (1), Common Darter (c.10), Emperor Dragonfly (3), Brown Hawker (c.15), Banded Demoiselle (1), Blue-tailed Damselfly (c.10), Common Blue Damselfly (c.20).

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On a visit to a trio of Nottinghamshire nature reserves our 'gang of four ' spotted a reasonable number of insects.

We weren't able to identify any of the bees caught by the East Leake Bee-eaters, but we did see Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Gatekeepers, Small Skippers, Large and Small Whites, Red Admirals and Burnet Moth
A visit to Attenborough added Brown and Southern Hawkers, Banded Demoiselles and Comma, along with Soldier Beetle, Harlequin Ladybird, and a range of iridescent flies, mostly on the large clumps of Tansy.
More Gatekeepers, Brown Hawkers and Banded Demoiselles at Welbeck, along with Meadow Brown and Ringlet.

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Nice day for butterflies around Marshside today, with the sandworks area particularly productive; about were: small skipper, small white, green-veined white, common blue, gatekeeper, meadow brown, small tortoiseshell, red admiral and six spot burnet. Plenty of cinnabar caterpillars on the ragwort, too.

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A change of venue today with a visit to the Dyfi Estuary at Ynys-las.

Main interest in the dunes were Pyramidal orchids a plenty and then hundreds of Marsh Helleborines in a marshy area. Lots of butterflies but few species, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper and Green-veined White were all seen in hugh numbers. A new beetle was seen - the leaf beetle Chrysomela populi, which looks like a big, spotless red ladybird!



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Marshside RSPB (12.00-16.00)

Gatekeeper butterflies abundant along the edge of the saltmarsh, where they appear to be attracted by Ragwort. A single Common Blue butterfly was seen here too.

Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies were also abundant along Marine Drive north of Sandgrounders, where several 6 Spotted Burnet moths were on Red Clover.

Large White butterflies common throughout, and a single Speckled Wood butterfly was by Nels Hide.

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Afternoon walk in glorious sunshine at Rixton Claypits LNR. Good numbers of young newt in the ponds, 3 x male emperor dragonfly, large white, speckled wood and meadow brown butterflies, common footman, six-spot burnet and silver-Y moths, good views of a fox sunbathing on one of the rides



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Rainy morning at Newchurch Common Patch.

Not a lot to report but some quality, especially in the shape of 2 Common Lizards, both quite sluggish in the cold & damp so showing very well, both on Abbot's Moss. Smooth Newt on Newchurch Common itself. Around and about several Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns and a few Green-veined Whites.



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Winsford Bottom Flash

1 longhorn beetle "Anaglyptus Mysticus" on brambles.

River Weaver (Bradford Mill Bridge to Vale Royal Locks)

Another "Anaglyptus Mysticus" was seen on an umbellifer by the towpath.

Butterflies : 6 Small Skippers, seen mainly on Knapweed. Also seen 4 Comma, 6 Red Admirals and 2 Speckled Woods.

Gatekeepers plentiful around brambles, whilst Meadow Browns were numerous in the grassy areas.

Odonata: Blue Tailed Damselflies were common around the area with small muddy pools by the cattle pasture near Bradford Mill.

Elsewhere Common Blue Damselflies were in abundance. Brown Hawkers were plentiful, and were the only large dragonflies seen.

Just 1 Common Darter Dragonfly was seen.

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That's quite funny David, I had to laugh at that. The Tick is visible on its head in the 1st photo so judge for yourself if it looks good for a 'year' Tick. Could even be a site Tick, or I might just leave it as a County Tick (or Out of County Tick in this case).
I was getting worried about Simon when he was holding the matches and was giggling excitedly, No seriously the matches thing is a delicate procedure (that doesn't actually burn the animal ... it's the heat that should release the Tick's mouth parts) and No Moles would've been harmed in the production of our forum post.
Luckily the Tick bailed.

On reading a little, burning a Tick is still a common method of removal apparently and yes there are studies showing it could be a poor method of doing so in certain circumstances and for good reasons eg. regurgitation by the Tick, so maybe I could've been wrong to think of using this method, but without a pair of tweezers or a Tick twister tool then I was gonna try and help that Mole, and besides, the suggested method of pulling from near the mouth parts actually a lot of the time will leave the mouthparts in, you are then required to remove them as you would a splinter in the skin.
That Mole was squirming and ready to motor after it had a good drink and there's no way I could've asked it to sit still while I faffed about in dense Mole fur to remove microscopic mouth parts!

I'll give you that one David, just Tick it!
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Very good!

To be clear, I had no intention of waving lighted matches around the Mole; an interesting discussion around next steps was about to occur when we noticed the thing on the Mole's head had fallen off. It might not even have been a tick to be honest. What a lovely little thing the Mole was though, I hope it ended up OK.

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It wasn't one of those "Year Ticks" I've been reading so much about on this forum, was it?

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Saturday 8th July at Wykeham Forest, North Yorkshire.

Myself and Simon Gough were exploring around the plantation area just off the road near the viewpoint looking for Turtle Doves.
Simon suddenly stopped and said look there's a Mole. Sure enough it was.
It looked to be struggling as it was trying to find a way back underground, it had a tick on its head and there were a few flies around it too. I went back to the car and got my gloves, a bottle of water, and a box of matches, while Si kept watch on the Mole.
I suspected it could be dehydrated in the hot sun and i was right, it had a good drink from the puddle I created with the water on a little scrape in the earth. I picked the Mole up and was just about to get Simon to light a match to burn off the tick but as luck would have it it must've dropped off as it was no longer there.
I also suspected it was open to flystrike being above ground but as I was handling the Mole the flies had disappeared so things were looking up, and as I put it back down it seemed to be moving a lot better so I poured the rest of the water out for it to have another drink and hopefully it made a full recovery.


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Another great day at Newchurch Common and surrounds.

Highlight was a female Downy Emerald dragonfly that I found settled on bracken (pictures). It stayed long enough for me to digiscope it, very unusual for this species which seemingly never settles!! 8 species of odonata, the main one other than the Downy Emerald was my first Common Darter of the year, a teneral individual on Shemmy Moss, other noteworthy ones being Southern Hawker and Brown Hawker. 8 species of butterfly too including my first Small Tortoiseshell for ages and Gatekeepers and Small Skippers again.

Also seen was a Black & Yellow Longhorn Beetle, Rutpela maculata.

The video of my Humminbird Hawkmoth from yesterday is on my Facebook newsfeed for anyone who wants to see it smile

 



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It gets even better!! Fabulous day today on my local patch of Newchurch Common in the sunshine.

A patch lifer and really great find of a Hummingbird Hawkmoth by Shemmy Moss at 11am. Watched and videoed on my iPhone, but no pictures as it was too skittish! Pretty much the same mix of insects as yesterday so I won't repeat. The additions being Small White and Large White butterflies. Another Common Lizard on a different part of the mosslands too.



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A day out with Paul Hill looking for insects on Newchurch Common today, we try to get a few in every year! Today really came up trumps too even though it was never sunny, but always warm.

New butterflies for the year were seen in the shape of Small Skipper and Gatekeeper. Also seen Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Comma and Peacock. New odonata for the year were Black Darter (pictured), Southern Hawker and Emerald Damselfly. Also seen were Emperor Dragonfly and  Red-eyed, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies. Moths seen were Dingy Shell (new for patch) and Common Carpet. Other insects noted included Red-tailed, Tree and Buff/White-tailed Bumblebee, Common Carder Bee and Swollen-thighed Beetle as well as lots of Scorpion Flies. Hoverflies (Paul's speciality) included Eristalis pertinax, Eristalis horticola, Leucozona lucorum, Sphaerophoria scripta, Volucella bombylans and Volucella pellucens.

Away from the insects major highlights were a Water Shrew, a Common Lizard and a Common Carp of over 15lbs landed by an angler friend.



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Yesterday, went down to the River Dane at the southern end of Northwich to try and find the White-letter Hairstreak mentioned by both myself and Doc a few days ago. I didn't know the exact spot and as it turned out, I was too far north. However the hour or so I spent down on the flood plain wasn't wasted as I saw several Brown Hawker and a Banded Demoiselle together with Comma, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Green-veined White, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

After having been given the exact location for the star butterflies (thanks Doc!), I went back for another go this morning, again in very warm and sunny conditions. Almost straight away I saw my first White-letter Hairstreak disappearing around the top of an Elm. It was then a matter of 'patience is a virtue.' After waiting around for over half an hour without further success, another one was sighted (photos attached). That individual was spooked by a bird and, when it flew up, put another three up in the air from the same small area, showing just how hard they can be to see when they're not in flight.

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A couple of locations in Cheshire were covered today, neither were worked extensively but a few noteworthy sightings were made.

The first site was a private forestry site which I was taken onto by a friend who has access there through his work. The site is being managed for wildlife and our target was White-letter Hairstreaks in the elms. Unfortunately most of the native elms had succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease and the replacement Wych Elms and hybrid Elms were not large enough yet, with the resuly being no hairstreaks. They were seen at this site last year so hopes are that they will cling on somehow. However I did see my first Gatekeeper butterfly sunning on brambles as well as other species on the wing including Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral and Comma. Dragonfly ponds were created here last year and so are in their infancy. But they are attracting colonist species like Emperor and Broad-bodied Chaser, we saw 2 males of each species. Lots of Common Blue damselflies were here too.

With the weather being so good I popped over to Newchurch Common too but added very little. Speckled Woods were seen as well as Large White butterflies. Here too Ringlets were seen. A Brown Hawker was still near Big Pool. A Pellucid Fly hoverfly was photographed.

 



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I took a friend for a walk on Newchurch Common today and we had some great sightings other than birds. A new spider species was added to my patchlist, a Tetragnatha montana was seen and a new Harvestman (Leiobunum rotundum), which was in good numbers. A few Scorpion Flies were about as well as Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Red-eyed Damselflies (picture). As the sun came out so did a few butterflies, Comma, Red Admiral, Large White and Meadow Brown all seen. Finaly my first Common Frog of the year was seen, a froglet in fact, near Big Pool.

Late news, on 1st july I recorded the first Brown Hawkers of the year at Newchurch Common with 3+ near Big Pool. Also a Brimstone Moth was here., brief walk so didn't merir a whole post wink



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Mark Jarrett wrote:

Doc, last summer Butterfly Conservation ran one of their field trips to the Leftwich site, for the White-letter Hairstreaks, so looks like it has been an established spot for some time, which is great news.


 Yes it is a known site. I mentioned it to Paul Hill at the pub & he's known it for a long time apparently. Rupert the Cheshire Butterfly Recorder lives in a house overlooking the elms, so they get checked out very, very regularly! I just hadn't heard about it until this year smile



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Burton Mere Wetlands today :- not a particularly good butterfly day but those seen included Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Comma, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell.

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At Haydn's Pool - near Neumann's Flash, Northwich - yesterday, there were Red Admiral, Green veined White, Speckled Wood, Comma and Meadow Brown butterflies and two Brown Hawkers.

Today at the Dragonfly Pond at Anderton, there were Common Blue & Blue tailed Damselflies, Bown Hawker & Emperor Dragonflies. Also around were Green veined White, Comma, Large Skipper and Gatekeeper butterflies.

Doc, last summer Butterfly Conservation ran one of their field trips to the Leftwich site, for the White-letter Hairstreaks, so looks like it has been an established spot for some time, which is great news.

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One of my customers at Focalpoint last week just happened to be the Butterfly Recorder for Cheshire who gave me a tip off about a good local butterfly species and so today I followed this up. Within walking distance of my house in Leftwich on the outskirts of Northwich (less than 1.5mls from my house as the butterfly flies!), I followed his directions to a young elm plantation on the banks above the River Dane. After a short search I found two White-letter Hairstreaks in tumbling territorial flight in the canopy of one of the elms. Later I found another in another elm, and this one landed long enough for me to scope it, but flew as I was about to get a record digiscoped shot! For years I struggled to see this species so it is great to know that it is here so close to home smile



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Burton Wetlands RSPB

Odonata :

1 Broad Bodied Chaser, 2 Brown Hawkers and 1f Blue Tailed Damselfly.

Several Common Darter were seen plus a few large hawkers that I failed to ID.

Butterflies :

6 Comma, 4 Red Admirals, 4 Large Skipper, 3 Gatekeeper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and numerous Meadow Browns.

1 Pygmy Shrew seen foraging near the Marsh Covert Hide.

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Early walk on Newchurch Common today.

'Best' sighting was a first for me for mammals on there, but the bad news was it was dead!! A mole was near Small Pool, not dead in suspicious circumstances, it was so close to the pool it probably left its burrow in the rain and got killed by something like a fox. Some authorities have it that abandoned prey like this is because they are distasteful but others say not and that if they are found dead near a pth (this one was) then disturbance probably caused the predator to abandon the prey.

2 Smooth Newts were found near Small Pool too as well as a Double Square-spot Moth. Two Ringlet butterflies were on the meadow near Big Pool, this seems to be there area this year.



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A jaunt up to Morecombe bay for Butterflies yesterday.

Heysham Moss

4 Large Heath (seen near cotton grass off a path)
Speckled wood
many Large Skipper
Red Admiral
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
Small Tortoiseshell


 Great to read about the large heaths seen at Heysham as I read the entire colony was thought to have been wiped out by a fire in April. Did you see the evidence of that?



 



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Your are correct about the fire damage as I saw quite a bit of the heather had been destroyed by fire. However it seemed to be growing through again. We had been searching for an hour before we found an area with some cotton grass which had all four Large heaths we saw. Once this area was found they appeared in quick succession so I would say that in this area the colony was OK. Considering that it was four individuals seen in about a twenty minute period I would guess that there were a fair number on the wing. Lets hope that the damage has not affected the colony too much and they recover.

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A jaunt up to Morecombe bay for Butterflies yesterday.

Heysham Moss

4 Large Heath (seen near cotton grass off a path)
Speckled wood
many Large Skipper
Red Admiral
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
Small Tortoiseshell

Warton Crag

7 Small Pearl Bordered fritillary (met a couple of students from Lancaster University studying the population and they have logged 200+ individuals so far since first emergence)
1 Brimstone
4 Northern Brown Argus
Speckled wood
Large Skipper
Red Admiral
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
Small Tortoiseshell
Small White
3 Chimney Sweeper moths


 Great to read about the large heaths seen at Heysham as I read the entire colony was thought to have been wiped out by a fire in April. Did you see the evidence of that?





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Your are correct about the fire damage as I saw quite a bit of the heather had been destroyed by fire. However it seemed to be growing through again. We had been searching for an hour before we found an area with some cotton grass which had all four Large heaths we saw. Once this area was found they appeared in quick succession so I would say that in this area the colony was OK. Considering that it was four individuals seen in about a twenty minute period I would guess that there were a fair number on the wing. Lets hope that the damage has not affected the colony too much and they recover.

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Wierd day on my Newchurch Common patch as it was dull and overcast, even raining at times but it was so humid that it turned out to be a cracking day for invertebrates!!

First of all the vertebrates though. I had two Common Lizards on Abbot's Moss and a Smooth Newt on Newchurch Common near Small Pool. An unwelcome sighting of a feral cat on the mosses too, the first I've ever seen here & miles away from the nearest human habitation.

I had a lifer beetle in the shape of a Ten-spot Ladybird, found by Shemmy Moss amongst a big hatch of over 50 Seven-spot Ladybirds and one Harlequin. Another nice find was a Green Shieldbug nymph (prob 2nd instar). A 'creche' of about 12 Common Earwigs was also found. Another nice invert was a massive female Nursery Web Spider, defending her spiderlings in a conical tent web (picture).

Butterflies included my first Ringlet of the year, lots of Meadow Browns, and a few of each of Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Comma. Moths included a Silver-Y, a Brown China-mark and a Shaded Broad-bar of the 'orange' form. Marmalade Hover Fly, Drone Fly and Pellucid Hoverfly were amongst the hoverfly species seen. Just Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Red-eyed Damselflies on the wing to represent the odonata.



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Visited Prees Heath Reserve yesterday morning where around five hundred Silver-studded Blue butterflies were on the wing. Also seen were Red Admiral, Comma, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Ringlet. A Brown Hawker dragonfly was also noted.

I then travelled the five miles to Whixall Moss on the Shropshire/Welsh border. I arrived at 2pm and by then, unfortunately, it had clouded over. I spent an hour or so on the reserve, walking the public Mosses Trail which fringes the south western edge of the reserve only adding Azure Damselfly to my day list.

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21st June 2017:

30 plus Banded Demoiselle damselflies along side of River Usk in Brecon Beacons (Wales)

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Gatewarth
Southern Marsh Orchids over
Pyramidal Orchids out, some going over. This sp has definitely spread on site, one found growing on bank of canal, quite distant from others....also seemed an unusual habitat for this species as pretty thick scrubby vegetation here.

Comma and Red Admiral Butterflies on wing.

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Delamere Forest (NE section) and along the "Delamere Way" path from Norley.

1 Gatekeeper butterfly was seen on brambles in Norley, whilst there were plenty of Meadow Browns in the wildflower meadows there.

No butterflies were seen in the forest itself, but singles of Yellow Shell and Mottled Beauty moths were found, and by one of the small peat bogs a single male Large Red Damselfly.

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22nd June 2017 Wales - Brecon Beacons - North of Llangenny in tall grassland/heathland/fern along Grwyne Fawr valley ... the following butterflies were seen:

Marbled White (first time seen for me!)
Red Admiral
Ringlet
Meadow Brown
Small Heath

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A red-letter day for patch at Newchurch Common as I added a new mammal to my list there - Stoat smile I had stopped on the track by Abbot's Moss when an adult Stoat popped out of the undergrowth in front of me. It jinked towards me for a couple of feet, then realised I was there and changed direction with a kink of its body and bounded back into the grass, the black tip of its tail being the last thing to disappear! This was all only about 12 feet away and a real privilege to see. My only other sighting of note was, unusually, another mammal in the shape of a juvenile Bank Vole.



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Yesterday, I tried a site near Buxton that I read about in the Cheshire & Peak Butterfly newsleter, and it was pretty good, although I did not find my target moths (cistus forester & red carpet). Did see 13 species of butterfly including a pristine dark-green fritillary, many fresh brown argus, tatty old dingy skippers, common blues, small heaths, ringlet, plus chimney sweeper and latticed heaths. All just 19 miles from home.



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A jaunt up to Morecombe bay for Butterflies yesterday.

Heysham Moss

4 Large Heath (seen near cotton grass off a path)
Speckled wood
many Large Skipper
Red Admiral
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
Small Tortoiseshell

Warton Crag

7 Small Pearl Bordered fritillary (met a couple of students from Lancaster University studying the population and they have logged 200+ individuals so far since first emergence)
1 Brimstone
4 Northern Brown Argus
Speckled wood
Large Skipper
Red Admiral
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
Small Tortoiseshell
Small White
3 Chimney Sweeper moths


 Great to read about the large heaths seen at Heysham as I read the entire colony was thought to have been wiped out by a fire in April. Did you see the evidence of that?



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A jaunt up to Morecombe bay for Butterflies yesterday.

Heysham Moss

4 Large Heath (seen near cotton grass off a path)
Speckled wood
many Large Skipper
Red Admiral
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
Small Tortoiseshell

Warton Crag

7 Small Pearl Bordered fritillary (met a couple of students from Lancaster University studying the population and they have logged 200+ individuals so far since first emergence)
1 Brimstone
4 Northern Brown Argus
Speckled wood
Large Skipper
Red Admiral
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
Small Tortoiseshell
Small White
3 Chimney Sweeper moths

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Moore NR (17.30-20.15)

1 Ringlet butterfly on the tall grass/hogweed near the feeding station. 2 Speckled Wood butterfllies in the nearby copse.

1 Comma and 3 Meadow Brown butterflies, plus 2 Common Blue Damselflies were by Birchwood Pool.

Red Admiral butterflies were in abundance, and seen throughout the reserve.

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Bold Heath near Warrington

Sloping verges running up to the Swinton Site (formerly HireCo) have been spared a mowing this year and Orchid numbers seem higher than usual.

Southern Marsh Orchids almost all over, though one or two still fully in flower. Bee Orchids fully out, some going over.

Numerous Burnet moths buzzing around.

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A walk in the sun on my Newchurch Common patch was almost too hot for insects today biggrin

Downy Emerald dragonflies were on Gull Pool (2) and Sandiway Big Pool (1). An Emperor was on Small Pool, first here this year and 10 Four-spotted Chasers were crowded over quickly shrinking peat pools on Abbot's Moss. A 7-spotted Ladybird was my first here this year, after seeing hundreds of adult & larval Harlequins so far! Only new butterfly were 2 Commas, the first I've seen for ages here.

A Common Lizard skittering over the sphagnum moss on Abbot's Moss was a nice sighting smile



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Callands Warrington.

female Banded Demoiselle in my garden at lunchtime.

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Lathkill Dale (Derbyshire)

6 Red Admiral, 1 Common Blue, 2 Gatekeeper, 1 Large Skipper and lots of Speckled Wood butterflies. 1 Clouded Magpie moth alongside the path in the woodland.

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