Latest Sightings August 2017

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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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18/08/17 A female Kestrelwas seen flying in the Sandford Lane car park field today by Richard Marsh.

15/08/17 Paul O,Neill was out in Area 8 at Old Forest Road Meadows a juvenile Sparrowhawk an adult Buzzard and 4 Stock Dove were seen at lunch time.

13/08/17 This morning in Area 10 a Ring necked Parakeet flew over the car park field calling.At Old Forest Road Meadows a Whitethroat and Chiffchaff were seen and at my garden feeders a Coal Tit popped in for some sunflower hearts.At lunch time Paul Bright Thomas was in his Area 4 garden and saw a distant Hobby a Cormorrant flying high W, 2 Swift a juvenile Chiffchaff and the Kingfisher was heard flying up the Emm Brook.

12/08/17 After the recent spell of wet weather I had been expecting to see a White Dove with an Olive Branch at the garden feeders, however more normal fare was there.A Nuthatch put in a brief visit and the ever present Goldfinch were stripping the feeders. Canada Geese and Herring Gull were heard flying over in the dark before sunrise.

06/08/17  Great crested Grebe Back to Area 1 and Heathlake this morning, not a lot different . The Great crested Grebe was still there and the Black headed Gull numbers were now in double figures.  Black headed Gull . An adult and 3 juvenile Mute Swan were different, and a calling Hobby flew over.In Area 8 by the Motorway bridge the Kingfisher was seen again by Steve Reed whilst walkimg his dog.

05/08/17  Juvenile Coot In Area 10 at the car park field, this morning a Sparrowhawk flew over. Meanwhile at Heathlake (Area 1), on the lake were numerous Coot , many with juveniles, a solitary Great crested Grebe , 6 noisy Black headed Gull and Moorhen . A Cormorrant was seen resting in a tree on the island. A Nuthatch , Great spotted Woodpecker and Grey Wagtail were also seen. In Area 4 at 00:30 a Tawny Owl was heard by Paul Bright-Thomas.In Area 8 by the Motorway bridge the Kingfisher was seen by Steve Reed.

04/08/17  Wood Pigeon In Area 9( Bluebell Meadows) the remains of a Wood Pigeon egg was found in thr grass. I'm not sure if its successful breeding or predation.

02/08/17 There have been many indications that this has been another succesfull Bird breeding season along the Emm. Not least of which is the number of juvenile Goldfinch that are currently appearing at my Area 5 garden feeders along with the regular juvenile Great Tit and Blue Tit . A Ring necked Parakeet was seen over the car park field in Area 10.


18/08/17  Dicranopalpus ramosus Resting on the bridge in Old Forest Road Meadows was a Harvestman Dicranopalpus ramosus . Dicranopalpus ramosus is a harvestman everyone is capable of identifing, especially when it is resting. The animal sits flat on the surface of a wall, fence or trunk of a tree. All legs are spread out along and very close to each other to the sides. The enormous and forked palps are stretched out forward in full. In this position the animal can spend the entire day.It is a Mediterranean species and it was discovered in Britain (Bournemouth, 1957). Dicranopalpus ramosus is a common species all over Britain nowadays.

13/08/17 Walking up the river this morning Balsam pulling in Area 8 numerous Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens and Beautifull Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo Damselflies were sitting on the riverside vegetation a Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum Dragonfly was seen on the path. Disturbed during the pulling were Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis one of the largest of Britain's so-called 'micro-moths'. Common Spangle Gall On the underside of the leaves of Oak trees in Area 8 were the Common Spangle Gall each one houses a larva of the Gall Wasp Neuroterus quercusbaccarom .

06/08/17  Crab Spider In my Area 5 garden was the Crab Spider Misumena vatia . It can change colour from white to pale green to yellow to match the flower it is hiding on.I would like to see it try with this Buddelia. By the pond in Woosehill Meadow a Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis dragonfly was seen.

05/08/17  Broad-bodied Chaser I visited Heathlake today in Area 1. Between the showers Dragonflies were ejoying the sun.Seen on the banks was a  Common Darter Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa sitting on the fence on the way out were 2 Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum .

02/08/17  Red Admiral Seen in the car park field in Area 10 were Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta , Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina and Large White Pieris brassicae .

Other Wildlife



Horse chestnut leaf miner Horse chestnut leaf miner Cameraria ohridella was originally found on horse chestnut trees in London. The larvae of this tiny moth forms burrows within the leaf tissue, with heavy infestations resulting in leaf browning and drying and, over time, leaf death The leaf miner was first observed in Macedonia, northern Greece, in 1985 before appearing unexpectedly in Austria in 1989.Since then it has spread throughout central and Eastern Europe It was first found in Great Britain in 2002 in the London Borough of Wimbledon.Over the last few years its range has expanded north, travelling between 40 and 60 km annually; the speed of this suggesting that some moths have been carried inside vehicles


018/08/17 Running through Old Forest Road Meadows (Area 8 ), at 16.45 was an adult Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus with a fawn .

013/08/17  Roe Deer To the rear of Old Forest Road Meadows in the corn field (Area 8 ), this morning were 2 Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus keeping a close eye on me.

04/08/17  Rabbit In Bluebell Meadows (Area 9 ), this evening numerous European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus were seen hugging the vegetation at the edges of the field.

01/08/17 At least 2 Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus are visiting my Area 5 garden in the evenings.


18/08/17  Black Slug Following the afternoons rain numerous Black Slug Arion ater agg of both the Red and Dark form were seen crossing the path in Old Forest Road Meadows. The photo shows a Red form. The slugs pneumostome (or breathing pore) is clearley visible. This allows air to enter into the animal's single lung. It opens and closes in a cyclical manner.


06/08/17 At Heathlake in Area 1 , several small Common Roach Rutilus rutilus were seen close to the bank.


06/08/17  Reticularia lycoperdon Not quite a fungus, but a slime mould. I think that this is Reticularia lycoperdon seen on a tree in Area 1 Heathlake. Slime Moulds are a strange class of amoeboid protozoa, previously thought to be fungi but now known to be Myxomycota, which are organisms which prey on microbial food webs.