22nd February 2020 - Goodwood Field, Sale, G. Manchester - Whilst waiting for the Non-League footy game we walked around the playing area. Redwing (*8); Mistle Thrush (*2); Magpie (*2); Jackdaw (*2); House Sparrow (*8); Black Headed Gull (*17); Wood Pigeon (*1) and Carrion Crow (*3) were the birds seen and Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Groundsel; Dandelion; Smooth Sow Thistle; Shepherd's Purse and Daisy were all in flower.

The lichen Xanthoria parietina and the moss Grimmia pulvinata were also added.


16th February 2020 - Wythenshawe Park, G. Manchester - Another ruddy cold so a walk was needed to clear the noggin. Birds seen were:- Magpie; Carrion Crow; Mallard; Robin; Great Tit; Goldfinch; Dunnock; Blackbird; Black Headed Gull; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Wren; Goldcrest; Jay and Nuthatch.

Large Yellow Slugs and Leopard Slugs were noted along with Shiny and Rough Woodlice. A Variegated Centipede sat still whilst we admired its beauty.

Pineappleweed; Dog's Mercury; Red Dead Nettle and Daisy were in flower.


10th February 2020 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - A bit of work at my local footy ground, a few birds noted were:- Common Gull; Black Headed Gull; Mistle Thrush; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Nuthatch; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Collared Dove; Wood Pigeon; Redwing; Starling and Goldfinch.

Daisy; Lesser Celandine; Shepherd's Purse and Common Mouse Ear were all in flower.


6th February 2020 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the sun, it wasn't too warm but warm enough to bring out 20 Honey Bees (Apis mellifera); 2 Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina), the first Hoverfly of the year (Eristalis tenax) and a Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus).  Common Chickweed was holding up many pure white stars and Starling (*2); House Sparrow (*5); Dunnock (*2); Blue Tit (*1); Great Tit (*1); Goldfinch (*1) and Magpie (*3) were the few birds to keep me company.


5th February 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A had a slow stroll walking home, a few birds were welcome company, these being:- Treecreeper; Moorhen; Magpie; Blackbird; Grey Heron; Redwing; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Carrion Crow; Cormorant and Bullfinch.

Hart's-Tongue Fern; Maidenhair Spleenwort; Wall Rue and Black Spleenwort were noted as well as many Striped, Shiny and Pygmy Woodlice. Under one log a large gathering of Large Yellow Slugs (Limax flavus agg) were seen and a few other creepy crawlies that I didn't spend time to identify.


2nd February 2020 - Talacre, Flintshire - A lovely stroll in fine weather, 40 bird species seen which were:- Sanderling (20+); Oystercatcher; Ringed Plover; Dunlin; Cormorant; Meadow Pipit; Bullfinch; Linnet; Pale Bellied Brent Goose (*34); Pied Wagtail; Shelduck; Great Black Backed Gull; Black Headed Gull; Long Tailed Tit; Mistle Thrush; Goldfinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Mallard; Pheasant; Wren; Shoveler; Teal; Lapwing; Wigeon; Canada Goose; Curlew; Blue Tit; Mute Swan; Blackbird; Dunnock; Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Little Egret; Collared Dove; Rook; Starling; Herring Gull; Common Gull; House Sparrow and Magpie.

Alexanders; Common Knapweed; Daisy; Groundsel; Blackthorn; Yarrow; Rape; Common Field Speedwell; Smooth Sow Thistle and Hogweed were all holding flowers.

9 Yellow Dung Flies (Scathophaga stercoraria) were seen as well as a prowling Fox.

Cock's-Foot Grass was in splendid condition.

Ramalina fastigata; Ramalina farinacea; Xanthoria parietina; Physcia aipolia and Lecanora chlarotera; Lecidella elaeochroma were the lichens on show.

27th January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Sweet Violet is now in flower.

27th January 2020 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - A wander and a few birds seen:- Redwing; Jay; Goosander; Black Headed Gull; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Mallard; Song Thrush; Goldfinch; Ring Necked Parakeet; Grey Heron; Wren; Robin; Goldcrest; Dunnock; Feral Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Blue Tit; Coal Tit; Carrion Crow; Great Tit; Blackbird and Wood Pigeon.

A Common Shrew, Grey Squrrel and Brown Rat were seen along with Mistletoe and flowering Hogweed; Greater Periwinkle; Daisy and Snowdrops.

Arthonia radiata and Physcia aipolia were a couple of lichens identified.

25th January 2020 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - A pre-footy wander having a look at a rare bird and getting a few steps in. The bird list was not as usual due to spending time looking at the rarity but all, as per, will be recorded. The final list consisted of:- Wood Pigeon; Goldinch; Western Siberian Stonechat; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Magpie; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Shelduck; Mute Swan; Teal; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Moorhen; Herring Gull; Tufted Duck; Common Gull; Blue Tit; Mallard; Redwing; Song Thrush; Jackdaw; Robin; Siskin; Buzzard; Long Tailed Tit; Coal Tit; Wren; Kestrel and Blackbird.

19th January 2020 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - The fog got thicker has we went on a stroll. As one can imagine the bird sightings suffered but we did see:- Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Willow Tit; Coal Tit; Great Tit; Nuthatch; Grey Heron; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Tufted Duck; Goosander; Mute Swan; Gadwall; Little Grebe; Great Crested Grebe; Moorhen; Cormorant; Carrion Crow and Canada Goose.

A Hogweed plant was in strong flower.

18th January 2020 - Manningham, Bradford, W. Yorkshire - Prior to football we saw a flock of gulls on a nearby grassy area, the results were:- Herring Gull (*11); Common Gull (*33) and Black Headed Gull (*180). Also noted were Carrion Crow (*2); Blue Tit (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Jackdaw (*1) and Rook (*1).

18th January 2020 - Bingley St Ives, W. Yorkshire - A new area yomped around, a few birdies counted:- Black Headed Gull (*65); Common Gull (*3); Canada Goose (*9); Carrion Crow (*2); Wood Pigeon (*1); Blue Tit (*8); Magpie (*4); Siskin (*20+); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*3); Great Tit (*1); Blackbird (*5); Wren (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*8); Treecreeper (*1); Nuthatch (*2); Sparrowhawk (*1); Robin (*3); Jackdaw (*14); Tufted Duck (*3); Mute Swan (*7); Mallard (*53); Dunnock (*2) and Moorhen (*1).

Lichens seen were:- Ramalina farinacea and Cladonia coniocraea and 2 usual mosses were listed, these were:- Tortula muralis and Bryum capillare.

Dandelion agg; Red Campion; Groundsel and Daisy were all in flower and a few Grey Squirrels were seen.

17th January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Lesser Celandine was showing the first flowers of the year - tis a quite marvellous occasion.

12th January 2020 - Philips Park, Bury, G. Manchester - Another new place, a few records added again, the birds were:- Kestrel; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Bullfinch; Wood Pigeon; Magpie and Blackbird.

Daisy and Meadow Buttercup were in flower and the gall Taxomyia taxi was in good numbers.


12th January 2020 - Redisher Woods, Bury, G. Manchester - A new place to discover, it was very quiet but a few things were found to record. Shiny; Striped and Rough Woodlice were seen along with a couple of Variegated Centipedes and a Devil's Coach Horse.

Soft Rush; Gorse in flower; Hart's Tongue Fern and Common Holly were a few plants noted with the lichen (Cladonia coniocraea) and the galls Andricus kollari and Andricus fecundator added for good measure.

Only a handful of birds were seen, these were:- Blackbird (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Mallard (*4); Blue Tit (*5); Magpie (*2); Robin (*1) and Great Tit (*1).

10th January 2020 - Heaton Mersey/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The plant gall Cecidophyes nudus was noted and Nipplewort and Gorse were in flower.
8th January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Hazel catkins were now producing pollen and Spotted Dead Nettle was in flower. A pair of Goosander were seen in the river.
5th January 2020 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Coal Tit visiting the garden feeders and 2 Lacewings (Chrysoperla carnea) were still hibernating in the bathroom.

4th January 2020 - Astbury Mere, Cheshire - A walk before some Non-League Football, birds seen were:- Coot; House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Black Headed Gull; Grey Heron; Robin; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Mute Swan; Goosander; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Redwing; Mistle Thrush; Jackdaw; Nuthatch; Blackbird; Coal Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Bullfinch; Moorhen; Pied Wagtail; Great Crested Grebe; Goldcrest; Dunnock; Magpie; Common Buzzard and Goldfinch.

Hazel was now in flower, the gall Aceria fraxinivora was highly noticeable and a Large Yellow Slug and Shiny Woodlouse were seen too.


3rd January 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A bike ride from the front door to Didsbury and a few birds recorded, these were:- Wood Pigeon (*24); Blackbird (*6); Starling (*1); House Sparrow (*2); Robin (*6); Magpie (*17); Wren (*2); Blue Tit (*10); Dunnock (*1); Moorhen (*3); Great Tit (*4); Song Thrush (*1); Goosander (*4); Mallard (*16); Carrion Crow (*4); Pied Wagtail 9*3); Goldfinch (*7); Cormorant (*2); Buzzard (*1); Grey Heron (*4); Canada Goose (*1); Grey Wagtail (*2); Chaffinch (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Nuthatch (*1); Treecreeper (*1); Redwing (*2) and Mistle Thrush (*1).

Xanthoria parietina was the only lichen pondered.


2nd January 2020 - Knott End, Lancashire - The final location of the day and after a nice dinner we had a good stroll and arrived back at the car just as the rain was starting - perfect. Birds seen were:- Redshank; Oystercatcher; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Shelduck; Peregrine Falcon (2*M); Herring Gull; Twite (*56); Pied Wagtail; Wigeon; Robin; Wood Pigeon and Dunlin.

Shepherd's Purse and Pineappleweed were seen in flower and 4 Shore Crabs, a couple of Striped Woodlice; a Common Mussel and numerous Common Periwinkles were hidden beneath some rocks.


2nd January 2020 - Pilling Marsh, Lancashire - The second location of the day, a quiet walk with a few birds seen, these being:- Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Lapwing; Pink Footed Goose; Whooper Swan; Redshank; Little Egret; Starling; Shelduck; Great Black Backed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Stock Dove; Black Headed Gull; Curlew; Common Gull; Grey Heron; Buzzard; Jackdaw; Magpie; Dunnock and Robin.

I noted a Dandelion sp. just in flower.

2nd January 2020 - Eagland Hill, Pilling, Lancashire - We fancied a coastal trip and after picking our spot called in at a nearby place to see a nice rarity. A few good local folk were in attendance plus some twitchers, we were glad to get some fine views and bugger off. The list was:- Purple Heron; Grey Heron; Corn Bunting; Barn Owl (*2); Black Headed Gull; Jackdaw; Pheasant; Great Tit; Blackbird; Fieldfare; Starling; Stock Dove; Redshank and Shelduck.

1st January 2020 - River Mersey/Stockport, G. Manchester - New Years Day football reckoned so the only wildlife I had a chance to see was whilsat walking down the River Mersey to the railway station. Birds noted were:- Goldfinch (*4); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Mallard (*2); Magpie (*2); Redwing (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Wren (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Feral Pigeon (*1) and Cormorant (*1).

Red Campion; Chickweed; Hogweed; Common Field Speedwell; Daisy; Canadian Fleabane; Ox-Eye Daisy; Groundsel; Oxford Ragwort and Ivy Leaved Toadflax were all seen in bloom.

Physcia aipolia was a lichen spotted on a riverside fence and a brick wall sported the mosses:- Tortula muralis; Grimmia pulvinata and Bryum capillare. Wall Rue was also added with Shiny and Rough Woodlice seen beneath an old Ash log.