Latest Sightings January 2020

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For previous months sightings see Archive

The "Area Seen" refers to the 10 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 January

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.


16/01/20 In Area 1 at Chapel Green adjacent to the road to Ludgrove School a Little Owl was seen sitting in the Oak trees by Rick Dawson also seen was a Mistle Thrush .

15/01/20 With the wind and rain of the last few days finally abating, it was safe to go out and 3 Bullfinch were seen in the Area 10 Car Park Field by Tim James.At 16.30 3 Mallard were flying around my Area 5 garden.

11/01/20 40 + Meadow Pipit were flying around on the landfill and 6 Little Egret over the Car Park Field in Area 10, meanwhile a Barn Owl was seen looking out of its box in the Wet Meadow. All sightings by John McGovan.

08/01/20 Cormorrant In Area 1 a large flock of 100 Redwing were seen in trees around the fields between Gorrick Plantation and Chapel Green by Patrick Crowley. The birds were calling loudly. Also seen were 2 Mistle Thrush feeding on Ivy berries.Grey Heron At Heathlake, also in Area 1 the island trees were shared by Cormorrant, Grey Heron and 30 Black headed Gull .

05/01/20 In Area 10 a Grey Wagtail was on the beach at the Dinton Activity Centre seen by Fraser Cottington.

04/01/20 In Area 5 in the early morning gloom 3 Redwing was seen in my neighbours Ash tree. Meanwhile in Area 10 a Mistle Thrush was seen near the Old Golf Course by John McGovan and 26 Pied Wagtail were feeding on the landfill viewed from end of car park field,along with a Sparrowhawk both seen by Roger Stansfield.

03/01/20 A Barn Owl was seen again in its box at the Area 10 Wet Meadow , Lavells Lake by Geoff Emmett.

02/01/20 A male Goldeneye was on the north end of Black Swan Lake in Area 10 close to the Dinton Activity Centre seen by Tim James.Down by Kingfisher Bridge in Area 4 at least 35 noisy Goldfinch were seen feeding in the riverside trees.

01/01/20 In Area 10 a Barn Owl was seen entering and exiting its box in the Wet Meadow at Lavells Lake early morning. A Sparrowhawk was also seen over the Car Park field. In Area 1, alongside the road to Ludgrove School a Little Owl was sitting in its usual tree and 30 Redwing flew from the same tree. Several Ring necked Parakeets were heard calling.


Plants/ Trees


Cuckoo Pint The first signs of Cuckoo Pint Arum maculatum are just starting to appear through the ground in Area's 4, 5 & 10.

07/01/20  Loddon Lily A walk in Area 10 at lunchtime by the Dinton Activity Centre and Loddon Lily Leucojum aestivum are starting to appear. Hazel Catkins The Catkins of Hazel Corylus avellana are also putting on a fine display.Albeit a bit early.The catkins are the familiar flowers of the hazel, but these just the male flowers which open to scatter their pollen, the female flowers are much smaller and easily overlooked. Each hazel will have flowers of both sexes, the catkins on the ends of the twigs and the female flowers a little further down.

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Amphibians and Reptiles


15/01/20 In Area 5 a Red Fox Vulpes vulpes was seen running across Arthur Road at 22:05 .


Grey Squirrel Alongside the river in Area 4 near Kingfisher Bridge,at least 6 Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis were seen "playing" in the lunchtime sunlight.

04/01/20 At 05:50 this morning 2 Red Fox Vulpes vulpes were seen running through Brookside in Area 5 .

01/01/20 Alongside the river in Area 10 on the landfill were 3, grazing Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus .

Fish/ Crustaceans