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On a single patch of Michaelmas daisies along River Irwell near littleton road was swarming with pollinating insects including 5 small tortoiseshells - seen more today than I have all year βΊ

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Three terrapins seen in lake at Clowes park, higher broughton this afternoon

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I saw rabbits there once earlier this year, though what an odd place to see rabbits!smile

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Three rabbits feeding on the grass verge opposite Weaste ETW between Coronet Way and Pacific Way at 22.15 on Wed. 23rd Sept.

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Friday evening on Worsley Golf Course found a dead Hedgehog. When i turned it over it's rear legs had been bitten off. This can only have been done by a fox. This is the second dead one i've found this month, the first one had clearly been ripped apart. As much as i enjoy seeing foxes this is becoming an issue in the light of the Hedgehog situation country wide !!!

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Singles of Holly Blue, Brimstone, Comma and Speckled Wood at Dukes Drive, Monton today

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At this exact time in September 2011 I witnessed a huge eruption of St Mark's flies in Derbyshire where I was working.
This confused me because St Mark's flies are supposed to appear in late April/earlyJune. However, they were definitely St Mark's flies, so
perhaps, Mike, you've observed something similar.


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Stopped to have a look at Weaste WWTW and as I was leaving spotted something odd happening above a big Poplar just west of the works - a smoke-like motion which turned out to be some thousands of flying insects - guessing a swam of bees? Have seen something similar with blackflies near Lough Neagh but didnt seem right for this location

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Mike, as a beekeeper, it would seem extremely unlikely for honeybees to swarm at this time of year - summertime is swarming time, when the colony size is on the increase, and bees swarm due to lack of space (among other reasons). At this time of year the colony is shrinking, and the queen laying rate on the decrease. Other bees don't swarm. That said, I haven't any positive ideas as to what they may have been. I haven't seen any flying ant swarms for a few weeks locally?



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Stopped to have a look at Weaste WWTW and as I was leaving spotted something odd happening above a big Poplar just west of the works - a smoke-like motion which turned out to be some thousands of flying insects - guessing a swam of bees? Have seen something similar with blackflies near Lough Neagh but didnt seem right for this location

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Hi Gary
The young Roe deer was actually in my works yard. Two BT engineers who saw the deer running down Liverpool street wisely managed to divert it into my yard to stop an accident happening on the road. I locked it in along with two police officers who were passing and rang the RSPCA. The deer was breathing fast and was panicking and even charged us a couple of times with its little 8" antlers at the ready. After 40 minutes it had calmed down a bit then decided it could squeeze out of a gap between the gate and fence and off it went. The RSPCA turned up two minutes later so missed all the fun. I found the deer a couple of hours later hidden away in some bushes nearby so if it stays there till dark it should be safe. It was good to see one so close.

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It's that time of year again when Deer to start to make appearances. A very young Deer was spotted causing chaos on Liverpool Street this afternoon (near to where you work Dave Thacker if you're reading this). Fortunately the animal was cornered by police in a yard and the Rspca were called. On the minus side there have been a number of fatalities around the motorway network this week.



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Mink seen swimming in the Manchester Ship Canal at Weaste

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Although this isn't specific to Salford, it's getting into deer sighting season with a sighting of 2 in a Monton garden last week and probably one of the same running along Monton rd. Sightings are up in places like Bury and Bolton, unfortunately road casualties are on the increase as well.

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Saw a Vole briefly on Pomona today

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Just watching a Bat flying, I'm at Albert Bridge near The Mark Addy in Manchester.



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My mum and dad saw a brimstone butterfly on their allotment in Eccles yesterday.

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A Fox was trotting down Cross lane this morning at 6.25am. It was in great condition and was not bothered by me stopping my car and having a good look

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Tuesday 12th March

Mink on MSC viewed from Halfpenny Bridge (Woden Street)

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Delighted to see a lovely Fox trotting near Salford precinct in the early hours

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Last weekend while wandering on the mosslands I was given four freshly shot Wood pigeons which have been waiting in the boot of my car for the Fox which visits my workplace. This morning at 5.55am he finally turned up as I arrived at work. I gave him all four birds, he hid three in the undergrowth and then spent 10 minutes removing the feathers from the remaining bird before eating it.

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A Cock Pheasant which decided to head butt my car on Astley moss this week became a breakfast for a hungry old Fox this morning outside my workplace in Salford. It meant that the Fox did not go hungry and I kept all my sandwiches for once instead of sharing them again.

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A Fox ran in front of my car on Liverpool street last night as I was leaving work at 9.20pm. It trotted off down West Egerton street. This morning probably the same Fox was waiting for its breakfast in the undergrowth outside my works as I arrived at 6.20am. A tin of dog food warmed him up

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One Mink this morning along the Irwell at The Cliff

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Fox along the disused railway line nw/of Weaste ETW

3 Pipistrelle Bats, Pomona

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Two Mink seen swimming in the Irwell near to the Princes bridge this morning at 7.20am, seen by a workmate of mine.

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Weasel by Manchester Ship Canal, in the Lange car park, in the area known as "Weaste Point"

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And tonight I finally saw a fox myself!! Just near Abito/Copthorne Hotel on Clippers Quay :))

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Also, an adult fox near Etap Hotel/Frankie and Bennys seen many times by my colleagues :)

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Bunnies on Broadway, Salford Quays :)

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A Mink on Salford Quays, Wharfside Promenade by Sam Platts Pub

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The Fox which occasionally waits outside my works gate was there again this morning at 5.55am. I'm beginning to think that he is psychic as when he visited last week and as well as today I had my favourite roast chicken butties with me. I gave him two which went down in a flash, then two more when he gave me a really sad look and finally my last two as he came within 2m of me. He really is a beautiful looking male fox and in great condition, after he finished eating he trotted off down Liverpool street leaving me starving.

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Dave Thacker wrote:

Great work Melanie
Don't forget to check your welly warmers for ticks





will do..gulp!!

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Another sighting of a young Deer in the centre of Salford early this morning by a workmate of mine as he walked near to where the Flat Iron pub use to be. I wonder if it is the same Deer reported by Gary Mills a couple of postings below.

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Great work Melanie
Don't forget to check your welly warmers for ticks

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Wonderful, big Hedgehog dicing with death on Tetlow Lane this morning. Managed to get him, picked him up with my Welly Warmers, put him in a lined RSPB bag and put him to safety
10 minutes late for work but my boss understood...




Well done Melanie

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Wonderful, big Hedgehog dicing with death on Tetlow Lane this morning. Managed to get him, picked him up with my Welly Warmers, put him in a lined RSPB bag and put him to safety
10 minutes late for work but my boss understood...

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Report of a young Deer stuck in the compound of one of the blocks of flats near to Churchill Way, Salford this afternoon, The Rspca were contacted who advised to leave it alone as the mother may be close by. Not entirely sure about that, i mean, what was she doing, shopping at T J Hughes. There seems to be the usual increase in deer sightings at this time of year from area like Prestwich, Whitefield and Higher Broughton. I think the deer managed to escape but i wouldn;t hold out much hope for it down there. Fingers crossed.

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As I arrived at my workplace this morning at 6.05am a dog Fox was sat just inside the bushes next to my work gates. I went and got some dog biscuits which I keep in work and "borrowed" two eggs from the canteen. He was a bit wary at first but eventually came and started feeding. I also put out a bowl of water and one of my cheese and onion butties which it also ate.

At 12.20pm it was still hidden in the undergrowth next to my gates so I went and got a tin of dog food and l placed it just inside the bush.

I checked again as I was leaving tonight at 7pm and it was fast asleep and all the food was gone

The Fox was in great condition but it absolutely stunk . I'm sure that I have fed this one before probably about 4 weeks ago and its good to see him again


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i had a mink swimming across the ship canal straight towards me next to samuel platts,salford quays,cheeky little bugger even came to within 4ft away from me on the path & was not even bothered i was stood there, until i chased it away.

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Early Tuesday morning at 1.45am as I was leaving Salford Royal hospital I watched a Fox digging for worms in the hospital gardens beside Stott Lane. She watched me as she carried on digging for about 10 minutes before she trotted off towards the old A&E.

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Heart in mouth moment yesterday at 0915am. Saw a Roe deer run out of Tallyman Way towards Agecroft Road. Fortunately traffic was very slow moving and the deer managed to get across unscathed towards the country park.

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The remains of a Rabbit were under the bushes in front of my works in Salford this morning. Most probably a Fox kill but the nearest wild Rabbits are along the rail track near Liverpool street Fire Station so why the Fox decided to carry it all the way to my works is a little surprising.

At least while the Fox is catching its own food I won't have to feed it my sandwiches

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An early 4am trip to work last Friday (13/1) produced 3 foxes on Agecroft Road.

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A Fox running down Liverpool street near the fire station this morning at 6.25am.

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A very large Fox ran infront of my daughters car this evening at 20.20 just before Barton Swing bridge near B&Q.

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2.40am in the morning and I have just been feeding ham sandwiches to a local fox that was walking outside my workplace in salford.

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LOVE Foxes

On my way home last Monday, a young Fox was mooching near my flat. l stopped the car,turned off the radio and opened the window, he came very close,

Do they get a white tip on their tail once they are adult ?

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A Fox was waiting around my Liverpool street workplace this morning at 6.15am. After a tin of dog food and 2 freshly cooked boiled eggs it spent the rest of the day fast asleep under the bushes next to my works gates. It was still there at 3.15pm as I was leaving.
Its been turning up once or twice a week for the last month

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