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Post Info TOPIC: Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses (other wildlife)


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RE: Astley, Chat and Irlam mosses (other wildlife)


Saturday 20th November - Fungi sightings Rindle Wood - Astley Moss.

Bird sightings were few & far between so decided to walk through Rindle Wood & look for fungi.

As usual had great difficulty with I.D. but these are my best shots in picture order.

1. Clouded Agaric

2. Common Earthball

3. Grey Milkcap

4. Tawny Funnel Cap

5. Smoky Bracket - not too sure about this one, its definitely a Polypore & some pictures of Turkey Tail fungus resemble it.



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Chat Moss
2 small dragonflies still active in the late morning sunshine today which I thought was quite incredible given the time of year. Either Black Darter or Common Darter but too high to confirm identification.

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Lez Fairclough wrote:

Steven Nelson wrote:

Chat & Barton Mosses this morning

2 Black Darter dragonflies- no doubt still active due to the very mild weather

Fungi (that I could identify).
16 Fly Agaric - a patch of 14 plus 2 singles
Birch Bracket
Penny Bun
Yellow Russula
Common Earthball

Still lots I cant, including a couple of the attached photos (the pure white one and the white one with the yellow in the centre of its cap). Open to suggestions.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Wednesday 27th of October 2021 02:20:35 PM


 Hi Steve, I'm not that good at identifying birds & Fungi is definitely way out of my league but the nearest matches

I can find are 'Destroying Angel Mushroom' for the pure white one & 'Yellow Fieldcap Mushroom' for the yellow tipped one.

Lez. 






Hi Les. Yellow Fieldcap certainly looks spot on. Destroying Angel looks a good shout as well with some internet photos looking very like mine, but according to internet photos it has white gills whereas mine had more brownish gills, although this doesnt show in my photo. Big thanks for your help.

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Steven Nelson wrote:

Chat & Barton Mosses this morning

2 Black Darter dragonflies- no doubt still active due to the very mild weather

Fungi (that I could identify).
16 Fly Agaric - a patch of 14 plus 2 singles
Birch Bracket
Penny Bun
Yellow Russula
Common Earthball

Still lots I cant, including a couple of the attached photos (the pure white one and the white one with the yellow in the centre of its cap). Open to suggestions.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Wednesday 27th of October 2021 02:20:35 PM


 Hi Steve, I'm not that good at identifying birds & Fungi is definitely way out of my league but the nearest matches

I can find are 'Destroying Angel Mushroom' for the pure white one & 'Yellow Fieldcap Mushroom' for the yellow tipped one.

Lez. 



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Chat & Barton Mosses this morning

2 Black Darter dragonflies- no doubt still active due to the very mild weather

Fungi (that I could identify).
16 Fly Agaric - a patch of 14 plus 2 singles
Birch Bracket
Penny Bun
Yellow Russula
Common Earthball

Still lots I cant, including a couple of the attached photos (the pure white one and the white one with the yellow in the centre of its cap). Open to suggestions.

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Wednesday 27th of October 2021 02:20:35 PM

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Little Woolden Moss NR - mid afternoon

1 (very late) Black Darter dragonfly

Various fungi - many unidentified. But ones I could were:
3 Fly Agaric
The remains of the Stinkhorn seen last week
Sulphur Tuft
A few Earthballs
Turkey Tail
A large patch on Common Earthstars
Yellow Russula

-- Edited by Steven Nelson on Saturday 23rd of October 2021 10:31:22 PM

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Little Woolden Moss NR

Fungi (that I could iidentify!):
9 Fly Agaric
1 Stinkhorn
A nice cluster of Turkey Tail

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Midday visit to Little Woolden Moss NR.

At least 6 Common Darter dragonflies were seen in flight along the edge of the moss, despite the cool NW breeze and frequent drizzle.

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Little Woolden Moss 15.00-18.30

Butterflies : 4 Speckled Woods.

Dragonflies : Black Darters galore, plus at least 6 Common Darters and 5 Southern Hawkers.

Also still plenty of hungry mosquitos around, especially in the shady birch covered areas.

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Chat Moss
1 Painted Lady butterfly - a very bright, fresh looking individual.

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Brown Hawker, Emperor & numerous Black Darter dragonflies along the path leading to the ex hide Little Woolden Moss NR.

Pics of male & female Black Darters attached. 



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Irlam Moss

Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar crawling across Twelve Yards Rd. Moved to the safety of grass verge.

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At least two Painted Lady butterflies amongst excellent numbers of Small Tortoiseshell, Peacocks, several Common Blue and a Comma along the western edge of Little Woolden Moss NR.

Incredible number of dragonflies over the reserve too, superb to see!



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c40+ Peacock butterflies mainly in two small areas (of thistle and a buddleia) along the very western edge of Little Woolden Moss NR this afternoon, along with c16 Red Admiral and smaller numbers of Small Tortoiseshell and Gatekeeper with a single Painted Lady.



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Little Woolden Moss 16.00-19.00

Butterflies : 12 Peacocks (10 around flowering Creeping Thistle), 1 Painted Lady, 2 Speckled Woods and lots of Gatekeepers.

Also 1 Common Carpet moth. 2 Brown Hawker and several Black Darter dragonflies.

Lots of Clegs and 2 Deer Flies too, none of which were deterred by several layers of insect repellent.

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Good numbers of Black Darter along the perimeter footpath around Little Woolden Moss this morning, also 2 Peacock and several Gatekeeper

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Painted Lady on Little Woolden Moss NR this morning.



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Little Woolden Moss NR and Little Woolden Moss

Lots of Cinnabar Moth caterpillars on Ragwort.

Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

Also, a vole seen running across path at Little Woolden Moss NR.

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Little Woolden Moss 13.00-15.00

Numerous Azure and Large Red Damselflies.

4 Four Spotted Chaser, 1 Emperor and 1 male Black tailed Skimmer dragonflies. 4 Green Tiger Beetles.

1 Painted Lady (Very faded), 2 Large Skipper and 10 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

Most of the butterflies were on flowering Creeping Thistle at the western edge of the moss.



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 Several Large-red Damselflies around Croxdens this afternoon



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Little Woolden Moss NR 09.00-13.00

With a chilly Easterly wind blowing across the moss the only insect seen, apart from a few hardy bumblebees, was

a single St Marks Fly. It appeared very lethargic and just lay on the path.


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Morning walk around Little Woolden Moss NR :

9 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Peacock butterflies.

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Male brimstone along Rindle road this afternoon



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Male Orange-tip along Rindle road this afternoon



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A single Peacock butterfly on the wing this early afternoon along the edge of Rindle Wood and moving around trying to take in the few rays of warmth from the sun.



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Thanks Nick. They certainly match your suggestions.

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Hello mate

As you know, fungi are not my thing but I would suggest;
2nd Pic = Scytinotus Longinquus - Peeling Oysterling
4th pic = Ascocoryne Sarcoides - Jelly Drops

Cant take any credit though, I use an App on my Iphone called "Picture Mushroom" ! I find it pretty good, although wouldn't use as a basis to eat anything!

I also use another good App called "PictureThis" for plants.

Take care
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Little Woolden Moss this am

I found a few interesting fungi that I have no idea what they are and the patch of Common Earthstars I found last week had increased to over 30 specimens. Any help with ID fungi in my attached photos would be much appreciated. I think the red one is a type of slime mould.

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Found a nice patch of c20 Common Earthstars all at various stage of growth on Little Woolden Moss today.

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Little Woolden Moss LWT Nature Reserve

2 Common Darter

1 Peacock Butterfly.



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Little Woolden Moss LWT reserve

1 Common Darter...

1 Ladybird...



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Several Small White butterflies on a set aside (meant for Pheasant cover) in field 69 this early afternoon.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

1 Southern Hawker

7 Black Darter.



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Chat Moss

4 Black Darter

2 Common Darter



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Little Woolden Moss

1 Southern Hawker

5 Common Darter

3 Black Darter

1 Red Admiral Butterfly.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

2 Southern Hawker

1 Small Copper Butterfly

24 Black Darter

6 Common Darter.



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Little Woolden Moss

1 Southern Hawker

66 Black Darter

55 Common Darter.



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Chat Moss

6 Black Darter

18 Common Darter....they bide their time then come into their own at this time of the year...



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

2 Red Admiral

43 Black Darter

19 Common Darter

1 Southern Hawker.

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

70 Black Darter

45 Common Darter

1 Southern Hawker

2 Small Tortoiseshell

1 Red Admiral

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

124 Black Darter

96 Common Darter

1 Small Copper Butterfly

3 Southern Hawker...including watching one catch and then proceed to eat a Black Darter...

 



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Croxden FN65

2 Small Tortoiseshell

29 Black Darter

2 Emerald Damselfly

 



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Little Woolden Moss LWT Nature Reserve

56 Black Darter

3 Southern Hawker

34 Common Darter

3 Speckled Wood



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Dragonfly Survey Croxden

1 Southern Hawker female ovipositing

168 Black Darter

21 Common Darter

 



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24 Common Darter

116 Black Darter

1 Black-Tailed Skimmer

1 Migrant Hawker

1 Common Lizard.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

38 Black Darter

52 Common Darter

1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

1 Southern Hawker.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

31 Black Darter

17 Common Darter

2 Small Tortoiseshell

1 Southern Hawker

1 Migrant Hawker

1 Brown Hawker

3 Speckled Wood Butterfly.

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve am

17 Common Darter

1 Migrant Hawker

1 Southern Hawker

1 Red Admiral

18 Black Darter

1 Common Lizard.



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2 Black Darter...with wings weighed down by raindrops...



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Croxden FN65 am...

3 Comma

2 Red Admiral

56 Black Darter

1 Southern Hawker

2 Small Tortoiseshell

6 Common Darter.



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