Latest Sightings May 2021

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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 May

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.


What is the Dawn Chorus

03/05/21 Grey Wagtail Down on the Emm near Kingfisher Bridge in Area 4 a pair of Grey Wagtail were feeding in the mud.

02/05/21 Whitethroat Today was International Dawn Chorus Day so I was out and about early along the Emm. In Area 7A a Whitethroat was singing from a riverside bush.Swallow In Area 10 Swift , Swallow , Sand Martin and House Martin were all feeding over the river and lakes . This Swallow was taking a well earned rest on the wires.

01/05/21 Male Blackcap In Area 1 a Kestrel , Swallow and Egyptian Goose were all seen by Sean Stevenson. Great spotted Woodpecker In Area 10 a Cuckoo was still seen and calling and 2 Hobby were seen flying over the Emm Brook. Rebecca Rees was in Area 5 and saw a male Blackcap and a Great Spotted Woodpecker


05/05/21 Lily Leaf Beetle With such low temperatures the rule in recent weeks butterfly emergence dates seem to be set back (...moth emergence dates certainly have been) but, perhaps tempted out by the frequent sunshine that's at least warmed up sheltered spots, several Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines and a Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni were seen on the wing in Area 10. A Lily Leaf Beetle Lilioceris lilii was seen in Area 4 by Paul Hopcraft.

03/05/21 St Marks Fly Area 4 and a solitary St Marks Fly Bibio marci was seen on the undergrowth. These flies are so-called because they emerge around St Mark's Day, April 25th.Also in the Balancing pond were male and female Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines Butterflies. Male Orange Tip  These Orange Tip photo's were taken recently at the same location by Paul Hopcroft. Orange Tip underwing Its feeding on its favourie Cuckoo Flower. This is also a favorite host plant for its catterpillars.

02/05/21 Alder Leaf Beetle In Area 10 several Alder leaf Beetle Agelastica alni were not suprisingly seen on Alder trees by the river.

Plants/ Trees

02/05/21 Cowslip In the remenants of the Wild Flower Meadow in Area 4 at least 5 Cowslip Primula veris have managed to evade the Council mowers.


Amphibians and Reptiles

05/05/21  Common Toad Paul Hopcraft was in Area 4 with his camera, around the Balancing pond and stumbled upon a Common Toad Bufo bufo which quickly moved on.


02/05/21  Roe Deer In Area 7A a male Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus was grazing in the fields.

02/05/21  Roe Deer Rebecca Rees was in Area 5 and a Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus was spotted in amongst the trees near Woosehill Roundabout.

Fish/ Crustaceans