Latest Sightings August 2020

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For previous months sightings see Archive

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

For what you can expect to see on the Emm this month, click here August

All sightings unless stated are from personal observations by Eddie Napper

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What is this life if full of care , we have no time to stand and stare. Leisure - W. H. Davies.


06/08/20 Grey Heron At Heathlake in Area 1 on the edge of the lake was a juvenile Grey Heron it was fishing with reasonable success as was a Cormorrant catching several fish. A juvenile Coot was very noisely begging for food from its parents.

05/08/20 In Area 7 a Lesser Black-backed Gull was seen on top of a street light by Paul O'Neill

04/08/20 On the scrape at Lavells Lake in Area 10 variable numbers of Green Sandpiper can be seen on a daily basis.

02/08/20 Little Owl Sean Stevenson was by Ludgrove School in Area 1 this morning and sitting on a post was an adult Little Owl feeding a juvenile,another adult and a juvenile were nearby.Walking along the river in Area 5 near Woosehill roundabout and a Kingfisher was flying upstream towards me before veering off.Green Woodpecker 2 Grey Wagtail were feeding by the railway bridge in Area 6. Earlier in Area 7A a Green Woodpecker was silhouetted on top of its favourite tree.

01/08/20 In Area 7A at Eldridge Park Ring necked Parakeet were heard calling and Skylark were singing up high. A juvenile Grey Heron was stood on the banks of the Ashridge Stream and the male Yellowhammer was still singing .Around the Car Park field in Area 10 a Whitethroat was with 2 Blackcap a male and juvenile female and a Green Woodpecker seen by Trevor Guyatt.


06/08/20 Male Brown Hawker Late news from 29th July 2020. A male Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis dragonfly was seen in the Area 4 Balancing pond by Paul Hopcroft.

05/08/20  Copulating Common Blue Damselfly In Area 10 Damselflies were on the wing. Seen were male and female Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens and male and female Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum along the Emm by the Dinton Activity Centre.

04/08/20 Red Bug In the Car Park Field off Sandford Lane in Area 10 was a Red Bug Deraeocoris ruber in the grass.This bug feeds on small insects. There is still time to sit back and count butterflies for the Big Butterfly Count, all you need is 15 minutes and a sunny spot, so if you get the chance between now and Sunday 9th August it is well worth it, you never know what you might see. Details can be found on their website, Big Butterfly Count . along with a downloadable chart and you can also use smartphone apps which make recording your sightings even easier.At the car park field in Area 10 at lunch time were Brown Argus Aricia Agestis , Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina and Small White Pieris rapae .

01/08/20 European hornet in Area 7A my first European hornet Vespa crabro of the year was seen.

Plants/ Trees

02/08/20 Water Figwort  Along the banks of the Emm in Area 5 Water Figwort Scrophularia auriculata can be seen .Its maroon flowers are pollinated by the Common wasp.


02/08/20 Chicken of the woods On the FOTEB notice board in Area 5 is a fine example of Chicken of the woods Laetiporus sulphureus.

Amphibians and Reptiles


02/08/20 Running along the bottom of the Railway embankment in Area 6 was 3 Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus 2 Adult and 1 juvenile.

01/08/20 At 01:00 in Area 5 a Red Fox Vulpes vulpes was seen running around Brookside by Fran Stickler

Fish/ Crustaceans