Latest Sightings August 2015

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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 under Monitoring ).

All sightings unless stated are from personal observations by Eddie Napper

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Green Woodpecker A visit to Area 10 and the car park field at lunchtime, produced of intrest a Kestrel , a juvenille Green Woopecker, Blackcap and Chiffchaff . There was no sign of the Garden Warbler Whitethroat Lesser Whitethroat or Redstart seen earlier in the morning by Fraser Cottington. A flock of Lapwing flew over disturbed from the old landfill site.


In Area 10 this morning a good number of Blackcap and Chiffchaff were calling from the bushes in the car park field. They were also in Area 8 around Toutley Bridge, female Pheasant was flushed from the grass. It later appeared in the ploughed field feeding with Roe Deer.


Buzzard In Area 5, this afternoon a Buzzard was circling on the thermals.


Fraser Cottington was out and about in Area 10 this morning.The Spotted Flycatchers were still in the sailing club compound, at least 5. Back to the car park field and there were plenty of Blackcap , Chiffchaff and a Garden Warbler then 2 Redstart , one was either the same 1st winter male as Tuesday's, or a different one, the other bird was a stunning adult male.


Spotted Flycatcher In Area 10 today Fraser Cottington was out again and reports that a Hobby flew over the car park field low West. At the compound on the opposite side of Sandford Lane, 3 of the Spotted Flycatchers were on show, the fourth kept back in the undergrowth behind. There was a Willow Warbler in the same tree as them, for a few moments, then it was off. Photo courtesy of Fraser Cottington.


Redstart In Area 10 this morning at the car park field off Sandford Lane Fraser Cottington heard, and then saw an autumn adult male Redstart in the usual area along the barbed wire fence .


In Area 5, at my garden feeders at least 10 Goldfinch have started to amass first thing in the morning. A least 50% of these are juvenilles. Joining these are Greenfinch in reasonable numbers. In Area 10 Fraser Cottington had 2 juv Bullfinch and 2 Hobby over the car park field.


In Area 5, 2 Swift were seen flying overhead and at the Balancing pond in Area 4, 2 Grey Wagtail were seen. Another or maybe one of the two Grey wagtail wasseen by the Area 5 pond.


In Area 5 on the way to Morrisons a Grey Heron was seen by Pat Taylor.


On Old Forest Road in Area 8 by Toutley Bridge a flock of approximately 20 House Sparrow were moving between the verge and the roadside hedge. In Area 7 a Ring necked Parakeet flew over calling.


In Area 5 this morning a Ring necked Parakeet flew over calling. The Kingfisher was heard calling as it flew up and dwnstream. In Area 3 flying over Lidl were atleast 7 House Martin heading S.


In Area 10 at Lavells Lake a juvenille Barn Owl was seen sitting in the entrance of the Owl box.


Mallard In Area 3 off Ashville Way these Mallard we sitting on the weir befor Balsam pulling started. A Grey Wagtail was also seen.


At 20:15 in Area 5 a Kingfisher was seen flying downstream between Ripplestream and Dragonfly Bridge by Sarah Napper. In Area 10 a Coal Tit and Nuthatch were seen in the Carpark field by Fraser Cottington. The was seen briefly in its box by Linda Garner-Graham at 09:00


A 2 hour wait for the Barn Owl eventually proved friutfull for Gavin Turner when it emerged from its Area 10 box at 21:15 in the paddock to the rear of Bittern Hide at Lavell's Lake. In Area 5, by the new pond a Grey Wagtail was feeding on the mud.


Coal TitGreat spotted Woodpecker This morning calling Canada Geese flew over Area 5 at 05:30, waking me from my slumber. A calling Coal Tit was in my garden Yew tree , before visiting my feeders.A yaffling Green Woodpecker was heard down by the Emm Brook. In Area 10 in the car park field a Great spotted Woodpecker was seen hanging off the side of a telegraph pole


5 Canada Geese were seen flying N at dusk in Area 5, presumabely to roost somewhere. A Mistle Thrush



Kite-tailed Robberfly On the garden umbrella at my Area 5 house this afternoon a Kite-tailed Robberfly Machimus atricapillus was busy munching on a fly. Males of this species are readily distinguished by the projecting tab on the last segment which bears a tuft of black hairs. The tab normally has a forked apex resembling a kite's tail.


Bishop's Mitre ShieldbugLong winged Conehead In Area 8 (Old Forest Road) before this mornings Balsam pulling, I popped out with my sweep net in the long grass. It produced a first for me and the FOTEB Insect list with a Bishops Mitre Shield bug Aelia acuminata and a grasshopper in the shape of a Long winged Conehead Conocephalius cliscolor .Barred hook tip Seen during the Balsam pulling were several moths including Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis ,Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata and Barred hook tip Watsonalla cultraria .


Marbled Green The porch light was left on last night at my Area 5 house. 4 Grass Veneer moths were on the door along with a Marbled Green Cryphia muralis muraliss


Great Diving Beetle LarvaeCaddisfly Larvae Pond dipping took place today in the new Area 5 pond. Despite the fact that it was only dug during June 2015 we found several Caddisfly larvae. 2 Great Diving Beetle Agabus bipustulatus larvaeanother diving beetle, believed to be Ilybius fuliginasus Hog Louse A lot of Hog Louse Asellus aquaticus and a Water Boatman Corixa punctata. Also seen while we were there were Common Blue Polyommatus icarus Large White Pieris brassicae Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria and Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta . Flying around the pond were at least 2Common Darter Pipistrellus pipistrellus and 2 Southern Hawer Pipistrellus pipistrellus dragonflies. Kick sampling also took place in the river by Dragonfly Bridge


In Area 3, by Lidl during the Balsam pulling the first Painted Lady Vanessa cardui icarus butterfly of the year was seen.


Common Darter
title= In Area 5 a Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum was seen again at the new pond, sunning itself on the gabions.


Common Blue
title= In Area 10 a Common Blue Polyommatus icarus was seen along withMeadow Brown Maniola jurtina, Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus,Large White Sympetrum striolatum Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta and Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineolae.


In Area 5 a Hornet Vespa crabro flew in through an open window, before being swiftly shown the door.


A blue and yellow hawker dragonfly, maybe a Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea was seen by Sue Farrington at the new pond in Area 5 today


Common Darter In Area 5 a Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum was seen on the edge of the new pond.



In Area 3 by the Emm Brook on Ashville Way Common Fleabane Pulicaria dysentrica and Lesser Knapweed Centaurea nigra


Field Bindweed Certainly not a gardeners favourite, but in Area 10 by the footpath from the car park field is Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis . Its pink flowers are very distinctive.


Crab Apple In Area 10 by the footpath from the car park field the fruits of the Crab apple Malus sylvestris are starting to appear.

Other Wildlife



Roe Deer In Area 8 this morning , a male and 2 female Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus were feeding at the edge of the ploughed field off Old Forest Road.


Pipestrelle Outside my Area 5 house this evening at 20:30 a Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus bat was feeding around the hedge in the front garden.


in Area 5 over Brookside at approx 20:30 a solitary Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus bat was seen by Holly Swift.


Male Roe Deer In Area 10 at lunch time, a male Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus was strolling across the car park field on Sandford Lane.


There has not been many reports around the Emm Brook of Hedgehog's Erinceus europaeus visiting gardens. The only ones that I have seen, are unfortunately dead on the roads.


At approx 20:00 a solitary Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus bat was feeding over the BMX track to the rear of Morrissons.



Field Mushroom In Area 10 in the car park field on Sandford Lane are several, what I believe to be Field Mushroom Agaricus campestris. The



Fish/ Crustacean


Walking along the Emm Brook in Area 6 to the rear of Clifton Road, Balsam pulling this morning During the kick sampling in the river this morning in Area 5 by Dragonfly Bridge 3 Bullhead Cottus gobio were caught in the net.


Bullhead During the kick sampling in the river this morning in Area 5 by Dragonfly Bridge 3 Bullhead Cottus gobio were caught in the net.

For a review of the sightings along the Emm for the first 8 months of 2014 click here May - August 2014 Sightings

January - April 2014 Sightings