5th April 2020 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Stuck in the garden reading, planting wildflower seeds and drawing. Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber) were seen with colour provided by Red Campion; Lesser Periwinkle and 3 Dandelion agg blooms.

A Magpie; House Sparrow and Blue Tit were the only feathered visitors and 2 moths enetered the overnight toilet window, these were the Beautiful Plume (Ambyptilia acanthadactyla) and a Double Striped Pug (Gymnoscelis rufifasciata).


5th April 2020 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - On't 2-wheeled contraption with the better half and a small bird list made early doors. Species ween were:- Magpie (*8); Wood Pigeon (*9); Jay (*3); Wren (*4); Bullfinch (*3); Goldcrest (*1); Greenfinch (*1); Blue Tit (*4); Robin (*6); Dunnock (*3); Nuthatch (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*3); Carrion Crow (*5); Mallard (*6); Canada Goose (*4); Mandarin Duck (*1); Moorhen (*2); Chiichaff (*2); Blackbird (*6); Jackdaw (*6); Great Tit (*2); House Sparrow (*1); Goldfinch (*1); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Song Thrush (*1) and Cormorant (*1).

Bugs seen were:- 2 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris); 4 * Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni); 1 * Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); several Black Millipedes (Tachypodoiulus niger) and oodles of Shiny and Rough Woodlice.

Blooms appreciated were:- Blackthorn; Dandelion agg; False Yellow Archangel; 3 Cornered Leek; Slender Speedwell; Marsh Marigold; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Ramsons and Lesser Celandine.


4th April 2020 - Reddish Vale CP, Stockport, G. Manchester - Another bike ride, this time with the good lady. It was a fine early jaunt slightly marred by a puncture at the back end - hey ho, these things happen. Birds seen were:- Jay (*13); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2); Magpie (*26); Wood Pigeon (*16); Dunnock (*8); Robin (*10); Nuthatch (*4); Blue Tit (*9); Chiffchaff (*2); Wren (*3); Carrion Crow (*3); Mistle Thrush (*3); Song Thrush (*2); Blackbird (*13); Great Tit (*9); Collared Dove (*2); Coot (*7); Mallard (*22); Moorhen (*2); Mandarin Duck (*3); Cormorant (*1); Canada Goose (*13); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1); Mute Swan (*2); Chinese Domestic Goose (*1); Feral Pigeon (*4); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Chaffinch (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Dipper (*1); Goosander (*5); Bullfinch (*1); Goldfinch (*7); Buzzard (*1); House Sparrow (*5); Jackdaw (*1); Muscovy Duck (*1) and Long Tailed Tit (*1).

Primrose; Dandelion agg; Marsh Marigold; Snake's Head Fritillary; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Cowslip; Cuckooflower; Wood Anemone; Butterbur; Blackthorn and Lesser Celandine were all in flower.

3 Rabbits; 2 Grey Squirrels; a Dusky Slug; 2 White Legged Millipedes (Tachypodoiulus niger); Rough and Shiny Woodlice; 19 * Large Yellow Slugs; 2 * Buff Tailed Bumble Bee; 1 Red Tailed Bumble Bee and some Field Wood Rush were other appreciated species that were duly recorded.


3rd April 2020 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Up, pedals whizzing and counting the birds at a place not too far distant.  The outcome in 2 hours was:- Wood Pigeon (*34); Magpie (*14); Robin (*9); Goldfinch (*5); Wren (*6); Dunnock (*3); Blackbird (*11); Great Tit (*10); Blue Tit (*10); Chaffinch (*2); Mallard (*6); Carrion Crow (*19); Bullfinch (*2); Canada Goose (*5); Chiffchaff (*1); Collared Dove (*2); House Sparrow (*18); Song Thrush (*2); Blackcap (*1); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*3); Starling (*1); Mistle Thrush (*2); Mandarin Duck (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Goldcrest (*1); Jay (*2); Jackdaw (*1) + Nuthatch on call.

Blooms noted were:- Colt's-Foot; Blackthorn; Lesser Celandine and Dandelion agg.

Grey Squirrels were frisky and a Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) was up very early.


2nd April 2020 - Heaton Mersey Common NR, Stockport, G. Manchester - A morning in work and then a pootle on the way home. Birds seen were:- Blackcap (*1); Chiffchaff (*1); Wood Pigeon (*2); Magpie (*3); Carrion Crow (*2); Feral Pigeon (*2); Robin (*1); Mallard (*6); Coot (*1); Blackbird (*2); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); Great Tit (*2); Blue Tit (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Dunnock (*1); Bullfinch (*1) and Ring Necked Parakeet (*1).

White Lipped Banded Snail; Garden Snail; Strawberry Snail; Dusky Slug; White Legged Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Variegated Centipede; Large Yellow Slug; Large Red Slug; Shiny Woodlouse; Pygmy Woodlouse; Rough Woodlouse ansd a Grey Squirrel provided other interest.

Ash; Lesser Celandine; Colt's-Foot; Cuckooflower; Ramsons; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Bluebell; Hogweed; Daisy; Dandelion agg; Cow Parsley;

A lone Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) braved the bracing weather.


1st April 2020 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Another early bike ride so as to avoid people and keep things flowing. Birds recorded were:- Moorhen (*2); Canada Goose (*17); Blue Tit (*9); Blackbird (*11); Carrion Crow (*4); Wren (*4); Grey Wagtail (*4); Coot (*2); Grey Heron (*2); Wood Pigeon (*4); Mallard (*22); Jackdaw (*7); Goosander (*1); Great Tit (*2); Goldfinch (*5); Song Thrush (*5); Goldcrest (*1); Robin (*4); Coal Tit (*1); Stock Dove (*1); Dunnock (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Magpie (*3); Greenfinch (*1); Sparrowhawk (*1); Chaffinch (*1); Nuthatch (*4); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2) + Chiffchaff on call.

Flowers noted in flower were:- Butterbur; Lesser Celandine; Wood Anemone; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Sweet Cicely; Red Campion; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; False Yellow Archangel and a new one for me known as Abraham-Isaac-Jacob (Trachystemon orientalis).

2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) were braving the cloudy day, a large Common Frog was seen and a couple of Grey Squirrels were full of the joys.


30th March 2020 - Ladybrook Valley, Interest Trail, Stockport, G. Manchester - Out on the bike early doors and a few things to admire. Birds seen were:- Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); Great Tit (*1); Magpie (*5); Wood Pigeon (*6); Robin (*5); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Mallard (*4); Wren (*4); Blackbird (*2); Grey Heron (*4); Chiffchaff (*1); Carrion Crow (*5) and Jay (*2).

Butterbur; Blackthorn; Lesser Celandine; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Hogweed; Red Campion and Daisy were seen in flower.

A Leopard Slug, Garlic Snail, 5 * Garden Snails, 3 * Brown Lipped Banded Snails; 3 Large Yellow Slugs; 10 + White Legged Millipedes (Tachypodoiulus niger) and a Grey Squirrel provided other distractions.

Later in the day I keyed out 2 examples of the Rain Beetle (Pterostichus melanarius).


29th March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early morning bike ride and back before many had risen. The wind was sharp, the sun dazzling - a couple of new flowers were seen in bloom for the first time this year, namely Danish Scurvygrass and Garlic Mustard.

28th March 2020 - Fletcher Moss, Stockport, G. Manchester - Up on the bikes with the good lady and back before 8.30am. Hogweed; Marsh Marigold; Ramsons; Primrose and Bluebell were in flower and a Chiffchaff; Wren; Greenfinch and Ring Necked Parakeets were the few birds seen making a right lovely racket.

27th March 2020 - Heaton Mersey/Heaton Moor/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Last day in work for a bit, I counted the birds on the way:- Wood Pigeon (*11); Blue Tit (*2); Blackbird (*5); Magpie (*5); Robin (*1); Goldfinch (*3); Carrion Crow (*1); Wren (*1) and Dunnock (*1).

Bugs seen were:- 3 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io) and 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum).

Flowers in bloom were:- American Wintercress; Ox-Eye Daisy; Common Field Speedwell; Dandelion agg; Colt's-Foot; White Dead Nettle; Lesser Celandine; Common Vetch; Daisy; Common Mouse-Ear; Thale Cress and Toothwort.

26th March 2020 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - On a bush outside work was a tiny sun-bathing Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus) - magic.

26th March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Coming home from work and I found a secluded spot and had a read. Whilst there I saw:- Goosander (*3); Buzzard (*2); Grey Wagtail (*1); Mallard (*3) and Magpie (*2).

3 * Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock were the butterflies who kept me company.

5 Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula) and 3 Buff Tailed Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) also joined me on a pleasantly quite day. Bembidion tetracolum was later confirmed after some on-line nudges and assistance.

White Dead Nettle was in flower.


25th March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Work was closed early, I had a quick pootle around a tucked away pond where people are not to be found. Coot (*2); Canada Goose (*2) were the birds on the water with 2 Goldfinch flying over and a Grey Heron sat atop a nest.

A Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); a White Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum); a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); a Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); a Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); a Daffodil Fly (Norellia spinipes); 4 * Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina); a Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilochorus renipustulatus) and a Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io) were the insects seen.

A Black Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and many Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) were added and Marsh Marigold was in wonderful bloom.


24th March 2020 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - Another Peacock Butterly was seen as well as another Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina) and a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).

2 hoverflies were pootling about, these were:- Episyrphus balteatus and Eristalis pertinax.

24th March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The 5th Peacock Butterfly of the day was seen as well as another Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and a Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina). The year's first Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) was also picked out.

24th March 2020 - Heaton Moor/Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk making some wildlife videos for the families at work who are stuck indoors resulted in:- 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 9 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 31 * Common Green Shield Bugs (Palomena prasina); 2 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae) and 1 Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) were all enjoyed by me and my colleague.

Peacock; Small Tortoiseshell and Comma were 3 butterflies picked out too.

Whilst walking home I also added 3 more Peacock Butterflies; a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); a Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and a Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus).


23rd March 2020 - Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire - A birding mooch away from people - needs must. Species recorded were:- Blue Tit (*7); Robin (*5); Magpie (*15); Carrion Crow (*18); House Sparrow (*7); Wood Pigeon (*3); Buzzard (*7); Jackdaw (*41); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Chiffchaff (*7); Pochard (*2); Moorhen (*3); Blackbird (*6); Goldfinch (*18); Cetti's Warbler (*1); Wren (*3); Fieldfare (*23); Great Tit (*6); Pheasant (*1); Goldcrest (*1); Raven (*9); Canada Goose (*136); Cormorant (*2); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Dunnock (*3); Starling (*20); Meadow Pipit (*3); Feral Greylag Goose (*2); Red Legged Partridge (*1); Stock Dove (*5); Black Headed Gull (*2); Mallard (*13); Gadwall (*4); Coot (*9); Tufted Duck (*8); Grey Heron (*1); Curlew (*4); Wheatear (*1); Stonechat (*2); Mute Swan (*4); Shelduck (74); Oystercatcher (*3); Lapwing (*3); Teal (*20); Golden Plover (*70); Little Egret (*1); Sand Martin (*2); Herring Gull (*1); Great Crested Grebe (*1); Common Gull (*2); Shoveler (*4); Little Grebe (*2); Kestrel (*1); Rook (*5); Pied Wagtail (*2) + Skylark on call.

Flowers in bloom were:- Yellow Wood Sorrel; Hedge Mustard; Cow Parsley; Spotted Dead Nettle; Bluebell; Red Dead Nettle; Green Alkanet; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Common Field Speedwell; Butterbur; Smooth Sow Thistle; Groundsel; Chickweed; Shepherd's Purse; Thale Cress; Common Whitlow Grass; Colt's-Foot; Lesser Celandine; Daisy; Garden Daffodil; Flowering Currant; Gorse; False Yellow Archangel; Greater Periwinkle and Danxdelion agg.

2 Hoverflies were seen, these were:- Eristalis Tenax (*1) and Eristalis pertinax (*4).

2 Butterflies were observed, the species seen were:- Peacock (*1) and Small Tortoiseshell (*16).

Other insects seen were:- 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Common Green Shield Big (Palomena prasina); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 6 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

Ash in flower and large budded Horse Chestnut were also added to the day's observations.


22nd March 2020 - Cutacre CP, G. Manchester - A morning walk in glorious sun, with 41 bird species recorded, these were:- Starling (*18); House Sparrow (*30); Dunnock (*4); Magpie (*30); Pied Wagtail (*1); Wren (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*7); Skylark (*9); Wood Pigeon (*14); Meadow Pipit (*3); Carrion Crow (*9); Linnet (*4); Greenfinch (*2); Kestrel (*2); Robin (*5); Blackbird (*4); Mistle Thrush (*1); Chaffinch (*1); Feral Pigeon (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Mallard (*12); Coot (*1); Canada Goose (*8); Gadwall (*1); Moorhen (*6); Tufted Duck (*1); Lesser Black Back Gull (*1); Cormorant (*1); Herring Gull (*1); Lapwing (*2); Black Headed Gull (*6); Great Tit (*2); Jackdaw (*2); Bullfinch (*2); Raven (*1); Stock Dove (*1); Grey Partridge (*2); Reed Bunting (*1); Goldfinch (*2); Buzzard (*1) + 3 Chiffchaffs on call.

Colt's-Foot was in flower everywhere and Dandelion agg and Daisy were also seen in bloom.

3 * Peacock Butterflies were observed was well as 17 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella) and 2 * Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris).

A lone Roe Deer was also picked out.


20th March 2020 - Lee Valley Country Park (Southern half), Essex - A good yomp to stretch the legs durimng a break on a trip to London. Birds noted were:- Goldfinch (*8); Magpie (*8); Wood Pigeon (*15); Long Tailed Tit (*8); Great Tit (*4); Robin (*6); Chiffchaff (*4); Blue Tit (*2); Greylag Goose (*4); Coot (*92); Tufted Duck (*57); Canada Goose (*30); Mallard (*22); Gadwall (*8); Shoveler (*12); Black Headed Gull (*70); Egyptian Goose (*3); Great Crested Grebe (*2); Common Gull (*2); Dunnock (*3); Mute Swan (*7); Moorhen (*6); Red Kite (*2); Carrion Crow (*9); Pochard (*3); Feral Pigeon (*1); Grey Heron (*4); Blackbird (*2); Goosander (*4); Jackdaw (*1); Wigeon (*2); Teal (*6); Wren (*1) Black Tailed Godwit (*1); Little Grebe (*1); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*4); Buzzard (*1); House Sparrow (*1); Chaffinch (*1); Cormorant (*1); Blackcap (*1) + Cetti's Warbler; Greenfinch; Green Woodpecker; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Pheasant Kingfisher on call.

Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Daisy; White Dead Nettle; Red Dead Nettle; Cow Parsley; Lesser Celandine; Colt's-Foot; Blackthorn; Chickweed; Ground Ivy; Bluebell and Green Alkanet were all in flower.

8 * Buff Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris); a Devil's Coach Horse (Ocypus olens); 2 Drone Fly's (Eristalis pertinax); a Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus); Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber); Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus);

2 Muntjac Deer looked delightful in the sun.


19th March 2020 - Tittesworth Reservoir, Staffordshire - A fine walk with a good breakfast to start and tea and cake to finish. Birds counted were:- Dunnock (*6); Blackbird (*8); Carrion Crow (*15); Mallard (*18); Jackdaw (*5); Wren (*5); Coot (*6); Robin (*13); Oystercatcher (*4); Great Crested Grebe (*12); Song Thrush (*5); Grey Heron (*5); Magpie (*1); Greenfinch (*3); House Sparrow (*4); Cormorant (*10); Fieldfare (*20); Goldfinch (*4); Redwing (*10); Buzzard (*3); Starling (*3); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*3); Pied Wagtail (*4); Chaffinch (*8); Canada Goose (*22); Blue Tit (*6); Great Tit (*9); Tufted Duck (*11); Wood Pigeon (*9); Lapwing (*3); Raven (*2); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2); Nuthatch (*2); Mistle Thrush (*2); Curlew (*4); Mandarin Duck (*1); Chiffchaff (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Coal Tit (*3); Siskin (*14); Jay (*3); Goosander (*5); Treecreeper (*1); Feral Pigeon (*2); Wigeon (*29); Goldcrest (*1); Mute Swan (*1); Reed Bunting (*2); Kingfisher (*2); Collared Dove (*1); Willow Tit (*2) and Teal (*3).

Daisy; Sweet Violet; Colt's-Foot; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Lesser Celandine; Barren Strawberry; Dandelion agg; Butterbur and Hazel were all in flower.

Several Rabbits; 2 Grey Squirrels and a few Striped Woodlice were other creatures added. 3 * Buff Tailed Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris) were also seen.

2 lichens were seen with Physcia aipolia covering a fence and Lecanora muralis on an old stone wall. Field Wood Rush was out in profusion.


17th March 2020 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - The local gardener was outside work, he had spotted the local Mining Bee Colony (Andrena nigroaenea) and so, after a tip off from a work colleague I went to have a word.   The good fellow was appreciative and leaving their area along, I was mighty glad about that!  There were numerous males and females, they have been there many years, they are a real bright spot and need looking after.

During dinner, whilst reading outside, a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) was on the path nearby and seemed a trifled buggered.  I offered him a fruity drink, he raised his legs in a threatening manner so I put him in some shrubbery and left him to it - ooh the nowty bugger!

17th March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus), a lone 7 Spot Ladybird and several flitting Mining Bees (Andrena sp) brightened up my walk home from work.
16th March 2020 - Fletcher Moss, G. Manchester - The first Small Tortoiseshell of the year was seen and Barren Strawberry was in flower.

16th March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A grand 4 hour walk with my brother having a chinwag and trying to see a few insect species. 7 Spot Ladybird (*2); Kidney Spot Ladybird (*1) and Harlequin Ladybird (*1) were enjoying the sun as were 7 Common Green Shield Bugs.

5 * Buff Tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Daffodil Fly (Norellia spinipes); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae) were lovely extras as was a Small Tortoishell - the first of the year, what a joy.

2 Hoverflies seen were:- Episyrphus balteatus (*1) and Eristalis tenax (*2) - I expected more.

Toothwort as found in several large patches and Cowslip was producing the odd bloom.

16th March 2020 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Talking to the neighbour at the front door and 2 Buzzards circled overhead - what a magical sight. A local Carrion Crow was less impressed and saw the gliding wonders off - ooh the blighter.

14th March 2020 - Aqualate Mere, Staffordshire - The second walk of the day before some Non-League Football. Birds seen were:- Jackdaw (*7); Robin (*3); Great Tit (*3); Chaffinch (*3); Carrion Crow (*2); Common Buzzard (*2); Wren (*2); Mute Swan (*4); Coot (*17); Mallard (*3); Blue Tit (*9); Reed Bunting (*2); Cormorant (*6); Goldeneye (*1); Great Crested Grebe (*3); Moorhen (*3); Canada Goose (*9); Treecreeper (*1); Chiffchaff (*1); Blackbird (*3); Coal Tit (*2); Common Pheasant (*1) + Cetti's Warbler on call.

Flowers in bloom were:- Gorse; Bluebell; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Groundsel; Chickweed; Dandelion agg; Slender Speedwell; Primrose and Dog's Mercury.


14th March 2020 - Doxey Marshes, Staffordshire - An early morning wander, a few birds counted, these were:- Magpie (*22); Wood Pigeon (*8); Blue Tit (*4); Goldfinch (*1); Dunnock (*4); Blackbird (*4); Common Snipe (*4); Coot (*16); Black Headed Gull (*4); Tufted Duck (*14); Canada Goose (*30); Mallard (*16); Carrion Crow (*4); House Sparrow (*12); Wren (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Jackdaw (*1); Starling (*20); Water Rail (*1); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*4); Great Crested Grebe (*5); Little Egret (*2); Teal (*27); Reed Bunting (*3); Grey Heron (*2); Mute Swan (*2); Skylark (*1); Moorhen (*2); Goosander (*3); Cormorant (*7); Shoveler (*1); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); Kestrel (*1); Lapwing (*1); Gadwall (*5); Robin (*2); Great Tit (*2) + Cetti's Warbler on call.

White Dead Nettle; Daisy; Daffodil; Lesser Celandine; Cow Parsley and Dandelion were in flower whilst Common Alder was sport some fresh red cones.

Also noted were a mass of Garden Snails beneath a log which may be a lucky find for a Thrush on the hunt for a tasty morsel..

10th March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - We are busy on many fronts at the mo so are struggling to get out and about. Today I noted the years first Wood Anemones and Cowslips in flower and on a nearby park Lungwort was also in bloom. The highpoint though was seeing and hearing the first Chiffchaff of the year - a truly momentous moment.

2nd March 2020 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick cycle home, a few birds were noted:- Black Headed Gull (*126); Common Gull (*10); Lesser Black Headed Gull (*2); Mallard (*1); Wood Pigeon (*4); Magpie (*2); Canada Goose (*2); Carrion Crow (*7) and Grey Wagtail (*1).

Ivy Leaved Speedwell was in flower.

3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) were sweet extras.


2nd March 2020 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - More work on the designated nature area, birds seen were:- Magpie (*12); Mistle Thrush (*2); Robin (*2); Great Tit (*1); Wood Pigeon (*5); Blackbird (*1); Jackdaw (*1); Starling (*1) and Redwing (*3).

Hazel was in good flower as was Common Field Speedwell; Daisy; Lesser Celandine and Hairy Bittercress.

The Hoverfly (Eristalis tenax) was seen buzzing about and I found 3 Harlequin Ladybirds and 1 Orange Ladybird.

Garden Snail; Strawberry Snail; Common Black Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); oodles of Large Yellow Slugs and the usual Shiny Woodlice were added.


1st March 2020 - Carrington Moss, G. Manchester - A good walk in a bracing breeze but with the sun shining all morn. Birds seen were:- Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Chaffinch (40+); Blue Tit; Canada Goose; Magpie; Coot; Moorhen; Tufted Duck; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Mute Swan; Skylark; Goldfinch; Long Tailed Tit; Common Buzzard; Lapwing (*33); Redwing; Yellowhammer (*4); Robin; Pied Wagtail (*3); Song Thrush (*2); Dunnock; Jackdaw; Mistle Thrush; Mallard; Rook; Meadow Pipit (*4); Wren; Coal Tit and Kestrel.

Flowers in bloom were:- Lesser Celandine; White Dead Nettle; Dandelion agg; Dog's Mercury and Daisy.

Crescent Cup Liverwort (Lunularia cruciata) and numerous Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) were also noted.


24th February 2020 - Crosby Marina, Lancashire - A morning at a Liverpool Museum and with time to kill we had a walk around the marina here and indulge in some lunch at the local bistro. Birds seen on a blustery day were:- Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Common Gull; Herrinmg Gull; Starling; Goldeneye; Long Tailed Duck; Cormorant; Oystercatcher; Coot; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Mallard; Feral Pigeon; Tufted Duck; Pied Wagtail; Shelduck; Dunlin; Bar Tailed Godwit; Great Black Backed Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Shoveler; Teal; Carrion Crow; Robin and Dunnock.

Blackthorn; Common Field Speedwell; Groundsel and Daisy were all in flower.


23rd February 2020 - Ball Grove NR to Wycoller CP, Colne, Lancashire - 2 new areas visited and done in one good yomping walk. Birds seen were:- Goldfinch (*8); Dunnock (*2); Mallard (*104); Carrion Crow (*3); Song Thrush (*2); Blackbird (*6); Wren (*2); Robin (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Blue Tit (*2); Great Tit (*2); Jackdaw (*22); Wood Pigeon (*5); Goosander (*2); Kestrel (*2); Moorhen (*1); Black Headed Gull (*53); Sparrowhawk (*1); Coot (*1); Mistle Thrush (*2); House Sparrow (*3); Redwing (*1); Starling (*3); Pheasant (*3); Curlew (*15); Fieldfare (*5); Dipper (*1); Coal Tit (*2); Chaffinch (*3); Magpie (*7) and Bullfinch (*1).

A Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); the Crescent Cup Liverwort (Lunularia cruciata); Common Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha subsp. ruderalis), Groundsel in flower and a few fungi were the other things seen on a clear, bracing day.

Lichens seen were:- Ramalina farinacea; Ramalina fastigata; Cladonia coccifera and Xanthoria parietina.

The moss (Campylopus introflexus) was keyed out with great care.


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.