21st January 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A Kingfisher was the only thing noted whilst I pootled along on the bike.

20th January 2019 - Astley and Chat Mosses, G. Manchester - A stroll in fine weather, a few birds seen, these were:- Kestrel; Common Buzzard; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Blackbird; Starling; Yellowhammer (*4); Chaffinch; Carrion Crow; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Wren; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Pied Wagtail; Robin; Moorhen; Mallard; Sparrowhawk; Dunnock; Stonechat and House Sparrow.

Daisy, Red Dead Nettle; White Dead Nettle; Shepherd's Purse; Greater Periwinkle and Pineappleweed were in flower and a couple of 7 Spot Ladybirds were seen.


14th January 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A bike ride, Common Ragwort, a Common Toad and the years first Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) were the highs from a bikeride and a mooch.


13th January 2019 - Poynton Pool, Stockport, Cheshire - Some birding to the usa ticking over. Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Jackdaw; Canada Goose; Mallard; HouseSparrow; Great Tit; Pied Wagtail; Redwing; Starling; Blue Tit; Moorhen; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Wren; Coot; Goosander; Herring Gull; Tufted Duck; Goldfinch; Mute Swan and Wigeon made up the small but enjoyable list.

Winter Heliotrope was in flower and some Oak Marble Galls (Andricus kollari) were noted.


10th January 2019 - Heaton Mersey Nature Reserve, Stockport, G. Manchester - 14 birds were seen on a dinnertime stroll:- Starling; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Nuthatch; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Blackbird; Robin; Magpie; Song Thrush; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Bullfinch; Mallard and Goldcrest.

The Ash Key Gall (Aceria fraxinivora) and Crescent Cup Liverwort (Lulularia cruciata) were noted as well.


7th January 2019 - Elton Reservoir, Bury, G. Manchester - A walk that started under grey skies and ended soon after under horrible rain. 35 species of bird were recorded before we dashed for cover, these were:- Robin; Goldfinch; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Blackbird; Black Headed Gull; Bullfinch; Mallard; Coot; Herring Gull; Common Gull; Collared Dove; House Sparrow; Carrion Crow; Feral Pigeon; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Goosander (*4); Great Crested Grebe; Cormorant; Little Egret (*4); Grey Heron; Magpie; Starling; Jackdaw; Teal; Long Tailed Tit; Tufted Duck; Gadwall; Pied Wagtail; Greenfinch + Wren on call.

Hedge Mustard was showing a few shabby flowers.

6th January 2019 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire - A day catching up - A Brown Lipped Banded Snail and a Garden Snail were seen in the garden and Lesser Periwinkle was in decent flower!

5th January 2019 - Eastham CP, The Wirral - Another quiet stroll with few folk about. There weren't many birds either but we did see the following:- Magpie; Blackbird; Long Tailed Tit; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Nuthatch; Coal Tit; Robin; Great Tit; Dunnock; Carrion Crow; Herring Gull; Black Headed Gull; Goldcrest; Wren; Redshank; Cormorant; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Jay; Shelduck; Curlew; Lapwing; Common Gull; Oystercatcher; Grey Heron; Feral Pigeon and Chaffinch.

Red Dead Nettle and Common Ragwort were both holding a few flowers.


5th January 2019 - Brotherton Park and Dibbinsdale Local Nature Reserve, The Wirral - An early morning walk with the missus at a very quiet area. Birds noted were:- Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Great Tit; Mallard; Song Thrush; Redwing; Robin; Bullfinch; Dunnock; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Nuthatch; Wren; Teal; Buzzard; Moorhen + Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.

Hart's-Tongue Fern was looking splendid in some ofthe damper areas.


4th January 2019 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A roam with a keen bod and after picking out a bundle of fungi a few birds were listed too:- Magpie; Ring Necked Parakeet; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Blackbird; Long Tailed Tit; Coal Tit; Robin; Treecreeper; Nuthatch; Wren; Mistle Thrush; Grey Wagtail; Dunnock; Goldfinch; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Bullfinch; Redwing; Chaffinch and Jay.

Whilst rolling a few logs we noted:- Budapest Slug; Large Yellow Slug; Dusky Slug and some stonking Leopard Slugs. Variegated Centipede, Shiny Woodlouse; Rough Woodlouse and Striped Woodlouse were expected as was a Garlic Snail. A Birch Shieldbug was a nice extra.

Wood Avens; Green Alkanet; White Dead Nettle; Nipplewort and Greater Periwinkle were in flower and Mistletoe was looking good.

Taxomyia taxi and Phytomyza ilicis were the only galls noted.


3rd January 2019 - Carsington Water, Derbyshire - The usual 8 mile walk around this nice area produced a list of 49 bird species, these were:- Blackbird; Magpie; Canada Goose; Robin; House Sparrow; Greylag Goose; Coot; Tufted Duck; Teal; Lapwing; Blue Tit; Willow Tit; Little Grebe; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Mallard; Tree Sparrow; Great Tit; Gadwall; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Pheasant; Dunnock; Great Crested Grebe; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Redshank; Pied Wagtail; Jay; Coal Tit; Bullfinch; Cormorant; Great Northern Diver; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Long Tailed Tit; Redwing; Song Thrush; Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Goldeneye; Wigeon; Moorhen; Fieldfare; Wren; Barnacle Goose; Mute Swan; Meadow Pipit; Great Black Backed Gull and Dunlin.

As I took a leak in the undergrowth I saw a Rabbit watching me and Red Campion and Hazel were in flower.


2nd January 2019 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A 3 hour wander feeding and counting the birds from the front door to Didsbury Bridge, the totals were:- Starling (*4); Feral Pigeon (*3); Wood Pigeon (*20); Goldfinch (*15); Robin (*7 + 1 on call); Magpie (*16); Blackbird (*12); Song Thrush (*4 + 1 on call); Great Tit (*7); Ring Necked Parakeet (*2); Blue Tit (*7); Wren (*2 + 1 on call); Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 on call); Redwing (*2); Mallard (*23); Black Headed Gull (*200+); Dunnock (*5); Grey Heron (*1); Bullfinch (*2); Goosander (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Moorhen (*6); Common Gull (*3); Carrion Crow (*12); Buzzard (*1); Canada Goose (*17); Cormorant (*1); Pied Wagtail (*4); Coal Tit (*1); Chaffinch (*1); Jackdaw (*2); House Sparrow (*1); Mistle Thrush (*6) and Nuthatch (*1). That's 400 birds of 34 species, very enjoyable indeed.

Groundsel; Common Mouse Ear; Pineappleweed; Scentless Mayweed and Common Field Speedwell were sporting flowers, a Brown Rat was seen pilfering some bird seed and Striped Woodlice; a Pygmy Woodlouse; a Garlic Snail and a cluster of hibernating Garden Snails were also added to the list.

Cock's-Foot Grass was looking in fine fettle in the odd tucked away spot.


1st January 2019 - Bathpool Park, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire - The second walk of the day with the good lasses. Only 13 species of bird on show:- Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Tufted Duck; Coot; Mallard; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Great Tit; Moorhen; Mute Swan; Long Tailed Tit; Dunnock and Blackbird.

Gorse was in flower; Grey Cushion Moss (Grimmia pulvinata) observed and Groundsel held a few weak blooms.


1st January 2019 - Knypersley Reservoir, Biddulph, Staffordshire - The first walk of the year, a nice stroll with 26 species of bird seen:- Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Chaffinch; Brambling (7*F/1*M); House Sparrow; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Coal Tit; Robin; Mallard; Goosander (3*F); Grey Heron; Great Crested Grebe; Tufted Duck; Jay; Long Tailed Tit; Black Headed Gull; Cormorant; Coot; Dunnock; Canada Goose; Carrion Crow; Treecreeper and Sparrowhawk.

Shepherd's Purse; Ox-Eye Daisy; Bramble agg; Daisy; Hogweed; Dandelion agg and Herb Robert were all in flower.

Many Squirrels were pilfering the scattered bird food and Shiny and Rough Woodlice were seen.