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A bit of warmth today at Newchurch Common produced a few invertebrate sightings.

A Small Copper butterfly sat torpid on Ragwort on Shemmy Moss, with the same plants hosting several nectaring Common Carder Bees. Dandelions neaby had a couple of Marmalade Hoverflies on them. A Seven-spot Ladybird was on Abbot's Moss. Another Hornet was on the Whitegate Way near Gull Pool, it has been a bumper year for these in Cheshire.



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Fungi are fab at the moment, had Yellow Fieldcap (picture) at Newchurch Common today as well as Fly Agaric, Sulphur Cap, Candle Snuff and Common Earthball.

Nearby in Whitegate at the horse paddocks the rarely recorded Midden Inkcap fungus was growing on the muckheap as well as Brown Cup fungus.

A late report, I had a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly at Newchurch Common on 11th October.



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Large dog stoat ran across the road as I was traveling between wrightington and parbold, just before you start to climb the hill . 9am on Sunday .

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Saturday 29th September 2018

Gravesend, Kent.

- Beluga Whale 1 (Lifer !!!)
When this Arctic dwelling close relative of the Narwhal turned up in the Thames and decided to stay a few days, I just had to go and see it.
I arrived at the Ship and Lobster pub at 10.40am and found the small dead-end viewpoint looking out over the river, but I'd missed it by 10 minutes.
Another report came through saying it was seen near the ferry terminal a mile away. You can't walk the whole river front, its path stops at various points and you have to revert back to the road. Luckily a local knew where to go and around 20 of us followed him down the back street paths behind the dock industrial area. Everyone commented that they wouldn't have walked the route alone, it was quite creepy! But he was true to his word and we soon found ourselves watching the Beluga from the leisure area on the river front with lots more people.
An absolute quality Mammal and it showed well, surfacing regularly whilst it was feeding, and provided good scope views. Worth every second of the 4 hour drive down and even longer drive back.

Also a Hornet Hoverfly (Zonaria) landed on a leaf at the original viewpoint right infront of a few of us, it was massive
and beautifully marked. The UK's largest Hoverfly I was told.




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Late Post. Woolston Eyes 29.09.2018.

Around midday on No 3 Bed.

Butterflies : 1 Small Copper, 2 Red Admirals and 8 Speckled Woods.

Dragonflies : 2f Common Darters (Both looking very shabby).

Also 1 10 spot Ladybird.

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Late news - 2-3 Noctule Bats were seen tonight on the outskirts of my home village of Moulton, Cheshire as we walked home from the pub!



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A really interesting walk in the warm sun, for the second day running at Newchurch Common, although yesterday was with the horses and no binoculars.

Today a highlight was a Southern Hawker dragonfly. Alao soon were a few butterflies, namely Small Copper, Comma, Small White and Large White, Speckled Wood being seen yesterday as was Red Admiral. Hoverflies included Sericomya silentis, Eristalis tenax and Episyrphus balteatus. Two 4-Spot Orb Weaver Spiders were seen on the mosslands and a few 7-Spot Ladybirds were present here too.



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Elton Hall Flash Sandbach 17.30-19.20

Apart from gnats the only insects seen were 1 Southern Hawker dragonfly and 1 Red Admiral butterfly.

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On Newchurch Common today, in the sun a few inverts of note were seen, namely Common Darter dragonflies, as well as a few butterflies: Speckled Wood, Small White and Large White. A nice display of Fly Agaric Fungi was seen as well as several Shaggy Inkcaps.

A Migrant Hawker was seen nearbly as well as several Hornets agaiin.



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Several Hornets seen today out hunting, quite surprisingly given the showery weather. They were noted both at Newchurch Common and at nearby Foxwist Green, where we stable the horses.



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10.00-16.00

Leighton Moss RSPB : Butterflies : 1 Comma (Nr Allen Hide) and 5 Speckled Woods.

Dragonflies :1 Southern Hawker (Along the Causeway)and Migrant Hawkers in profusion.

1 large Common Toad was sitting in the middle of the path leading to the Lower Hide,and it took a lot of persuading that

it was safer to be in the adjoining long grass.



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10 minutes in the family garden in Maghull, nr Liverpool.

Painted Lady 1
Red Admiral 2
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Large White 2
Small Copper 1 this last nectaring on Ragwort, the others feeding on Buddleia and Honeysuckle.

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At Windmill Farm NR on The Lizard today we had 2 live Adders but sadly 1 dead one. A couple of Common Lizards were present. One surprise was a male Beautiful Demoiselle damselfly on a pool rather than running water. Two Emperor dragonflies were also seen. A few Silver-Y moths were about.

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In Cornwall on the Roseland peninsula today. Saw a lifer bee, the mining bee - Ivy Bee. This species was only seen in the UK first in 2001 and is now spreading. But we found it ourselves without knowing it was there, always the best way! Also seen Beadlet & Snakelocks Anemones and Green Shieldbug.

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Today we were around Lizard Point, Cornwall. Highlights included a Hummingbird Hawkmoth, a Painted Lady, Grey Seals and c.6 Bottlenosed Dolphins.

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Derwent Valley Derbyshire

10.00-16.00

Speckled Wood butterflies abundant around the areas of coniferous woodland.

2 Wall Brown butterflies were on the rough pasture at Open Hagg.

Small Heath butterflies are still plentiful on the areas of open moorland at Rowlee Pasture.

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Moore NR (13.30-17.00)

Lapwing Lane Pool : 2 Brown Hawker and 2 Migrant Hawker dragonflies, and 3 Common Blue damselflies.

Common Darter dragonflies were numerous throughout the site, as were Speckled Wood butterflies.

Along the former canal tow path East of Lapwing Lane, a large oak which was largely covered with Ivy

attracted 3 Holly Blue and 2 Brimstone butterflies.

Another Brown Hawker dragonfly was by Birchwood Pool, as was a 2-Spot Ladybird.

A large Common Frog was by the gate leading to the Phoenix hide.

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In Cornwall today and spent late am at Windmill Farm NR. Butterflies seen were Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Small White and Large White. Odonata were Emperor, Common Darter, Emerald Damsel, Blue-tailed Damsel and Common Blue Damsel. Male and female Adders were seen as well as Slow Worm and Common Lizards. Tachina grossa (a fly) was present as well as Silver-Y Moth and Drinker Moth caterpillar. Near the house where we are staying we saw Southern Hawker dragonfly, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Green-veined White, Green Shieldbug and Ruby-tailed Wasp.

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Otter showing well at Leighton Moss today.

Also good numbers of common darter and migrant hawker, as well as 3 common blue damselfly and a single blue-tailed damselfly.

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A colder, dull day on Newchurch Common, Cheshire, but still not a bad day for 'other' wildlife!

A Small White and a Common Blue Damselfly were the only butterfly and odonata seen respectively. A dead Hornet was on Abbot's Moss. A male Common Carder Bee was seen. A Teasel flower hosted both Harlequin and Seven-spot Ladybirds. Hoverfly species included Helophilus hybridus, Myathropa florea and Eristalis tenax. A Common Toadlet was also seen.



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Hesketh Out Marsh (Ribble Estuary)

Dozens of Large and Small White butterflies were along the embankment, perhaps because the adjoining fields

are full of brassicas. Also here where 3 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.

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Just a horse walk on Newchurch Common today, but added a new invert species - Forest Shieldbug.



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A morning at Newchurch Common again produced a few invert sightings.

A Long-jawed Orb-weaver Spider was new for the year. Another Hornet was seen, again near Big Pool as per yesterday. Also got a piccy for the first time of Myothropa florea, the Batman Hoverfly. Butterflies: Comma, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small & Green-veined Whites and Speckled Wood. Odonata: Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Common Darter, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly.



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Early evening visit to Woolston Eyes (No 3 Bed)

5 Brown Hawkers were the only dragonflies seen.

4 Speckled Woods and 2 Large Whites were the only butterflies seen.

An extensive search of the oaks along the South side of the bed produced no Purple Hairstreak sightings, just lots of wasps.

This was probably the last chance this year to find these butterflies, and where there is a known colony amongst the oaks.

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My first Southern Hawker dragonfly of the year in Cheshire was a male down Foxwist Green near our horse paddock. It was quartering around the fallen apples probably hunting insects attracted to the fermenting fruit.



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Managed am am & a pm visit to Newchurch Common today, dull am, sunny pm but still lots of inverts about all day!

Another Hornet was seen, this time near Big Pool, that's my 3rd sighting this summer here, all in widely scattered different locations, good news after a blank last year smile

Nine species of lepidoptera, namely Comma, Common Blue, Small Copper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown, the latter 2 species being absent from most recent walks! Odonata seen were Common Darter, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly.



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Had a few hours at Newchurch Common today and it was dull and rained pretty heavily at times. But the warmth helped it be a really good invertebrate day.

Seven species of odonata were seen, the best being a late female Downy Emerald near Gull Pool. Other odonata were Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly. Seven species of butterfly were also seen, the best a nice Holly Blue, also seen were Common Blue, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Small White, Large White and Green-veined White.

Several beetle species were seen including the Violet Ground Beetle Carabus problematicus, Devils Coach-horse, Whirlygig and a new Leaf Beetle for patch, Galeruca tanaceti. Lots of Green Leaf-Hoppers (Cicadella viridis) were about as well as big numbers of the Tachinid Fly Tachina fera. A single Green Shieldbug was seen.

Finally sadly several rabbits with myxamatosis.



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Callands Warrington

A single Willow Beauty moth (Dark Form) found it's way into my home this evening.

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Dane Valley (West of Danebridge) between the brewery and the weir.

4 Migrant Hawker dragonflies.

3 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma and 3 Small White butterflies.

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Shannon Llewellyn wrote:
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After a tip off I headed down less than 3 miles from home this morning to the Shropshire Union Canal between Middlewich and Winsford to see an incredible sight. The hot weather has causeda population boom of Freshwater Jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii). These are an invasive species but seem to do no harm to native plants or animals. They can lay dormant for years and then 'emerge' in hot weather, which I think we qualify as right now biggrin Hopefully a piccy attached, they were hard to photograph but easier to video (have posted a video on Facebook).



 



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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/14/freshwater-jellyfish-spotted-shropshire-canal


 

Cheers, yeah I saw that, Shannon, and they were also on North West Tonight on TV too!! But a few errors in the reporting, they should be looking at the GM Forums biggrin



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Agden Bridge about 3 miles west of Dunham, yesterday evening at dusk - a Polecat making it's way along the side of the lane towards the car. I guess i can't 100% rule out an escaped lookalike ferret, but it certainly looked like one.



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Doc Brewster wrote:

After a tip off I headed down less than 3 miles from home this morning to the Shropshire Union Canal between Middlewich and Winsford to see an incredible sight. The hot weather has causeda population boom of Freshwater Jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii). These are an invasive species but seem to do no harm to native plants or animals. They can lay dormant for years and then 'emerge' in hot weather, which I think we qualify as right now biggrin Hopefully a piccy attached, they were hard to photograph but easier to video (have posted a video on Facebook).





These guys made the paper the other day:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/14/freshwater-jellyfish-spotted-shropshire-canal

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A very short visit to Newchurch Common pm yesterday (16th Aug), taking a visitor, produced a sighting of the male Ruddy Darter, still in the same place that I've had him before. This was a lifer for my visitor and he showed well. We also saw Brown Hawker and Common Blue Damselfly. As well as Common Blue butterfly, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and Small White.



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A morning walk in dull weathe4r on Newchurch Common surprisingly brought a couple of interesting insect sightings.

My second ever Purple Hairstreak butterfly was in an oak next to the ex-set-aside field and a Hornet was on Abbot's Moss, only the second this year, not rare here but always nice to see. Other butterflies included Common Blue, Speckled Wood, and Small & Green-veined Whites. Damselflies seen were Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Red-eyed. A Silver-Y moth was on Abbot's Moss. A Common Toad toadlet was seen too.



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Hodder Valley, Forest of Bowland

3m+2f Common Hawker dragonflies around a moorland pool.

2 Red Admiral and 3 Small Heath butterflies,

Lots of Common Heath, a couple of Northern Spinach and 1 Common Wainscot moths.



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(16.30-19.00)

Rixton Clay Pits NR : Dragonflies - 1 Black Tailed Skimmer and 4 Common Darters.

Butterflies- 3 Common Blue, 4 Gatekeeper, 1 Meadow Brown and 5 Large White.

Several of the smaller pools that are favoured by dragonflies have dried up completely.

Prospect Lane And Woodend Lane : 1 Brown Hawker dragonfly (By the fishing pools).

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Another afternoon walk in the sweltering sunshine at Newchurch Common. Another new dragonfly for the year here, this time Migrant Hawker. The male Ruddy Darter was in the same area as yesterday and at least 4 Brown Hawkers were seen. A Red Admiral, a Small Copper and a Holly Blue were seen, as well as at least 16 Common Blues, including 3+ egglaying females. Otherwise a similar mix of odonata and lepidoptera as yesterday.



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Three hours at Burton Mere RSPB Reserve today, mainly on the lookout for butterflies. Up to half a dozen Wall were seen in front of the Inner Marsh Farm Hide but were frustratingly active, constantly on the move and only posing momentarily with closed wings. Also around were Green-veined White, Small White, Large White, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue and Red Admiral.

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An afternoon walk in sweltering heat on Newchurch Common was the correct decision, rewarding me with two species new for patch, both expected but nonetheless great to add. The first of these was a male Ruddy Darter dragonfly near Big Pool which was pristine and possibly quite newly emerged. I managed to stalk it and get several shots with my phone (one attached). As I left the site in oaks near to the entrance the telltale sight of a small, fast flying, lilac-looking (in flight in the sun, anyway!) butterfly towards the top of an oak tree was spotted, undoubtably a Purple Hairstreak, but this time no piccy!

Other than this odonata were scarce, just Red-eyed and Common Blue Damselflies being seen. Butterflies were more numerous, but predictable, Holly Blue the best with others seen being Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Large, Small & Green-veined Whites and Speckled Wood. Meadow Grasshopper was also seen.



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Chelford (Former sand quarry pools NE of the roundabout on the A537)

Butterflies : 1 Common Blue, 7 Speckled Woods, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Meadow Browns, 8 Gatekeepers, 3 Large White

and 1 Small White.

Odonata : 1 Southern Hawker, plus numerous Brown Hawkers, Common Darters and Common Blue Damselflies.

Also 1 Common Frog.

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Another fantastic sighting close to home, this time less than a mile away. Thanks to John Rayner for the one-up on it too. The second ever site in Cheshire for Small Red-eyed Damsefly has been found along the Vale Royal Cut of the River Weaver, near our village of Moulton. I managed sightings of the odd one a couple of days ago, then yesterday too, but it took until today to get a digiscoped picture!! Scope definitely required for the subtle ID features of this species compared to the Large Red-eyed Damsels that are much more common at this location. Picture of Small Red-eyed Damselfly attached.



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Elton Hall Flash Sandbach ( Mid-Afternoon)

Only butterflies seen apart from a few Small Whites were a couple of Speckled Woods.

A large hairy caterpillar resembling that of a Fox Moth was found near Brook Farm.

The body of a large Pike was lying in very shallow water at the SE corner of the flash.

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After a tip off I headed down less than 3 miles from home this morning to the Shropshire Union Canal between Middlewich and Winsford to see an incredible sight. The hot weather has causeda population boom of Freshwater Jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii). These are an invasive species but seem to do no harm to native plants or animals. They can lay dormant for years and then 'emerge' in hot weather, which I think we qualify as right now biggrin Hopefully a piccy attached, they were hard to photograph but easier to video (have posted a video on Facebook).



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Handforth Dean fields in Cheshire is a place I have not visited for about 20 years, but I remembered it as a site where I last saw a ruddy darter anywhere! The area had really 'grown up' in terms of trees, and the shallow ponds seemed to have become overgrown (not surprisingly!), but just as I was out of time, I managed to bump into this little stunner. Surely a candidate for our most eye-catching dragonfly. Also saw 9 brown hawkers, 3 emperors and 1 common darter (imm. male). Mentioning the trees, many are maturing oaks, so not surprisingly I saw 3 certain purple hairstreaks (at eye level), and 2 probables. I would imagine the area holds hundreds. 3 small coppers were the next best find. Oh, and it was hot.  wink

 



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Good number of Comma butterflies, along with Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Large White, Small White. Also Common and Brown Hawkers, Common Blue Damselfly and a Weasel between the car park and reception.

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Neumanns Flash 18:00-20.30

Butterflies: 2 Common Blue, 2 Gatekeepers and 1 Speckled Wood

Dragonflies : 3 Brown Hawkers. 1 Fox sunbathing at the Haydn Pool.

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Sunny & hot on Newchurch Common. Ten species of butterfly again, the only new ones were a Comma and a Red Admiral. Two Holly Blues and two Common Blues also of note. No new odonata. A Tachina fera was seen, a large fly that parasitises lepidoptera.



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On Newchurch Common, Cheshire today, in the sun again.

11 species of Butterfly, Painted Lady (again), Holly Blue, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White and Small Copper. A new dragonfly for the year here on the mosses, Black Darter, also lots of Brown Hawkers, a Downy Emerald still, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Common Blue Damselfly. Also today a Common Shrew again.



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Butterflies around Marshside today: common blue, small white, gatekeeper, meadow brown, wall (pleasingly; the first I've seen outside Anglesey for years), peacock, red admiral.

Lots of six-spot burnets too, especially the scrubby areas behind the Marine Lake; loads of them here.

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Neumanns Flash 10.00-1400

7 Gatekeepers along the SE corner of the flash were the only butterflies seen throughout.

No dragonflies were seen, which is worrying, but on the plus side no clegs were encountered throughout either.

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