23rd January 2022 - Appleton Reservoir, Runcorn, Cheshire - A circular walk with a small selection of birds seen:- Mallard (*215); Moorhen (*3); Mute Swan (*1); Black Headed Gull (*27); Coot (*5); Carrion Crow (*2); Magpie (*1); Blackbird (*1); Blue Tit (*1); Robin (*1) and Common Buzzard (*1).
23rd January 2022 - Dorchester NR, Runcorn, Cheshire - We stumbled across a small nature reserve and so had a pootle, a few fungi and a few birds, the latter being made up of:- Mallard (*2); Canada Goose (*2); Blue Tit (*3); Blackbird (*3); Coot (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Wren (*1) and Great Tit (*1).

23rd January 2022 - Norton Priory, Runcorn, Cheshire - A quiet stroll through almost empty woodlands with very little about, Bird wise we only saw:- Jackdaw (*5); Long Tailed Tit (*4); Blue Tit (*2); Jay (*1); Magpie (*4); Mallard (*2); Coot (*4); Moorhen (*1) and Nuthatch (*1).

A Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and a Garlic Snail were also seen.


23rd January 2022 - Wigg Island, Runcorn, Cheshire - An early morning walk to blow out a few cranial cobwebs. Birds seen were:- Mute Swan (*5); Song Thrush (*3); Magpie (*14); Starling (*1); Redwing (*1); Mistle Thrush (*1); Blackbird (*7); Wood Pigeon (*7); Carrion Crow (*7); Black Headed Gull (*20); Curlew (*6); Goldfinch (*3); Great Tit (*1); Blue Tit (*2); Robin (*4); Grey Heron (*1); Common Buzzard (*1); Cormorant (*2); Shelduck (*55); Chaffinch (*1); Mallard (*13); Moorhen (*2); Coot (*9); Gadwall (*7); Grey Wagtail (*1); Great Crested Grebe (*1); Little Grebe (*1); Tufted Duck (*10); Teal (*5); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Common Gull (*1) and Oystercatcher (*2).

Shiny and Rough Woodlice were seen as well as a Large Yellow Slug.

The gall (Agathomyia wankowiczii) was in good numbers on several Artist's Brackets.


16th January 2022 - Arnfield Reservoir/Swallows Wood, Derbyshire - A couple of new places with a good walk had prior to a 4 band gig and a delicioous breakfast scoffed overlooking the reservoir. Birds seen were:- Dipper (*1); Collared Dove (*1); Robin (*3); Wren (*1); Moorhen (*1); Magpie (*2); Pheasant (*7); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Song Thrush (*1); Mallard (*19); Great Tit (*2); Coal Tit (*1); Goldfinch (*5); Carrion Crow (*1); Blue Tit (*5); Dunnock (*1); Jackdaw (*6); Wood Pigeon (*2); Chaffinch (*5) and Starling (*4).

A few mosses and lichens noted noted were:- Grimmia pulvinata; Bryum capillare; Tortula muralis; Campylopus introflexus; Ulota crispa; Kindbergia praelonga; Cladonia rangiferina; Xanthoria parietina; Evernia prunastri and Cladonia coniocraea.

15th January 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The tiny Springtail (Tomocerus minor) was in the garden along with a tucked away White Lipped Banded Snail.

13th January 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Another dinnertime stroll, birds seen were:- Great Tit (*1); Carrion Crow (*3); Blackbird (*2); Magpie (*3); Robin (*1); Mallard (*3); Canada Goose (*10) and Wood Pigeon (*1).  Along with a few fungi I noted the Lichen (Cladonia coniocraea) and Groundsel in flower.

The Slender Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum tenellum) was added to the sightings after microscopy.

The Springtail (Willowsia platani) was later confirmed by some kind on-line help.

12th January 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Pineappleweed was in flower today and I saw 25 species of fungi in my dinner break. The Lichen (Xanthoria parietina) was new for the year.
11th January 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Capillary Thread Moss (Bryum capillare) was looking splendid on an old stump and a Song Thrush piped away on a tree top and duly gladdened my ticker.

9th January 2022 - Carsington Water, Derbyshire - I have lost my mojo of late, the weather, numerous distractions, the virus-obsessed world and a recent cold have all assisted in getting me down. Me and the good lady forced the issue today and had a good walk with a bit of time taken to look at the bird life, the species seen were:- Robin; House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Coot; Mallard; Cormorant; Redshank; Lapwing; Magpie; Little Grebe; Canada Goose; Tufted Duck; Great Crested Grebe; Wren; Dunnock; Teal; Mute Swan; Chaffinch; Great Northern Diver; Greylag Goose; Moorhen; Pied Wagtail; Gadwall; Barnacle Goose; Black Headed Gull; Long Tailed Tit; Great Tit; Nuthatch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Tree Sparrow; Goldcrest; Jackdaw; Raven; Redwing; Mistle Thrush; Treecreeper; Common Gull; Wood Pigeon; Siskin; Coal Tit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Willow Tit; Reed Bunting; Collared Dove and Great Black Backed Gull.

On many fenceposts I found growing the Grey Cushion Moss (Grimmia pulvinata) - it is a lovely thing. Also found was the White-Tipped Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum diaphanum).

Whilst checking the mosses I found a Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum)


5th January 2022 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - Whilst planting a mix of apple and pear trees I noted 2 * Mistle Thrush; 19 * Redwing; 2 * Starling and 20+ Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis).

Common Field Speedwell was in flower.


5th January 2022 - Ladybrook Valley Cycleway, Stockport, G. Manchester - On the bike interspersed with a mooch, birds seen today were:- House Sparrow (*2); Magpie (*6); Wood Pigeon (*13); Grey Heron (*1); Carrion Crow (*4); Blackbird (*3); Blue Tit (*5); Kingfisher (*1); Great Tit (*4); Wren (*1); Ringed Neck Parakeet (*1); Robin (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*5) and Bullfinch (*1).

The Landhopper (Arcitalitrus dorrieni) was seen in good numbers too.


4th January 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Dipper sang merrily away; a Cormorant darted through the icy air and a few Long Tailed Tits pootled in the trees. Hart's Tongue Fern was looking jaded and a Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) sun-bathed in the smallest patch of light.

Red Clover; Ox-Eye Daisy and Common Gorse were defiantly holding the odd flower aloft.


4th January 2022 - Woodbank Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early morning fungus mooch bore 34 species. I also noted a Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); a Grey Squirrel; a Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg) and the Ash Key Gall (Aceria fraxinivora).

Birds seen included:- Black Headed Gull; Greenfinch; Goldfinch; Carrion Crow; Dunnock; Coal Tit; Redwing; House Sparrow; Mallard; Moorhen; Sparrowhawk; Robin; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Magpie; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit and Nuthatch.


3rd January 2022 - Otterspool, Liverpool, Merseyside - A park up and a warm drink and whilst slurping I scanned a local playing field that held 200+ gulls. Black Headeds were the main species with approximately 30 Common Gulls and 2 Herring Gulls in the mix.

A pair of Wood Pigeon; 2 Mistle Thrushes and a Pied Wagtail were the only others seen along with Red Dead Nettle and Shepherd's Purse in flower.

We are still on a 'go-slow'.


3rd January 2022 - Woolton and Allerton area, Merseyside - A look for a few fungi with a few birds seen:- Goldcrest; Ringed Neck Parakeet; Blackbird; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Sparrowhawk; Wren; Jackdaw and Jay.

Herb Robert and Daisy were in flower and we also saw an Orange Ladybird and a Harlequin Ladybird.

A clump of Snowdrops in flower were nice to see.

The Ground Bug (Scolopostethus thomsoni) was named after several microscope photos from above, the sides and below.

2nd January 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Springtail (Dicyrtomina saundersi) was found in the garden, a lovely little bugger.
2nd January 2022 - Wright's Wood NR, Stockport, G.Manchester - A quick walk, a few fungi and not much else, a Robin and some Shiny Woodlice.
1st January 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - After 20 hours in bed fighting off the lurgy I had a quick tidy in the garden. Blue Tit; Starling; Collared Dove and Robin were the birds noted along with a Grey Squirrel; a Striped Woodlouse and a fungus - the year starts slowly.