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The latest news from the heath! Issue 53 Dated 10.01.01

No 587 Sat. 09.10.99 Mainly overcast.
Colin Thompson, Kevin Lewis, Debbie Jackson, Tracey Hobbs (back from USA), Hamish Dublon, Babs Watts, Peter Watts (Dad), Wendy Watts (Mum), Anna Lyons, Tris Allinson, Michelle Margot, Ellie Owen (Cheltenham), Sonja Preuss (Rostock, Germany), Ilia Osepashvili (Georgia, the ex-Soviet state), Johanna Ehrnsten (Helsinki, Finland), Dave Styles (Jersey), Natalie Roberts (Sheffield), Katherine Trehane, Anne Hulse (Chester), Emma Luxford (Suffolk), & Colin Penny = 21.
Hamish supervised half of the Group on scrub clearance work west of the Woodland Spine at the top end. I led the other half on species study.
Babs' Dad, Peter, wondered if he'd found Badger prints in a puddle on the Northern Track. There is a photo in Album 70, but it's hard to say whether the print was made by a Badger.

Birds: Jay Garrulus glandarius, Green Woodpecker Picus viridis, Snipe Gallinago gallinago - 2 seen.
Coleoptera: Violet Ground Beetle Carabus violaceus, Dor Beetle Geotrupes stercorarius - Southern Track arch - in dung !, Whirligig Beetle Gyrinus natator - stream in Mervyn's meadows.
Orthoptera: Common Groundhopper Tetrix undulata, Slender Groundhopper T. subulata.
Herptiles: Adder Vipera berus - Mervyn's meadow, on a log - photo in Album 70.
In flower: Bogbean Menyanthes trifoliata - one spike still in flower ! Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris, Bell Heather Erica cinerea, Cross-leaved Heath E. tetralix, Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula, Devil's-bit Scabious Succisa pratensis, Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi, Tormentil Potentilla erecta.
Not in flower: Watercress Nasturtium officinale - growing in heath pools.

No. 588 Sat. 16.10.99 Mainly overcast.
Colin Thompson, Len Wise, Nathalie Kausch, Louise Samson, Tracey Hobbs, Dave Bevan, Hamish Dublon, Michelle Margot, Dave Styles, Lucy Boyles (Notts), Anna Lyons, Tris Allinson, Phil Davison, Andrea Lancaster, Jane Edgar, & Colin Penny = 16.
Today we burned-up the brash cut by "Hamish's Work Parties" over the last two weeks.
Birds: Green Woodpecker Picus viridis, Fieldfare Turdus pilaris, Redwing T. iliacus, Skylark Alauda arvensis, Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis, Linnet Acanthis cannabina, Snipe Gallinago gallinago, Goldcrest Regulus regulus.
Hemiptera: Common Backswimmer Notonecta glauca, Green Leafhopper Cicadella viridis.
Coleoptera: Violet Ground Beetle Carabus violaceus.
Orthoptera: Common Groundhopper Tetrix undulata.
Diptera: Yellow Dung-fly Scathophaga stercoraria, Mosquito ???? - larvae.
Order Collembola: Springtail - ????
Araneae: Four-spotted Orb Spider Araneus quadratus, Garden Orb-spider A. diadematus.
Herptiles: Common Frog Rana temporaria.
Fungi: ???? Russula sp.
Mollusca: Dark-lipped Banded Snail Cepaea nemoralis, Black Slug Arion ater, Snail eggs - ???
In flower: Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi, Common Cotton Grass Eriophorum angustifolium, Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula, Tormentil Potentilla erecta, Marsh Valerian Valeriana dioica, Devil's-bit Scabious Succisa patensis, Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix, Bell Heather E. cinerea, Ling Calluna vulgaris, Bogbean Menyanthes trifoliata, Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris, Marsh Lousewort Pedicularis palustris, Western Gorse Ulex gallii, Bramble Rubus fruticosis.

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