19th June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - The mothing this year is a slow trickle, the species caught on this occasion were:- Riband Wave (*1); Swallow-Tailed Moth (*1); Heart and Dart (*1); Marbled Minor sp (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*1); Celypha lacunana (*1); Straw Dot (*1); Lozotaenia forsterana (*1); Aleimma loeflingiana (*1) and Cochylis atricapitana (*1).

18th June 2018 - Woolston Eyes, Warrington, Cheshire - A good yomp around this private area as a guest produced 5 species of butterfly, these being:- Ringlet (*1); Comma (*2); Meadow Brown (*2); Speckled Wood (*3) and Large Skipper (*2). Moths were represented by:- Celypha lacunana (*4); Nemophora degeerella (*5); Clouded Border (*2); Snout (*1); Common Carpet (*1); Pammene aurana (*2) and Silver Ground Carpet (*1). A Painted Lady Larva was a nice find.

Hoverflies were enjoying the sunny interludes and were represented by the following species:- Episyrphus balteatus (*3); Volucella bombylans (*1); Tropida scita (*23); Syrphus ribesii (*1); Helophilus pendulus (*1); Xylota segnis (*1); Eristalis pertinax (*3); Volucella pellucens (*2); Eristalis arbustorum (*1); Helophilus trivittatus (*1); Cheilosia illustrata (*2); Anasimyia lineata (*1); Myathropa florea (*1); Eristalinus sepulchralis (*5); Eristalis intricarius (*1); and Leucozona lucorum (*1).

Other insects seen were:- Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 4 Black Tailed Skimmers (Orthetrum cancellatum) and 1 Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum); Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); a pair of mating Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina); Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); Bracken Planthopper (Ditropis pteridis); Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); Small Fleck-Winged Snipe Fly (Rhagio lineola); Downlooker Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); Welsh Chafer (Hoplia philanthus); the Ground Beetle (Cychrus caraboides) chomping on a small snail; Golden-Bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens); Spotted Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata); Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci); Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus); Broad Centurion Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); Common Green Capsid (Lygocoris pabulinus); Scorpion Fly (Panorpa cognata); Gorse Shield Bug (Piezodorus lituratus); Potato Capsid (Closterotomus norwegicus); Mirid Bug (Leptopterna ferrugata); Sawfly (Tenthredo mesomela); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida); Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) and 3 Parent Bugs (Elasmucha grisea) with 4 clutches of young.

A Cucumber Spider (Araniella sp) was also seen.

A few birds were picked up along the way, although my eyes were on the bugs. The small list comprised of:- Song Thrush; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Little Grebe; 3 Black Necked Grebes with 3 chicks; Black Headed Gull; Jay; Gadwall; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Little Grebe; Teal; Goldfinch; Shelduck; Common Whitethroat; Blue Tit; Coot; Reed Bunting; Canada Goose; Moorhen; Greylag Goose; Mute Swan; Dunnock; Lesser Black Backed Gull + Great Spotted Woodpecker; Long Tailed Tit; Wren; Greenfinch; Chaffinch; Blackcap and Pheasant on call.

Flowers seen in bloom were:- Meadow Buttercup; Greater Willowherb; Rosebay Willowherb; Musk Mallow; Giant Hogweed; Large Bindweed; Knot-Grass; Creeping Cinquefoil; Hogweed; Common Ragwort; Himalayan Balsam; Red Campion; Tufted Vetch; Common Nettle; White Campion; Yellow Flag Iris; Creeping Thistle; Brooklime; Hedge Woundwort; White Clover; Common Mouse Ear; Yellow Rattle; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Red Clover; Ribwort Plantain; Ox-Eye Daisy; Lady's Bedstraw; Lesser Stitchwort; Dandelion agg; White Dead Nettle; Wild Radish; Hemlock Water Dropwort; Cow Parsley; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Curled Leaved Dock and Angelica.

An extra flower was identified later on as Blue Tansy (Phacelia tanacetifolia) - sometimes these Facebook groups are a blessing.

Common Reed and Common Reedmace were looking good and plant galls recorded were:- Eriophyes sorbi; Eriophyes inangulis; Eriophyes laevis; Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Psyllopsis fraxini; Aceria pseudoplatani; Dasineura pteridis; Phyllocoptes goniothorax; Aceria cephalonea and Dasineura urtica.

17th June 2018 - Lindow Common, Cheshire - A walk with the lasses before a tea and cake break. A cool breeze and overcast skies meant not much was on the wing but we did see 6 species of hoverfly:- Eristalis pertinax (*2); Eristalis horticola (*1); Episyrphus balteatus (*1); Eristalis nemorum (*1); Volucella bombylans (*1) and Chrysogaster solstitialis (*1).

4 butterfly species were recorded:- Meadow Brown (*2); Small Skipper (*1); Large Skipper (*1) and Speckled Wood (*1).

Other beasties seen were:- Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica) and Forest Shiedld Bug (Pentatoma rufipes).

A Common Toad was found and Rosebay Willowherb; Wild Parsnip and Tormentil were in good flower.

16th June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A cool morning meant the moth catch was low:- Bright Line, Brown Eye (*1); Single Dotted Wave (*1); Poplar Hawk-Moth (*1); Bee Moth (*1); Heart and Dart (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*1); Riband Wave f. remutata (*1); Marbled Beauty (*1); Chrysoteuchia culmella (*1) and Crambus pascuella (*1) were the only specis on show - I still enjoyed them though!

15th June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A poxy night mothing:- Willow Beauty (*1); Heart and Dart (*1); Riband Wave f. remutata (*1); Swallow-Tailed Moth (*1); Brown House Moth (*1) and Uncertain (*2) were all that was in the trap.

The Nettle patch held 4 specimens of Harocera thoracica; a lone Liocoris tripustulatus and a single Harlequin Ladybird. A Small Magpie Moth flittered away as I browsed the greenery.

All Large White Larva were parasitised again, the suspect being Cotesia glomerata.

14th June 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - The wind was whipping, 4 Meadow Browns and 2 Large Skippers were in the grass whilst an Azure Damselfly and a Broad Bodied Chaser scooted around a pond.

Volucella pellucens; Cheilosia illustrata and 4 specimens of Myathropa florea were trying to settle and feed and Perennial Rye Grass and Tufted Hair Grass were keyed out at home.

14th June 2018 - Heaton Mersey/Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - The leaf miner (Mompha langiella) was noted growing on Enchanter's Nightshade, it needed keying out, par for the course these days.  Agromyza anthracina was also sorted on some Nettle leaves - a curious things indeed.

Episyrphus balteatus and Volucella pellucens were resisting the wind, 20 Lesser Black Backed Gull and 4 Herring Gulls dropped in on a local playing field away from the swirling air, Broad Centurion Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa). The micro moth (Pammene regiana) was spotted on a leaf.

13th June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - More moths, not a bad little catch for a tiny back garden:- Brimstone (*1); Riband Wave f. remutata (*4); Grey/Dark Dagger (*1); Common Marbled Carpet (*1); Riband Wave (*1); Heart and Dart (*11); Brown House Moth (*2); Marbled Minor agg (*5); Common Rustic agg (*1); Buff-Tip (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*1); Eudonia lacustrata (*2); Bee Moth (*1); Bright Line, Brown Eye (*1); Single Dotted Wave (*1) and Buff Ermine (*1).

13th June 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - I hopped off the bike and had a stroll via a different rouite on the way home, several galls were noted:- Eriophyes tiliae; Eriophyes leiosoma; Psyllopsis fraxini; Taphrina pruni; Acalitus brevitarsus; Eriophyes inangulis; Aceria pseudoplatani; Contarinia pulchripes; Iteomyia capraea; Pontania gallarum and Pontania proxima.

White Melilot; Tall Melilot and 3 cracking specimens of Giant Hogweed were in fine flower.

Chrysogaster solstitialis; Volucella pellucens and Myathropa florea were on the wing as well as 5 specimens of Banded Demoiselle.

A Green Veined White flitted by, an Orange Ladybird pootled and 13 examples of the Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi) were noted.

The Lime Tree Aphid (Eucallipterus tiliae) was a bonus find, quite a smart little critter.

12th June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Guess what, more moths, this time the list was made up of:- Common Marbled Carpet (*5); Anania coronata (*1); Riband Wave f. remutata (*2); Tachystola acroxantha (*3); Fan-Foot (*4); Willow Beauty (*1); Straw Dot (*1); Elephant Hawk-Moth (*1); Small Magpie (*2); Heart and Dart (*4); Pammene regiana (*1); Single Dotted Wave (*1); Bright Line, Brown Eye (*1); White Ermine (*1); Bee Moth (*1); Brown House Moth (*2); Light Brown Apple Moth (*1); Common Wave (*1); Eudonia lacustrata (*1) and Hedya nubiferana (*1).
11th June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Only a few moths caught overnight, these werethe expected:- Bright Line, Brown Eye (*1); Willow Beauty (*1); White Ermine (*1); Anania coronata (*2); Light Emerald (*1); Argyresthia brockeella (*1) and Heart and Dart (*1).
10th June 2018 - Galleons Reach Shopping Park, East London - Setting off for home and whilst we packed the car on the campus and the lasses got some petrol I had a quick mooch along the roadside. Narrow Leaved Ragwort was a new flower for us and I also spotted Wild Mignonette; Wild Parsnip; Viper's Bugloss; Common Centaury and Lady's Bedstraw in flower with a pair of Common Terns over the docks, a Ring Necked Parakeet flashing by, a Linnet atop a shrub and a Pied Wagtail flitting about. The Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) was feeding on flowerheads.
9th June 2018 - Havering CP, Essex - Psyllopsis fraxini; Dasineura fraxini; Aceria fraxinivorus and Phyllocoptes goniothorax were the galls seen on a lazy amble. The Mirid Bug (Capsus ater); 22 Spot Ladybird; Dance Fly (Empis opaca); Dark Bush Cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera) and Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis); Broad Centurion Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa) and the hoverfly (Volucella bombylans) were also seen as well as 3 Large Skippers.

9th June 2018 - Eastbrookend CP, Essex - A walk in blazing heat (again) and a few decent things seen. Flowers noted were:- Turkish Iris; Lamb's-Ears; Pale Yellow Eyed Grass; Horse Radish; White Bryony; Sheep's Sorrel; Greater Knapweed; Lucerne; Celery Leaved Buttercup and Water Figwort. Lesser Reedmace and Branched Bur Weed were in fine fettle.

Speckled Wood (*4); Common Blue (*5); Holly Blue (*9); Painted Lady (*1); Small Heath (*1) and a Cinnabar Moth were the lepidopteran delights.

Semaphore Fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus) were a joy to watch; the Black Striped Longhorn (Stenurella melanura) nice to catch up with again with other bugs noted including:- Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle; Brassica Shield Bug; Dock Shield Bug; Figwort Weevil (*17); Lesser Stag Beetle; Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); Mirid Bug (Capsus ater); Dark Bush Cricket; Emperor Dragonfly; Blue Tailed Damselfly; Black Tailed Skimmer (*2); Broad Centurion Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); Lucerne Bug (Adelphocoris lineolatus) and the Sun Fly (Helophilus pendulus).

Aceria ulmi; Tetraneura ulmi; Eriosoma lanuginosum; Phyllocoptes goniothorax and Cryptosiphum artemisiae were the galls seen and a Ring Necked Parakeet; a Leopard Slug and a tucked away Smooth Newt completed the list.

9th June 2018 - Hornchurch CP, Essex - Up early and a good wander at a quite interesting reserve. Birds noted were:- Magpie; Goldfinch; Ring Necked Parakeet; Lapwing; Moorhen; Long Tailed Tit; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Swallow; Carrion Crow; Blackcap; Pheasant; Chiffchaff; Canada Goose; Greylag Goose; Coot; Shoveler; Mute Swan; Great Crested Grebe; Grey Heron; Great Spotted Woodpecker + Cuckoo; Cetti's Warbler and Green Woodpecker on call.

A flower list was kept, species in bloom were:- White Clover; Hedge Mustard; Common Mallow; Black Horehound; Hemlock; Ribwort Plantain; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Scented Mayweed; Large Bindweed; Red Campion; Corncockle; Common Poppy; Pineappleweed; Shepherd's Purse; Common Field Speedwell; Weld; Hogweed; White Dead Nettle; Goosegrass; White Campion; Cow Parsley; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Cornflower; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Lesser Trefoil; Hairy Tare; Ox-Eye Daisy; Goat's-Beard; Lesser Swine Cress; Hare's-Foot Clover; Sulphur Cinquefoil; Common Vetch; Field Bindweed; Biting Stonecrop; Meadow Vetchling; Tufted Vetch; Meadow Buttercup; Creeping Buttercup; Curl Leaved Dock; Spotted Medick; Creeping Cinquefoil; Ragged Robin; Wood Avens; Herb Robert; Greater Periwinkle and Field Scabious.

Lepidoptera seen were:- Painted Lady (*1); Small Heath (*4); Meadow Brown (*3); Common Blue (*1); Brown Argus (*1); Speckled Wood (*1); Peacock Larvae and Yellow Shell Moth (*1).

Dark Bush Cricket; Harlequin Ladybird; Lesser Stag Beetle (*9); Black and Red Froghopper; Azure Damselfly; Banded Demoiselle; 4 Spotted Chaser; Club Tailed Dragonfly; Black Tailed Skimmer (*3); Blue Tailed Damselfly; Broad Centurion Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa) were the other insects seen with Episyrphus balteatus (*7); Volucella bombylans (*1); Xylota segnis (*1) and Anasimyia lineata (*2) the hoverflies noted.

2 stonking Adders were watched at close quarters, a Common Lizard pootled about, Large Yellow Slug and Leopard Slugs were spotted and numerous Marsh Frogs of all sizes soaked up the sun.

Aceria macrochela was the only gall identified.

8th June 2018 - Coalhouse Fort, Essex - The final destination of the day and a circular walk of the fort taken. A flock of Avocet were out on the sand and numerous Shore Crabs and Sea Slaters were seen beneath several rocks.

Sea Beet; White Bryony; Greater Sea Spurrey; Sea Plantain; Fennel and Knotted Hedge Parsley were flowers noted.

A Painted Lady whizzed around, a Large Skipper tried to soak up the last of the day's sun and some Comma larvae were picked out. The Dance Fly (Empis opaca); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); and Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) flitted about and the Lime Tree Gall (Eriophyes tiliae) was abundant.

8th June 2018 - Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Essex - A very open area with a good variety of habitat. It was getting late in the day and after tea and cake we had a slow stroll. Birds were few:- Shelduck; Skylark; Black Headed Gull; Oystercatcher; Greenfinch; Magpie; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Herring Gull; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Common Whitethroat; Goldfinch; Cuckoo; House Sparrow; Reed Bunting and Red Legged Partridge.

A few flowers were noted:- Opium Poppy; Scented Mayweed; Grass Vetch and Pink Oxalis were particularly noteworthy.

Wall Brown (*1); Large Skipper (*4); Small Heath (*2) and Painted Lady (*2) were the butterflies on the wing with moths represented by Cinnabar Moth (*1); Aethes tesserana (*1) and Silver Y (*1).

Other bugs noted were a Emperor Dragonfly eating a Large Skipper; Dock Shield Bug; Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 7 Spot Ladybird and the hoverflies (Helophilus trivittatus) and (Sphaerophoria scripta).

A Common Lizard and Slow Worm were also noted.

8th June 2018 - Rainham Marshes, London - Up at the crack and out to this fine area with amiable staff, decent facilities and an open expanse full of treats. Birds were quiet to be fair but we did notch up 38 species, these being:- Collared Dove; Oystercatcher; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Cetti's Warbler; Shelduck; Goldfinch; Long Tailed Tit; Starling; Magpie; Lapwing; Dunnock; Black Headed Gull; Linnet; Grey Heron; Little Egret; Shoveler; Common Tern; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; House Sparrow; Marsh Harrier; Coot; Reed Warbler; Reed Bunting; Chiffchaff; Kestrel; Little Grebe; Great Crested Grebe; Gadwall; Pochard; Greylag Goose; Wren; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Herring Gull; Blackbird + Cuckoo and Green Woodpecker on call.

Flowers in bloom were:- Tufted Vetch; Goatsbeard; Salsify; Daisy; Creeping Cinquefoil; Large Bindweed; Ox-Eye Daisy; Common Nettle; Ribwort Plantain; Yarrow; Hemlock; White Clover; Red Clover; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Dandelion agg; Spotted Medick; Common Mouse Ear; Small Flowered Crane's-Bill; Weld; Common Poppy; Black Medick; White Campion; Hop Trefoil; Perforate St John's Wort; Lesser Trefoil; Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Smooth Tare; Common Mallow; Yellow Flag Iris; Bittersweet; White Bryony; Hogweed; Creeping Buttercup; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Goats Rue; Meadow Vetchling; Common Vetch; Common Toadflax and Herb Robert.

Lepidopteran interest was maintained via- Small Tortoiseshell (*1); Red Admiral (*1); Speckled Wood (*2); Common Blue (*5); Large Skipper (*2); Large White (*1); Holly Blue (*15); Peacock larvae; Latticed Heath (*1); Silver Y (*1); Large Yellow Underwing (*1); Burnet Companion (*1); Nemophora degeerella (*1); Pyrausta aurata (*1) and a Drinker larva.

Hoverflies noted were:- Volucella bombylans; Myathropa florea; Rhingia rostrata; Volucella pellucens; Tropida scita and Episyrphus balteatus.

Other mini-beasts on show were:- Black Tailed Skimmer; Ruddy Darter; Common Darter; Common Blue Damselfly; Blue Tailed Damselfly; Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana); 7 Spot Ladybird; 14 Spot Ladybird; 22 Spot Ladybird; Bryony Ladybird; Harlequin Ladybird larvae; Dark Bush Cricket; Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Wool Carder Bee (Anthidium manicatum); Bryony Mining Bee (Andrena florea); Woundwort Shield Bug (*9); Brassica Shield Bug (*3); Dock Shield Bug (*3); Common Green Shield Bug (*7); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); Conopid Fly (Sicus ferrugineus); Cinnamon Bug (Corizus hyoscyami); Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis); Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni) and the Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina banksi).

Psyllopsis fraxini; Aceria erinea; Cryptosiphum artemisiae; Cecidophyes rouhollahi and Dasineura urticae were the galls seen.

2 sizeable Grass Snakes; a Smooth Newt, many Marsh Frogs, a Leopard Slug and a Walnut Tree were the added extras.

7th June 2018 - Stanton Low Park, Buckinghamshire - The final wander of the day. A gentle amble to the remains of St Peter's Church and back down the canal was takn with White Bryony; Pellitory of the Wall; Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Nodding Thistle; Biting Stonecrop; Black Horehound and Yarrow a few flowers noted.

Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Red Eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas); Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); Marsh Snipe Fly (Rhagio tringarius) and the 3 hoverflies (Cheilosia illustrata) and (Volucella bombylans) were other natural wonders noted.


7th June 2018 - Draycote Water, Warwickshire - A cracking Full-English breakfast, as good as last time, and then a grand walk in fine conditions. Odonata seen were:- Red Veined Darter (*2) and Common Blue Damselfly (*1) with the lepidoptera seen:- Meadow Brown (*1); Speckled Wood (*3); Large Skipper (*2); Green Veined White (*1); Common Blue (*6); Mother Shipton (*1); Silver Ground Carpet (*1); Nemophora degeerella (*1); Straw Dot (*1); Small Magpie (*1); Silver Y (*1); Yellow-Shell (*1) and the Common Marble (Celypha lacunana) (*1).

Hoverflies noted were:- Helophilus pendulus; Eristalis pertinax; Eristalis nemorum; Volucella pellucens; Volucella bombylans; Cheilosia illustrata and Myathropa florea.

Other critters observed were:- Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Dance Fly (Empis opaca); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria; Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata); Slender Groundhopper (Tetrix subulata); Forest Shield Bug (Pentatoma rufipes); Dark Bush Cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera); Parent Bug (Elasmucha grisea); Dance Fly (Empis tesselata); Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); Chloropid Fly (Lipara lucens); Leafhopper (Oncopsis subangulata); Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida) and Notched Horn Clegg Fly (Haematopota pluvialis).

The Orb Web Spider (Larinioides patagiatus) was identified later.

Plants in flower were:- Ox-Eye Daisy; Silverweed; Lesser Stitchwort; Field Bindweed; Scarlet Pimpernel; Wild Strawberry; Creeping Buttercup; Biting Stonecrop; Germander Speedwell; Red Campion; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Hemlock; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Tufted Vetch; Cow Parsley; Hogweed; Hedge Woundwort; Ground Ivy; Yellow-Flag Iris; Red Clover; Smooth Tare; Pyramidal Orchid; Grass Vetchling; Meadow Vetchling; Meadow Buttercup; White Dead Nettle; Field Madder; Black Medick; Ribwort Plantain; Wood Avens; Creeping Thistle; Nipplewort; Oxford Ragwort; Goosegrass; Common Poppy; Bittersweet; Weld; Lesser Trefoil; Common Mouse Ear; Creeping Cinquefoil; White Clover; Daisy; Self-Heal and Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill.

Aceria ulmi; Aceria pseudoplatani; Psyllopsis fraxini and Andricus curvator were the galls seen.

7th June 2018 - Swift Valley NR, Warwickshire - A stroll around a favoured reserve. Lepidoptera were represented by:- Speckled Wood (*2); Red Admiral (*1); Silver Ground Carpet (*2); Nemophora degeerella (*38); Straw Dot (*3); Nettle Tap Moth (*2); Timothy Tortrix (*2); Blood-Vein (*4); Chimney Sweeper (*10); Yellow-Shell Moth (*1) and Small China Mark (*2).

Hoverflies one the wing were:- Eristalis pertinax (*1); Melanostoma scalare (*2); Leucozona lucorum (*1); Episyrphus balteatus (*1); Cheilosia illustrata (*2); Volucella bombylans (*2); Vollucella pellucens (*1); Myathropa florea (*3) and Helophilus pendulus (*1).

Odonata specimens included:- Plenty of Azure Damselflies; Large Red Damselflies and 4-Spotted Chaser were seen plus Broad Bodied Chaser (*4) and Banded Demoiselle (*3).

Other bugs and beasties observed were:- Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus); Downlooker Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina polita); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); White Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum); Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); Potato Leaf Hopper (Eupteryx aurata); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); Broad Centurion Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); Turnip Sawfly (Athalia rosae); Mirid Bug (Rhabdomiris striatellus); Dance Fly (Empis opaca) and Parasitic Wasp (Amblyteles armatorius).

A Cucumber Spider (Araniella sp) was also added.

Flowers in bloom were:- Marsh Thistle; Meadow Buttercup; Broad Leaved Dock; Hogweed; Rape; Common Nettle; Wood Avens; White Clover; Goosegrass; Curl Leaved Dock; Red Campion; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Bittersweet; Hemlock; Germander Speedwell; Ox-Eye Daisy; Red Clover; Ragged Robin; Bush Vetch; Hairy Tare; Ground Ivy; Herb Robert; Yellow Rattle; Common Sorrel; Common Mouse Ear; Pignut; Brooklime; Yellow Water Lily; Goatsbeard; Lesser Stitchwort; Celery Leaved Buttercup; Daisy; Water Dock and Small Flowered Crane's-Bill.

A Green Woodpecker flew by and Hairy Sedge and Crested Dog's-Tail were in fine fettle.

Galls listed were:- Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Eriophyes laevis; Eriophyes inangulis; Andricus kollari; Taprhina pruni; Dasineura urticae; Pontania prima and Andricus foecundatrix.

6th June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A few moths caught overnight, these were:- Marbled Minor agg (*1); Willow Beauty (*1); Heart and Dart (*3); Setaceous Hebrew Character (*1); Bright Line, Brown Eye (*2); Light Brown Apple Moth (*1); Common Marbled Carpet (*1); Bee Moth (*1) and Flame Shoulder (*1).

6th June 18 - Roman Lakes, Stockport, Cheshire - A wander with some kids from work, we went to the farm and had an ice cream and along the way spotted a little bit of wildlife.  A Rhinoceros Beetle (Sinodendron cylindricum) was a good sighting with Giant Cranefly (Tipula maxima) a cracking creature.  2 Spot, Cream Spot and Harlequin Ladybirds were frequenting a low growing Alder Tree with Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) in residence too.  Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); Black Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum); Caddis Fly (Mystacides longicornis) and the hoverflies (Episyrphus balteatus); (Rhingia campestris); (Eristalis horticola) and (Platycheirus albimanus) were also noted.

Ragged Robin was still in flower.

5th June 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in my dinner break, 5 galls were seen:- Aceria nervisequa; Psyllopsis fraxini; Aceria erinea; Aceria psuedoplatani and Aceria macrorhynchus.

Several Red Tailed Bumble bees (Bombus lapidarius) frequented a garden version of Orange Hawkweed and a flowering Hebe was a magnet for many Tree Bees (Bombus hypnorum).  A Turnip Sawfly was flitting about and a Comommon Green Shield Bug and Hawthorn Shield Bug were enjoying the solar rays.  Syritta pipiens and Dasysyrphus albostriatus were the hoverflies noted, the Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); a 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata) and 2 mating Nettle Bugs (Heterogaster urticae) were added to the sightings.

Small Balsam was in good flower.

4th June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A few moths to keep the wildside of my head ticking over:- Green Oak Tortrix (*1); Willow Beauty (*1); Brimstone (*1); Figure of Eighty (*1); Riband wave f. remutata (*1); Notocelia cynosbatella (*1); Silver Y (*1); Riband Wave (*1); Diamond Back Moth (*1); Dark Arches (*1); Freyer's Pug (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*5); Tachystola acroxantha (*4); Bright Line, Brown Eye (*3); Common Marbled Carpet (*2); Heart and Dart (*2); Brown House Moth (*1); Marbled Minor agg (*1); Elephant Hawk-Moth (*1); Anania coronata (*2); Poplar Hawk-Moth (*1); Straw Dot (*1); Small Fan-Foot (*1) and Blastodacna hellerella (*1).

Also in the mix was another Orange Ladybird.

In the garden through the day was a Varied Carpet Beetle; a Potato Leafhopper and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax).

3rd June 2018 - Ainsdale Sands Lake, Lancashire - A meet-up with a keen chum and a mooch with a specific species in mind. The target was found in good time, a superb looking Red Veined Darter accompanied by other odonates such as:- Broad Bodied Chaser (*8); Emperor Dragonfly (*7); 4 Spotted Chaser (*11); Black Tailed Skimmer (*2); Blue Tailed Damselfly and Azure Damselfly.

On the lepidoptera front we saw the butterflies:- Common Blue (*65); Small Heath (*21) and Wall Brown (*2) and the moths:- White Satin Moth (100+); Grass Rivulet (*2); Anania fuscalis (*1); Cinnabar (*5); Common Heath (*1); and Silver Y (*2). We also saw the larvae of Small Tortoisehsell; Mottled Umber and the Moth (Depressaria daucella).

Hoverflies were thin on the ground, we did see:- Xylota segnis; Eristalis nemorum; Helophilus pendulus; Myathropa florea; Eupeodes luniger; Leucozona lucorum; Eristalis pertinax; Melanostoma scalare; Merodon equestris and Episyrphus balteatus.

Other bugs seen were:- Hairy Shield Bug; Red Tailed Bumble Bee; Dune Chafer; Northern Dune Tiger Beetle; 7 Spot Ladybird; 22 Spot Ladybird; Caddisfly (Mystacides longicornis); Alder Leaf Beetle; Striped Millipede; Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); Bramble Sawfly (Arge cyanocrocea); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigricans) and Common Earwig.

5 galls were seen on Alder:- Taphrina tosquinetii; Eriophyes laevis; Eriophyes inangulis; Taphrina alni and Acalitus brevitarsus. Other galls noted were:- Pontania proxima; Cystophora sonchi and Dasineura ulmaria.

2 Stonechats were seen, a few Skylarks fluttering about. a brace of Shelduck flew pasts, a Meadow Pipit mooched and many Froglets as well as a Garden Snail and White Lipped Banded Snail.

Flowers in bloom were:- Early Marsh Orchird; Bee Orchid; Pyramidal Orchid; Common Spotted Orchid * Northern Marsh Orchid Hybrid; Common Milkwort; Danish Scurvygrass; Red Campion; Sea Milkwort; Marsh Bedstraw; Tufted Forget-Me-Not; Groundsel ssp denticulatus; Sea Mouse Ear; Common Mouse Ear; Weld; Bittersweet; Hound's-Tongue; Common Nettle; Wood Avens; Daisy; Creeping Buttercup; Biting Stonecrop; Kidney Vetch; Marsh Cinquefoil; Cuckooflower; Lesser Spearwort; Meadow Buttercup; Red Clover; White Clover; Buck's-Horn Plantain; Ribwort Plantain; Cloudberry; Sea Spurge; Portland Spurge; Blue Fleabane; Columbine; Creeping Cinquefoil; Herb Robert; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Goosegrass; Wild Asparagus; Ground Elder; Bugloss; Hedge Mustard; White Campion; Hogweed; Garlic Mustard; Yarrow; Yellow Flag Iris; Hemlock Water Dropwort; Round Leaved Wintergreen; Mouse Ear Hawkweed; Silverweed; Hop Trefoil; Dove's Foot Crane's-Bill; Celery Leaved Buttercup; Bulbous Buttercup; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Japanese Rose and Common Vetch.

The escapee Pyrenean Lily was also observed.

Other plants seen were:- Sand Cat's-Tail; Branched Bur Reed and Sea Arrow Grass.

2nd June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - As Harlequin Ladybird larvae and Hoverfly larvae munched through a Nettle Greenfly gathering and the one of the former species nibbled on a Large White Caterpillar (of which 18 were on our Garlic Mustard plants) I went through the moth trap. Species caught were:- Tachystola acroxantha (*7); Marbled Minor agg (*1); Common Marbled Carpet (*1); Common Plume Moth (*1); Grey Arches (*1); Flame Shoulder (*1); Bright Line, Brown Eye (*3); Bee Moth (*4); Light Brown Apple Moth (*2); Brown House Moth (*1); Diamond Back Moth (*1); Brimstone (*1) and Straw Dot (*1).

Melanostoma scalare rested on Nettle leaves in the garden.

1st June 2018 - Heaton Mersey/River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Pootling to and from work, Orange Tip (*2) and Common Blue (*3) were the only butterfly species seen and only 1 Nettle Tap Moth, a Straw Dot and the Grass Moth (Crambus lathoniellus) were the moths noted.  Hoverflies observed were:- Merodon equestris (*1); Xylota segnis (*1); Helophilus pendulus (*4); Episyrphus balteatus (*1); Eristalis nemorum (*1); Dasysyrphus albostriatus (*1) and Cheilosia illustrata (*1).

Azure Damselfly; Large Red Damselfly; Black Tailed Skimmer; Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina); Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis), 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) and Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) were the bugs noted.

Orange Hawkweed; Feverfew; Foxglove; Creeping Cinquefoil; Ground Elder and Meadow Vetchling were all in fine bloom.

1st June 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - The moths are struggling, the catch consisted of:- Bee Moth (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*2); Willow Beauty (*1); Anania coronata (*1); Tachystola acroxantha (*6); Straw Dot (*1); Teleoides vulgella (*1) and the Grass Moth (Crambus pascuella) (*1).

An Orange Ladybird was also caught.


31st May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - I have put sightings on this site for every day in May, here are my last, some moths caught in the trap:- Diamond Back Moth (*3); Brimstone (*1); Small Magpie (*1); Common Marbled Carpet (*1) and a Willow Beauty (*1).

A Turnip Sawfly was also in the egg boxes.

30th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - More moths caught:- Tachystola acroxantha (*4); Small Magpie (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*3); Scalloped Hazel (*1); Freyer's Pug (*1); Red Barred Tortrix (*1); Ananaia coronata (*1); Brown House Moth (*1); Bright Line, Brown Eye (*1); Argyresthia trifasciata (*1) and Notocelia cynosbatella (*1) - tis slow going this year.

29th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Moths caught included:- Poplar Hawk-Moth (*2); Marbled Minor agg (*1); Tachystola acroxantha (*2); Argyresthia trifasciata (*2); Notocelia cynosbatella (*1); Bright Line, Brown Eye (*1); Bee Moth (*2); Red Barred Tortrix (*1) and Caloptilia azaleella (*1).

An Orange Ladybird and a Tree Bee were also in the trap.

28th May 2018 - Brockholes LWT, Lancashire - An early start to beat the crowds and with a good walk done. Hoverflies seen were:- Xylota segnis; Cheilosia illustrata; Syritta pipiens; Helophilus pendulus; Eristalis nemorum; Chalcosyrphus nemorum; Leucozona lucorum; Cheilosia impressa; Eristalis pertinax; Platycheirus rosarum; Sericomyia silentis; Chrysogaster solstitialis and Tropidia scita.

Damselflies were everywhere, species seen were:- Blue Tailed Damselfly; Large Red Damselfly; Common Blue Damselfly; Common Emerald Damselfly; Azure Damselfly plus other Odonates:- Banded Demoiselle; 4 Spotted Chaser (*15) and Broad Bodied Chaser.

Lepidoptera species seen included the butterflies:- Orange tip (*5); Green Veined White (*1); Speckled Wood (*5); Common Blue (*11); Peacock (*3); and Small White (*1) and the moths:- Brown Silver Line (*3); Straw Dot (*1); Silver Y (*2); Common Carpet (*1) and Silver Ground Carpet (*1).

Other bugs noted consisted of: - The Black Spotted Pliers Support Beetle (Rhagium mordax); Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridis); Green Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); Downlooker Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis); Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius) and Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla).

Flowers in bloom were:- Climbing Corydalis; Creeping Buttercup; Red Clover; Meadow Buttercup; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Ribwort Plantain; Common Mouse-Ear; Yellow-Rattle; Lesser Trefoil; Dandelion agg; White Clover; Common Vetch; Ox-Eye Daisy; Silverweed; Common Nettle; Common Sorrel; Yellow Flag Iris; Cow Parsley; Hemlock Water Dropwort; White Dead Nettle; Rape; Herb Robert; Cuckooflower; Red Campion; Wood Avens; Sanicle; Wood Speedwell; Bluebell; Goosegrass; Germander Speedwell; Greater Stitchwort; Yellow Pimpernel; Bush Vetch; Marsh Thistle; Hogweed; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Ragged Robin; Meadow Vetchling; Tufted Vetch; Large Bittercress and Brooklime.

Crested Dog's Tail and Yorkshire Fog were 2 grasses pondered and the Alder Galls:- Eriophyes laevis and Eriophyes inangulis were seen too.

Birds noted were:- Magpie; Blackbird; Coot; Jackdaw; Black Headed Gull; Oystercatcher; Reed Bunting; Great Tit; Canada Goose; Sand Martin; Common Whitethroat; Mute Swan; Sedge Warbler; Pheasant; Song Thrush; Ringed Plover; Lapwing; Tufted Duck; Sparrowhawk; Carrion Crow; Gadwall; Great Crested Grebe; Common Tern; Mallard and Goldfinch.

With 1 fungus added I think 119 species with little effort wasn't a abd haul - the sun was lovely and the double-scoop ice ceram marvellous.

27th May 2018 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, Cheshire - Me and the missus had a drive down to this quiet place to have a spot of lunch and a quick mooch. Celery Leaved Buttercup was nice to see in flower and Guelder Rose was looking quite splendid. Azure Damselflies were everywhere with the odd Blue Tailed and Large Red thrown into the mix. Hoverflies noted were few, they had more sense due to the rising thermals. The ones seen were:- Syrphus ribesii; Xylota segnis; Eristalis pertinax; Helophilus pendulus; Platycheirus albimanus and Merodon equestris. A Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius); Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); Dowlooker Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Hawthorn Shield Bug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) and Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) were the other insects noted as well as the butterflies:- Small White and Holly Blue.

Cecidophyes rouhollahi was the only gall noted.

27th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Moths caught included:- Common Marbled Carpet (*1); Straw Dot (*1); Poplar Hawk-Moth (*2); Scalloped Hazel (*1); Herald (*1); May Highflyer (*1); Tachystola acroxantha (*3); Light Brown Apple Moth (*2); Argyresthia trifasciata (*1); Diamond Back Moth (*1) and Notocelia cynosbatella(*1).

A Harlequin Ladybird and the hoverflies (Epistrophe eligans) and (Episyrphus balteatus) were noted in the garden early doors whilst I did many chores.

I noted also a Turnip Sawfly; a Comma Caterpillar on the Red Currant bushes and a Holly Blue flitting from some thick vegetation. A Small White fed on Garlic Mustard.

26th May 2018 - Carr Mill Dam, Merseyside - The second location of the day before the last football match of the season. We spent about an hour pootling along and saw Green Veined White (*4) and Speckled Wood (*1) enjoying the sunny weather with 3 Brown Silver Line Moths spotted too. Chrysogaster solstitialis and Leucozona lucorum were the hoverflies on the wing and Downlooker Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) and Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) the other bugs observed.

Greater Celandine; Yellow Pimpernel; Bugle; Marsh Marigold and Pignut were in flower with Lesser Pond Sedge looking splendid.

A Common Tern fished; 14 pairs of Great Crested Grebe were noted, some up nice and close and a Grey Wagtail sand from a lofty tree.

26th May 2018 - Sankey Valley, Cheshire - Up early and a pleasant stroll before 2 cups of tea and a good breakfast in a nearby cafe. Flowers seen in bloom were:- Ground Elder; Wood Avens; Common Nettle; Goosegrass; Cow Parsley; Green Alkanet; garlic Mustard; Creeping Buttercup; Daisy; Cuckooflower; Ramsons; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Red Campion; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Herb Robert; Welsh Poppy; Yellow Flag Iris; Common Sorrel; Hemlock Water Dropwort; Meadow Buttercup; Shepherd's Purse; Wood Speedwell; Bluebell; Dandelion agg; Hogweed; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Ribwort Plantain; Common Mouse Ear; Bush Vetch; Yellow-Rattle; Foxglove; Comfrey agg; Ox-Eye Daisy; Ragged Robin; White dead Nettle; Lesser Trefoil and Brooklime.

Only a few birds were seen, these being:- Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Moorhen; Mallard; Swallow; Robin; House Sparrow; Grey Heron; Magpie; Wren and Chaffinch - one can't have eyes everywhere!

Gall noted were:- Eriosoma ulmi; Eriophyes inangulis; Eriophyes laevis; Aceria pseudoplatani; Andricus kollari and Psyllopsis cf. fraxini.

Hoverflies noted were:- Eristalis pertinax; Melanostoma scalare; Tropidia scita; Helophilus pendulus; Myathropa florea; Xylota segnis; Epistrophe eligans and Platycheirus albimanus.

Other bugs seen were:- Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); Mirid Bug (Dryophilocoris flavoquadrimaculatus); Crane-Fly (Ptychoptera contaminata); 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); Downlooker Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus) and Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis).

25th May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Riding home from work in poor weather, Dame's Violet; Nipplewort and Orange Hawkweed provided a splash of clour. Galls seen were: - Eriophyes laevis; Eriophyes inangulis; Pontania proxima; Aceria pseudoplatani; Dasineura fraxini and Psyllopsis fraxini.

24th May 2018 - Anderton NR, Cheshire - I led a walk for several families today and we pootled along looking at a bit of this, that and t'other. Flowers discussed were:- Daisy; Creeping Buttercup; Wall Speedwell; Common Mouse-Ear; Dandelion agg; Common Nettle; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Garlic Mustard; Goosegrass; Wood Avens; Meadow Buttercup; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Ribwort Plantain; Black Medick; Common Vetch; Red Campion; Cow Parsley; Hogweed; Wild Strawberry; Yellow Flag Iris; Germander Speedwell; Salad Burnet; Herb Robert; Hairy Tare; Silverweed; Ox-Eye Daisy; Ragged Robin; White Water Lily; Slender Speedwell; Hedge Mustard; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; and Comfrey agg which were all in flower. We also saw the vegetative state of Broad Leaved Dock; Meadowsweet; Teasel and Colt's-Foot as well as other plants such as Bracken; Rowan; Elder; Lime Tree; Cock's-Foot Grass; Bramble agg; Common Gorse and Broom.

Bugs seen were:- Harlequin Ladybird; 14 Spot Ladybird; Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); Common Nettle Weevil; Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus urticae); Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); Turnip Sawfly; Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle; Red Headed Cardinal Beetle; Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); Alder Leaf Beetle; Common Blue Damselfly; Red Eyed Damselfly; Azure Damselfly; Blue Tailed Damselfly; Large Red Damselfly; Banded Demoiselle; 4 Spotted Chaser; Swollen Thighed Beetle; Common Green Grasshopper; Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); and the butterflies:- Speckled Wood (*3); Green Veined White (*1) and Common Blue (*2).

Other bits and pieces seen were:- Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Black Headed Gull; Blackbird; White Lipped Banded Snail; Rabbit; Striped Woodlouse; Garden Snail; Strawberry Snail and the galls; Eriophyes laevis; Eriophyes inangulis; Taphrina pruni; Neuroterus quercusbaccarum and Biorhiza pallida.

Before and after the walk my good lady and I added the flowers :- Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Cuckooflower; Red Clover; Welsh Poppy; Red Valerian; Shepherd's Purse and Pineappleweed, the galls:- Eriophyes tiliae; Eriophyes leiosoma; Blennocampa phyllocolpa; Andricus kollari; Eriophyes similis; Aceria fraxinivora, the Hoverflies:- Episyrphus balteatus; Leucozona lucorum; Eristalis pertinax; Platycheirus albimanus and Syrphus ribesii, the butterflies:- Brimstone (*3) and Comma (*1) plus:- The Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); Mirid Bug Calocoris alpestris); Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus); Brown Lipped Banded Snail; 2 Spot Ladybird; Garden Chafer; Buff Tailed Bumble Bee; Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus)

The total for the walk, with added rust fungus was 88 species.

The total species list overall including a post/ante mooch was 120species.

23rd May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Merodon equestris was in the garden, seeing every little bug off in its quest to be king of the patch. We went shopping after work, a very scabby Fox was hanging around Morrisons, the poor bugger looked clemmed.

22nd May 2018 - Heaton Mersey/River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Speckled Wood (*2); Holly Blue (*1); Comma (*1); Brimstone (*1) and Orange Tip (*3) were the butterflies on the wing with Epistrophe eligans (*1) the only hoverfly seen.

Ground Elder was now in flower.

22nd May 2018 - Vernon Park, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk with a carers group and what ruddy fine folk (as were the 2 staff). All in all a good day with a 2 hour stroll in the park, a walk to the Vintage Emporium and tea and cake to finish. Flowers discussed were:- Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Slender Speedwell; Germander Speedwell; Brooklime; Wood Avens; Herb Robert; Meadow Buttercup; Creeping Buttercup; Common Mouse Ear; Daisy; Cow Parsley; Yellow Flag Iris; Thale Cress; Common Nettle; Broad Leaved Dock; Pignut; Cuckooflower; Meadowsweet; Red Campion; Goosegrass; Bush Vetch and Bird's-Foot Trefoil.

Other plants pondered were a Copper Beech; Pendulous Sedge; Cock's-Foot Grass and Common Horse Tail.

A Holly Blue and Speckled Wood were seen along with the Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle; Alder Leaf Beetle; Downlooker Snipe Fly and the Hoverfly (Myathropa florea).

21st May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Mothing, far from spectacular but I enjoy all catches. Light Brown Apple Moth (*7); Bright Line, Brown Eye (*1); Heart and Dart (*1); Poplar Hawkmoth (*1); Bee Moth (*10); Tachystola acroxantha (*13); Flame Shoulder (*1); Common Rustic sp (*1); Argyresthia trifasciata (*6) and Notocelia cynosbatella (*3).

21st May 2018 - Etherow CP, Stockport, Cheshire - A trip out with a grand fellow in the search of bugs and blooms. Hoverflies were not playing ball, it was a bit too hot. Species noted were:- Platycheirus albimanus (*1); Eristalis pertinax (*1); Eristalis nemorum (*6); Merodon equestris (*5); Portevinia maculata (*10); Melanostoma scalare (*1); Eupeodes luniger (*1); Rhingia rostrata (*1); Platycheirus granditarsus (*1); Leucozona lucorum (*2); Xylota segnis (*4) and Rhingia campestris (*1).

On the lepidoptera front the butterflies noted were:- Peacock (*1); Speckled Wood (*2); Comma (*1); Orange Tip (*6) and Green Veined White (*2). Moths noted were:- Silver Y (*1); Cock's-Foot Moth (*1); Brown Silver Line (*1); Micropterix calthella (*5) and Silver Ground Carpet (*2).

Other bugs observed were:- Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis pellucida); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); Turnip Sawfly (Athalia rosae); Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); Golden-Bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens); Dance Fly (Empis tessellata) and the Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria).

Only 5 galls were seen, these being:- Taphrina tosquinetii; Eriophyes laevis; Eriophyes inangulis; Dasineura ulmariae and Eriophyes similis.

Flowers in bloom were:- Thale Cress; Groundsel; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Creeping Cinquefoil; Comfrey agg; Shiny Crane's-Bill; Tormentil; Common Watercress; Dame's Violet; Yellow Archangel; Pick-a-Back Plant; Marsh Marigold; Common Bistort; Large Bittercress; Yellow Flag Iris; Hogweed; Common Nettle; Bugle; Star of Bethlehem; Wild Strawberry; Greater Stitchwort; Pink Purslane; Sweet Cicely; Common Mouse Ear; Wavy Bittercress; Wood Avens; Yellow Pimpernel; Bush Vetch; Lesser Celandine; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Common Vetch; Ramsons; Fringe-Cups; Red Campion; Garlic Mustard; Wood Speedwell; Cuckooflower; Dandelion agg; Bluebell; Ribwort Plantain; Creeping Buttercup; Germander Speedwell; Cow Parsley; Welsh Poppy; Meadow Buttercup; Daisy; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Black Medick and Lesser Trefoil.

Giant Horse-Tail; Wood Horsetail; Wall Rue; Maidenhair Spleenwort and a singing male Pied Flycatcher were extras.


20th May 2018 - River Dee, Holt Castle, Cheshire - We had a trip out and pottered along, it was ruddy warm, too warm for some bugs in fact. Odonata species seen were:- Club Tailed Dragonfly (*39); Broad Bodied Chaser (*1); Common Blue Damselfly (*1) and Banded Demoiselle (*3). Hoverflies were few:- Epistrophe eligans (*1); Melanostoma scalare (*1); Leucozona lucorum (*3) and Helophilus pendulus (*1). Butterflies on the wing were:- Green Veined White (*6); Orange Tip (*3); Small Tortoiseshell (*3); Comma (*1); Red Admiral (*1); Peacock (*3); Speckled Wood (*1) and Holly Blue (*2). 2 moth species were noted:- Brimstone (*1) and Silver Y (*2).

Other bugs listed were:- Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); Green Drake Mayfly (Ephemera danica); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); White Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum); Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); Water Snipe Fly (Atherix ibis); Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica) and the Sawfly (Tenthredo mesomela).

Flowers in bloom were:- Wild Radish; Pineappleweed; Common Poppy; Shepherd's Purse; Germander Speedwell; Wall Speedwell; Thale Cress; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Goosegrass; Herb Robert; Red Dead Nettle; Bluebell; Comfrey agg; Common Vetch; Hogweed; Groundsel; Red Campion; Weld; Hedge Mustard; Cuckooflower; Garlic Mustard; Meadow Buttercup; Creeping Buttercup; Ribwort Plantain; Dandelion agg and Cow Parsley.

A Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); a Common Sandpiper and an Oystercatcher were other things noted.

20th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Moths caught overnight were:- White Pinion Spotted (*1); Buff Ermine (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*3); Bee Moth (*9); Small Phoenix (*2); Flame Shoulder (*2); Garden Carpet (*1); Tachystola acroxantha (*2) and Argyresthia trifasciata (*2).

19th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Moths seen this morn after a cold night were few:- Bee Moth (*3); Light Brown Apple Moth (*7); and Herald (*1).

Merodon equestris; Episyrphus balteatus and a Holly Blue Butterfly joined me in the garden whilst I was reading.


18th May 2018 - Mere Sands Wood, Lancashire - A morning spent with the lasses at Bygone Times was ace and for a contrast we ended up here for a few hours in search of bugs. It was late in the day for hoverflies but we did see:- Leucozona lucorum (*1); Platycheirus albimanus (*1); Helophilus pendulus (*1); Cheilosia illustrata (*3); Epistrophe eligans (*6); Eupeodes luniger (*1) and Melanostoma scalare (*3). Azure and Blue Tailed Damselflies were frequent and the butterflies on the wing were:- Peacock (*2); Orange Tip (*1); Brimstone (*2) and Green Veined White (*1). Brown Silver Line (*4); Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner (*2); Silver Y (*1) and Cydia ulicetana (*1) were the moths noted.

Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 14 Spot-Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina polita); Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris); Turnip Sawfly (Athalia rosae); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); Crane-Fly (Ptychoptera albimana); Ship Timber Beetle (Hylecoetus dermestoides); Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica); Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica) and 5 Figwort Weevils (Cionus scrophulariae) were other insects seen.

3 Toads; a Common Frog; the Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and a Cucumber Spider (Araniella sp) were added to the sightings as well as a Common Tern; Bog Bean; Bugloss and Common Ramping Fumitory were in fine flower and the gall (Eriophyes similis).


17th May 2018 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, Cheshire - A cycle and a mooch before dinner beckoned. 16 species of hoverfly were noted, these were:- Syrphus ribesii (*2); Melanostoma scalare (*5); Eupeodes luniger (*3); Merodon equestris (*1); Eristalis pertinax (*2); Leucozona lucorum (*1); Xylota segnis (*4); Baccha elongata (*1); Myathropa florea (*1); Epistrophe eligans (*4); Syritta pipiens (*1); Helophilus hybridus (*1); Helophilus pendulus (*6); Episyrphus balteatus (*2); Neoascia podagrica (*1) and Platycheirus albimanus (*2).

Only 5 butterfly species were noted, these being:- Large White (*1); Orange Tip (*1); Green Veined White (*1); Small Tortoiseshell (*1) and Speckled Wood (*1). A Garden Carpet Moth and a Cock's-Foot Moth were added too.

Other bugs and beasties seen were:- Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Tachnid Fly (Tachina fera); 14 Spot-Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); Crane-Fly (Tipula vernalis) and 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

A few flowers were observed in bloom:- Cow Parsley; Dandelion agg; Creeping Buttercup; Herb Robert; Wood Avens; Bluebell; Red Campion; Goosegrass; Bush Vetch; Meadow Buttercup; Ribwort Plantain; Large Bittercress; Daisy; Yellow Flag Iris; Comfrey agg; Cuckooflower; Slender Speedwell; Common Nettle; Common Mouse Ear; Pick-a-Back Plant; Ramsons and Wood Stitchwort.

17th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A Pale Tussock Moth was in the bathroom - I think it is a new one for the garden.
16th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A sprawl in some afternoon sun, Epistrophe eligans; Platycheirus albimanis and Sphaerophoria scripta were on the wing as well as a couple of Turnip Sawflies.

16th May 2018 - Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - A dull day with a breeze but not cold at all. I had a bike ride and a mooch in the undergrowth and found 5 common hoverfly species:- Helophilus pendulus (*1); Melanostoma scalare (*5); Leucozona lucorum (*2); Syrphus ribesii (*1); and Eristalis pertinax (*1). 7 Spot Ladybird (*5); Harlequin Ladybird (*2) and 14 Spot Ladybird (*3) were seen as well as the Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); Alder Leaf Beefle (Agelastica alni); Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); Golden-Bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens); Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridiana); Tachnid Fly (Tachina fera); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); Common Nettle Bug (Liocorus tripustulatus) and the Nettle Beetle (Brachypterus glaber).

A Nettle Tap Moth and a Cock's-Foot Moth were also seen.

Aceria macrochelus; Psyllopsis fraxini; Andricus kollari and Protomyces macrosporus were the galls seen.

15th May 2018 - Knutsford, Cheshire - Prior to a football match, Merodon equestris was seen frequenting some lush herbage.
15th May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Horse Radish was now in flower and 2 Orange Tips enjoyed the bright skies.
15th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A few moths were caught overnight:- Small Phoenix (*3); Tachystola acroxantha (*2); Bee Moth (*2); Light Brown Apple Moth (*4); Lime Hawkmoth (*1); White Shouldered House Moth (*1) and Flame Shoulder (*1).

14th May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk into town with my daughter, flowers in bloom were:- Ox-Eye Daisy; Red Clover; Black Medick; American Winter Cress; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Cuckooflower; Common Vetch; Common Mouse Ear; Daisy; Ribwort Plantain; Meadow Buttercup; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Fringe Cups; White Valerian; Dandelion agg; Groundsel; Wall Speedwell; Oxford Ragwort; Creeping Buttercup; Common Field Speedwell; Bluebell; Wood Avens; Toothwort; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Red Campion and Hedge Mustard.

Holly Blue (*1); Green Veined White (*1) and Comma (*1) were the butterflies on the wing and Epistrophe eligans; Baccha elongata and Eristalis pertinax the hoverflies seen.

The Gall (Eriophyes inangulis) was spotted as well as a Grey and Pied Wagtail on the River and then a couple of 7 Spot Ladybirds and a lone Harlequin Ladybird.


13th May 2018 - Ainsdale Sands Lake, Lancashire - After lunch and some tea and cake we started a wander here and bumped into the knowledgeable Dr Phil Smith, a charming man dedicated to the Sefton Coast and a font of information. We had a lovely stroll, we saw many wonderful things. Flowers in bloom were:- Beaked Hawksbeard ; Common Vetch; Early Forget-Me-Not; Heath Dog Violet; Spring Vetch; Alexanders; Thyme Leaved Sandwort; Bog-Bean; Groundsel ssp denticulatus; Sea Mouse Ear; Kidney Vetch; Rue Leaved Saxifrage and Celery Leaved Buttercup.

Early Hair Grass; Sand Cats-Tail; Saltmarsh Grass; Dune Fescue; Red Fescue; Sea Arrowgrass; Jointed Rush; Grey Poplar; False Fox Sedge; Long Bracted Sedge; Common Field Woodrush; Sand Sedge; Glaucous Sedge; Common Osier and Japanese Rose were other plants of interest.

The butterflies:- Speckled Wood (*1); Orange Tip (*3) and Green Veined White (*1) were enjoying the sun and the hoverflies:- Leucozona lucorum (*1); Myathropa florea (*2) and Melanostoma scalare (*1) were keeping in partial shade.

Vernal Mining Bee; Azure Damselfly; 4 Spotted Chaser; Northern Dune Tiger Beetle; Alder Leaf Beetle; 7 Spot Ladybird and the Dance Fly (Empis tessallata) were nice extras.

A Whinchat and Common Toad completed a grand list. Thank you Phil for your sharing of information and fine company!


13th May 2018 - Marshside RSPB, Lancashire - An early morning pootle, 59 birds noted:- Feral Pigeon; Skylark; Linnet; Sedge Warbler; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Shoveler; Coot; Ruff; Moorhen; Gadwall; Jackdaw; Black Headed Gull; Redshank; Mallard; Lapwing; Avocet; Grey Heron; Shelduck; Little Grebe; Herring Gull; Carrion Crow; Dunlin; Oystercatcher; Magpie; Black Tailed Godwit; Glossy Ibis (*2); Swallow; Greylag Goose; Wood Pigeon; Whinchat Meadow Pipit; Song Thrush; Blackcap; Goldfinch; Mistle Thrush; Chaffinch; Common Whitethroat; Little Egret; Reed Bunting; Swift; Greenfinch; Blackbird; Pied Wagtail; House Sparrow; House Martin; Great Black Backed Gull; Wigeon; Stock Dove; Pink Footed Goose; Tufted Duck; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Collared Dove + Robin; Willow Warbler; Wren and Reed Warbler on call and a lovely close-up encounter with the escapee Mexican Speckled Quail.

Flowers in bloom were:- Red Dead Nettle; Dandelion agg; Daisy; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Common Mouse Ear; Ribwort Plantain; White Dead Nettle; Bluebell; Green Alkanet; Alexanders; Common Vetch; Herb Robert; Snow in Summer; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Black Medick; Lesser Trefoil; Danish Scurvygrass; Meadow Buttercup; Bulbous Buttercup; Wall Speedwell; Bush Vetch; White Campion; Oxford Ragwort; Star of Bethlehem and Comfrey agg.

Butterflies noted were:- Green Veined White (*7); Small Tortoisehsell (*4); Orange Tip (*2); Brimstone (*1); Holly Blue (*1); Speckled Wood (*1) and Peacock (*1). A Cock's-Foot Moth was also seen.

Leucozona lucorum (*3); Epistrophe eligans (*1) and Helophilus pendulus (*2) were the hoverflies noted. Other insects seen were:- St Mark's-Fly; Hairy Shield Bug; the Dance Fly (Empis tessallata); 7 Spot Ladybird and Black and Red Froghopper.

12th May 2018 - Linotype Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, Cheshire - Prior to kick off I noted a Harlequin Ladybird and 2 Hoverflies (Syrphus ribesii) and (Helophilus pendulus). Wood Avens was in glorious flower.
12th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A pootle in the garden before today's football. 2 Brown Rats were pilfering bird food and a Magpie swooped in soon after and had a good fill - greedy git. A Blue Tit peered from the nest box and waited its chance, I hope enough is left for the young un's. An Orange Tip and a Small White both came and visited the Garlic Mustard, a Turnip Sawfly was also hanging around the same plants. The Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and the Hoverflies (Melanostoma scalare); (Syrphus ribesii) and (Meliscaeva auricollis) were on the wing as well as a Tree Bee feeding on the Black Currants. A lone Harlequin Ladybird was also noted.

11th May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A mooch under cloudy skies around a small pond. Helophilus pendulus (*2); Xylota segnis (*3); Syrphus ribesii (*1) and Eristalis pertinax (*1) were coping with the low thermals as was a lone Speckled Wood.

Lady's Mantle was in flower.

The Willow Gall (Pontania pedunculi) was also noted and the Crane-Fly (Epiphragma ocellare) was later identified via on-line assistance, sometimes it is the only way to go!

I also found one of the Nomada Bees on the day, it couldn't be named without dissection so I took its photo and let it go.


10th May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - The Dance-Fly (Empis tessallata) was on the wing as was the Hoverflies (Epistrophe eligans) and (Syrphus ribesii) and the butterflies Speckled Wood (*2) and Orange Tip (*1).

Liocoris tripustulatus was knocking about on some fresh Nettle leaves.

10th May 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the sun, Laburnum was in full stunning flower, Horse Chestnut was also sporting magnificent blooms and Goosegrass was not going unnoticed as I spied its little cruciate flowers. Meadow Buttercup is looking at its best now too - never overlook the seemingly commonplace.

Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) and 2 Hoverflies were noted both being one of my favourite insects, Myathropa florea.


9th May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Common Horse-Tail was abundant and looking good and the galls Aceria ulmicola and Protomyces macrosporus were observed. Cock's-Foot Grass is now looking at its best.

Bush Vetch and Common Vetch were both flowering well.

8th May 2018 - Heaton Mersey NR, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the dinner hour, Holly Blue (*1); Speckled Wood (*7) and Orange Tip (*2) were seen on the wing with the Hoverflies:- Platycheirus albimanus (*1); Epistrophe eligans (*3); Helophilus pendulus (*1); Eupeodes luniger (*1) and Merodon equestris (*1) all enjoying the thermals.  

A Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Harlequin Ladybird; 7 Spot Ladybird; the Tachnid Fly (Tachina fera); Lily Beetle (Lilioceris lilii) and 2 Large Red Damselflies were also seen.

Taphrina tosquinetii and Phyllocoptes eupadi were the 2 galls noted.


8th May 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Hoverfly (Baccha elongata) was resting on Maple leaves.


8th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - 20 Plumed Moth (*2); Tachystola acroxantha (*2); Light Brown Apple Moth (*4) and Bee Moth (*3) were all that was in the overnight trap.


7th May 2018 - Carrington Moss, G. Manchester - An early morning walk prior to some more football, 39 bird species were noted:- Blackcap; Bullfinch; Goldfinch; Wren; Mistle Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Pheasant; Lapwing; Skylark; Canada Goose; Blackbird; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Black Headed Gull; Gadwall; Grey Partridge; Wheatear; Magpie; Common Whitethroat; Cormorant; Pied Wagtail; Ringed Plover; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Linnet; Yellowhammer; Swallow; Dunnock; Robin; Coot; Buzzard; Greenfinch; Jackdaw; Moorhen; Great Tit + Song Thrush; Reed Warbler and Chiffchaff on call.

Flowers in bloom were:- Thale Cress; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Herb Robert; Honesty; Dandelion agg; Bluebell; Groundsel; Red Campion; White Dead Nettle; Cow Parsley; Common Vetch; Common Mouse Ear; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Garlic Mustard; Green Alkanet; Comfrey agg; Red Dead Nettle; Creeping Buttercup; Ribwort Plantain; Wood Avens and Primrose.

Butterflies on the wing were:- Brimstone (*9); Peacock (*6); Small Tortoiseshell (*1); Speckled Wood (*1); Green Veined White (*5) and Orange Tip (*9).

Hoverflies were few and far between, we noted:- Xylota segnis; Leucozona lucorum and Epistrophe eligans. Alder Leaf Beetle; Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle; 7 Spot Ladybird and the Dance Fly (Empis tessellata) were other bugs seen.

Eriophyes leiosoma was seen on the leaves of Lime and a cracking Bee's nest was found, absolutely heaving with many buzzing tinkers - good on em'.


6th May 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - We arrived on the bikes, had a mooch around the periphery and picked a spot to laze about, read our books and had a Double Decker each - lovely. Orange Tip (*6); Comma (*1); Speckled Wood (*2); Small Tortoiseshell (*2) and Large White (*1) were on the wing as well as the hoverflies:- Leucozona lucorum (*2); Baccha elongata (*1); Eristalis pertinax (*2) and Rhingia campestris (*3). A 22 Spot Ladybird was also seen.

Wood Speedwell was in fine flower.


6th May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A cycle out with the good lady. Orange Tip (*8); Brimstone (*1); Green Veined White (*1); Small Tortoiseshell (*1) and Holly Blue (*1) were the butterflies on the wing. Alder Leaf Beetles were about and a Dipper was seen along the river.

Cuckooflower; Greater Celandine; Common Bistort; Bush Vetch and a Rowan tree were all in splendid flower.

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum; Eriophyes tiliae and Biorhiza pallida were the galls noted.

6th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A Light Brown Apple Moth had entered the bathroom and 2 Holly Blues and a Speckled Wood fluttered around and enjoyed the early morning sun. Several Drone-Flies (Eristalis pertinax) set up territory and Eupeodes luniger buzzed around a pot of various wildflowers.
5th May 2018 - Squires Gate FC, Blackpool, Lancashire - Whilst watching the football 2 Oystercatchers kept circling about, a Buzzard was mobbed by Corvids and a Small Tortoiseshell and Orange Tip pootled fluttered over the pitch.

5th May 2018 - Kincraig Lake, Blackpool, Lancashire - Whilst at our previous destination some decent chaps put us onto a Black Necked Grebe that had been showing down to a few feet only a couple of miles up the road. We had a tootle and watched the bird at close quarters, what a stunner! We then we went for a walk whilst a few photographers climbed over the fence to get at least 2 feet closer and take their precious shots - quite embarrassing. Other birds seen were:- Little Grebe; Mallard; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Herring Gull; House Sparrow; Grey Heron; Blackbird; Robin; Mute Swan; Magpie and Moorhen.

12 Speckled Woods were enjoyed along with a Small White and a Holly Blue. Eristalis pertinax; Melanostoma scalare and Epistrophe eligans were the hoverflies seen.


5th May 2018 - Stanley Park, Blackpool, Lancashire - A second walk of the morn, a few birds noted:- Great Crested Grebe; Greylag Goose; Mute Swan; Coot; Herring Gull; Moorhen; Mallard; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Feral Pigeon; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Wren; Mistle Thrush; Great Tit; Grey Heron; Blue Tit; Robin; Carrion Crow; Wood Warbler; Nuthatch; Long Tailed Tit + Chiffchaff on call.

A Red Eared Terrapin was expected and noted.


5th May 2018 - Marton Mere, Blackpool, Lancashire - An early morning walk, only 31 bird species noted:- Starling; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Collared Dove; Dunnock; Blue Tit; Common Whitethroat; Chaffinch; Great Tit; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Coot; Moorhen; Magpie; Wren; Cetti's Warbler; Sedge Warbler; Greylag Goose; Canada Goose; Blackcap; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Gadwall; Herring Gull; Grey Heron; Willow Warbler + Song Thrush; Reed Warbler; Chiifchaff and Greenfinch on call.

Bluebell; Dandelion agg; Daisy; Cow Parsely; Red Dead Nettle; Groudnsel; Garlic Mustard; Herb Robert; Marsh Marigold; Cuckooflower; Ribwort Plantain; Honesty; Lesser Celandine; Hogweed and Colt's-Foot in flower.

Pendulous Sedge was sporting fine catkins and a St Mark's Fly and a Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle were also noted.

4th May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Baccha elongata was feeding on Garlic Mustard in the back garden - a nice bonus.
4th May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A Fox and a Peacock butterfly were seen and Fringe Cups was in flower.
4th May 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime stroll checking a few hedgerows.  4 Speckled Woods were on show as well as a resting Holly Blue and the Green Longhorn Moth (Adela reaumurella).  A 22 Spot Ladybird; 7 Spot Ladybird and several Harlequin Ladybirds were noted as well as the hoverflies:- Platycheirus albimanus (*1); Eristalis pertinax (*1); Melanostoma scalare (*4); Epistrophe eligans (*2) and Lucozona lucorum (*1).  3 Common Green Shield Bugs and 1 Hawthorn Shield Bug were picked out and a St Mark's Fly was on the wing. The Ground Bug (Scolopostethus affinis) was later identified.

Field Maple and Ash were trees noted in flower and Cuckooflower was sporting some healthy blooms.

3rd May 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - 4 Ring Necked Parakeets flew over, a local Beech tree was in flower as was Greater Celandine.

3rd May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A Kingfisher whizzed over the water, Cow Parsley and Toothwort was in flower and the general greenery was increasing by the day.

A Vine Weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) was also seen.


2nd May 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - 5 Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina) were seen catching the odd solar ray as well as the hoverflies:- Helophilus pendulus (*1); Epistrophe eligans (*1) and the ubiquitous Eristalis pertinax (*1).  A 7 Spot Ladybird was also noted.

1st May 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A Green Veined White was at rest atop a Garlic Mustard plant in bloom, a very nice combination.
1st May 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A fine male Orange Tip was seen atop a Dandelion clock; Cuckooflower was in bloom and a lone Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) was observed.
1st May 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the dinner hour and a wander home brought 4 Hoverfly species:- Epistrophe eligans (*2); Eristalis pertinax (*4); Syrphus ribesii (*3) and Melanostoma scalare (*1) as well as 4 Tawny Mining Bees (Andrena fulva); 4 Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis); 1 Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 18 Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina) with 5 pairs locked in copulation.  A Small Tortoiseshell Buttefrly was seen at rest on Nettles.

The Acer Felt Gall (Aceria pseudoplatani) was observed too with a Sycamore tree in flower.

Common Vetch was now sporting blooms.


30th April 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A day in, car cleaned, cupboards sorted, lawn cut, updates on site done - in the garden 3 hoverfly species were on show:- Eristalis pertinax; Epistrophe eligans and Melanostoma scalare. Garlic Mustard; Herb Robert; Dandelion agg and Red Campion were adding a splash of colour.

A brace of Tree Bees were feeding on Red Currant flowers.


29th April 2018 - Pot Hole Quarry, Denbighshire - A wander with some like-minded folk despite being fagged out. The weather was far from perfect ansd the potential of the area wasn't maximised. 21 bird species were noted, these were:- Pied Wagtail; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Blue Tit; Nuthtach; Redstart; Willow Warbler; Wood Warbler; Blackcap; Jay; Wood Pigeon; Grey Wagtail; Wren; Jackdaw; Dunnock; Robin; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Swallow; Blackbird; Coal Tit and Carrion Crow.

Flowers in bloom were also low in numbers, the list was:- Garlic Mustard; Lesser Celandine; Dandelion agg; Groundsel; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Chickweed; Hairy Bittercress; Common Mouse Ear; Daisy; Slender Speedwell; Moschatel; Barren Strawberry; Greater Stitchwort; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Dog's Mercury; Wood Anemone; Wavy Bittercress; Butterbur; Ramsons; Cow Parsley; Ground Ivy; Wood Sorrel; Common Dog Violet; Rue Leaved Saxifrage; Bluebell; Early Purple Orchid; Primrose; Cowslip; Toothwort and Wood Avens.

Bugs were keeping out of the way today, too cold for mini-beasts. The species seen were:- Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gasytrophysa viridula); Dung Beetle (Aphodius pedellus); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris); Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina); Devil's Coach Horse (Ocypus olens) and a lone male Orange Tip (Anthocaris cardamines).

Large Yellow Slug; Leopard Slug; Garden Snail; White Lipped Banded Snail and Garlic Snail were noted too as well as a few fungi.

Lunularia cruciata was the only liverwort seen and Black Poplar was identified by a keen tree bod.

28th April 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Back home from some Non-League footy - a Holly Blue was in the garden, a Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius) and a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) both feeding on Black Currant flowers. 2 specimens of the Chequered Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) were also flitting about.
24th April 2018 -- River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Riding home from work and a Greenfinch fed on Dandelion heads only inches from my passing bike and Ribwort Plantain was noted in flower for the first time this year.

23rd April 2018 - Fairburn Ings, West Yorkshire - After a fish and chips dinner we headed here to round off a days mooching. 40 birds were seen as the wind started to whip up and the day progress. The species noted were:- Tufted Duck; Grey Heron; Jackdaw; Mallard; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Cormorant; Chaffinch; Great Tit; Tree Sparrow; Robin; Skylark; Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Blackbird; Pheasant; Mute Swan; Moorhen; Blue Tit; Canada Goose; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Little Grebe; Pochard; Egyptian Goose; Greylag Goose; Stock Dove; Little Egret; Shelduck; Shoveler; Gadwall; Spoonbill; Magpie; Great Crested Grebe; Swallow; Kestrel + Dunnock; Bittern; Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff on call.

Cuckooflower was now in flower.


23rd April 2018 - Tophill Low, West Yorkshire - Tis 14 years since we last visited this site, a few changes have been made and things are looking mighty fine. We wandered, we clocked up 61 birds:- Great Tit; Pheasant; Red Legged Partridge; Robin; Wood Pigeon; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Blackcap; Goldcrest; House Martin; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goldfinch; Tufted Duck; Pochard; Sand Martin; Goldeneye; Greenfinch; Wren; Tree Sparrow; Jackdaw; Blackbird; Gadwall; Mallard; Moorhen; Willow Warbler; Mistle Thrush; Song Thrush; Great Crested Grebe; Carrion Crow; Coot; Greylag Goose; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Long Tailed Tit; Grey Heron; Reed Bunting; Little Grebe; Common Sandpiper; Skylark; Common Whitethroat; Wheatear; Feral Pigeon; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Teal; Shelduck; Little Ringed Plover; Cormorant; Wigeon; Shoveler; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Buzzard; Pied Wagtail; Little Egret; Redshank; Swallow; Yellow Wagtail; Yellowhammer; Rook + Cetti's Warbler and Bullfinch on call.

Yellow Archangel and Crosswort were both in flower and 1 Green Veined White was on the wing.


22nd April 2018 - Messingham Sand Quarry, Lincolnshire - A tucked away gem found after some advice from a lovely lady at Far Ings. It was late in the day so birds were going quite but 33 species were still noted, these were:- Chiffchaff; Common Tern; Wood Pigeon; Oystercatcher; Coot; Greylag Goose; Great Tit; Pheasant; Moorhen; Blackcap; Mallard; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Lapwing; Sand Martin; Red Crested Pochard (*4); Gadwall; Shoveler; Great Crested Grebe; Tufted Duck; Willow Warbler; Pochard; Shelduck; Cormorant; Mandarin Duck; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Chaffinch; Egyptian Goose; Reed Bunting; Swallow; Long Tailed Tit; + Wren and Goldcrest on call.

Singles of Peacock and Brimstone took in the last remaining sun and a Bee Fly (Bombylius major) had a late fly out.

Meadow Saxifrage and Common Dog Violet were in flower.


22nd April 2018 - Waters Edge CP, Lincolnshire - A continuation of a fine walk, at this site 38 birds were noted:- Mallard; Cormorant; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Coot; Pochard; Greylag Goose; Canada Goose; Tufted Duck; Bar Headed Goose; Gadwall; Reed Bunting; Moorhen; Cetti's Warbler; Long Tailed Tit; Little Grebe; Willow Warbler; Robin; Chiffchaff; Goldfinch; Blue Tit; Blackcap; Dunnock; Mute Swan; Great Tit; Sedge Warbler; Swallow; Collared Dove; Starling; Blackbird; Bullfinch; Lesser Black Backed Gull + Reed Warbler; Chaffinch; Wren; Greenfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.

Small Tortoiseshell (*4); Brimstone (*2); Speckled Wood (*1); Holly Blue (*1) and Peacock (*2) were the butterflies seen.


22nd April 2018 - Far Ings, Lincolnshire - A grand day out, wandering in fine sun, sipping tea here and there and enjoying the great outdoors with my best mate. 40 species of bird were noted here:- Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Cormorant; Great Tit; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Swallow; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Blackbird; Wren; Chiffchaff; Chaffinch; Sedge Warbler; Goldfinch; House Sparrow; Blackcap; Tree Sparrow; Redshank; Shelduck; Gadwall; Feral Pigeon; Common Tern; Cetti's Warbler; Sand Martin; Bullfinch; Dunnock; Blue Tit; Robin; Great Crested Grebe; Coot; Wigeon; Pied Wagtail; Little Egret; Pheasant; Oystercatcher + Goldcrest and Reed Warbler on call.

Slender Speedwell; Common Cornsalad; Ground Ivy; Green Alkanet; Snake's Head Fritillary; Marsh Marigold; Red Campion; Common Stork's-Bill; Cow Parsley and Garlic Mustard were all in flower.

Small White (*1); Green Veined White (*2); Speckled Wood (*1); Small Tortoiseshell (*3) and Peacock (*4) were the butterflies on the wing. White Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum) and Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) were buzzing about as well as a brace of the Bee Fly (Bombylius major) and the quite lovely hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata). 7 Spot Ladybird (*51) was also seen.

21st April 2018 - Paull Strays, East Yorkshire - A final walk of the day so as to complete our 20, 000 steps target. Nowt much doing as it was getting late - a Red Legged Partridge and a male Marsh Harrier were seen as well as Black Medick in flower. A Cuckoo called in the distance.

21st April 2018 - Kilnsea Wetlands, East Yorkshire - A mooch and 20 species of bird seen:- Pied Wagtail; Yellow Wagtail; White Wagtail; Blue Headed Wagtail; Cormorant; Mute Swan; Little Egret; Wigeon; Avocet; Shelduck; Greylag Goose; Kestrel; Swallow; Greenshank; Wheatear; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Ringed Plover; Linnet and Starling.

1 Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing.


21st April 2018 - Spurn, East Yorkshire - Up early and out for a good long yomp. 43 bird species were noted:- House Sparrow; Starling; Magpie; Greenfinch; Wood Pigeon; Dunnock; Mallard; Blackbird; Greylag Goose; Carrion Crow; Mute Swan; Skylark; Wren; Meadow Pipit; Robin; Dark Bellied Brent Goose; Oystercatcher; Tufted Duck; Grey Plover; Dunlin; Knot; Herring Gull; Linnet; Sanderling; Ringed Plover; Reed Bunting; Curlew; Turnstone; Shelduck; Bar Tailed Godwit; Little Egret; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Kestrel; Great Tit; Cuckoo; Feral Pigeon; Pied Wagtail; Lesser Whitethroat; Black Brant; Song Thrush + Goldfinch and Chiffchaff on call.

Roe Deer (*3); Brown Hare; Rabbit and numerous webs and larvae of the Brown Tailed Moth were also seen as well as Spring Beauty in flower and the butterflies Small Tortoiseshell (*2) and Peacock (*5).


20th April 2018 - Brough Haven, East Yorkshire - The final wander of the day and a spot that seemed to have little but gradually built up a decent list. It was another quiet spot with barely anyone around. 31 bird species were listed, these being:- Wood Pigeon; Shelduck; Curlew; Skylark; Carrion Crow; Sedge Warbler; Greylag Goose; Black Headed Gull; Wheatear; Linnet; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Coot; Shoveler; Reed Bunting; Gadwall; Marsh Harrier (M); Mute Swan; Meadow Pipit; Pied Wagtail; Little Ringed Plover; Ringed Plover; Herring Gull; Kingfisher; Oystercatcher; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Blackbird + Cetti's Warbler; Wren and Pheasant on call.

Small Tortoiseshell (*31) and Peacock (*9) were the butterflies seen as well as a White Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lucorum).


20th April 2018 - Northcliffe Wood, West Yorkshire - The second location of the day and a quiet reserve that is a nice place for a peaceful wander. 22 bird species were noted:- Blackcap; Tree Sparrow; Blue Tit; Chiffchaff; Chaffinch; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Pheasant; Linnet; Willow Warbler; Buzzard; Robin; Goldfinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Black Headed Gull; Coal Tit and Red Legged Partridge + Greenfinch; Skylark; Mallard; Wren and Song Thrush on call.

2 butterfly species were seen:- Peacock (*1) and Brimstone (*2). A brace of Green Tiger Beetles were enjoying the pleasant climes.

Wood Sorrel; Bluebell; Primrose and Barren Strawberry were flowers contemplated.


20th April 2018 - North Cave Wetlands, West Yorkshire - The sun was sizzling and with a cup of tea to start and another cuppa with a breakfast barm in between two circular walks a total of 58 bird species were clocked up:- Commic Tern; Avocet; Blackbird; Blackcap; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; Wren; Dunnock; Gadwall; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Greenfinch; Grey Heron; Greylag Goose; House Sparrow; Jackdaw; Kestrel; Feral Pigeon; Lapwing; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Linnet; Little Egret; Little Grebe; Little Ringed Plover; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Mallard; Mediterranean Gull; Collared Dove; Moorhen; Mute Swan; Oystercatcher; Pheasant; Pochard; Red Legged Partridge; Redshank; Reed Bunting; Robin; Rook; Canada Goose; Sedge Warbler; Shelduck; Shoveler; Skylark; Teal; Tufted Duck; Common Whitethroat; Wigeon; Wood Pigeon and Tree Sparrow + Green Woodpecker; Reed Warbler; Song Thrush and Willow Warbler on call.

Butterflies on the wing were:- Small Tortoiseshell (*6); Peacock (*3); Green Veined White (*2); Speckled Wood (*1); Small White (*1) and Brimstone (*1). A Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) were enjoyed the sun as well as a brace of 7 Spot Ladybirds and the Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis).

Dandelion agg; White Dead Nettle; Red Dead Nettle; Ground Ivy; Colt's-Foot; Lesser Celandine; Daisy; Cowslip; Garlic Mustard; Ivy Leaved Speedwell and Common Field Speedwell were all in flower.

19th April 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - The first sunny day proper and 3 butterfly species came into the garden:- Holly Blue; Orange Tip and Small White. A Red Tailed Bumble Bee was also knocking about
19th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Episyrphus balteatus was seen for the first time this year as well as a Brimstone butterfly.
19th April 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the lovely sun for my dinner break; a Buff Tailed Bee (Bombus terrestris), a Peacock butterfly; 4 Common Nettle Bugs (Liocoris tripustulatus) and a 14 Spot Ladybird were all enjoying the solar sensation. Thale Cress ws in good flower.
18th April 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - Abia lonicerae was making its usual annual appearance in the garden and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) was on the wing.

16th April 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A quick pootle and a Peacock butterfly was seen; an Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); a Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 2 Drone-Flies (Eristalis pertinax) and the Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus).

A lone Wood Anemone was in flower.


16th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A ride on the bike in warm weather with sunny spells. 27 bird species were noted, these were:- House Sparrow; Goosander; Chiffchaff; Dunnock; Wood Pigeon; Feral Pigeon; Blackbird; Magpie; Robin; Coot; Carrion Crow; Greenfinch; Song Thrush; Great Tit; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Canada Goose; Blackcap; Grey Wagtail; Willow Warbler; Jackdaw; Chaffinch; Mistle Thrush; Mallard; Sand Martin + Goldfinch and Nuthatch on call.

3 Small Tortoiseshells were on the wing; several Buff Tailed Bumble Bees were flitting about; a cluster of Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula) were on the leaves of Broad Leaved Dock; and 3 Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina) were seen sun-bathing.

Ramsons was now in flower.


15th April 2018 - Pennington Flash, G. Manchester - The daughter is home from Uni so we had a leisurely walk and I took in a few birds, 41 species in fact:- Wren; Goldfinch; Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; Magpie; Chiffchaff; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Coot; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Great Crested Grebe; Goldeneye; Jay; Cormorant; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Gadwall; Lapwing; Oystercatcher; Common Sandpiper; Grey Heron; Moorhen; Shoveler; Long Tailed Tit; Teal; Blue Tit; Willow Warbler; Chaffinch; Blackcap; Willow Tit; Bullfinch; Stock Dove; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Dunnock; Reed Bunting + Cetti's Warbler; Song Thrush and Greenfinch on call.

Marsh Marigold was in bonny flower.


9th April 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - Cycling about and 21 bird species were seen:- Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Moorhen; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Wren; Blackcap; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Robin; Chaffinch; Mistle Thrush; Dunnock; Blackbird; Goldcrest; Greenfinch; Canada Goose; + Willow Warbler; Song Thrush and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.

A Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing as was a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and a Double Striped Pug Moth.

Barren Strawberry was in good flower.


9th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Another cycle ride. whilst cruising down river I noted 24 bird species:- Wren; Greenfinch; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Grey Heron; Canada Goose; Magpie; Chiffchaff; Robin; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Chaffinch; Cormorant; Buzzard; Blackbird; Jackdaw; Blackcap; Mallard; Grey Wagtail; House Sparrow; Blue Tit + Bullfinch and Goldcrest on call.

A Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) and a Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius) were seen as well as the Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and the butterflies Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell.

8th April 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A Comma butterfly was flitting around a conifer, a female Blackcap was skulking in a Bramble bed and a Ring Necked Parakeet was flying about.
8th April 2018 - Northenden, G. Manchester - Eristalis pertinax was seen feeding on Dandelion.
8th April 2018 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - A stop off for a sandwich, a Grey Wagtail was flitting about, a Red Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus lapidarius) was fizzing about and a Small Tortoiseshell was looking for a sunny spot.

8th April 2018 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A good bike ride with my missus, we did some birding around the water park after enjoying a cuppa, 24 species were noted:- Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Magpie; Robin; Nuthatch; Chaffinch; Mallard; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Carrion Crow; Moorhen; Cormorant; Great Crested Grebe; Gadwall; Herring Gull; Teal; Shoveler; Tufted Duck; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Ring Necked Parakeet + Wren and Chiffchaff on call.

Sweet Ciceley was in flower and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) landed on my hand.

6th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A check of a Daffodil patch, 3 specimens of the Daffodil Fly (Norellia spinipes) were in residence.
5th April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Cycling home, the Willow trees have seen their catkins go past their best, only a lone Small Tortoiseshell was seen.
4th April 2018 - Weaver Dairy House Farm, Cheshire - A private farm and a trip with the Young Carers. We had a fine time and whilst we pootled I noted a Pied Wagtail; Jackdaw; Shelduck; Canada Goose; Blue Tit; Rook; House Sparrow; Cormorant and Common Pheasant as well as a singing Greenfinch; Song Thrush, Great Tit; Chiffchaff and Starling. I am hoping to do a mushroom and bug survey here, it all helps get these places noted!
3rd April 2018 - Stockport, Cheshire - A walk from work to hospital to get the hearing checked - the noise has left my head ringing. On the way I noted a few flowers in bloom, good on em' for defying the concrete sprawl. The colourful gems seen were:- Groundsel; Rape; Common Field Speedwell; Common Whitlow Grass; Oxford Ragwort; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Common Chickweed; Common Mouse Ear and Dandelion agg.
2nd April 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Football cancelled and shit weather, what a combination. We did the shopping and had a walk to feed the loacl birds. I couldn't be arsed to carry any bins and nothing outrageous was seen, just a regulation 19 species:- Blue tit; Starling; Blackbird; Cormorant; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Collared Dove; Robin; Moorhen; Mallard; Dunnock; Great Tit; Goosander; Bullfinch; Carrion Crow; Canada Goose; Grey Wagtail; Goldfinch and Wren.
1st April 2018 - Westport Lake, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire - Last destination of the day, this time 22 birds noted:- Coot; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Herring Gull; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Pied Wagtail; Robin; Carrion Crow; Feral Pigeon; Bullfinch; Magpie; Moorhen; Dunnock; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Wren; Song Thrush; Feral Greylag Goose and Goldfinch.
1st April 2018 - Holden Lane Pool, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire - After a cup of tea and a chat to some local rangers we were pointed in the direction of this local reserve. We had a good walk, 25 bird species were listed:- Mallard; Long Tailed Tit; Starling; Moorhen; Blackbird; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Coot; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Blue Tit; Canada Goose; Robin; Chiffchaff; Carrion Crow; Goldfinch; Jackdaw; Wren; Song Thrush; House Sparrow + Greenfinch; Dunnock; Chaffinch and Bullfinch on call.
1st April 2018 - Whitfield Valley NR, Staffordshire - An early morning walk and 42 bird species noted:- Goldfinch; Reed Bunting; Cetti's Warbler; Grey Wagtail; Coal Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Blue Tit; Starling; Willow Tit; Jay; Sparrowhawk; Feral Pigeon; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Stock Dove; Kestrel; Jackdaw; House Sparrow; Wren; Chaffinch; Dunnock; Buzzard; Robin; Moorhen; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Coot; Great Tit; Great Crested Grebe; Magpie; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Mistle Thrush; Blackbird; Canada Goose + Common Pheasant; Song Thrush; Greenfinch; Green Woodpecker and Chiffchaff on call.
1st April 2018 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - The first moth of the year - a Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla) attracted to the toilet window.

30th March 2018 - Rixton Clay Pits, Warrington, Cheshire - A Good Friday walk, 31 birds seen, these were:- Collared Dove; Nuthatch; Blackbird; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Chiffchaff; Mute Swan; Goldfinch; Dunnock; Canada Goose; Coot; Jay; Tufted Duck; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goldcrest; Blue Tit; Wren; Buzzard; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Feral Greylag Goose; Moorhen; Mallard; Song Thrush; Grey Heron; Chaffinch; Pheasant; House Sparrow; Lapwing; Oystercatcher and Jackdaw.

Colt's-Foot was in good flower and a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) was on the wing.

28th March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Cycling home and the weather was far from perfect for bugs. A Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and a Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) were feeding on Willow catkins.

27th March 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A walk leading a carers group and what a nice bunch of folk they were. The rain fell, we struggled to see much but Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); Large Yellow Slug (Limacus flavus); Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); Large Black Slug (Arion agg); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and a few birds gave us enough to talk about.

Ivy Leaved Speedwell was in flower.

26th March 2018 - Cromwell Bottom NR, Brighouse, W. Yorkshire - The last location of the day - a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris) and a Short Tailed Vole were noted as well as 23 birds:- Bullfinch; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Mallard; Magpie; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Chiffchaff; Goldcrest; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Robin; Chaffinch; Jay; Reed Bunting; Jackdaw; Coot; Carrion Crow; Cormorant; Wren; Canada Goose; Mute Swan and Grey Heron.
26th March 2018 - Denso Marston NR, Shipley, W. Yorkshire - A tucked away gem, litter free, quiet and showing what can happen with a bit of care, insight and forethought. The following text was taken from the reserves website and explains all _ '

'In 1989 Nippondenso (later Denso) bought the Yorkshire based company IMI Radiators to make and supply car radiators for the new Toyota factory in Burniston Derbyshire.

In extending the factory for the new production line, out of an idea from its Production Engineering Manager, Chris Lunnon, the strip pasture land adjacent to the factory and prone to flooding, was landscaped and turned into the nature reserve you will find today. The design incorporated meadow, woodland and ponds, providing the greatest suitable wildlife habitat within the three-hectare area.'

I think there should be applause all round for those who have made this happen and who continue to do their bit. We had a lovely sunny walk and noted 19 birds, these were:- Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Blackbird; Wren; Goosander (*3); Kingfisher (*2); Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Mallard; Chiffchaff (*2); Bullfinch; Buzzard; Treecreeper; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Robin; Dunnock; Goldfinch + Jay on call.

Red Dead Nettle was in flower.


26th March 2018 - Horton Bank CP, Bradford, W. Yorkshire - An early morning walk around a place that should be ideal but is ruined by litter and neglect. Tis what many do, shit breeding shit, spreading shit and living life as pure 100% losers. We clocked up 17 bird species, these were:- Mute Swan; Magpie; Canada Goose; Mallrd; Coot; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Moorhen; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Bullfinch; Dunnock; Great Tit; Wren; Jackdaw; Blue Tit and Little Grebe.

A Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing.

25th March 2018 - Wyedale, Derbyshire - A wander, a cup of tea and not much about. A lone Primrose was in flower and 4 Dippers were seen, one of which was a perched up male singing away - what a lovely tune!

25th March 2018 - Millers Dale, Derbyshire - A meet up to see Mezereon, a flower overlooked for too long. We saw it thank you to a couple of fine folk, it is a subtle little thing with a nice fragrance. Other blooms noted were:- Colt's-Foot; Barren Strawberry; Dog's Mercury; Dandelion agg and Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage.

A couple of Brown Trout were seen; 2 * 7 Spot Ladybirds; the Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) and a male Brimstone butterfly. An Early Bumble Bee (Bombus pratorum) was later identified.


24th March 2018 - Todbrook Reservoir, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire - Whilst waiting for a local football match we had a short pootle at this nearby area, the upshot was 22 bird species seen, these being:- Blackbird; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Herring Gull; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Pied Wagtail; Coot; Mallard; Great Crested Grebe; Canada Goose; Jackdaw; Coal Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Robin; Chaffinch; Siskin; Magpie; Collared Dove; House Sparrow; Dunnock and Great Tit.

Whaley Bride beat Whythenshawe Town 6 - 1 by the way.


19th March 2018 - Wirral CP, The Wirral - Tea and cake and then a 2 hour roam about to finish the day. 35 birds were noted whilst pootling along:- Robin; Song Thrush; Great Tit; Carrion Crow; House Sparrow; Moorhen; Buzzard; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wren; Oystercatcher; Magpie; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Teal; Bar Tailed Godwit; Shelduck; Curlew; Redshank; Pintail; Wigeon; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Jay; Black Tailed Godwit; Treecreeper; Greenfinch; Mistle Thrush; Dunlin; Herring Gull; Collared Dove + Goldfinch on call.

Cowslip; Dandelion agg. and Colt's-Foot were in flower, the Ash Key Gall (Aceria fraxinivora) was in profusion on one particular tree and a Small Tortoiseshell had a flit about in the soft breeze.


19th March 2018 - West Kirby Marine Lake, The Wirral - The second spot of the day and after a chat with a charming old fella we pootled around to see what we could see. Only 12 birds were noted:- Feral Pigeon; Herring Gull; Pale Bellied Brent Goose (*20); Black Headed Gull; Scaup (2*M/2*F); Pied Wagtail; Turnstone; Redshank; Cormorant; Oystercatcher; Dublin and Carrion Crow.

Danish Scurvygrass was in flower.


19th March 2018 - Burton Mere RSPB, The Wirral - Up early and out and about with the first port of call a decent site we hadn't visited for a few years. 54 bird species were noted today in a biting wind that eventually calmed down and brought some milder thermals. The birds seen were:- Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Nuthatch; Moorhen; Mallard; Gadwall; Blue tit; Great Tit; Black Headed Gull; Teal; Canada Goose; Greenfinch; Jackdaw; Goldfinch; Greylag Goose; Lapwing; Coot; Robin; Cormorant; Redshank; Shoveler; Avocet; Pied Wagtail; Shelduck; Chaffinch; Wren; Reed Bunting; Dunnock; Carrion Crow; Black Tailed Godwit; Marsh Harrier (*2); Tufted Duck; Grey Heron; Pink Footed Goose; Magpie; Little Egret; Wigeon; Pintail; Long Tailed Tit; Pheasant; Whooper Swan; Rook; Stock Dove; Kestrel; Song Thrush; Starling; Oystercatcher; Curlew; Little Grebe; Coal Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Herring Gull; Chiffchaff and Redwing.

Colt's-Foot; Green Alkanet and Blackthorn were all in flower.


18th March 2018 - Cutacre CP, Bolton, Lancashire - We don't know this site and missed the main pool in a bitterly cold wind. We didn't hang about either but will be back on a more clement day. The 23 birds seen were:- Lapwing; Magpie; Blackbird; House Sparrow; Wren; Meadow Pipit; Jackdaw; Goldfinch; Kestrel; Wood Pigeon; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Redwing; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Grey Wagtail; Coot; Canada Goose; Gadwall; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit; Chaffinch and Dunnock.

Plenty of Colt's-Foot was in flower.

14th March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking to and from work, 2 Ring Necked Parakeets were up close and unflustered by my presence, a Smooth Newt was seen as well as 3 examples of the Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis). Butterbur was now poking through and trying to flower.
14th March 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A walk in the sun, 15 specimens of the Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) and 55 Honey bees (Apis sp) were seen frequenting ornamental Heather.

11th March 2018 - Conder Green, Lancaster, Lancashire - A pop into the local cafe, tea and cake of course and then a wander. 36 bird species were seen, these were:- Song Thrush; Stock Dove; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Chaffinch; Canada Goose; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard; Mute Swan; Goosander; Little Egret; Great Black Backed Gull; Golden Plover; Lapwing; Carrion Crow; Teal; Long Tailed Tit; Shelduck; Wren; Grey Heron; Great Tit; Blackbird; Bar Tailed Godwit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Goldeneye; Wigeon; Starling; Magpie; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Robin; Curlew; Oystercatcher; Blue Tit; Cormorant; Redshank + Mistle Thrush on call.

A Buff Tailed Bumble Bee was the first of the year.


11th March 2018 - Heysham NR and area, Lancashire - A wonderful walk in fine weather, strolling along hand in hand and just browsing the bird life. 39 species were clocked up:- Blackbird; Oystercatcher; Wood Pigeon; Lesser Black Backed Gull; House Sparrow; Redshank; Curlew; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit; Carrion Crow; Feral Pigeon; Great Tit; Greenfinch; Magpie; Bullfinch; Dunnock; Robin; Jackdaw; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Herring Gull; Cormorant; Meadow Pipit; Bar Tailed Godwit; Great Crested Grebe; Eider; Goldeneye; Wigeon; Starling; Long Tailed Tit; Chaffinch; Iceland Gull; Grey Plover; Turnstone; Shelduck; Moorhen + Goldcrest and Wren on call.

A Small Tortoiseshell was on the wing, a brace of 7 Spot Ladybirds were seen and the Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) was feeding on Gorse. A Few Honey Bees (Apis sp) were also feeding away.

9th March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - The first Colt's-Foot flower was seen whilst riding home on the bike - lovely!
7th March 2018 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A red letter day in the calendar - the first 2 Drone-Flies of the year, Eristalis tenax both feeding on ornamental Heather - tis a good plant for these early Dipterans.

5th March 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A mooch around this nearby area whilst pedalling about, 28 birds were noted:- Carrion Crow; Song Thrush; Magpie; Jay (4 of which were sat together just above my head chattering away); Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Dunnock; Grey Heron; Cormorant; Goldfinch; Goldcrest (feeding on the floor 8ft away and unperturbed); Wren; Redwing; Nuthatch; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Ring Necked Parakeet (at least 4); Goosander; Little Grebe; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Canada Goose; Mistle Thrush; Fieldfare and Starling.

Several Leopard Slugs were noted beneath logs.


5th March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Out on the bike to feed the birds, I came back filthy but saw 26 twitterers, these were:- Magpie; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Grey Heron; Moorhen; Greenfinch; Song Thrush; Fieldfare; Mallard; Redwing; Chaffinch; Robin; Dunnock; Goosander; Wren; Coot; Canada Goose; Grey Wagtail; Blue Tit; House Sparrow; Sparrowhawk; Pied Wagtail; Feral Pigeon; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Great Tit and Long Tailed Tit.

Sweet Violet was now in flower.

4th March 2018 - Hope Carr NR, G. Manchester - We used to be regular visitors to this tucked away area many years back but haven't been for quite a while. It has become overgrown which may not be great for birding but which will help invertebrates and mammals. Today's bird list was a decent 39 species, these were:- Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Dunnock; Buzzard; Carrion Crow; Greenfinch; Blue Tit; Sparrowhawk; Great Tit; Jackdaw; Robin; Magpie; Long Tailed Tit; Mallard; Mute Swan; Jay; Coot; Shoveler; Gadwall; Teal; Goosander; Tufted Duck; Canada Goose; Bullfinch; Feral Pigeon; Tree Sparrow; Grey Wagtail; Goldcrest; Song Thrush; Collared Dove; Moorhen; Goldfinch; Coal Tit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wren; Meadow Pipit; Oystercatcher + Pheasant on call.
4th March 2018 - Pennington Flash, G. Manchester - A walk with the missus just around the main part of the reserve, 47 birds noted which were:- Robin; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Mute Swan; Mallard; Moorhen; Canada Goose; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Tufted Duck; Blackbird; Little Egret; Common Gull; Cormorant; Oystercatcher; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wren; Chaffinch; Lapwing; Dunlin; Teal; Knot; Dunnock; Pochard; Common Snipe; Yellow Legged Gull; Goldeneye; Great Crested Grebe; Gadwall; Bullfinch; Reed Bunting; Coal Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Shoveler; Grey Heron; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goldfinch; Shelduck; Herring Gull; Jay; Pied Wagtail; Goosander + Little Grebe; Song Thrush and Cetti's Warbler on call.
1st March 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A whipping wind, snow falling, the trees and the ground blanketed in icy white - how do the birds survive? I did my bit and fed the tinkers, a Song Thrush mooched in the undergrowth, a small flock of Long Tailed Tits pecked at mossy branches and were joined by a fluttering Goldcrest and 2 female Goosanders rode the river, occasionally dunking their heads in search of a morsel.
25th February 2018 - Wigan Flashes, G. Manchester - An early morning mooching in bracing weather, 36 birds seen:- Goldeneye; Magpie; Wren; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Chaffinch; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Goldfinch; Robin; Great Tit; Blackbird; Mallard; Mute Swan; Collared Dove; Cormorant; Canada Goose; Coot; Tufted Duck; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Moorhen; Mistle Thrush; Grey Heron; Pochard; Goosander; Herring Gull; Greylag Goose; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Kingfisher; Teal; Little Grebe; Great Crested Grebe; Bullfinch; Smew and Common Gull.
24th February 2018 - Knutsford, Cheshire - Watching some non-league footy - a good flock of Redwing and Fieldfare were seen along with a circling Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, Carrion Crow, a tinkle of Goldfinch and a few Lapwings - tis all good stuff.
16th February 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking home after a day on a farm. A male and female Sparrowhawk flew over the river and landed in the trees opposite and a couple of pairs of Long Tailed Tits flitted about, no doubt looking for food and a nesting spot.

18th February 2018 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - Our daughter was dropped off at the train station and off to London she pootled, back to Uni after a bonus 4 days visit home. We pottered along to this fine location for a stretch and a bit of easy birding. The list was 42 species without too much effort, these were:- Jay; Nuthatch; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Wren; Great Tit; Magpie; Song Thrush; Shelduck; Cormorant; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Coot; Dunnock; Mallard; Moorhen; Goldeneye; Goosander; Greylag Goose; Reed Bunting; Curlew; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Mute Swan; Grey Heron; Redwing; Pied Wagtail; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Kestrel; Gadwall; Goldfinch; Sparrowhawk; Bullfinch and Hawfinch (*7) + Jackdaw and Green Woodpecker on call.

A Common Eel was also seen, trying its best to escape the bill of a hungry Cormorant. the tussle went on and on, the Eel was swallowed at one point but was coughed back up. Eventually the bird dived and disappeared - I am sticking to the chippy.

16th February 2018 - River Mersey to Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - A cycle home from work and out for a 3 mile walk. It was a lovely late winter evening with Lesser Celandine; Shepherd's Purse; Daisy; Dandelion agg and Common Field Speedwell; White Dead Nettle all sporting flowers. A few Redwings were knocking about, several Mistle Thrushes got a last feed in on a nearby playing field and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was checking out a hole perhaps for nesting or maybe a bit of food. The Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) was also noted.
15th February 2018 - Orrell Water Park. G. Manchester - We had had a lovely time at a vintage emporium and on the way home popped in here to feed the birds. There wasn't much about but an escapee Ruddy Shelduck was rather cute. Last time we saw one of these was at Frodsham Marsh when 3 turned up out of the blue. Cracking birds.
14th February 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A cycle ride to feed the birds, it was Valentine's Day, little did I know my knackers would be molesting by the cold hands of Jack Frost. The wind whipped, the hail and snow fell, I saw only 22 species:- Lesser Black Backed Gull; Mallard; Blue Tit; Goosander; Chaffinch; Greenfinch; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Grey Heron; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Pied Wagtail; Grey Wagtail; Blackbird; Mistle Thrush and Redwing.
4th February 2018 - Hollingworth Lake, G. Manchester - We were driving home and decided to try and beat the last of the light and have a quick pop in here. We came, we met a chap with his telescope on a Glaucous Gull and we had nice views - what a kind gent! He also showed us a Mediterranean Gull amongst the numerous Black Headed Gulls and Common Gulls and the odd Lesser Black Backed Gull. A nice way to finish a good day.

4th February 2018 - Wyming Brook NR, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire - The second location of the day and a lovely walk, although we did come back absolutely filthy. 16 birds species were seen, these were:- Robin; Raven; Buzzard; Mallard; Cormorant; Goosander; Moorhen; Siskin; Blue Tit; Coal Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Treecreeper; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Chaffinch; Great Tit and Wood Pigeon.

The lichens Cladonia conicocrea; Xanthoria parietina; Physcia aipolia; Parmelia saxatilis and Ramalina farinacea were observed.

The galls Andricus foecundatrix and Andricus kollari were also recorded.

2 liverworts were added to the day's findings - Lunularia cruciata and Pellia epiphylla.

Whilst checking through the lichens a Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum) crawled out from amid the foliage.


4th February 2018 - Rivelin Valley NR, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire - We had called off at a favoured haunt for a full-English breakfast (it was a stunner) and called in here first to burn off the calories. A shortish walk but what we did see we thoroughly enjoyed. Only 13 bird species which were:- Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; Blackbird; Goldcrest; Nuthatch; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Mallard; Moorhen; Treecreeper; Grey Wagtail; Magpie and Goldfinch.

Wall Rue and Grey Cushion Moss (Grimmia pulvinata) were identified too as well as a few fungi.

28th January 2018 - Hollingworth Lake, G. Manchester - An uncommon gull had turned up and twitching is not what we do. Travelling miles and miles to tick off a bird and leave a carbon footprint is not what being an amateur naturalist should be about but seeing that this one was local and we had a chance to have a good wander too I thought it justifiable to go and have a gander. Alas we didn't see it but we had a good walk, a call in at the chippy and a chat to a couple of local folk chomping on tea and toast. We did see 24 bird species, these were:- Jackdaw; Black Headed Gull; Mute Swan; Mallard; Magpie; Pied Wagtail; Carrion Crow; Starling; Common Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Collared Dove; Herring Gull; Great Black Backed Gull; Blackbird; Greenfinch; Tufted Duck; Goosander; Lapwing; Cormorant; Great Crested Grebe; Coot; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch and Canada Goose.
22nd January 2018 - Wright's Wood NR, Stockport, Cheshire - Mooching for a few fungi - a Raven flew over, Dusky and Large Yellow Slugs were noted and a Wren was flitting about nearby.

21st January 2018 - Chorlton WP. G. Manchester - Ghastly weather but we pootled out. 30 bird species were seen, these being:- Jay; Magpie; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Dunnock; House Sparrow; Grey Wagtail; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Feral Pigeon; Robin; Collared Dove; Grey Heron; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Greenfinch; Coot; Moorhen; Mallard; Cormorant; Canada Goose; Great Crested Grebe; Long Tailed Tit; Redwing; Common Gull and Goldfinch.

20th January 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A bike ride, a miserable day and ruddy perishing, not much about but I did note the following birds:- Jay; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Dunnock; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Moorhen; Redwing; Ring Necked Parakeet; Mistle Thrush; Robin; Great Tit; Goldfinch; Grey Heron; Mallard; Carrion Crow; Cormorant; Goosander; Song Thrush and Canada Goose.
14th January 2018 - Ardsley Reservoir, Wakefield, W. Yorkshire - It was going dark, we decided to have a quick stretching walk around this 2.45 km loop. Dog walkers were plentiful, the night-time chill was setting in, 13 bird species was the total:- Rook; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Black Headed Gull; Starling; Blue Tit; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Wood Pigeon; Collared Dove; Common Gull and Long Tailed Tit.

14th January 2018 - Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds, W. Yorkshire - A walk around the ruined Abbey and a mooch down the river - 13 birds were noted:- Wood Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Feral Pigeon; Magpie; Robin; Blackbird; Jay; Long Tailed Tit; Cormorant; Blue Tit; Mallard and Grey Heron.

Snowdrops were in flower.


14th January 2018 - Rodley NR, Leeds, W. Yorkshire - An early morning stroll with some tea and cake thrown into the mix. 39 bird species were seen, these were:- Wood Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Starling; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Chaffinch; Bullfinch; Great Tit; Robin; Dunnock; Magpie; Feral Pigeon; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Moorhen; Gadwall; Grey Heron; Common Gull; Goldcrest; Mute Swan; Teal; Cormorant; Linnet; Blackbird; Wren; Mistle Thrush; Goosander; Jackdaw; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Common Pheasant; Greenfinch; Reed Bunting; Pied Wagtail; Stock Dove; Goldfinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Shoveler and Little Grebe only spotted by my good lady.

White Dead Nettle and Winter Heliotrope were both in flower.

8th January 2018 - Reddish Vale CP, Stockport, Cheshire - A good bike ride in clear sunny skies. 29 bird species were noted, these were:- Dunnock; Wren; Great Tit; Blackbird; Canada Goose; Chaffinch; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Coot; Starling; House Sparrow; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Magpie; Collared Dove; Moorhen; Goosander; Robin; Grey Heron; Cormorant; Mistle Thrush; Jackdaw; Long Tailed Tit and Grey Wagtail + Ring Necked Parakeet; Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.
7th January 2018 - Shibden CP, Halifax, W. Yorkshire - A 30 minute walk, tea and cake and done for the day. Only 9 birds seen, shocking:- Magpie; Wood pigeon; Jackdaw; Coot; Moorhen; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Blue Tit and Mute Swan.
7th January 2018 - Cromwell Bottom NR, Brighouse, W. Yorkshire - A wander with the lasses, frozen and cold with only 21 bird species seen:- Cormorant; Mistle Thrush; Buzzard; Canada Goose; Sparrowhawk; Bullfinch; Carrion Crow; Long Tailed Tit; Nuthatch; Goldcrest; Mallard; Coal Tit; Black Headed Gull; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Jay; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Robin and Goldfinch.
6th January 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - An early morn 5 mile bike ride, a male Bullfinch showed his white arse as he flew in front on me and then perched up and Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Yarrow; Ox-Eye Daisy and Thale Cress were noted in flower.

5th January 2018 - Tatton Park, Cheshire - A walks with a good fellow today who was good company and contributed to a grand day out. Birds listed totalled 42, these being:- Wood Pigeon; Robin; Nuthatch; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Jay; Goldcrest; Coal Tit; Goldfinch; Chaffinch; Blackbird; Buzzard; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Treecreeper; Wren; Coot; Mallard; Grey Heron; Stock Dove; Black Headed Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Canada Goose; Feral Greylag Goose; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Pochard; Cormorant; Great Crested Grebe; Mistle Thrush; Green Woodpecker (*4); Goosander; Goldeneye; Little Grebe; Wigeon; Siskin; Common Gull; Starling and Moorhen + Common Pheasant on call.

4 Short Tailed Voles were seen; a 7 Spot Ladybird was enjoying the sun, a Frog was noted beneath a log as well as the Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus).

Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) was identified due to its glossy leaves that look like a cross between a normal Oak Leaf and a Holly Leaf. It is also known as the Evergreen Oak, a very useless pointer.

4th January 2018 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, Cheshire - A bike ride of about 5 miles, I had a wander around this local area but dog walkers dictate and birds are not easy to list. 19 species were noted, these were:- Carrion Crow; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Magpie; Redwing; Wood Pigeon; Mistle Thrush; Kestrel; Long Tailed Tit; Robin; House Sparrow; Collared Dove; Coal Tit; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Feral Pigeon; Mandarin Duck and Moorhen.

The Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) was noted whilst rolling logs.

3rd January 2018 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, Cheshire - Cycling back home, Daisy; Red Campion; Wavy Bittercress and Shepherd's Purse all sporting flowers.

3rd January 2018 - Abney Hall, Stockport, Cheshire - On the bike again and after yesterdays soaking today I was duly wind blown so just did a swift 3 miles. It was too wicked for the birds, only 16 species seen:- Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Siskin; Coot; Mallard; Moorhen; Treecreeper; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Blackbird; Robin; Dunnock; Magpie; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit and Carrion Crow.

The Ash Gall (Aceria fraxinivora) was seen as well as Wood Avens in flower. A Pygmy Woodlouse was also noted beneath a log.

2nd January 2018 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - 6 miles on the bike today, 22 bird species seen:- Mallard; Moorhen; Magpie; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Robin; Ring Necked Parakeet; Coal Tit; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock; Song Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Grey Heron; Goosander; Grey Wagtail; Chaffinch; Redwing; Starling; Cormorant and Mistle Thrush.

A Grey Squirrel was gutsing itself stupid on the bird feeders, Greater Periwinkle was sporting a fresh flower and only one good bunch of Mistletoe was seen.

 Phytomyza ilicis and Taxomyia taxi were the only 2 galls seen and a Striped Woodlouse was noted whilst looking at fungi as well as a couple of Garden Snails.

1st January 2018 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A 5 mile cycle ride, 25 birds seen:- Greenfinch; Redwing; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Grey Heron; Mallard; Goosander; Dunnock; Magpie; Cormorant; Blue Tit; Robin; Mistle Thrush; Jackdaw; Long Tailed Tit; Goldfinch; Siskin; Sparrowhawk; Nuthatch; House Sparrow; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Moorhen; Kingfisher and Great Tit.

A Fox was on the edge of a sports field, Large Yellow Slugs were seen beneath a log whilst looking for fungi as well as a good mass of Shiny Woodlice.

Common Gorse; Lesser Celandine and Mahonia were all in flower.