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The "Area Seen" refers to the 11 sections that the Brook has been split into for monitoring purposes (see Wildlife page under Monitoring ).

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All sightings unless stated are from personal observations by Eddie Napper.


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July 2024

What is this life if full of care , we have no time to stand and stare.

Leisure - W. H. Davies.

Birds

17/07/24 Swift numbers had increased to 4 ,screaming over my Area 4 garden this morning.

16/07/24 A Green Woodpecker was heard from my Area 4 garden this morning.

14/07/24 During the Balsam Pulling session in Area 3, a family of very noisy Herring Gull were seen and heard and 4 screaming Swift were flying around the flats.

11/07/24  Barn Owl A Barn Owl was seen succesfully hunting over rough ground for voles, mice etc  Barn Owl in Area 10 late evening by Don Broadbridge. Photo's courtesy of Don Broadbridge.

09/07/24  Grey Heron A pair of Green Woodpecker were seen flying North from the Car Park field in Area 10 by Rupert Woodman and a Tawny Owl called twice near the Green Bridge heard by Brian Bennett. A Cormorrant flew North over my Area 4 garden and a Swift was feeding overhead.In Area 1 a Grey Heron was on the Ludgrove School pond.

08/07/24  Grey Wagtail Seen in and around the boats at the Dinton Activity Centre in Area 10 were 3 Grey Wagtail , heard were Ring necked Parakeet  Chiffchaff ,singing male Chiffchaff and 2 singing male Blackcap .

06/07/24 Seen over Old Forest Road Meadows in Area 8 by Paul O'Neill were a male Sparrowhawk a solitary Swift 3 singing male Chiffchaff and 2 singing male Whitethroat .

05/07/24 3 Swift were over my Area 4 garden.

04/07/24 Near the Activity Centre in Area 10 there were 4 Juvenile Grey Wagtail were on the beach seen by Nick Keightly.

01/07/24 Near the Activity Centre in Area 10 a Grey Wagtail was seen by Elaine Charlston.

Insects

17/07/24 Black Arches With the current spell of warm weather the moth trap was out again at dusk on 16/07/24 in my Area 4 garden and emptied this morning the catch was 46 moths of 25 species trapped . I'm not sure why the big difference in catch size, but I'll live with it.  Rosy Footman Highlights were a stunning male Black Arches Lymantria monacha with its feathery antenna, Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata and the micro moth Metalampra italica  Metalampra italica With8 new moth's added ,the total for 2024 is now 166 species. Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released.

15/07/24 Celypha lacunana The moth trap was out again at dusk on 14/07/24 in my Area 4 garden and emptied this morning the catches seem to be getting worse with 16 moths of 9 species trapped . Common Rustic Highlights were the micro moth Celypha lacunana and a Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis . With 2 new moth's added ,the total for 2024 is now 158 species. Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released.

14/07/24 During this mornings Balsam Pulling alongside the Emm Brook in Area 3 Large White Pieris brassicae , Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus and Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta Butterflies were seen visiting flowers.

13/07/24 Buff Arches The moth trap was out again at dusk on 12/07/24 in my Area 4 garden and emptied this morning with a disapointing 20 moths of 9 species trapped .  Swallow-tailed Moth Highlights were Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides and Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria . With 1 new moth added ,the total for 2024 is now 156 species. Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released.

11/07/24  Scarce Footman Finally the weather relented and the moth trap was out again at dusk on 10/07/24 in my Area 4 garden and emptied this morning with 24 moths of 15 species trapped .  Mother of Pearl Highlights were Scarce Footman Eilema complana , Dwarf Cream Wave Idaea fuscovenosa and Mother of Pearl Patania ruralis .   Dwarf Cream Wave With 2 new moth's added ,the total for 2024 is now 155 species. Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released.

08/07/24  Ringlet With the weather affecting my moth trapping I decided to visit the Car Park field in Area 10 during a brief dry spell this morning . Butterflies put on a good show with Large White Pieris brassicae , Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus , Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina ,   Gatekeeper Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus and a Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris all on the wing.   Roesel's Bush-cricket Also seen was a Roesel's Bush-cricket Roeseliana roeselii

04/07/24  Least Carpet The moth trap was out again at dusk on 03/07/24 in my Area 4 garden and emptied this morning with 23 moths of 14 species trapped . Highlights were Least Carpet Idaea rusticata and the micro moth Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella   Bird-cherry Ermine With just the one new moth added ,the total for 2024 is now 152 species. Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released. Seen in my Area 4 garden was evidence that the Patchwork leaf-cutter bee Megachile centuncularis was in town. The appearance of semi-circular holes in the leaves of your garden plants is a sure sign that the patchwork leaf-cutter bee has been at work and then used my homemade bug hotel.  Patchwork leaf-cutter bee It is one of a number of leaf-cutter bee species present in the UK. Leaf-cutter bees nest in holes in plant stems, dead wood, cliffs or old walls, and can be seen in gardens. They famously cut discs out of leaves (they particularly like roses),  Bug Hotel gluing them together with saliva in order to build the 'cells' in which their larvae live. The larvae hatch and develop, pupating in autumn and hibernating over winter. The patchwork leaf-cutter bee is on the wing from April to August, and feeds solely on pollen and nectar.

01/07/24  Common Emerald The moth trap was out again at dusk on 30/06/24 in my Area 4 garden and emptied this morning with 37 moths of 17 species trapped . Highlights were Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria ,the micro moth Endotricha flammealis and my first Box-tree moth Cydalima perspectalis of the year, not every gardeners favourite.   Endotricha flammealis With another 9 new moth's added ,the total for 2024 is now 151 species.  Box-tree moth Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released.

Plants/ Trees

08/07/24  Moth Mullien In flower in Area 10 was Moth Mullien Verbascum blattaria it has tall spikes that carry pretty white flowers. The flowers have an attractive dark purple ‘eye’ and attract insects.

06/07/24  Purple Loosestrife Seen alongside the river in Area 5 were the spikes of Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria   Meadowsweet  also seen were the sweet-smelling , frothy clusters of cream flowers that are Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria .

02/07/24  Rose Campion In Area 10 Rose Campion Silene coronaria is in flower. With its silvery-grey felted leaves and lax sprays of long-stalked, vivid rose-purple flowers it certainly adds colour to the countryside.

Fungi

Do not eat any fungi that have not been properly identified , some are DEADLY when ingested .

Fish

Amphibians and Reptiles

Mammals

04/07/24 Seen briely in my Area 4 garden this morning , whilst checking the Moth trap was a European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus my first for thr year. Certainly gets my vote.

Molluscs