22nd January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cladonia coccifera and Physcia aipolia were 2 new lichens for the annual tally.
21st January 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick nip out to post two Nettle books, Ivy Leaved Toadflax was sporting a few flowers.
18th January 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Wavy Bittercress was now in flower and the mosses Bryum capillare; Tortula muralis and Grimmia pulvinata were all keyed out.
16th January 2021 - Cringle Park, Levenshulme, G. Manchester - A quick walk with the good lady. A Mistle Thrush nipped about, a nice flock of Starling defied the chill and an Orange Ladybird hugged tree trunk. After consultation with lichen expert Mark Powell, some chemical tests and microscopy Hypotrachyna revoluta and Candelaria concolor - nifty!
14th January 2021 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The gall Cecidophyes nudus was in good nick on the leaves of Wood Avens as expected.
12th January 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cycling along, a Goosander, a Kingfisher and 2 Cormorants were seen on a very dull and damp day.
11th January 2021 - Adswood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Punctelia subrudecta was seen on the bark of a tired looking tree. I am rusty on lichens and was given some kind pointers by a man more clued in - take a bow Mark Powell!

10th January 2021 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - The second location on our Sunday march with a break for a drink from our flasks had and a short mooch for a few fungal specimens taken. We did note the following bird species too:- Buzzard; Jay; House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Mallard; Moorhen; Magpie; Ring Neck Parakeet; Great Tit; Wren; Bullfinch; Black Headed Gull; Blackbird and Starling.

2 examples of the Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) were seen too.

10th January 2021 - Brookfields Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A yomp with the good lady with the legs constantly moving. The few birds seen whilst passing through were:- Blackbird; Blue Tit; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Magpie; Kingfisher; Mallard and Wood Pigeon.

9th January 2021 - Gorton Reservoirs, Reddish, G. Manchester - A walk with the good lady with the reservoirs iced over and a distinct mist and frost pervading everywhere. Birds seen were- Blackbird (*9); Magpie (*9); Carrion Crow (*9); Wren (*3); Dunnock (*1); Wood Pigeon (*2); Robin (*3); Song Thrush (*1); Mute Swan (*4); Herring Gull (*1); Blue Tit (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*8); Moorhen (*4); Little Grebe (*2); Bullfinch (*5); Great Crested Grebe (*1); Treecreeper (*2); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2); Goldeneye (*2); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Great Tit (*3); Starling (*6); House Sparrow (*4); Nuthatch (*1); Collared Dove (*3) plus plenty of Coot; Black Headed Gull Mallard; Common Gull and Tufted Duck.

Wood Avens; Mahonia and Meadow Buttercup were still offering up blooms.

8th January 2021 - Alexander Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime walk with the good lady and a few birds noted:- Starling; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Blue Tit; Mallard; Blackbird; Canada Goose; Collared Dove; Feral Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Dunnock; Sparrowhawk; Herring Gull; Common Gull; Grey Heron; Goosandeer; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Goldfinch; Coot and Moorhen. By heck it were cold today!

7th January 2021 - Ladybrook Interest Trail, Stockport, G. Manchester - As I weaved my way home through the slutch and general muck I saw a nice group of Goldfinch feeding on an Alder; 2 * Ring Neck Parakeet and a low flying Buzzard.

Evernia prunastri was a lichen identified on a dead branch.


7th January 2021 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A cycle ride and a few birds counted:- Black Headed Gull (*5); Sparrowhawk (*1); Stock Dove (*1); Coal Tit (*1); Great Tit (*1); Blackbird (*9); Redwing (*6); Nuthatch (*2); Grey Wagtail (*1) Feral Pigeon (*1); Blue Tit (*5); Magpie (*3); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*3); Carrion Crow (*1): Wood Pigeon (*2); Dunnock (*1); Coot (*2); Moorhen (*1) plus several Canada Geese and a good gathering of Mallards.

A Leopard Slug was found, a couple of Garden Snails and an Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni).


6th January 2021 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A chilled walk in equally chilled weather. Birds seen were:- Goldfinch (*2); Nuthatch (*2); Collared Dove (*2); Dunnock (*2); Robin (*5); Blackbird (*5); Grey Heron (*1); Magpie (*8); Wood Pigeon (*6); Moorhen (*2); Mallard (*29); Feral Pigeon (*10); Mandarin Duck (*10); House Sparrow (*10); Blue Tit (*5); Carrion Crow (*4); Jay (*3); Black Headed Gull (*2); Common Gull (*1); Mistle Thrush (*1); Wren (*1); Starling (*2); Bullfinch (*1); Canada Goose (*3); Raven (*1); Goldcrest (*1); Great Tit (*2) and Treecreeper (*1).

A Brown Rat was a hefty brute and the Gall (Taxomyia taxi) was picked out on a relatively quiet day.


5th January 2021 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - On the bike again, a tumble on the ice wasn't nice but a few birds made up for it, these being:- Dunnock (*2); Magpie (*12); Robin (*7); Blue Tit (*7); Great Tit (*5); Blackbird (*2); Wood Pigeon (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Coal Tit (*3); Chaffinch (*2); Ring Neck Parakeet (*2); Nuthatch (*1); Jay (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Goldcrest (*1); Treecreeper (*1); Black Headed Gull (*18); Canada Goose (*23); Mallard (*8); Grey Heron (*2); Carrion Crow (*2); Goldfinch (*9); Common Gull (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Buzzard (*3) and Cormorant (*3).

MIstletoe was looking good, Green Alkanet was in flower and a couple of Grey Squirrels were busy stuffing their guts - what's new!

A Garden Snail and the Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) were the only other things seen.


4th January 2021 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A few birds were on show as I cycled around covered in mud. The list comprised of:- Yellow Legged Gull (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Ring Neck Parakeet (*5); Kestrel (*1); Wood Pigeon (*5); Magpie (*5); Song Thrush (*3); Blackbird (*2); Nuthatch (*2); Coal Tit (*1); Treecreeper (*1); Great Tit (*4); Blue Tit (*3); Dunnock (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*8); Wren (*1); Common Gull (*3); Canada Goose (*74); Mute Swan (*3); Gadwall (*28); Great Crested Grebe (*4); Robin (*3); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*10); Cormorant (*5); Teal (*2); Grey Heron (*4); Goosander (*1); Jackdaw (*3); Goldfinch (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1) plus good numbers of Tufted Duck and oodles of Black Headed Gulls; Coots; Mallards and quite a few Moorhens.

A Shiny Woodlouse was new for the year along with a few fungi.


3rd January 2021 - Elton Reservoir, Bury, G. Manchester - A walk away from folk in fine weather. The birds seen were:- Starling; Magpie; Wren; Robin; Blackbird; Greenfinch; Goldfinch; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Reed Bunting; Dunnock; House Sparrow; Grey Heron; Mute Swan; Mallard; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Tufted Duck; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Common Gull; Moorhen; Great Crested Grebe; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Herring Gull; Scaup; Little Egret; Teal; Carrion Crow; Long Tailed Tit; Pied Wagtail; Cormorant; Goosander; Bullfinch; Gadwall; Meadow Pipit; Buzzard; Kestrel; Mistle Thrush; Lapwing; Feral Pigeon; Song Thrush; Sparrowhawk; Jackdaw and Goldeneye.

Dandelion sp and Gorse were in flower.

Wall Rue; Hart's Tongue Fern and Maidenhair Spleenwort were looking lush and 2 Roe Deer were nice to see.

Later identified was the lichen Cladonia fimbriata.


2nd January 2021 - Cheadle Heath - River Mersey - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - A circular walk with the missus with the binoculars left at home. We saw a few birds nonetheless, these were:- House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Cormorant; Bullfinch; Pied Wagtail; Starling; Great Tit; Collared Dove; Moorhen; Canada Goose; Song Thrush; Magpie; Mallard; Long Tailed Tit; Redwing; Goosander; Grey Heron; Grey Wagtail; Wren; Dipper and Dunnock.

Physcia aipolia was in fruit and Groundsel was in flower.


1st January 2021 - Astley and Chat Mosses, Irlam, G. Manchester - Local, away from people and with a snow white winter wonderland to enjoy, birds seen were as follows:- Blackbird (*26); Starling (*100+); House Sparrow (*9); Black Headed Gull (*44); Goldfinch (*8); Blue Tit (*7); Song Thrush (*11); Wood Pigeon (*50+); Buzzard (*5); Pheasant (*5); Kestrel (*2); Carrion Crow (*7); Mistle Thrush (*2); Robin (*20); Chaffinch (*30+); Magpie (*4); Wren (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Treecreeper (*1); Great Tit (*4); Reed Bunting (*2); Great Black Backed Gull (*1); Herring Gull (*1); Oystercatcher (*8); Cormorant (*1); Dunnock (*1); Yellowhammer (*3); Collared Dove (*1); Jackdaw (*16); Tree Sparrow (*1) and Feral Pigeon (*1).

Hogweed and Daisy were in flower and a Grey Squirrel was the first of the year.

2 common lichens were recorded, these being:- Lecidella elaeochroma and Xanthoria parietina.