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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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Lawrence Hindley wrote:
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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?



 



Hi Andy
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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Good news indeed, Lawrence. God knows we need as much as we can get.

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Andy Bissitt wrote:

Lawrence Hindley wrote:

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?





Hi Andy
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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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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Some sightings from around Anglesey.

Not great weather for insects, and nothing in large numbers, only a single robber fly on the dunes, for example (why the sand martins weren't as evident, no doubt), but a few small heath, common blue, orange tip, large white, red admiral and cinnabar about, a single comma, too. Apart from a blue damselfly in a sedge warbler's beak, the only odonata were a couple of male black-tailed skimmer.

Harbour porpoise at South Stack, and a very brief view of a common lizard. The spatulate fleawort was coming to the end of its flowering, but nice to see it.

Spectacular bull grey seal at North Stack.

Several brown long-eared bats feeding around me at Llyn Maelog. Catching their prey right in front of me, often.

Rabbits everywhere, and plenty of marsh and pyramidal orchids in the dunes.

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By the way, I take it from a previous post of yours that the downy emerald site has restricted access? Shame if that is the case, although I know they don't really sit still for close-up views.


Gull Pool which they are mainly on is totally private, but because it has a wide sphagnum margin you can't get to the water if you trespass in anyway. The little inlet below a bench on Whitegate Way is by far the best viewing point & is outside the fence so spot on, the water comes right to the fence there. They never settle anyway, that species are a pain, you need to get them just after emergence & that's just luck. I did get one on Thursday near Sandiway Small Pool perched up in the morning but had no camera! No access problems as it was the track that runs above Small Pool between it and Gull Pool. This ride is a traditional perching up ride & I have pictures from other years of them perching here, so worth a try. Another was over Small Pool and another over Big Pool. They do hover stationary for long periods so DSLR and Bridge Camera shots would be q.easy (not digiscoping though no ). Hope this helps, good luck if you go smile



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Riot of wildflowers out this morning, Ox Eye Daisies Birds Foot Trefoil, Figwort, Purple Loosestrife, Vetches, Teasel etc etc Only 3 Butterflies on the wing tho, 2 Commas and a Meadow Brown.

Southern Marsh Orchids all but over, Pyramidal Orchids just coming out 10+ spikes, spreading a bit , in field sloping off site towards the Ferry Pub.


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One swollen-thighed beetle was first I've seen in the region (first away from Suffolk actually).


 I get lots of Swollen-thighed Beetles on my Newchurch Patch, Andy, mainly on the adjacent mosslands, I mentioned them in this thread and think I may have posted a pic in an earlier post of here, or not!!


Hi Doc,

I'm a Greater Manc resident, so I really meant that I've never seen one therein rather than Cheshire. I always appreciate anything 'different'. By the way, I take it from a previous post of yours that the downy emerald site has restricted access? Shame if that is the case, although I know they don't really sit still for close-up views.

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From Newchurch Common today and of interest if anyone is going to catch up with Downy Emerald dragonflies (my rarity which has seen odonata twitchers turning up from as far away as Hull these past 2 weeks!).

1 Downy Emerald in the usual bay in Gull Pool viewed from the Whitegate Way, but in addition 2 Downy Emeralds on Sandiway Small Pool and one over Sandiway Big Pool.



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One swollen-thighed beetle was first I've seen in the region (first away from Suffolk actually).


 I get lots of Swollen-thighed Beetles on my Newchurch Patch, Andy, mainly on the adjacent mosslands, I mentioned them in this thread and think I may have posted a pic in an earlier post of here, or not!!



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I too was out Cheshire way yesterday looking for insect quarry at Neumann's Flash. Nine species of butterflies was good (although all in small numbers), with year firsts of ringlet, large skipper, meadow brown and common blue. A tatty peacock was the biggest find! 5 or 6 black-tailed skimmers were freshly on view, with an emperor nearby. I guess I was too early for 6-banded clearwing, which is a bit of a tricky subject in any case. One swollen-thighed beetle was first I've seen in the region (first away from Suffolk actually).



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An excelent day for insects at my Newchurch Common patch today, even though it wasn't wall to wall sunshine but rather was light cloud and sunny intervals.

A few firsts for 2017 today including my first Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly near Big Pool as well as a Broad-bodied Chaser in the same area. An Emperor Dragonfly on Gull Pool was a first for the year for me and in the same area up to 4 Downy Emeralds and two Four-spotted Chasers were seen. Gull Pool hosted Large Red Damselfly whilst Newchurch Common had Red-eyed and Azure Damselflies. Common Blue Damselflies were at both sites as were Blue-tailed Damselfies. A lessc ommon form of Blue-tailed Damselfly (with no blue tail!!) was photographed - form rufescens obsoleta, see picture, sometimes this can be harder than birding!

My first Large Skippers and first Meadow Browns of 2017 were near Big Pool with Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White all on the wing. A new moth for site was a Green Oak Tortrix, Yellow Shell, Silver-ground Carpet, Straw Dot and Nettle Tap all also seen. Bee mimic hoverflies Volucella pellucens and V.bombylans were seen, you would swear the latter (variation plumata) was a bumblebee! The soldier beetle Cantharis nigra was a colourful addition and the cranefly Tipula fascipennis was also seen.

When birding is quiet then having other things to look at can brighten up the walk, but like I say it aint easy sometimes as insects have forms that mimic other insects regularly!



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Appleton Reservoir (Nr Warrington)

Earlier this evening, a single large American Mink strolled along the edge of the reservoir just a few yards in front of a dog walker with 2 Pekinese dogs.

The dogs were clearly pulling to get at the mink, but the little predator did'nt seem worried, just annoyed at being hurried along.

Whether the bold little fellow would of acted differently had the dogs been Jack Russel terriers is debatable, but with predators like this around the waterfowl need to watch out.

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Woolston Eyes No3 Bed (14.30-17.30)

Silver Ground Carpet and Common Carpet moths were abundant in the tall vegetation along the paths.

A couple of Grey Squirrels clung onto to the seed feeders throughout.

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Southern Marsh Orchids well out.

Commom Blue Damselflies by canal

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Great morning on my Newchurch Common Patch:

New Butterfly for the year here - Common Blue, also Red Admiral, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Large White and Small White.

Moths - Cinnabar, Common Heath, Brown Silver-line.

New Damselfly for the year here - Blue-tailed Damsel, also Red-eyed, Large Red, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies. Downy Emerald and Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies.

Other insects - Wall Mason Wasp (Ancistrocerus parietum), Click Beetle (Athous bicolor), Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica), Garden Chafer, Alder Leaf Beetles & lots of adult & larval Harlequin Ladybirds.



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Anglezarke area (Chorley)

Lead Mines Clough :

4 Speckled Wood butterflies

Watermans Cottage area :

1 Scorpion Fly

White Coppice :

1 Ctenicera Cuprea beetle seen on the moor.


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Neumanns Flash (Early evening)

1 Fox on Neumanns, whilst there was another on Dairy House Meadow, both large adults.

The foxes appeared to have an abundance of prey, with masses of rabbits, and not a single buzzard to compete with.

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Went on a dedicated insect trip today to the River Dee area south of Chester.

First port of call was Aldford. Park by the church and walk over the meadows to the iron bridge and then walk S.down the river bank footpath. The target species here is a speciality and rarity, of which I found 2 specimens, Common Clubtail dragonfly (picture). There were over 50 Banded Demoiselles, 50+Red-eyed Damselflies, two Four-spotted Chasers, my first Blue-tailed Damselflies of the year and lots of Common Blue and Azure Damselflies also. I also saw my first Small Copper Butterfly, a Brimstone, a Red Admiral, a Speckeld Wood and lots of Green-veined Whites. A cardinal beetle was spectacular, glowing red on the nettlebeds. One of the best finds was a mating pair of Lime Hawkmoths on a thistle (picture), probably the rarest find of the day as all hawkmoths I've ever seen before have been in moth traps, never just 'out in the wild' like these two.

Next stop was Churton, to a small pool in a cornfield to the east of the village. Here the main addition to the odonata list was Variable Damselfly, the target species at a pool where it is seen annually. Again a rarity in Cheshire and a subtle ID, so always great to see, but far too active in the hot sun for any pictures. Also added to the list here was Large Red Damselfly. A Peacock butterfly was also new for the day.



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Lapwing Lane Pool and adjoining Heath

2 Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Common Blue, 6 Brimstone and 1 Peacock Butterflies.

2 Large Red and lots of Azure Damselflies.

Speckled Wood butterflies plentiful in woodland throughout the reserve.

A robber fly "Atricapilla" carrying a dead crane fly near Pumphouse Pool

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At least 5 Downy Emerald Dragonflies on Gull Pool now, being twitched by folk from Hull today they are so rare. Had a compalint from them that Gull Pool was un-named on maps and hard to find so grid ref is SJ602687, a small inlet off the Whitegate Way which you can watch without going over the fence into the private area. It is strictly private as it is a childrens camp, trespassers are being reported straight to the police, no questions asked!



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Tried Coombes Valley RSPB reserve yesterday for Argent & Sable moth, but not successful unfortunately. Had to make do with a probable first for me, small yellow underwing, as well as brown silver-lines and common carpet. Would like to visit here more often, however the journey home was horrendous (90 minutes), so perhaps not.



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A warm and sunny day on Newchurch Common, Cheshire.

Best sighting was my first ever Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly for my patch (pictured), made my day. Also seen were two Downy Emeralds and two Four-spotted Chasers in the dragonfly line, and Large Red, Red-eyed, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies. Butterflies seen were Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined White, Large White, Orange-tip and Speckled Wood. Moths included Straw Dot, Early Tooth-striped and Brown Silver-line. Beetles included a new species for patch, the Click Beetle Stenagostus rhombeus, also Swollen Thighed Beetle, Green Tiger Beetle and Garden Chafer.



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Today on my Newchurch Common Patch in Cheshire my first Four-spotted Chaser Dragonfly, only other odonata being Red-eyed Damselflies, Common Blue Damselflies and Azure Damselflies. Several Garden Chafers now out, they reached swarm proportions last year so I expect the same again. Green Tiger Beetles still showing well. In patchy sunshine the only butterfly was an Orange-tip. Yesterday we saw Green Hairstreak and Holly Blue still on the wing. We also saw Silver-ground Carpet and Brown Silver-line moths.



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Three green hairstreak and a small copper around the Longshaw Estate today.

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Another good walk at Newchurch Common. At the moment the 'other wildlife' interest is greater than the avian interest!

At Gull Pool there were two male Downy Emerald Dragonflies on the wing. On Sandiway Small Pool there were now 5 Red-eyed Damselflies. Across the rest of the site lots of Large Red, Common Blue and Azure Damselflies still. Another three Red Admiral butterflies as well as just one Green Hairstreak, a male Brimstone and a few Peacock butterflies.



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Alongside Manchester Ship Canal, Halfway House near Wigg Island.

2 Silver Ground Carpet Moths and 1 Peacock Butterfly.

Upper Moss Side (Moore)

1 large Hornet. Alder Leaf Beetles abundant on young Alders.

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Late news for Cheshire again (11th May, Thursday):

 

am - 12-18 Dingy Skippers on the bund between Ashton's and Neumann's Flashes, including a mating pair. Mianly showing on the Ashton's side of the path.

 

late am/early pm -

Shemmy Moss male Downy Emerald Dragonfly, very early record for this species. Brown Silver-line Moth Shemmy Moss.

4 (inc 2 mating) Large Red-eyed Damselflies Sandiway Small Pool, again a very early record. Silver-ground Carpet Moth Newchurch Common.

Across Newchurch Common Patch site lots of Large Red Damselflies, Common Blue Damselflies and Azure Damselflies.



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Late news for Cheshire:

Newchurch Common late am, bright sunshine. Again 8 species of butterfly on the wing but this time with 3 new species for 2017 for me, namely Red Admiral, Large White and Small White, in addition to Green Hairstreaks, Orange-tips, Speckled Woods, Peacocks and Green-veined Whites. Lots of teneral Common Blue Damselflies and Azure Damselflies had emerged and Large Red Damselflies were still out in good numbers. A Common Lizard was seen too on the mosslands as well as large numbers of Green Tiger Beetles.

Ashton's Flash early pm, very hot & sunny. 5+Dingy Skipper butterflies, mainly favouring the area near the bench overlooking Ashton's Flash. Please do not climb over the fence here, there is strictly NO ACCESS onto the limebeds.

 



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Another warm day at Newchurch Common today and this time 8 butterfly species were on the wing - Green Hairstreaks (still 30+ flying), Hollly Blue, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Peacock and Green-veined White. At least 50 Large Red Damselflies were flying and a small emergence of Common Blue Damselfies had occurred with several teneral ones on the wing around Sandiway Big Pool, an early appearance for this species. Again over 30 Green Tiger Beetles on the mosses.



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Sunny todat but breezy at Newchurch Common, but still a good array of wildlife.

Six butterfly species were on the wing - Brimstone, Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White. Large Red Damselfly was seen. Lots of Green Tiger Beetles scampered all over the mosslands. A Bank Vole was in its usual location and a Red-eared Terrapin was on a Coots nest, probably the end of that clutch of eggs furious



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After the sun came up today at Newchucrch Common a few butterflies were seen, the species in question being Orange-tip, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined White and Speckled Wood.



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Woolston Eyes (09.30-13.00)

2 Bank Voles, both near the tower hide, and 2 Orange Tip Butterflies.

St. Marks Flies near the bushy areas, though in small numbers, the icy northerly wind kept insect sightings low.

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With the weather a bit changeable I have summarised the last week on Newchurch Common, Cheshire in one post:

22nd April: A good day for lepidoptera with over 100 Green Hairstreaks, my first Speckled Wood of the year here, Green-veined White and several early Latticed Heath Moths. Over 10 Green Tiger Beetles (picture) were seen on the mosses as well as a few Red-tailed Bumblebee workers. My first Large Red Damselflies were three sunning themselves on a bramble bush. Lots of St Mark's Flies were out, bird food for new arrivals. A Bank Vole was seen.

23rd April: Over 10 Holly Blues were seen, my first on patch this year. Lots of Orange-tips too. Small tadpoles in large numbers in Sandiway Big Pool.



-- Edited by Doc Brewster on Tuesday 25th of April 2017 09:13:27 PM

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Whixhall Moss Shropshire (10.30-14.30)

1 Green Hairstreak and 2 Orange Tip butterflies plus 1 Common Lizard.

There were few other insects around, and certainly no other reptiles seen as there was a biting Northerly wind and occasional hail shower.

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