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Lancs trip, including Leighton and Foulshaw Mosses

Grey Squirrel
Rabbit
Bank Vole

Common Lizard

Orange Tip
Small White
Green-veined White
Peacock
Green Hairstreak

Large Red Damselfly.







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Oakhanger Moss (Nr Alsager)

I'd been advised the site was a good place to look for Adders, not surprisingly I did'nt find any.

Much of the site is birch woodland, with lots rhododendron and balsam in the damper areas, which isn't adder habitat.

However, there are drier areas, with pines, the odd mature oak and lots of dead bracken which look more promising, although much of the site is not accessible.

1 large Red Fox, 1 Peacock Butterfly and lots of Orange Tip butterflies, particularly on the edge of the wood.



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Nice sunny day back on patch at Newchurch Common, Cheshire produced a few nice sightings.

A large Common Lizard was seen on the mosslands as well at Green Hairstreaks still at two widespread locations. A Speckled Wood near Big Pool was the first of that species on patch this year. A few Green Tiger Beetles were again on the mosslands as well as a Carabus problematicus (one of the 'Violet' Ground Beetles). A queen Red-tailed Bumblebee was also on the mosslands and nearby a new site for Tawny Mining Bee. An Alder Fly hatch had occurred on Sandiway Big Pool.



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In Highnam Woods RSPB today we saw our first Holly Blue & Speckled Wood butterflies of the year. Also on the wing were lots of Orange-tips, Green-veined Whites and a few Peacock Butterflies. We were also kept amused by numerous Bee Flies, with a strange long proboscis and furry round bodies! Cuckoo Pint were out as well as the nationally rare plant Tintern Spurge.

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Little Orme near LLandudno.

7 Grey Seals, 3 Orange Tip, 1 Small Heath and 1 Large White butterflies.

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At Newchurch Common, Cheshire today I had my first Common Lizard of the year basking in the sunshine. I also had my first Green-veined White Butterfly and the Green Hairstreaks were still flying. All these sightings were in the mosses area.



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As it was sunny and warm this afternoon I decided on a walk on Newchurch Common to see if any butterflies were flying, or any other inverts for that matter.

I had a huge surprise when I found three Green Hairstreaks (one pictured) flying on the mosslands. This is my earliest date ever for this species and one I never saw on patch last year. Cheshire Wildlife Trust have been doing lots of management work with one priority species being Green Hairstreak, so hats off to them, it seems to be working smile I also recorded my first Orange-tips of the year, seeing two males on wet areas a fair distance apart. Comma and Small Tortoiseshells were flying too. The mosslands also were teeming with Green Tiger Beetles, a great species to see too.

Not an invert but seentoday was a basking Red-eared Terrapin on Sandiway Small Pool, not a welcome site, but they are here to stay it seems cry



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A few snippets from Cheshire saved up over the last week:

Tawny Mining Bee at Higher Whitley last Week and a Tree Bumblebee this week, both in the shop at Focalpoint, along with large numbers of Harlequin Ladybirds.

A couple of Seven-spot Ladybirds in our Moulton Garden last week.

Last Week on Newchurch Common a Slime Mould that looks like a fungus that was new for me - Wolf's Blood (see picture for info & ID purposes).

Today at Newchurch Common a Wood Mouse and on the mosslands nearby 3 Comma Butterflies and a Peacock Butterfly. Lots of Eristalis tenax (Dronefly) hoverflies about.

 



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1 Holly Blue in garden whilst gardening.



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Callands, Warrington


Holly Blue butterfly (male) and Tawny Mining Bee on my garden roses today, the bee now as a cone shaped nest on my lawn, where they have settled in previous years.

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Walking the horse today at Newchurch Coomon (Cheshire) we recorded our first patch butterflies in the shape of 2 Small Tortoiseshells and a Brimstone. Overdue given the sunshine & the fact I was out on patch yesterday! I did record my first hoverfly (IDed one that is) yesterday with an Eristalis tenax present. Also yesterday I had prospecting queen Buff-tailed Bumblebees searching for nest sites.



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Langden Valley ( Bowland )

1 Green Tiger Beetle. A constant stream of gossamer filaments was being blown along the valley by the easterly breeze, with some threads containing tiny spiders.

Oddly, despite it being a warmish sunny day no butterflies were seen, and there was just 1 bumblebee around, plenty of lacewings though.

I gave suitable areas a good scan as it seemed to be a good day to check for Adders, but none were found.

If as is often stated, Pheasants are Adders primary predator, then the snakes have no chance in the lower valley judging by the number of game birds around.

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Peacock butterfly at Wayoh


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En route to Camrose (Pembrokeshire) early Sunday morning.
Still dark with the faintest of dawn light...

- 1 European Polecat (Lifer)
Only ever seen a dead one in the wild. I was on one of the bleak forest lanes in the hills and it suddenly just appeared at the side of the lane bounding along and then darted back into the roadside vegetation, I was driving fairly slowly too due to the icy conditions so I got a decent look at it with my full beam on.

- 3 Brown Long-eared Bats
Saw them in close proximity to each other so must've been a decent area for them, flew over the car and again I was driving fairly slowly and this time streetlights made it easier to determine what they were.

- 1 Red Fox was the only other Mammal seen apart from the usual regular roadkill species including a Fox, Badger, Rabbit, Grey Squirrel and a Rat!

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Very little to report now that the weather has turned very cold, but the Water Shrew was still present at Newchurch Common today.



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A very cold Newchurch Common walk but still recorded a new insect for the patch - November Moth. Also a couple of Hornets still nectaring on ivy.



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A real quickie to say that I had one very lethargic Hornet on ivy on a dull, cold morning at Newchurch Common, unexpected given the weather but my aim of recording them into November has been met smile



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No Hornets on a dull morning at Newchurch Common, but I added a new Ichneumon to the site - Ichneumon extensorius, a hugely under-recorded species in the UK with no Cheshire Records on NBN Gateway but I have found a Cheshire Record on someones Blog in 2015!

The Water Shrew was in its usual location smile



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At Newchurch Common today some noteworthy sightings. Firstly in the fog, with the temperature hardly breaking 5 degrees a Red Admiral butterfly flew across a field near the entrance gate, I was amazed!! Later on as the sun got up I had a basking Grass Snake, great to see one this late in the year, but it has been a fantastic year for these on my patch. Finally the Hornets were still active and I have every hope of recording them into November now!



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At Newchurch Common there are fungi everywhere. I wish I could identify more of them but ones I could included massive numbers of Fly Agarics and Sulhur Tuft Fungi, with smaller numbers of Shaggy Inkcaps. Lots of Hornets on the wing today and a mass of wasps feeding on nectar on ivy on one tree on the mosslands.



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Burton Wetlands/Inner Marsh RSPB

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10 Common Darter dragonflies, 3 were sun bathing from the "Lizard" fence. 3 Red Admiral butterflies.

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Today and yesterday at Newchurch Common:

Not sure why my mammal sightings have gone up, Water Shrew, Common Shrew and Bank Vole all seen. Hornets still on the wing and an unidentified butterfly flew over. Fly Agaric fungi are everywhere making it look like pixie heaven!!



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I am looking to see what the last 'Hornet Date' will be at Newchurch Common, still one today so that goes on! A family of 5 Bank Voles was found under a board and the Water Shrew was still about, albeit in a new location.



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At Newchurch Common over the last week I still had Hornets flying near their nest site. The Water Shrew that I am keeping tabs on was still around too. Finally two 'baby' Great Crested Newts were found, proof of breeding this year, great news smile



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Saturday 8th October
As part of a seawatch at Old Colwyn, myself and Chris Chandler also saw some Mammals.

- a few Grey Seals towards Rainbow Bridge
- a pod of c10-15 Dolphins out in the bay having fun with 2 guys on a windsailing boat.

I knew there were Bottlenose there but some were very pale underneath and I wasn't 100% that they were all the same.
The photos I took were sent to Seawatch Foundation at Anglesey who deal with all Cetacean 'and the like' sightings for UK and Irish waters, they have just confirmed them all today as Bottlenose Dolphins and have kept the photos for their database.
Even the one that I captured in full breach that has a slightly odd looking blunt beak is a Bottlenose.



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Did an afternoon trip onto Newchurch Common for a change, the sun was out but it was never very warm.

But still a few bits about. On Sandiway Small Pool there were 3 Migrant Hawkers, a male and a pair 'in cop' mating, another male was on Big Pool. There were also 3 Common Darters around a female and a pair 'in cop' also. A couple of Hornets were seen in the usual place. A Poecilus beetle species was seen too (small metallic ground beetle) which was a new insect for this site. Lots of fungi including big groups of large Shaggy Parasols and several Shaggy Inkcaps smile



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As mentioned in the bird sightings I had a trip onto Newchurch Common with 3 others today & spectacular was the word!

The patch delivered with fabulous views of a Water Shrew, which was photographed and brilliant photographic opportunities with over 100 Hornets seen in the sunshine. Two male Black Darters were still on the wing as well as 6+ Common Darters including two 'in cop'. The butterfly highlight was a Painted Lady, other species included two Small Coppers, a Meadow Brown, a Speckled Wood and two Red Admirals. A new fungus was added to my list with several Fly Agarics seen. Plants included Field Pansy and Round-leaved Cranesbill. Lots of Common Carder Bees and several hoverfly species still on the wing.



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Woolston Eyes

09.30-13.00

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5 Red Admiral and 1 Speckled Wood butterflies.

Lots of Honeybees visiting the balsam flowers.

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A new species for my Newchurch Common recording area in the shape of a juvenile Wood Mouse! Over 40 Hornets (low res pic attached) in the area in which the nest must be, but this still remains unfound! The usual Comma, Red Admiral and Speckled Woods on the wing. Also Black Darter and Common Darter Dragonflies,



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At Newchurch Common today found the same Water Shrew again (as on 25th), nice to get longer views this time. Also several newly emerged Red Admirals, a couple of Commas and a Speckled Wood. Double figures of Common Darter dragonflies.

Lots of fungi again including the small but spectacularly beautiful Yellow Stagshorn Fungus.



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Some other sightings from our Spurn and Flamborough trip this week.

Mammals included...
- Red Fox 1 patrolling Kilnsea Wetland
- Weasel 4, 2 crossing road near the Warren, 1 showing well at Kilnsea, and 1 on cliff tops at Flamborough
- Pygmy Shrew 1 along dunes path near sea watch hide
- Harbour Porpoise 1 at Flamborough Head
- Grey Seal lots seen at both Spurn and Flamborough

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A red-letter day on Newchurch Common, even though it was dull & raining at times, with 2 new species added to the patch list.

The highlight was a Water Shrew (Neomys fodiens) seen on the SW side of the patch, my second shrew species here with Common Shrews seen several times. The second new species added was expected in the shape of a Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) under a sheet of plywood, again my second newt species, having seen Great Crested Newt first. Two large Common Toads completed my amphibian list today!

When the sun came out at least 6 Comma butterflies were seen and a couple of Speckled Woods. Two Common Darter dragonflies were also seen.



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A great late afternoon find in our Moulton, near Northwich, garden today. A Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus), the first record for our particular area of Cheshire as recorded in the NBN Gateway dataset smile



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Macclesfield Forest (Ridgegate Reservoir)

4 Speckled Wood butterflies in the scrub along the south bank. Lots of Caddis Flies around the reservoir.

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Late news, 23rd Sept :

Newchurch Common Butterflies - 4 Commas, Speckled Wood, Large White and Red Admiral.

Newchurch Common Dragonflies - 5 Common Darters, male Black Darter.

Best of all I found first one, and then over 15 Hornets all disappearing into bushes off the Whitegate Way. The fact that they were all heading purposefully in one direction leads me to believe that they were heading back towards their nest. So I have finally found the approximate location of the nest, but given the lay of the land in the vicinity I doubt whether I will be able to find the nest itself cry



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A sunny day at Newchurch Common produced severa; butterflies, common at the moment are Speckled Woods, Small Whites and Small Coppers, all of which were seen. More unusual were pristine specimens of Comma (several seen in one area which suggests a hatch) and a pristine Painted Lady. Several Black Darter dragonflies were on the mosslands as well as several Common Darters, some ovipositing), a Migrant Hawker and a Brown Hawker. A relative of my previous orb weaver spider was found, namely Cross Orb Weaver (Araneus diadematus). As well publicised in the press there were hundreds of craneflies on the wing, mainly of the species Tipula confusa.

A new fungus species was identified with lots of heads of Ivory Coral Fungus (Ramariopsis kunzei)in one small area of woodland. Several new heads of Earth Ball Fungus were also found (Scleroderma citrinum).



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Pembrokeshire (Wales) - south of Solva:

Seen on Sunday, 18th September 2016...

Adder (lifer for me!) across footpath on Pembrokeshire Coastal Path slinking into gorse undergrowth.

Also the following butterflies:
Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell
Speckled Wood

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Hesketh Out Marsh (11.30-15.00)

3 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies and a Stoat were on the embankment.

Mere Sands Wood NR (16.00-17.30)

1 Comma and 3 Speckled Wood butterflies. 1 Brown Hawker dragonfly, Common Darters abundant, with 8 resting on a single wooden bench.

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Saturday, 17th September 2016.

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path near St Davids the following butterflies seen:

Red Admiral
Painted Lady
Small Tortoiseshell
Speckled Wood
Small Copper
Small White

Atlantic Grey Seals and pups

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Yesterdays visit to Newchurch Common saw me add a new species of spider to the patch list. On Shemy Moss I found a cracking female 4-spot Orb Weaver (Araneus quadratus). She was the lime green form and in a typical 'sewn-together' clump of rosebay willowherb seed-heads. I have only seen this species in two locations before, on The Lizard, Cornwall and at Spurn, so a nice addition for me. A Common Lizard and a Common Toad were seen too. One Common Darter was the only dragonfly seen. Two Small Coppers nectared on Ragwort and lots of Speckled Woods were still about.



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I posted the Smew news as quickly as I could on here, for Newchurch Common, but here are the non-bird highlights!:

Lots of fungi now out, a fabulous large Earth Ball (picture 1), a Shaggy Inkcap (picture 2), lots of Birch Polypores, one clump of Artist's Fungus and lots more unidentified ones. Now is fungus season, I wish I knew more about them! Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker and Common Darter were seen as well as Speckled Woods in double figures , Large White & Small White.

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Added a new species to my patch list at Newchurch Common in an hours visit this morning with a Yellow-tail Moth caterpillar found & photographed, a stunning little caterpillar but with very irritant hairs. Lots of Small Coppers on the wing again, with double figures seen, the same for Speckled Woods. Otherwise just a Red Admiral and a Large White. A Brown Hawker was seen as well as a Migrant Hawker & lots of Common Darters.

Picture of the caterpillar attached for ID puposes so folk don't handle it!!!



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Burton Wetlands Centre/IMF

09.30-14.00

Speckled Wood butterflies were numerous along the woodland edge, also 1 Comma and 1 Red Admiral.

Common Darter dragonflies were abundant along the boardwalks. 1 Common Lizard was basking on a wooden fence.

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Down at Newchurch Common today there were 2 Common Lizards still and several young Common Frogs. A Hornet was seen on the mosses part of the patch, a different area from the previous one, I wish I could find the nest! Several Speckled Woods were on the wing despite it being overcast, the onlyother butterfly being a Large White. The only dragonfly species present was Migrant Hawker, with two being seen, both hunting in the crowns of oak trees.



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Todays trip to Newchurch produced a fresh Small Copper butterfly after the worn one on Sunday, at least 12 Speckled Woods and a Small White. In cloudy but warm conditions a Common Darter was the only Odonata seen. A hatch of Alder Leaf Beetles meant that over 200 were counted, bad news for the alders here! Drone Flies and Marmalade Hoverflies were seen too.

Nearby, slightly off-patch, 2 Migrant Hawkers were seen in aerial combat.



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Moore NR 5.20-7.45pm

Speckled Woods were he only butterflies seen, they were plentiful though. 4 hawker dragonflies were around the treetops by Birchwood Pool, but they did'nt get close enough to get an ID.

By Pumphouse Pool, 4 Alder Leaf Beatles were on a clump of hazel, with a single 7 spot Ladybird nearby.

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Back from Cornwall & into Cheshire today, first day off and back at Newchurch Common, where else?!

Butterflies seen on a short, sunny walk were a worn Small Copper, a fresh Common Blue, a couple of Large Whites and several Speckled Woods. A very late Red-eyed Damselfly was on Small Pool. lots of Common Darters were seen as well as a single male Migrant Hawker. A new insect was photographed - a tachinid fly, Tachina fera (see attached picture), as well as the hoverflies Eristalis pertinax, Eristalis tenax and Episyrphus balteatus.



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Nearly forgot, final word from Cornwall ..... maybe! Bedroom moths attracted each evening with the light on included several Common Rustics, a beautiful Frosted Orange ans a nice Green Carpet. Best name though has to go to a tiny spider we found, quite scarce, known as the Pink Prowler..... in the bedrooom, who'd believe it!!



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Early evening walk from Lapwing Lane (Moore NR) to Half Way House.

The sandy heath west of the swing bridge that was teeming with butterflies and burnet moths a few weeks ago now seems almost devoid of life.

The only insect seen here being a single Garden Pebble moth. 2 Brown Hawkers and 2 Migrant Hawkers patrolled the banks of the ship canal.

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A quick summary of the final three day of our Cornwall holiday.

On Mondat the most notable addition was a Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Windmill Farm NR along with another Painted Lady.

On Tuesday (& Wednesday) at Helston Loe we happened upon one of those wildlife spectacles that leave you amazed. As we walked down the path we noticed several Red Admirals in one area. On closer inspection they were attracted to a gash in an oak tree exuding sap. Up to 15 at a time were fluttering & perching on the tree trunk feeding on the sweet liquid. Also attracted to the sap were up tp 12 Hornets! These fantasic insects were feeding on sap but also hunting the Red Admirals! We saw one Hlornet catch a Red Admiral, cut through each of the 4 wings one by one and then sever the head befoure flying off with the butterfly's body! A fabulous spectacle to watch. We also saw a Violet Ground Beetle here, a Dor Beetle and displaying Beautiful Demoiselles. Again a Painted Lady was seen amongst many other butterfly species seen.



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