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Post Info TOPIC: Ashton Moss (other wildlife)


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RE: Ashton Moss (other wildlife)


5/8/18 9:15 to 10:30am

Butterflies
2 Meadow Brown
2 Gatekeeper
5 Common Blue including a brown female
2 Small Copper having the most sustained squabble I have seen from 2 butterflies, carried on as I lost sight of them behind some trees.
2 Speckled Wood
10+ Large White

Only dragonfly seen was a Brown Hawker

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Sun 8th July: 12.00 - 14.00

Butterflies pretty much as Simon's post - no Painted Lady but one Common Blue.

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7/7/2018 8:15 to 9:15 this morning.

Gatekeepers out in numbers today, probably more than 50.
30+ Meadow Brown.
couple of Ringlet.
couple of Small Skipper.
Small Tortoiseshell.
A few Large White.
1 Painted Lady.

A few Dragonfly on Moss Lane Pool.
3 Emperor, (+1 roaming the mound).
A few what looked like darters but bright light and distance made ID difficult, usually Common here.


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A couple of hours on the Moss this morning with Simon Ghilks

30+ Ringlet
30+ Meadow Brown
30+ Small Skipper
4 Common Blue
5+ Gatekeeper
Comma
Small Tortoiseshell
Odonata

3 Emperor
2+ 4 Spotted Chaser
Brown Hawker
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Several teneril probably Common Blue Damselflies

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Saturday 30th of June 2018 02:31:14 PM

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11/6/2018 mid afternoon on the mound and back pools

5 Spot Burnet emerging in quite large numbers
Common Blue and Large Skipper were the most numerous butterfly, 10+ of each
3 Meadow Brown
2 Large White
3 Emperor Dragonfly
4 Broad-bodied Chaser
Small numbers of Common Blue Damselfly

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17/9/2017 around midday

Only butterflies seen 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Red Admiral
Odonata
3 Brown Hawker
At least 3 pairs of Common Darter ovipositing another pair mating and a couple of singles
1 Blue-tailed Damselfly and a few blue type, not sure if time of year precludes a particular species but Common Blue is the default earlier in the year.

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This afternoon

Sheldon Pool

2 Common Blue
2 Speckled Wood
5 Common Blue Damselflies

Mound area

5 Meadow Brown
Small Skipper very worn
12+ Common Blue, most immaculate and mainly males
3 Speckled Wood

Back Pools

Emperor
Brown Hawker
3 Common Darter


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13/8/17 late morning

Most abundant butterfly was Gatekeeper 20+, a few Meadow Brown and a pristine Common Blue.
A couple of Brown Hawkers were on the mound but most dragonfly activity was on or around Moss Lane Pool
2 or 3 Brown Hawker,
2 Emperor,
2 or 3 blue type Hawker,
5 or 6 Common Darter
A few Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies

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c40 Gatekeeper around Sheldon Pool
1 Emperor dragonfly
1 Brown Hawker
Numerous Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies
10 Meadow Brown

Around the mound area

c30 Gatekeeper
Brown Hawker
Black-tailed Skimmer on the back pool
Blue-tailed Damselflies
Soldier Beetles
7-spotted Ladybird
Small Skipper
Latticed Heath

Teasel
White Campion
Rosebay Willowherb
Great Willowherb


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5/7/2017

Late afternoon circuit of the mound
Butterflies starting to appear in greater numbers
Double figure counts of Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Common Blue.
A few Large Whites and 2 or 3 Small Heath and Large Skipper.
Still quite a few Burnet moths about but numbers slowly declining.
Lots of Common Blue and Blue-tailed damselflies
1 Black-tailed Skimmer resting on one of the large overflow pipes at Moss Lane pool.
2 or 3 Emperor Dragonfly around this pool, a female was seen laying a few days ago.
Many hundreds of bees on the abundant wildflowers, mostly Honey Bees, the sound of the combined buzzing almost drowned out the nearby traffic.

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A walk from the Leisure Park to Ashton Moss tram stop this afternoon. Quite breezy and occasionally more humid conditions when the sun appeared

27 Ringlets counted in the rough grassy areas. Probably more present and the highest number I have seen yet on Ashton Moss. Likely to have been more present on the mound. It has been great to see the spread of these around the county over recent years.
Small Skipper
Large Skipper
3 Common Blue
5-spot Burnet moths again abundant
Common Blue Damselflies mostly resting
One Blue-tailed Damselfly seen later near the Sheldon Arms I also found the first Alder Leaf Beetles I have seen in Tameside on Ashton Moss today.

-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Sunday 25th of June 2017 06:20:22 PM



-- Edited by Karen Foulkes on Sunday 25th of June 2017 09:51:33 PM


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In the general area

5-spot Burnet moths were abundant
Common Blue Damselflies also abundant
20-30 Blue-tailed Damselflies present
A strange damsel-type with quite a lot of brightish yellow along the body
4 Meadow Brown
20-30 Common Blue
3-4 Large Skipper
Red Admiral

Sheldon Pool also had Water Boatmen, Pond Skater, a couple of snail species and Stickleback

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5/9/16 mid afternoon

1 Brown Hawker
3 Darter spec.
1 blue type damselfly
2 Meadow Brown
20+ Speckled Wood
4 Common Blue
1 Large White


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This afternoon, in less than ideal conditions

1 Meadow Brown
1 Brown Hawker

A large hatching of Craneflies seemed to have occurred with literally dozens of them present.

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27/7/2016 mid afternoon visit
Butterflies counted
65 Gatekeeper
25 Meadow Brown
c14 Green-veined White
c10 Large White
9 Small Skipper
1 Ringlet
1 Small Tortoiseshell
1 Red Admiral
Dragonflies
2 Common Darter
2 either Broad-bodied Chaser or Black-tailed Skimmer
3 Brown Hawker
2 Common Hawker
Damselflies
Many 10s probably 100s of Common Blue
A few Blue-tailed

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19/6/2016 mid morning

1000s of Burnet moth (all that were scrutinised were 5 spot) emerging, feeding and mating.
c15 Fairy Longhorn Moth (nemophora degeerella) nice looking moth with extraordinarily long antenna.
4 Small Skipper
4 Common Blue butterfly
2 Meadow Brown
many dozens of blue type damselfly coupling over Sheldon Pond

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30/10/2015 around midday

On the Mound
1 Darter type Dragonfly
3 Red Admiral
100s of what appeared to be Crane Fly but were about half the size of a Daddy Longlegs

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This afternoon

Common Darter
Large White
2 Speckled Wood

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Friday 25th September 2015, 1.15 - 1.45pm

A quick wander around the Mound

3 Common Blue butterflies (2m, 1f)
1 Brown Hawker
1 Blue type Hawker
1 Silver-Y moth

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29/8/2015 10 till 12
Still a few Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers about and good numbers of Common Blue, well into double figures.
A blue type Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker, a couple of red type Darter one of which I think may have been Ruddy as it appeared to have a narrowing to the abdomen. Also a few Common Blue Damselfly.
A turtle of some type was out sunning itself amongst the rushes on one of the ponds.

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8/8/2015 8:00-9:15

Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers on the wing in large numbers early this morning.
Also 1 Red Admiral
couple of Skippers
2 Brown Hawkers.

Pretty poor for Dragonflies and Damselflies on here so far this summer.

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12/7/2015 11:00 -13:00

Checking the Burnets seen last week the many hundreds still present appear to be Five-Spot.
2 Six-Spot Burnet picked out.
Dozens of Meadow Brown
20+ Small Skipper
1 Large Skipper
3 Common Blue
1 Gatekeeper
1 Small Tortoiseshell
Lots Common Blue Damselfly
Couple Blue-tailed Damselfly
1 Dragonfly resting in full view appeared to be a Black-tailed Skimmer. Another blue bodied Dragonfly flew past in a different area but was not ID'd to species.


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Saturday 11th July 2015, 4.30pm

Moss Lane

Ringlet butterfly, continuing this species' march across GM
c20 Burnet moths, which didn't land to definitely ID, but more likely to be five, than six-spot, the latter not being common in GM
Weasel / Stoat crossed path


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This afternoon

Meadow Brown
Damselfly - one teneril

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Friday 25 July

Brown Hawker
Emperor
50+ Common Blue Damselflies

Common Blue
2 Speckled Wood
4 Large White
Large numbers of Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Small Skipper
Cinnabar caterpillars on the Ragwort

Some rather nice Teasels too

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