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A Fox was standing next to the railway just outside Victoria Station this morning.

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A Holly Blue in New Cross this early afternoon.



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2nd July - A bat, almost certainly a Pipistrelle species, flew through Castlefield Bowl after sunset

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Three Banded Demoiselle (2 Male, 1 Female) at Castlefield wharf this lunchtime.



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White-Tailed Bumblebee yesterday evening deep in the city, feeding on Allium in a raised bed at New Bailey by the Irwell. Just upstream of Albert Bridge a Fig tree on the riverbank has some fruit on it

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Ian McKerchar wrote:

In the small basin by Society near the Bridgewater Hall today I was surprised to see a large shoal of c140 large looking Roach or perhaps Rudd close to the surface, but I know little about fish and didnt pick up on any key identification features, whatever they might be! Still, impressive to see them.


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A very basic ID feature between Roach and Rudd is that the Rudd would have Crimson fins which would be evident at close quarters especially if they were active. These two species hybridize frequently, it then becomes very tricky unless they are in the hand of course !

Hope this helps for the future†



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In the small basin by Society near the Bridgewater Hall today I was surprised to see a large shoal of c140 large looking Roach or perhaps Rudd close to the surface, but I know little about fish and didnít pick up on any key identification features, whatever they might be! Still, impressive to see them.



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In gardens at Manchester Craft Centre yesterday: at least 5 Southern Green Shieldbugs (final instars). Have reported this to the invasive bugs website. Apparently only third record for North of England.


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They won't destroy them, will they? Hope not as this is one I would certainly be on the lookout for. Saw them in France earlier this year.

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Don't think so. Just monitoring the distribution.


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Steve Suttill wrote:

In gardens at Manchester Craft Centre yesterday: at least 5 Southern Green Shieldbugs (final instars). Have reported this to the invasive bugs website. Apparently only third record for North of England.


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They won't destroy them, will they? Hope not as this is one I would certainly be on the lookout for. Saw them in France earlier this year.

Andy



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In gardens at Manchester Craft Centre yesterday: at least 5 Southern Green Shieldbugs (final instars). Have reported this to the invasive bugs website. Apparently only third record for North of England.

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A Banded Demoiselle flew close to the tram at Piccadilly Gardens tram stop late afternoon today smile

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2 Grey Squirrel in St John's Gardens today



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At the Vimto Park today - a Brown Rat and a Harlequin Ladybird, the latter on the back of Mr Rigby's head, where it presumably landed in a frantic search for Aphids, the Yellow-Browed Warbler presumably having eaten all those in the surrounding trees.....



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On Saturday 13th August, an adult and two young mink seen on the far bank of the Irwell, opposite to the cathedral.† They went into an opening in the wall bordering the bank, which I think may have been a den.† An official sighting has been made to the database.



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Squirrel on Store Street in the trees opposite Junction Street. I'm wondering where he comes from as there are no large parks nearby.

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Pipistrelle sp feeding over Water Street car park yesterday evening

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A mink was spotted by a colleague of mine on Monday in the car park between Deansgate train station and the Mancunian way footbridge. Apparently, being mobbed by a murder of magpies!

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Again a mink was seen this afternoon around Blackfriars bridge, seen on 4 occasions roaming around !

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a mink was swimming in the river Irwell at Blackfriars bridge, it went onto the bank underneath the bridge at Blackfriars house no

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Fox crossing road where mancunian way joins regent road, midnight last night. appeared to have a bad case of mange.

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Small White and Red-Tailed Bumblebee along the Irwell near Princes Bridge today

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Bat hunting insects round old Minto and Turner building on Canal Street late Sunday evening. Have seen bats several times hunting along the canal.

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Saturday 20th: Peacock butterfly and a queen Red-Tailed Bumblebee (feeding on a Dandelion) on the banks of the Irwell opp Water St car park, where there are lots of Cowslip, presumably sown there? Plenty of Lesser Celandine along the River Medlock in Castlefield

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a bat what looked like a pipistrelle flying around Blackfriars bridge, over the irwell at 5.10pm. possibly the same one melanie had further downstream at the mark addy.

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dave broome wrote:

a Grey Squirrel today along the Irwell, on a section of concrete banking under trees opp the Lowry Hotel - are these generally present in the city centre's open spaces?

-- Edited by dave broome on Sunday 2nd of December 2012 05:57:16 PM





Not generally but you do get them around the back of Piccadilly Station.

-- Edited by Mark Whalley on Thursday 6th of December 2012 01:19:59 PM

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a Grey Squirrel today along the Irwell, on a section of concrete banking under trees opp the Lowry Hotel - are these generally present in the city centre's open spaces?

-- Edited by dave broome on Sunday 2nd of December 2012 05:57:16 PM

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Red-Tailed, White-Tailed and Common Carder Bumblebees along the Irwell by Water Street car park today


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