No 622 Sat. 17.06.00 Sunny and hot !
Lindsay Emerson, Helen Deavin, Doug Arkell, David Ruthven, Veronica Fish, Dave Bevan, Phil Davison, Nathalie Kausch, Martina Napitupulu & Colin Penny = 10.
Birds: Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita, Swift Apus apus, Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella.
Moths: Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth Hemaris fuciformis (Cluster of light green eggs found on underside of Honeysuckle leaf Lonicera periclymenum, Silver Y Autographa gamma.
Butterflies: Green-veined White Artogeia napi, Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni (male), Common Blue Polyommatus icarus, Large Skipper Ochlodes venatus, Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria, Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina, Silver-studded Blue Plebejus argus.
Mammals: Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus (2 seen near car park by David Ruthven).
Coleoptera: Weevil Cryptorhynchus lapathi (distinctive light patch of white scales at base of abdomen - these can also be yellow - found on willow near Stream Arch), Leaf Beetle Phaedon cochleariae, ??? Olive-coloured Beetle on Willow ???
Odonata: Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans, Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella, Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum.
Orthoptera: Dark Bush-cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera (half-grown), Slender Groundhopper Tetrix subulata.
Hemiptera: Water Cricket Velia caprai.
Misc. Insects: Horse-fly Chrysops relictus (patterned wings and amazing green irridescent eyes - beautiful, but deadly !).
Plant galls: Bedstraw Shoot Gall Geocrypta gallii.
Araneae: Crab Spider Xysticus sp., Garden Spider Araneus diadematus.
Herptiles: NOTE: Phil and I heard a squeaking sound in the newly-cleared section of the mire. We followed the sound and eventually a small frog
bounded away from a clump of thick vegetation. Looking closer, we discovered a 2-foot-long Grass Snake Natrix natrix in the clump. Obviously, the frog had been caught by the snake, and we had, inadvertently, cost the reptile its meal! Needless to say, we were unable to photograph the Grass Snake - it wound itself deeper into the vegetation and just "disappeared". A second Grass Snake was seen near the heath pools, north of the mire.
Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara, Common Frog Rana temporaria.
Fishes: Three-spined Stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus (Many young fishes seen swimming in the newly-opened stream area, West of Stream Arch, and also in patches of open water found even further west.
In flower: Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix, Bell Heather E. cimerea, Tormentil Potentilla erecta, Marsh Cinquefoil P. palustris, Common Milkwort Polygala vulgaris, Red Clover Trifolium pratense, Bog Pimpernel Anagalis tenella, Square-stemmed St John's-wort Hypericum tetrapterum, Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi (pink and white varieties), Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris, Lesser Spearwort R. flammula, Quaking Grass Briza media, Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa, Yellow Rattle Rhinanthus minor, Watercress Nasturtium officinale, Water Forget-me-not Myosotis scorpioides, Lady's Smock Cardamine pratensis, Bittersweet Solanum dulcamara, Marsh Thistle Cirsium palustre (incl. one plant with white flowers), Marsh Willowherb Epilobium palustre, Marsh Bedstraw Galium palustre, Brooklime Veronica beccabunga, Common Cotton-grass Eriophorum angustifolium, Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum, Climbing Corydalis Corydalis claviculata, White Clover Trifolium repens, Black Medick Medicago lupulina, Bramble Rubus futicosus sp., Southern Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza praetermissa, Heath Spotted Orchid D. maculata, Common Spotted Orchid D. fuchsii, Common Hawkweed Hieracium vulgatum agg.