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


Little Woolden Moss Nature reserve

1 Painted Lady

2 Speckled Wood Butterfly

12 Black Darter

1 Southern Hawker Dragonfly.

Croxden

28 Black Darter

1 Weasel.

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

45 Black Darter

6 Meadow Brown

2 Painted Lady

5 Small Tortoiseshell

11 Common Darter.

 



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Little Woolden Moss Nature reserve

5 Southern Hawker

2 Brown Hawker

2 Painted Lady Butterfly

2 Red Admiral Butterfly

180 Black Darter

2 Emperor Dragonfly...mating

32 Common Darter.

1 Bee rescued from a peat pool...its struggles sent out mini waves of vibration which led me to see it...



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Little Woolden Moss Saturday am

2 Brown Hawker

3 Southern Hawker

90 Black Darter

2 Speckled Wood Butterfly

6 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

2 Painted Lady Butterfly

16 Common Darter.



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Little Woolden Moss...with the strong gusting wind keeping most insects in cover

30 Black Darter

5 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.



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Croxden am

1 Brown Hawker ovipositing

1 pair of Emerald Damselfly mating

1 Southern Hawker

130 Black Darter

2 Brown Hawker

1 Emperor Dragonfly...female

14 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

30 Emerald Damselfly.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature reserve

2 Southern Hawker

1 Brown Hawker

3 Painted Lady Butterfly

15 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

1 Red Admiral Butterfly

2 Speckled Wood Butterfly



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve...East Pool Area

1 Southern Hawker

1 Brown Hawker

35 Black Darter

24 Common Darter

2 Painted Lady Butterfly

1 Red Admiral

6 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.



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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve FN38

53 Black Darter

1 Painted Lady

18 Common Darter

1 Longhorn Beetle noted.



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Croxden FN65

1 Southern Hawker

90 Black Darter 



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Croxden

310 Black Darter...most at Teneral stage...once more a great emergence of this Darter on the mosses... there were more but not on a Dragonfly survey today...these were flushed as I passed through the vegetation....

 

 



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Little Woolden Moss this morning
1 Fox
2 Painted Lady butterflies
Hundreds of Black Darter
Quite a few Southern Hawkers


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And this idiot got 46 horsefly/cleg bites because he wore shorts, T-shirt and no spray. Lesson learned, possibly

Also, I notice that xeno-canto has a recording of Bog Bush-Cricket. Didn't know they did non-birds !

https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Metrioptera-brachyptera

-- Edited by John Watson on Saturday 15th of August 2020 10:14:58 AM

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Thanks Andy for the info wrt one of my constant companions at this time of the year out on the Moss!

 



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Little Woolden Moss FN38

46 Black Darter

3 Painted Lady Butterfly

2 Southern Hawker

3 Brown Hawker

22 Common Darter

6 Bog Bush Cricket heard

8 Horsefly bites sustained...at least....the nature of the area I'm afraid...but not of Horseflies...thankfully!

 


 Love the picture Dave. Looking at guides, and on the internet, it appears to be a twin-lobed deerfly. Glad to say I don't come across them that often!

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Little Woolden Moss FN38

46 Black Darter

3 Painted Lady Butterfly

2 Southern Hawker

3 Brown Hawker

22 Common Darter

6 Bog Bush Cricket heard

8 Horsefly bites sustained...at least....the nature of the area I'm afraid...but not of Horseflies...thankfully!

 



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Little Woolden Moss LNR
Weasel (NW corner)

Sev Black Darter
Sev Common Darter
Emperor Dragonfly

Painted Lady by E entrance
Sev Peacock

Sev billion Clegs (else I'd have ID'd other butterflies)

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Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve FN38

1 Bog Bush Cricket laying eggs...

2 Painted Lady Butterfly

5 Brown Hawker

27 Black Darter

25 Common Darter



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Little Woolden Moss, mid pm, slightly breezy

1 Small Skipper

That's it (few birds other than 100s of Swift)

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Little Woolden Moss 09.30-12.30

3 Green Veined Whites, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet and 1 Small Heath.

No dragonflies were seen and just 2 Common Blue Damselflies.

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Nice views of 2 Water Voles seen on several occasions today at Moss Farm Fisheries.

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Chat Moss this afternoon

2 Small Skipper butterflies

Also quite a number of discarded dragonfly wings on the peat - presumably Black Darter- left over from whatever has been feasting on them.

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Little Woolden Moss this evening

2 bats sp - bigger than Pipistrelle but didnt seem as large as Noctule. I could hear their clicks. Flying at about 20 feet off the ground. Anyone any ideas?
1 Toad

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Never seen so many Small Tortoishell butterflies for years,18 on one small patch of thistle flowers ,must have seen getting on for 100 in a walk around the rear of Little Woolden Moss, hopefully a sign that they're making a comeback.

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Irlam, Chat & Little Woolden Mosses this afternoon

1 Vole sp.ran across the path

Butterflies:
Large numbers of Small Tortoishell
4 Red Admiral
1 Painted Lady
1 Large Skipper
1 Meadow Brown
1 Large White

Dragonflies:
2 Black Darter
1 Four-Spotted Chaser

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Well over 40 Small Tortoishells on Little Woolden Moss this late afternoon/early evening and singles of Red Admiral, Peacock and best of all, a very approachable Painted Lady (photo handheld iPhone XS)



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Little Woolden Moss (AM)

5 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Large Skipper butterflies.

1 Common Carpet moth.

Also the first Cleg of the season.

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pete berry wrote:

Lancashire Wildlife Trust are releasing Large Heath butterflies on the mosslands at the moment, hopefully to bring back this species to an area where it apparently was once common. There was an article about it in the Guardian recently and the releases are being shown live on Chester Zoos webcam. Let's hope it's a success and we get this species back for good.


White-faced darter too I believe, and bog bush-cricket. The moth, Manchester Treble-bar would also be nice, as it is named after our local area where it was first discovered. Pity all this is really too late for the likes of (most) of us!

 



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Lancashire Wildlife Trust are releasing Large Heath butterflies on the mosslands at the moment, hopefully to bring back this species to an area where it apparently was once common. There was an article about it in the Guardian recently and the releases are being shown live on Chester Zoos webcam. Let's hope it's a success and we get this species back for good.

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Nice big fungi on an Oak tree in Rindle Woods which I think is called Chicken of the Woods.

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Thanks Andy,

Nice to get it confirmed.

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Took this pic this morning on Little Woolden Moss,presumably a day flying moths,nearest I can find is Latticed Heath which fits the bill for habitat and time. Anyone got any other ideas?



-- Edited by pete berry on Wednesday 20th of May 2020 04:00:29 PM

-- Edited by pete berry on Wednesday 20th of May 2020 04:16:51 PM


I don't think any other ideas are necessary Pete. Look good to me.

Andy



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Took this pic this morning on Little Woolden Moss,presumably a day flying moths,nearest I can find is Latticed Heath which fits the bill for habitat and time. Anyone got any other ideas?



-- Edited by pete berry on Wednesday 20th of May 2020 04:00:29 PM

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Astley Moss SSSi
A rather obliging hedgehog this evening

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Chat & Irlam Mosses late morning today:

1 Small Copper - my first of the year
4 male Orange Tip
Good numbers of Four-Spotted Chasers including a one ovipositing.
Plenty of Large Red Damselflies including a copulating pair.

The large numbers of dragonflies and damselflies attracting 2 feeding Hobbies.

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Little Woolden Moss this morning

1 Common Lizard basking in the morning sun
2 Orange Tip
1 Four-Spotted Chaser
Numerous Large Red Damselflies

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Chat Moss this morning:

3 Four-Spotted Chasers
Numerous Large Red Damselflies
3 Orange Tips
A few Green Tiger Beetles running around

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Chat Moss
1 rather sickly looking Brown Rat slowly walked across my path this morning.

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Chat Moss this morning:

1 Four-Spotted Chaser dragonfly
Good numbers of Large Red Damselfy
4 Orange Tip butterflies
1 Green Tiger Beetle

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Little Woolden Moss - afternoon

2 Large Red Damselflies newly emerged
2 Orange Tip butterflies

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Little Woolden Moss this morning

2 Speckled Wood butterflies - my first of the year.

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Little Woolden Moss:

1 Common Lizard
1 Green Tiger Beetle
4 Orange Tip butterflies

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Little Woolden Moss this morning:

1 Common Lizard seen scurrying through the long grass next to the path
4 Orange Tip butterflies

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Little Woolden Moss
2 Green Tiger Beetles
1 Large White Butterfly

Irlam Moss
1 Orange Tip - female

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Irlam Moss
2 Orange Tip butterflies
1 Brimstone

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2 Peacock butterflies on Little Woolden Moss today.



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A Stoat was hunting Rats which have tunneled into the manure heaps on the fields near Rindle woods. It caught a large rat which it dragged off towards the drainage ditch.



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Little Woolden Moss today

A single small Scarlet Elf Cap noted

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Numerous Winter Moths flying around this evening on Irlam Moss

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Just Googled it and, yes, Stoats do apparently store food for later.

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