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Bold Heath
Clock Face Rd
Swinton Commercials

The grassy roadside slope running up to the old Hire Co. Several Marsh Orchids out, most looked Northern. Only one Bee Orchid found although two more flowering spikes right on the adjacent verge inches from busy A Road.

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In Devon today at Aylesbeare Common we had Keeled Skimmer, Emperor dragonfly, Golden-ringed dragonfly and Beautiful Demoiselle. We saw Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Holly Blue. We also saw 2 Palmate Newts and hundreds of froglets!

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In Devon today at Aylesbeare Common we had Keeled Skimmer, Emperor dragonfly, Golden-ringed dragonfly and Beautiful Demoiselle. We saw Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Holly Blue. We also saw 2 Palmate Newts and hundreds of froglets!

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Cornwall.

Some other sightings on my holiday this last week.

Marine Discovery.
- Risso's Dolphin 2 groups seen inc mother and calf
- Harbour Porpoise 3 seen inc mother and calf

Scillonian III.
- Ocean Sunfish

Mount's Bay.
- Bottlenose Dolphins I couldn't tell how many present but likely to be the ones recently proved to be of Cornish waters descent

Zennor head.
- Grey Seal 5

Ludgvan.
- Badger 1 foraging around one night near my mates driveway as we came back from the pub
- Red Fox 1
- Grey Squirrel 2

3 different sizes of Bat seen throughout the week but without a detector I'm working on likelihood.
- The tiny ones were Pipistrelle but whether it was Common or Soprano is anyone's guess.
- The slightly larger ones seen are likely to be Lesser Horseshoe which have a few colonies in the area using some of the disused but fully monitored tin mines.
- The larger ones again I'm not sure but I think are likely to be Noctules, a slower wingbeat and a lighter colour.

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Danebower Quarry and Hollow (10.00-13.30)

Moths : 1 Common White Wave, 1 Purple Bar, 1 Wood Tiger and a few Common Heaths.

Small Heath Butterflies abundant.



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Second day in Somerset produced lots of great non-bird sightings. Saw Large Blue butterflies at Collard Hill along with Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Greater Butterfly Orchid & Pyramidal Orchid there. A lovely Grass Snake was seen at Graylake RSPB as well as Banded Demoiselles. At Ham Wall we saw the inch long Large Marsh Horsefly, Swollen-thighed Beetles and a newly emerged Black-tailed Skimmer. Also here were Perez Frogs showing much better than yesterday. To finish off a White Ermine Moth was in the pub in the evening, so I rescued it & set it free!!

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Elton Hall Flash Sandbach

1m Banded Demoiselle.

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Down in Somerset on holiday and the first afternoon was spent at Ham Wall RSPB area. Despite the overcast weather we had lots of good non-bird sightings. Best was a few Variable Damselflies. Another was 2 Glow-Worm larvae, not something you get every day! Two Perez Frogs were seen in the pools. Other sightings included Four-spotted Chasers, Red-eyed Damselflies, Azure, Blue-tailed & Common Blue Damselflies, a Large Skipper, Red-headed Cardinal Beetle, Nettle Weevil, Green Dock Beetle, Nursery Web Spider and Brown Bush Cricket. If this was the fare with. Lousy weather we are looking forward to a bit of sunshine!

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Some excellent other wildlife seen around Rhosneigr last week, especially amongst the dune networks. Some of the highlights:

Small heath, common blue, dingy skipper, small pearl-bordered fritillary, orange tip, small white, large white, wall, painted lady, small tortoiseshell, red admiral, cinnabar and a garden tiger caterpillar.

Common blue damselfly, blue-tailed damselfly, four-spotted chaser.

Common sexton beetle, green tiger beetle.

Lots of robberfly sp. The terrors of the dunes.

Marsh orchid sp. in flower; several individuals, with my inexpert opinion being possible early marsh orchid and northern marsh orchid. A friend, though, is a genuine orchid expert, so should have a positive ID soon (though I was't intelligent enough to photograph leaves as well as inflorescence).

Brilliant views of seven grey seals at North Stack.

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Gatewarth
First orchids of the year here for me
4 Southern Marsh Orchids fully out
1 darker Marsh Orchid just coming out was probably Northern
1 Small Tortoiseshell

A large area of the old grassed over tip has been heavily mowed/had vegetation removed. Can't think why this has been done, the area's one of the best on site for Marsh Orchids and also usually has Purple Loosestrife. Depressing.

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Given hope by Marks Black-tailed Skimmers locally I headed to Newchurch Vommon as they breed there too, to see if I could find one.

The sweltering sunny morning was perfect but only odonata of note were the usual Downy Emeralds, with a couple seen at one of my locations. All the other usuals were seen but no skimmers. Instead I had to settle for a new species of butterfly for the year in the shape of a Large Skipper. Great compensation indeed smile Also new for the year was a Yellow Shell moth.



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Danebower (Area around chimney and old quarry):

Lots of Common Heath Moths

Lamaload Reservoir : 2 Silver Ground Carpet Moths. Soldier Beetle (Cantharis Pallida) on Cow Parsley.

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Todays morning visit to Newchurch Common (1st June) produced my first Painted Lady butterfly of 2018, several Silver-Y moths were also seen, both species being migrants. A female Banded Demoiselle was seen near where the male was seen yesterday, the third record of this species on the site and this time was photographed. Other than that 1+ Downy Emerald was on the wing. Common Twayblade is now flowering in the woods.



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Yesterday's walk on Newchurch Common in the warmth produced plenty of sightings (31st May)

A new damselfly for the year was seen, and a rarity for the site, a male Banded Demoiselle, only the 2nd site record. Other odonata were at least 10 Downy Emeralds, Four-spot Chaser, and damselflies: Large Red, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Azure and Red-eyed. A pregnant Common Lizard was on the mosslands. Also here a scarce moth for these parts in the shape of a Grass Wave. Other moths seen were Common Wave, Silver-ground Carpet, Cinnabar and Silver-Y. Butterflies seen were Holly Blue, Common Blue, Large White and Green-veined White. My first Swollen-thighed Beetles of the year were on buttercups. The impressive spider Pirata piscatorius was on Gull pool hunting the water's surface.



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St Marys Rd
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First Painted Lady of the year for me. Very faded individual zooming round flower beds.

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Risley Moss NR (13.30-16.00)

Lots of Four Spotted Chasers, 2 Brown Hawkers (Near Peter's Hide).

Common Blue and Large Red Damselflies in abundance.

2 female Blue Tailed Damselflies.

5 Brimstone and 1 Speckled Wood Butterflies.

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On a sunny day I had the opportunity to do some invert hunting on Newchurch and wasn't disappointed yesterday (Monday May 28th).

One new butterfly species was added to the year tally in the shape of Common Blue. Other species were Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large WhiteGreen-veined WhiteSpeckled  Wood and Orange-tip. at least 10 Downy Emerald Dragonflies were seen in 5 different areas. Other odonata were Four-spotted Chaser, Red-eyed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly and Azure Damselfly. Moths included, new for the year; Silver-Y, Brown Silver-line, Common Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Common White Wave, and a repeat for Cinnabar.

New hoverflies were Lucozona lucorum, Cheilosia ranunculi, Eristalis intricarius and a Parheliophilus sp. Bettles included a Wasp Beetle, a massive hatch of Garden Chafers, Green Tiger Beetles and an Amara sp.

Finally two Common Lizards, two terrapins and two Common Frogs were seen.



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In a brief visit to Newchurch Common in the sun this afternoon a new dragonfly for the year for the site was added in the shape of a Four-spotted Chaser. Also still present were Downy Emerald, Common Blue Damselfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly.



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Neumann's Flash, Northwich

Around 8 Dingy Skipper on the south side of the Flash this late morning together with Brimstone, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood.

Odonata were represented by several Hairy Dragonfly and the odd Black-tailed Skimmer, amongst others.

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A day watching Butterflies in the Silverdale area yesterday.

Gait Barrows
3 Duke of Burgundy
6 Green Hairstreak
4 Dingy Skipper
5 Brimstone
Also saw Orange tip, Large, Small and Green Veined White, Small heath and Peacock


Warton Crag

3 Pearl Bordered Fritillary
1 Dingy Skipper
1 Wall Butterfly
2 brimstone

Also saw saw 6 Green Hairsteak today near the trig point on Pendle Hill


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Two hours this morning in Anderton Nature Park, Northwich. Weather sunny and warm.

Butterflies - Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Comma and Brimstone.

Odonata - Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly, Blue tailed Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly, Four-spotted Chaser and Broad-bodied Chaser.

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A short but very productive walk in the sun this afternoon on Newchurch Common for insects.

Several new species of Odonata were added to the year list. Most impressive was an immature male Broad-bodied Chaser near Big Pool. There was a huge emergence of Common Blue Damselflies and a few Blue-tailed Damselflies new out. Two male Downy Emeralds were seen and Red-eyed Damselflies still. To complete the tally Azure and Large Red Damselflies were still on the wing.

The most noteworthy butterfly was Holly Blue. A Cinnabar moth was also seen. Other finds were Green Shieldbug, Scorpion Fly, Nursery Web Spider, Cockchafer and a Click Beetle.



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Gaitwarth
Good numbers of toad tadpoles in pond near entrance
2 Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies

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09.45-14.00

Neumanns Flash: 3 Dingy Skipper butterflies.

Walked around Neumanns Flash, the Haydn Pool and Marbury CP.

Butterflies seen along the route : 2 Brimstone, 3 Peacock, 1 Small White, 3 Orange Tip and 6 Speckled Wood.

A single Scorpion Fly was by Big Wood and lots of Caddis Flies were emerging along Budworth Mere.


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In my morning recuperative walk on Newchurch yesterday (Thursday 17th May) the sunshine produced plenty of invertebrate interest.

A new butterfly species for the year was seen on Shemmy Moss namely Small Copper. Other butterflies were as my last walk, just missing a couple of species. A new damselfly species was also seen, Red-eyed Damselfly on Small Pool. Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus) was abundant and new for site. Red and Black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) was also seen. I had my first Volucella bombylans hoverfly too and 3 species of Ladybird: 14-spot, 7-spot & the first Harlequins.



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A sunny walk yesterday afternoon (Mon 14th) produced a bif hatch of my first Azure Damselflies of the year, along with lots of Large Red Damselflies and 2 Downy Emerald Dragonflies. 10 butterfly species were seen: Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood. Green Tiger Beetle and Click Beetle (Athous bicolor) were seen. The 'Footballer' hoverfly Helophilus pendulus was also seen as well as Alder Flies.



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Green hairstreak on the Longshaw Estate moors today.

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Rixton Clay Pits LNR:

2 Broad-bodied Chasers - both female
Large Red Damselflies

Butterflies:
Orange Tips
Green veined White
Large White
Peacock
Speckled Wood

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A few butterflies on the wing today, seen whilst birding in Primrosehill Wood which is a short distance south of Delamere Forest in Cheshire :-

Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Peacock and Speckled Wood.

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An unplanned visit to meet up with Melanie, Simon & Alan for a very pleasant couple of hours and added a couple of new species to my Newchurch 2018 listings to boot. A Holly Blue was in the field by the Farm Field Pool, my first spring one ever, despite getting them in good numbers later every year! Also a Downy Emerald had emerged on Gull Pool, found by visiting photographers with nets, not a very ethical practise in my opinion cry

Directed my pals onto Green Hairstreaks and Green Tiger Beetles too smile



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A walk on Newchurch Common, Cheshire, produced my first damselfly of 2018, predictably Large Red Damselfly, seen near the Whitegate Way. A good tally of butterflies included several first for patch for 2018, namely Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Large White and Small White. Also seen were Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell , Comma and Green-veined White. A Scalloped Hook-tip moth and a Shaded Broad-bar moth were firsts for the year, as was a 14-spot Ladybird. Green Tiger Beetles were again on the mosslands.



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Brockholes Nature Reserve Lancs

Butterflies : 1 Brimstone, 5 Peacocks, 3 Small Tortoiseshells and lots of Orange Tips.

1 Cockchafer and 1 Bee Fly along the the riverside path.

Elsewhere on the reserve : 2f Emerald Damselflies, 1 Common Blue Damselfly and 1 "Volcella Pellucens" hover fly.

Masses of caddis flies around Number One Pit.

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A Newchurch Common walk with a guest wanting to see the Green Hairstreak butterflies, and I duly delivered with 10+ individuals even though it wasn't ideal with lots of cloudy periods and quite a breeze. Saw my first patch Small Tortoiseshell today, also other butterflies I had seen before, namely Green-veined White and Peacock. Had my first Latticed Heath moth on the mosslands too. Also seen, especially for my visitor, Green Tiger Beetle, and for me to photograph on a bluebell a Common Carder Bee. Had the first Tawny Mining Bee at the 'nesting' area today. There was also a huge hatch of Alder Leaf Beetles.



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At Newchurch Common today, when the sun finally came out, c.8 Green Hairstreaks on the mosslands, a male Orange-tip in the same area and lots & lots of St Mark's Flies. Several 7-Spot Ladybirds were seen and a Common Carder Bee. Spotted Cranefly (Nephrotoma appendiculata) was on the mosslands.



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Moore NR

Lots of St Marks flies around the Eastern Reedbed, and Caddis Flies by Pumphouse Pool.

Oddly, after a 6 hour walk around the site, with no rain and it being warm enough to just wear a jumper, no butterflies were seen throughout.

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Neumanns Flash Around 8.30pm (25.04.18)

2 Pipistrelle sized and 1 Noctule sized bats flying over the path on the E. side of Neumanns Flash.

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On April 20th (last Friday) hope was high in the warm sunny weather.

I recorded my first Green Hairstreaks with 10+ on the mosslands. Other butterflies present, again in the same area, were my first Green-veined White, Comma and Peacock. At least 10 Green Tiger Beetles were on the mosslands too, with four even watched in territorial battle on a sandy mound, a type of lek I suppose! Also present were Whirlygig Beetles and Pond Skaters. Two queen Tree Bumblebees were seen too.



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Whilst visiting Burton Mere RSPB earlier also viewed: Brimstone, Peacock and Orange Tip butterflies.



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A walk from Newton le Willows to St Helens along the Sankey Canal 10am to 1pm.
5 Orange Tip
2 Brimstone
6 Peacock
4 Tortoiseshell Butterfly
1 Large White
1 Small White
1 Comma


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Neumanns Flash

2 Speckled Wood butterflies in shady areas on the Marsden side. 1 Zebra Spider on a wooden post.

Haydn Pool : 6 Peacock and 3 Orange Tip butterflies.

Marbury CP and Big Wood : 4 Brimstone, 4 Orange Tip and 2 more Peacock butterflies.

Dairyhouse Meadows : 1 Small Tortoiseshell butterfly.

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On Newchurch Common, Cheshire today:

2 Comma and 1 Peacock Butterfly. queen Red-tailed Bumblebee, queen Common Carder Bee, Tawny Mining Bee, White/Buff-tailed Bumblebee.

For anyone who does Geocaching I've found a box on my patch, so inbox me if you wanna see it smile



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On Newchurch Common, Cheshire today in warm sunshine my first basking Common Lizard, probably one of last years young from the small size. Also a male Smooth Newt.



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N.Wales, Denbighshire - Fox Moth Caterpillar up at Craig Bron-banog Mast in Clocaenog Forest.



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Red-Eared Terrapin on the River Dee in Chester this morning, swimming across the mud below Castle Drive

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Out on Newchurch Common, Cheshire, today in the sunshine and I had my first butterfly of the year (apart from hibernating ones we used to have in the old Focalpoint farm unit) in the shape of a Peacock butterfly flying near East Bay, Sandiway Big Pool. My first butterflies on this patch last year were on March 26th so this is a really early date for me to record one in 2018 here smile



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On Newchurch Common this morning for a patch walk and at the boundary of Shemmy Moss and the Whitegate Way I had my latest ever Common Darter Dragonfly, a pretty drab individual. Amazing to think that I scraped ice off my car before setting out to go there, but the sun certainly was warm in the end smile



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Out near home on a sunny autumn day.

On the R.waever by New Bridge S.of Moulton, Cheshire, 2 fisheren were unhooking a pike which was between 3 and 4 feet in length, it was a monster, it's mouth looked like a cavern !!

Down the road at Newchurch Common I had 2 butterfly species, one predicatbly a Red Admiral. The other was a late Speckled Wood, which I thought should have gone over, but checking UK Butterflies a few folk have had them still late October.



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M Brimstone flying round gardens

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Neumanns Flash 10.00-13.30

Just 1 dragonfly seen, a male Common Darter, and no butterflies recorded at all.

The main feature though was the sheer number of Harlequin Ladybirds around, especially on Dairyhouse Meadows.

At least 6 were clinging to my clothing at any point throughout. They were flying at eye level, so they often hit you in the face.

Everyone I met here was troubled by the ladybirds, the Harlequins appeared more numerous than a hatch of winged ants.

4 much smaller native 7-Spot ladybirds were also seen.



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Redsmere Cheshire 11.00-14.30

2 Red Admiral butterflies. 1 Migrant Hawker dragonfly.

A pair of coupled Common Darter dragonflies were by a pool at nearby Capesthorne Hall.

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