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The"Area Seen" refers to the 10 sections that the Brook has been split into for monitoring purposes (see Wildlife page).
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1 Common Tern seen flying over Area 4 this morning.
In Area 8 a male Whitethroat was singing from a hedgerow near Old Forest Rd and a Chiffchaff was calling from an Ash tree . Apair of Bullfinches were als seen. In Area 5. A Stock Dove, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were seen in Area 4& 5.
A Willow Warbler was heard singing in bushes by the balancing pond in Area 4 and 2 Chiffchaff's and a Blackcap were singing in Area 8.
1 Swallow and 2 Sand Martins over Area 4 of the Emm brook. Sighting by Paul Bright-Thomas
In Area 5 at least 2 singing male Blackcaps and a Chifchaff this morning. Also several calling Nuthatches & a pair of Jays.
Heard in Area 10 at 20:00 a Sedge Warbler in the reeds adjacent to the Emm at Lavells Lake
Seen in Area 5 between 16:00 & 17:00 today Chiffchaff,Jay,Magpie, Robin,Blue Tit,Great Tit,Carrion Crow,Chaffinch,Nuthatch,Tree Creeper,5 Mallards, Greenfinch,Robin,Green Woodpecker,Song Thrush,Wood Pigeon & Collared Dove
In area 8 today a Kingfisher was seen flying up the Emm
In Area 5 today a Sparrowhawk was seen flying over the woods near Woosehill roundabout.
An afternoon walk in Area 8 (OldForest Rd) proved very good for Butterflies with at least 5 Peacock , 5 Small Tortishell, 3Orange Tip ,1 Small White and 1 Speckled Wood.
First Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris was seen in Area 5
Seen in Area 5 between 16:00 & 17:00 today in the glorious sunshine 3 Peacock and 1 Brimstone Butterfly. The first 6 Spot Ladybird of the year and a Bee Fly
At least 4 Buff tailed Bumblebees were seen feeding on nectar from a Pussy Willow adjacent to Toutley Bridge on Old Forest Rd in Area 7.
Despite the overnight rain the moth trap was put out.. Only 11 moths of 6 species were trapped. New moths for the year were Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea) and the micro moth Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) .
This brings the years total to 18 species.
A male Roe Deer was seen adjacent to the Emm in Area 8 near the motorway this afternoon.
Plants & Trees
.Cowslips were seen growing in the willdflower meadow in Area 4
Blackthorn (also known as sloe) can be seen coming into flower adjacent to Toutley Bridge on Old Forest Rd in Area 7. Their bushes are covered in clouds of white blossom borne on its dark, thorn laden branches. This shrub is sometimes confused with Hawthorn, but the Hawthorn does not flower until May and comes into leaf before the blossom opens.
As a taste of things to come (but not yet in flower) the following plants can be seen emerging through the ground on most of the Emm. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) ,Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata),Goosegrass (Galium aparine) , Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) and Broad-leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius).