Latest Sightings November 2023

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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 November

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.


20/11//23 6 Siskin were seen in trees near the Green Bridge in Area 10 by John McGoven.

16/11/23  Feale Gooseander At Lavells Lake in Area 10 seen by Nick Kightley were 5+ Redwing , 2 Chiffchaff , 2 calling Cetti’s Warbler and a Fieldfare in a hedge near the Landfill .

11/11//23 During the clearing of the nest boxes in Area 7 several Ring necked Parakeet flew over calling.Also heard was a Great spotted Woodpecker .

09/11//23 A female Kestrel was on telegraph wire, and hunting in Ashridge Meadows Ashridge Meadows. A male and female Stonechat were seen at the Eastern pond and adjacent weedy field at Ashridge Meadows . Sightings by Paul O'Neill.

07/11//23 In Area 10 a Kingfisher flew into a fallen tree near the Green Bridge .3 Siskin were seen in a small Tit Flock and 5000+ Starling were circling above the main Lavells Lake reed bed with a female Sparrowhawk checking the roosting Starling flock. All sightings by Michael Hubbard.

05/11//23 Over the Woosehill roundabout in Area 5 at dusk 16 Canada Goose . In Area 10 at the Lavell’s Lake Car Park Field- 7 Little Egret flew over in one’s and two’s, 60 Fieldfare were over in three groups heading south east. 7000+ Woodpigeon were moving South in significant migration groups of 100 to 800 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull were also heading south with7 font color=#FFOOOO> Linnet heading South East seen by Fraser Cottington.

03/11//23 Over the Woosehill roundabout in Area 5 at dusk 16 Canada Goose were seen heading towards Windmill pond presumabely to roost.

02/11/23 At 07:10 a Cormorrant was heading East over Area 4. At the car park field in Area 10 a Pink-footed Goose flew over with Greylag Goose and Canada Goose heading towards Lea Farm seen by Tim James. A Grey Wagtail was seen on the roadside verge in Area 7A at Eamer Crescent by Paul O'Neill.

01/11/23 A female Tawny Owl was calling loudly from a neighbours tree in Area 4. A Coal Tit and a Goldcrest were part of a mixed "Tit flock" that flew through Paul Bright Thomas's Area 4 garden



11/11/23 In Area 10 at the Wet Meadow, several Dragonflies ,probably Common or Ruddy Darters were seen by Alan Rymer. There were even a pair egg laying .

10/11/23  Mottled Umber The moth trap was out at dusk on 10/11/23 in my Area 4 garden and was emptied this morning . Once again just 2 moths of 2 species caught. They were Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria a first for the year and November Moth agg Epirrita dilutata agg . With 1 new moth added to the FOTEB Moth list for the year , the total for 2023 is now 243 species.Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released.

01/11/23 Red-green Carpet With the recent spell of wet weather the moth trap hasn't been out in my Area 4 garden , however attracted to an outside light were 2 moths of 2 species .  The Chestnut They were Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata and The Chestnut Epirrita dilutata agg . With no new moth added to the FOTEB Moth list for the year , the total for 2023 remains at 242 species.Following inspection and recording/photographing anything caught was released.

Plants/ Trees


04/11/23  Common Puffball During todays litter pick along the Spine road in Area 5 Common Puffball Lycoperdon perlatum were seen in good numbers.

01/11/23  Field Mushroom Poking through the roadside verge in Area 4 were Field Mushroom Agaricus campestris .

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


Amphibians and Reptiles


15/11/23 Seen in the early hours of the morning in Area 4 was a Red Fox Vulpes vulpes trotting across the Spine Road.