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


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?
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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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pete berry wrote:

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.

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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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Little Woolden Moss

1 Stoat along the track near the eastern entrance of the reserve with a dead vole or mouse in its mouth. It then saw me and disappeared into the grass verge only to reappear a minute later without its prey. It continued to hunt reappearing and disappearing a few times. Do Stoats stash their prey and return for it later?

Also, it was noticeably white along half its tail and pale around its face as though in partial moult towards a white winter coat.

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Croxden

1 Stoat

Barton Moss

1 Hoverfly Sp...



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Little Woolden Moss 09.45-15.00

Butterflies : Peacocks and Gatekeepers abundant. Also 8 Red Admirals, 7 Painted Ladies,

6 Small Copper, 8 Speckled Woods, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Comma, 1 Holly Blue,

3 Green Veined Whites, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and just 1 Meadow Brown.

Dragonflies : 1 Emperor, 7 Brown Hawkers, 1 Southern Hawker, 4 Common Hawkers (Including

coupled pair), 9 Black Darters and 4 Common Darters.

Lots of hawkers were flying over the pools, and were impossible to ID as they did'nt settle or come

close enough, most appeared around the size of Common Hawkers, but a couple were noticeably

smaller and could well have been early Migrants.

Lots of Clegs about too, they were really persistent and not deterred by insect repellent.



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Purple Hairstreak seen in Oak tree along Twelve Yards Road. The same tree in which I saw 5 last year.

1 Mole rescued from the road!

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Lots of insects present on Little Woolden Moss today.

Butterflies: small copper, gatekeeper, skipper sp., meadow brown, small white, large white, speckled wood, painted lady, small tortoiseshell, peacock.

Odonata: common blue damselfly, emerald damselfly, banded demoiselle, black darter, common darter, four-spot chaser, southern hawker, common hawker, brown hawker, emperor.

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Little Woolden Moss 15.00-19.00

Butterflies : 4 Large White, 6 Meadow Browns (All in SW corner), 3 Small Skippers,

1 Large Skipper, 4 Painted Ladies (Now looking really shabby), 4 Small Coppers,

2 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Speckled Woods, 8 Red Admirals and lots of Gatekeepers.

Dragonflies : 1 Southern Hawker, 1 Brown Hawker plus 4 Common and 2 Black Darters.

Also lots of Common Field Grasshoppers.



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Chat Moss - late morning

Butterflies:
8 Small Skipper
4 Painted Lady
3 Gatekeeper
2 Red Admiral
2 Large White
6 Meadow Brown

Huge numbers (literally hundreds!) of Cinnabar moth caterpillars on Ragwort. Easily the most Ive ever seen. 2 adults seen.

Numerous Black Darter dragonflies

Royal Fern - first record for me on the Mosses

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Big hatch of Black Darter on Chat Moss today.

Info thanks to Dave Steel



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Little Woolden Moss 15.00-18.40

Butterflies : 3 Small Copper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Green Veined White.

1 Ichneumon Suspiciosus type wasp.

1 "Philedonides Lunana" type micro-moth.

1 moth that greatly resembled a Small Fan Foot, but I could'nt 100% sure of ID.

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Little Woolden Moss this morning

1 Vole sp (I think Bank Vole) ran across path in front of me
2 Large Red Damselflies - very newly emerged
Numerous Green Tiger Beetles

Butterflies:
Orange Tips in good numbers
1 Large White
Peacock
Small Tortoishell
Speckled Wood


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Excellent day for insects for me on Little Woolden Moss today.

First damselfly of the year seen, in the shape of a single large red.

Also first orange tips of the year, in good numbers. Also small copper (single), small tortoiseshell, peacock (lots), speckled wood, large white and brimstone.

Good numbers of green tiger beetle.

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A single Peacock butterfly was at Rindle this afternoon.



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Only two common darter for me on Little Woolden Moss. Beautiful spider, too, but I have no idea what it was; ground-dwelling species, about 1cm long, dark, with a grey water droplet-shaped marking high on the abdomen, this flanked by two curved rufous blothes, and a pair of cream dots beneath; also two columns of three cream dots on the lower part of abdomen. Laughably, I tried to draw this, but unfortunately I have all the artistic talent of the spider itself.

Couple of pipistrelle sp. along Astley Road when heading back, too.

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Mostly grey and overcast but then the sun came out and so did the insects.

A minimum of 16 Common Darters, some chasing around in groups of 3 , some perched on fences. Quite a late date for these.
1 Stoat hunting
Un-named fungi (anyone help with this?)

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Little Woolden Moss 15.00-17.45

Dragonflies : 1 Southern Hawker patrolling the woodland edge by the car park, another seen on the moss.

Also seen on the reserve were 5 Black Darters and numerous Common Darters.

Butterflies: 1 Red Admiral, 3 Speckled Woods, 1 Small Copper and 1 Comma.

A snooker ball sized Common Frog seen near the site of the former hide had a large growth on it's front leg, this seemed

to greatly inhibit the creature's movement, that's not good when there are crows about.

Is there a new pox epidemic amongst amphibians, it looks very nasty?.



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Similar sightings to below on Little Woolden Moss yesterday; only additions were two southern hawker and a red admiral (no emperor, painted lady or common lizard for me).

Common and black darters, southern hawker, common blue and small copper on Croxdens.

I've seen far more small coppers this year than I ever have before, including in places I've never seen them in previous years; has it just been a particularly good year for them?

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Little Woolden Moss this afternoon
1 Common Lizard

Dragonflies:
1 Emperor
5 Common Darter
1 Black Darter

Butterflies:
1 Small Copper
1 Comma
1 Painted Lady



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Common Lizaed showing well basking in the sun on Little Woolden Moss.

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Good day for insects on Croxdens, with the following all about (plenty of white butterflies and small dragons out of range for ID):

Common blue
Small white (these two making up the bulk of butterflies)
Speckled wood
Small copper
Meadow brown
Green-veined white
1 common blue damselfly
4 emerald damselfly
20+ black darter
2 common darter
1 or 2 brown hawker
3+ southern hawker
1 great diving beetle, in a small square water-logged hole cut into the peat (first time I've properly seen an adult). Several common backswimmers in there too.


Little Woolden Moss:

Common blue
Small white
Speckled wood
Red admiral
c10 black darter
1 common darter
1 brown hawker
1 southern hawker
1 common hawker
1 common lizard




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The small weedy corner (cover for Pheasants) nearest to Rindle Wood in field 69 on Astley Moss contained no fewer than 200 mainly Large White (but some Small White) butterflies and was a fair old sight. 



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Irlam, Chat, Little Woolden and Barton Mosses 16.00-18.00

Butterflies:
Purple Hairstreak- I found a colony in Oak trees along Twelve Yards Road. 4-5 individuals in one tree and a single individual in a nearby tree. This is a first for me on the mosses - and the 3rd colony Ive found in various places this summer! Im sure there must be others waiting to be discovered on the mosses.
Small Copper - 1
Holly Blue - 2
Common Blue - 10+
Gatekeeper - 3
Red Admiral - 3
Small White - 8
Large White - 5
Meadow Brown - 8
Speckled Wood - 15
Comma - 1

Odonata
Emperor Dragonfly - 5
Black Darter - 3
Black-tailed Skimmer - 1 male
Brown Hawker - 1

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Good day for odonata on the Mosses today.

Irlam Moss: single common blue damselfly, copulating pair of large red damselfly, two four-spotted chaser, single southern hawker.
Little Woolden Moss: Multiple four-spotted chaser and black-tailed skimmer, singles of broad-bodied chaser and emperor.


Butterflies on Irlam Moss: small white, large white, speckled wood, small tortoiseshell.
Little Woolden Moss: small white, large skipper (confirmed, and probably small, too, though they didn't want to sit still), speckled wood, painted lady.

-- Edited by Shannon Llewellyn on Sunday 10th of June 2018 10:53:38 PM

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