FUNGALPUNK SIGHTINGS 2022
MAY
 
24th May 2022 - Heaton Mersey/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home from work and 4 Orange Tips were enjoying a splash of sun with Nipplwort in fine flower.
 
23rd May 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The day clouded over but in the garden was a Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and a adult House Sparrow feeding its young and the Gall (Trioza alacris).
 

23rd May 2022 - River Mersey, Didsbury, G. Manchester - There is a spot along the river I like to visit a couple of times each year. It is tucked away and verdant. After 60 minutes I comiled the following lists.

Birds noted were:- Greenfinch (*1); Dunnock (*1); Song Thrush (*2); Wren (*1); Sand Martin (*1); House Sparrow (*3); Mallard (*11); Carrion Crow (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*2); Wood Pigeon (*1); Blackbird (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Great Tit (*1) and Starling (*2).

Insects seen were:- 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens); 4 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Small White (Pieris rapae); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 1 * Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 2 * Tiger Crane-Fly (Nephrotoma appendiculata); 1 * Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica); 1 * Cereal Leaf Beetle (Oulema melanopus); 2 * Meadow Longhorn Moth (Cauchas rufimitrella); 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 22 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 2 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 2 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 9 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia variabilis); 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus) and 6 * Small Tortoiseshell larvae (Aglais urticae).

Fragance and colour was supplied by the following blooms:- Elder; Red Dead Nettle; Wavy Bittercress; Ground Elder; Goosegrass; Red Campion; White Dead Nettle; Wood Avens; Cuckooflower; Meadow Buttercup; Hogweed; Bramble agg; Ribwort Plantain; Herb Robert; Dame's Violet; Thale Cress; Brooklime; Rape; Cow Parsley; Shepherd's Purse; Broad Leaved Dock; Groundsel; Common Nettle; Redshank; Sycamore; Comfrey agg and Garlic Mustard.

I also noted some Cock's-Foot Grass and the gall Euura proxima.

 

22nd May 2022 - Saltmarshe Delph, East Yorkshire - A tucked away area to finish the weekend. Insects seen were:- 2 * Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Cock's Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Pea Weevil (Sitona lineatus); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 1 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 2 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus urticae); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Potato Leafhopper (Eupteryx aurata); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis lateralis); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha nigriventris); 1 * Spear Thistle Lacebug (Tingis cardui); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * Jewelled Beetle (Plateumaris sericea); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula vernalis) and 1 * Common Flower Beetle (Anthocoris nemorum).

Ribwort Plantain; Scented Mayweed; Small Flowered Crane's-Bill; Borage; Sycamore; Shepherd's Purse; White Clover; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Chickweed; Goosegrass; Common Vetch; Black Medick; Hedge Mustard; Crosswort; Dandelion agg; Yellow Flag Iris; White Dead Nettle; Meadow Buttercup; Germander Speedwell; Bramble agg; Hogweed; Horse Chestnut; Hawthorn; Crosswort; Common Nettle; Bluebell; Herb Robert; Garlic Mustard; Twayblade and Black Bryony.

The few birds noted were:- Jackaw; Buzzard; Magpie; Greylag Goose; Mute Swan; Wood Pigeon and Carrion Crow.

We also saw an Orange Tip; a Comma; a Brimstone; Small White; Speckled Wood; Striped Woodlouse and a Garden Snail plus the galls - Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Eriophyes similis and Aceria campestricola.

 

22nd May 2022 - North Cave Wetlands, East Yorkshire - A cuppa and then an early morning walk with the entomological front represented by :- 5 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Pea Weevil (Sitona lineatus); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Golden Bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata); 1 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 2 * Four Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata); 4 * Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae); 2 * Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus); 1 * Giant Crane-Fly (Tipula maxima); 1 * Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis); 1 * Pied Shieldbug (Tritomegas bicolor); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 2 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 1 * Azure Damselfy (Coenagrion puella);1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 3 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus urticae); 1 * Mirid Bug (Miris striatus); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 3 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 3 * Speckled Bush Cricket nymphs (Leptophyes punctatissima); 2 * Hoverfly (Tropida scita); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigricans); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 1 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 1 * Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Drinker Moth larva (Euthrix potatoria); 8 * Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); 2 * Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Click Beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis); 1 * 16 Spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Willow Beetle Willow Beetle (Lochmaea caprea); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida); 1 * Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina polita); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Ichneumon Wasp (Heteropelma amicta); 3 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 1 * Rove Beetle (Tachyporus chrysomelinus agg); 2 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); 1 * Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica); 1 * Lacebug (Tingis ampliata); 1 * Raspberry Beetle (Byturus tomentosus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula vernalis) and 8 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus).

The botanical side of things threw up :- Common Fiddleneck; Wood Avens; Pendulous Sedge; Greater Stitchwort; Black Medick; Common Vetch; Dandelion agg; Common Comfrey; Red Clover; Silverweed; Cuckooflower; Shepherd's Purse; Hedge Mustard; Common Field Speedwell; Field Pansy; Common Stork's-Bill; Wall Speedwell; Lesser Trefoil; Hogweed; Common Sorrel; Red Campion; White Campion; Hawthorn; Cow Parsley; White Dead Nettle; Hogweed; Meadow Buttercup; Ribwort Plantain; Ox-Eye Daisy; Bramble agg; Common Nettle; Goosegrass; Elder; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Bush Vetch; Salad Burnet; Crosswort; Ragged Robin; Cowlsip; Daisy; Garlic Mustard; Common Poppy; Creeping Buttercup; Yellow Flag Iris; Germander Speedwell; White Clover; Dove's Foot Crane's-Bill; Common Mouse Ear and Thale Cress.

The bird list comprised of:- Sedge Warbler; Rook; Grey Heron; Magpie; Goldfinch; Long Tailed Tit; Green Woodpecker; Lapwing; Little Grebe; Oystercatcher; Pied Wagtail; Little Ringed Plover; Dunnock; Moorhen; Teal; Sand Martin; Carrion Crow; Greylag Goose; Little Egret; Reed Bunting; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Mute Swan; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Feral Pigeon; Common Tern; Cormorant; Black Headed Gull; Blackbird; Shelduck; Avocet; Wood Pigeon; House Sparrow; Gadwall; Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Robin; Coot; Swift; Great Tit plus Cetti's Warbler; Reed Bunting; Wren and Common Whitethroat on call.

The Spider (Larinoides cornutus); the Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus); 3 * Striped Millipede (Ommatoiulus sabulosus); the Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis) and the Galls:- Euura pendunculi; Dasineura ulmaria and Aceria campestricola were added to a fair tally.

 

21st May 2022 - Stockhill Wood, East Yorkshire - A wander through a small wood, Hawthorn; Red Campion; Greater Periwinkle; Ground Ivy; Geulder Rose and White Dead Nettle were all sporting blooms.

1 * Azure Damselfy (Coenagrion puella); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata) and 3 * Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) were the insects seen.

Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Common Whitethroat; Bullfinch and Sedge Warbler were noted as well as the galls:- Cecidophyes rouhollahi and Phytoptus avellanae.

 

21st May 2022 - River Humber, Tickton, East Yorkshire - A final walk of the day broken by a stop off at a woodland. Flowers noted were:- White Clover; Cow Parsley; Creeping Buttercup; Yellow Flag Iris; Dandelion agg and Rape.

A few birds added were:- Rook; Reed Bunting; Reed Warbler; Swift; Mallard; Little Egret; Lapwing and Swallow.

2 Orange Tips and 6 Harlequin Ladybirds were picked out too.

 

21st May 2022 - Hornsea Mere, East Yorkshire - A plate of chips and some tea, a boat road and a pootle made for a nice visit. The few bird species noted were:- Greylag Goose; Mallard; Gadwall; Mute Swan; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; Tufted Duck; Herring Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Black Headed Gull; Magpie; Canada Goose; Sparrowhawk and Jackdaw.

A few hoverflies noted were:- 1 * Parhelophilus frutetorum; 1 * Eristalis pertinax; 4 * Episyrphus balteatus; 1 * Leucozona glaucia; 2 * Helophilus pendulus and 1 * Tropidia scita.

Other insects seen were:- Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); Blue Tailed Damswlfly (Ischnura elegans); Click Beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis) and Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella).

Flowers noted were:- Bulbous Buttercup; Meadow Buttercup; Herb Robert; Goosegrass; Pignut; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Common Mouse Ear; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Creeping Buttercup; Wood Avens; Yellow Flag Iris; Common Sorrel; Red Campion; Cuckooflower; Lady's Mantle agg; Large Bindweed; Ribwort Plantain; Hedge Mustard; Garlic Mustard; Greater Periwinkle; Silverweed; Ground Ivy; Green Alkanet; Cowslip; Cow Parsley; Germander Speedwell; Lesser Trefoil and Daisy.

 

21st May 2022 - Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire - An early morning stroll in fine weather with the wind refreshing and the sun aiding in some stunning bird views. Species seen were:- Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Blackbird; Tree Sparrow; Razorbill; Gannet; Guillemot; Puffin; Kittiwake; Feral Pigeon; Common Whitethroat; Herring Gull; Corn Bunting; Reed Bunting; Skylark; Pheasant; Carrion Crow; Meadow Pipit; Peregrine Falcon; Fulmar; Yellow Wagtail; Goldfinch and Chiffchaff.

The insects were still in bed it seemed and the wind was helping keep the critters tucked away. The few we did see were:- 24 Spot Ladybird (Subcoccinella vigintiquatuorpunctata); Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria): 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Dance Fly (Empis tessellata) and St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci).

1 * Red Admiral; 1 * Small White; 1 * Green Veined White; 1 * Peacock; 9 * Painted Lady and several Cock's Foot Moths were the only representatives of the lepidoptera family.

Flowers in bloom were few, these were:- Red Campion; Gorse; Creeping Buttercup; Hogweed; Common Mouse Ear; Shepherd's Purse; Ribwort Plantain; Daisy; White Campion; Lesser Trefoil;' Dandelion agg; Common Sorrel; White Dead Nettle; Red Dead Nettle; Cow Parsley; Groundsel; Pineappleweed and Common Nettle.

The only other thing seen was a Brown Hare.

20th May 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The first moth trap of the year on a chilly night, I expected nowt but got a few regular species:- Light Brown Apple Moth (*4); Common Marbled Carpet (*4); Willow Beauty (*1); Flame Carpet (*1); Tachystola acroxantha (*2); Bee Moth (*1) and Argyresthia trifasciata (*1).
 
19th May 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - In the garden and whilst reading about gall, insects on Rumex and a story about a haunted railway line I noted;- 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * Hairy Yellow Face Bee (Hylaeus hyalinatus); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); 1 * Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus) and 3 * Springtail (Orchesella cincta).
 

19th May 2022 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - After leading a walk I called at a pie shop and made my way home through this local park. It was getting to be a sizzler and too hot for the bugs and me. 2 Hoverfly species noted were: Xylota segnis (*1) and Episyrphus balteatus (*1). Other insects seen were:- 16 * Downlooker Snipefly (Rhagio scolopaceus); 8 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 5 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 2 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 3 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 2 * Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); 8 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).

Marsh Thistle and Greater Spearwort were now in flower and the Gall (Trioza remota) was noted.

 

19th May 2022 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk taking a group of carers around a local area looking at a bit of this, that and of course, 't'other. Flowers discussed in bloom were:- Bird Cherry; Yellow Rattle; Ox-Eye Daisy; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Goat's-Beard, Ribwort Plantain; Red Campion; Hawthorn; Sycamore; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Common Comfrey; Garlic Mustard; Cow Parsley; Creeping Buttercup; Dandelion agg; Goosegrass; Wood Avens; Bramble agg; Common Nettle; Spanish Bluebell; Bush Vetch; Cuckooflower; Wood Stitchwort; Common Vetch; Daisy; Meadow Buttercup; Herb Robert; Hedge Mustard; Thale Cress; Yellow Flag Iris; Large Bittercress and Shepherd's Purse.

It was too dull to find many insects but we did see:- 10+ Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 3 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quatuordecimguttata); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Potato Leafhopper (Eupteryx aurata) and a few Nettle Pollen Beetles (Brachypterus glaber).

Canada Geese with young, a Collared Dove, Moorhen, House Sparrow; Mallard, Ring Necked Parakeet and Magpie were noted too.

A few galls were spiec priot to the walk:- Eriophyes inangulis; Taphrina pruni; Cecidophyes rouhollahi and Eriophyes similis.

With a few fungi pondered and tea and cake to finish all seemed happy and gave generous thanks. In truth, these folk are a pleasure to be around and to share some natural gems and a piece of escapism is my pleasure.

 
18th May 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Diamond Backed Moth; Common Marbled Carpet and an Azalea Leaf Miner were in the bathroom reminding me to get the moth trap out.
 

18th May 2022 - River Mersey/Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cycling to work and a female Mallard trundled along the path in front of me so I dismounted, said 'hello' and had a short walk.  Curl leaved Dock; Broad Leaved Dock; Dame's Violet; Foxglove and Creeping Cinquefoil were all noted to be sporting their individual blooms on a fine sunny morning.

Walking home and 5 * Swollen Thighed Beetles (Oedemera nobilis) were seen in the local orchard.

 

17th May 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A pootle in the meadow after work and Silverweed was now in effective flower with Ground Elder and Horse Radish sporting blooms and the latter plant holding one tiny Orange Tip egg. A male Orange Tip was seen nearby as well as 3 Common Roller Moths (Ancylis badiana) and one Small Yellow Underwing (Panemeria tenebrata). A single 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata), a lone Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); a Tortoise Bug (Cassida rubiginosa) and 2 Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) were other insects seen.

Psyllopsis fraxini was prevalent on one small Ash tree.

 

16th May 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A nip into Stockport for some dinner. Walking back down a short stretch of the river I saw a pair of Blue Tits; 2 Kingfishers chasing one another, a Dipper feeding its young and another adult flitting about, 4 Sand Martins, a Grey Wagtail, several Mallards with one female taking her ducklings for a swim, 2 male Blackbirds falling out, a calling Carrion Crow and a singing Goldfinch.

A Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); a Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 5 Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum) were the only insects seen on a rather dull and damp day.

Blooms noted were:- Wall Speedwell; Cow Parsley; Daisy; Sycamore; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Groundsel; Rape; Lesser Trefoil; Common Mouse Ear; Monkeyflower; Goosegrass; Meadow Buttercup; Fringecups; Red Valerian; Elder; Greater Periwinkle; Creeping Buttercup; Ribwort Plantain; Herb Robert; American Wintercress; Cuckooflower; Rowan; Red Campion; Shining Crane's-Bill; Garlic Mustard; Germander Speedwell; Hedge Mustard; Spanish Bluebell; Ramsons; White Dead nettle; Hawthorn; Common Vetch; Wood Avens; Ox-Eye Daisy; Red Clover; Bramble agg; Ground Elder; Common Nettle; Lesser Trefoil and Dandelion agg.

Galls noted were:- Aceria cephalonea; Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Dasineura fraxini; Neuroterus quercusbaccarum (sexual stage); Euura pendunculi; Euura proxima;
Iteomyia capreae and Cryptomyzus ribis.

 

15th May 2022 - Carr Vale and Peter Fidler NR, Bolsover, Derbyshire - After a gig the previous night we were up a little later than usual so just went to one place, wander in the fine sunshine and had chips and a warm drink at a roadside cafe to finish. Birds were tough to see today but we did put bins on the following species:- Reed Warbler; Magpie; Long Tailed Tit; Grey Heron; Canada Goose; Coot; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Gadwall; Moorhen; Cormorant; Mute Swan; Great Crested Grebe; Greylag Goose; Swallow; Reed Bunting; Jackdaw; Linnet; Goldfinch; Willow Warbler; Carrion Crow and Pied Wagtail.

Insects were starting to appear although the weather was too warm many. Plenty Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) were joined by:- 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 11 * Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula lunata); 1 * Red Dock Weevel (Apion frumentarium); 1 * Click Beetle (Dalopius marginatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 8 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 10+ * Willow Beetle (Lochmaea caprea); 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 7 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 2 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigricans); 4 * Red Headed Cardinal (Pyrochroa serraticornis); 5 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * Water Ladybird (Anistosticta novemdecimpunctata); 2 * Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha nigriventris); 1 * Blue Mason Bee (Osmia caerulescens); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 10 * Pea Weevil (Sitona lineatus); 6 * 16 Spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata); 6 * 4 Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata); 1 * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis pellucida); 1 * Rove Beetle (Tachyporus obtusus) and 3 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae).

Butterflies seen were:- 1 * Green Veined White; 16 * Orange Tip; 2 * Small White; 3 * Speckled Wood; 2 * Small Tortoiseshell; 5 * Brimstone; 2 * Red Admiral; 1 * Peacock; 1 * Common Blue plus 1 * Garden Carpet; 4 * Cock's-Foot Moth; 1 * Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella) and 3 * Grass Rivulet.

Blooms noted were:- Herb Robert; Cow Parsley; Dandelion agg; Bush Vetch; Hairy Tare; White Dead Nettle; Hawthorn; Creeping Buttercup; Meadow Buttercup; Hogweed; Common Vetch; Ribwort Plantain; Guelder Rose; Red Campion; Garlic Mustard; Wood Avens; Ragged Robin; Hedge Mustard; Ramsons; Spanish Bluebell; Cuckooflower; Yellow Flag Iris; Germander Speedwell; Scarlet Pimpernel; Common Mouse Ear; Daisy; Black Medick; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Cowslip; Yellow Rattle; Common Sorrel; White Clover; Red Clover; Lords and Ladies; Greater Stitchwort; Lady's Mantle agg; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Changing Forget-Me-Not; Ox-Eye Daisy and Lesser Trefoil.

We also saw the galls (Euura pendunculi) and (Taphrina alni); Glaucous Sedge; 2 * Brown Hares; 1 * Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus); 1 * Furrow Spider (Larinioides cornutus) 1 * Nursey Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); 1 * Swan Mussel (Anodonta cygnea); Hart's Tongue Fern; Common Alder; Silver Birch; Elder and a couple of rust fungi making a total of 128 species.

 
14th May 2022 - Denton Town, Tameside - A couple of hours tidying and turning soil, 2 Small Whites; 2 Swifts and singles of Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); Sun Fly (Helophilus pendulus); Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); Dance Fly (Empis tessellata); Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila frabriciana) were also seen.
 

13th May 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester -The working week was done so home I went, cut the lawn and had a read. Whilst in the garden 3 species of hoverfly were seen:- 2 * Epistrophe eligans; 1 * Eupeodes luniger and 1 * Episyrphus balteatus.

A Hairy Yellow Face Bee (Hylaeus hyalinatus) was a delightful bonus - another first for the garden.

 

12th May 2022 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - Wandering homeward and a nosey in the orchard resulted in sightings of:- 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 2 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Dock Bugs (Coreus marginatus); 3 * Tortoise Bugs (Cassida rubiginosa); 1 * Fruit Fly (Chaetostomella cylindrica) and 3 * Nettle Pollen Beetles (Brachypterus glaber).

The gall (Phyllocoptes eupadi) was growing nearby.

 
11th May 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica) and the Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber) were both seen along with Ground Elder in flower and the gall (Protomyces macrosporus).
 
10th May 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Dasysyrphus albostriatus and Xylota segnis were seen on the way to work along with Guelder Rose in flower - a nice start to the day.
 

9th May 2022 - Cheadle Heath Nomad, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 hours spent digging and tidying up a patch at the side of the ground. Insects seen were:- 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 16 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 3 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula lunata) and 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni).

Singles of the following hoverflies were noted:- Xylota segnis ; Platycheirus albimanus; Melanostoma scalare; Epistrophe eligans and Eristlis pertinax.

Holly Blue; Small White and the Micro-Moth (Tachystola acroxantha) were added to the insect list.

The Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis) was pootling through the undergrowth.

The few birds knocking about were:- Mistle Thrush (*1); Starling (*1); Blackbird (*1); Robin (*1); Magpie (*4) and Wood Pigeon (*1).

Ox-Eye Daisy; Common Mouse Ear, Common Field Speedwell; Lesser Celandine; Ramsons; Red Campion; Garlic Mustard; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Wall Speedwell; Wood Avens; Spanish Bluebell; Thale Cress; Shepherd's Purse; Daisy; Dandelion agg; Groundsel; Hawthorn and Sycamore were all sporting flowers.

 

8th May 2022 - Danes Moss, Macclesfield, Cheshire - A second location ofthe day, the flowers recorded here were:- Pignut; Chickweed; Bluebell; Cow Parsley; Red Campion; Wood Sorrel; Sycamore; Bilberry; Dandelion agg; Marsh Marigold; Wild Strawberry; Herb Robert; Bush Vetch; Ribwort Plantain; Colt's-Foot; Common Vetch; Broom; Black Medick; Meadow Buttercup; Daisy; Cuckooflower; Green Alkanet; Tormentil; Thale Cress; Red Clover; Gorse; Pendulous Sedge; Common Mouse Ear; Hairy Tare; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill and Creeping Buttercup.

1* Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 1 * Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); 3 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa); 4 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Longhorn Beetle (Rhagium mordax); 1 * Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus vespillo); 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 3 * Willow Leaf Beetle (Lochmaea caprea) and 1 * Dance Fly (Empis livida) were the few insects picked out.

Butterflies seen were:- Peacock (*1); Speckled Wood (*2); Brimstone (*3); Orange Tip (*4) and Small Heath (*1). The micro-moth (Grapholita lunulana) was seen in decent numbers.

Carrion Crow; Wren; Coot; Tufted Duck; Buzzard; Mallard; Lapwing and Pied Wagtail were added to our roamings as well as Hart's Tongue Thyme Moss (Plagiomnium undulatum); Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica); the gall (Neuroterus quercusbaccarum) and a White Lipped Banded Snail.

 

8th May 2022 - Lapwing Lane NR, Macclesfield, Cheshire - A catch up with a few friends and a lovely walk. Birds seen were:- Jackdaw; Canada Goose; Shelduck; Malllard; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; Greylag Goose; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Magpie; Oystercatcher; Lapwing; Long Tailed Tit; Pheasant; Reed Bunting; Robin; Chiffchaff; Mute Swan; Little Grebe; Chaffinch; Swallow; Mistle Thrush and Blackcap.

Insects noted were:- 4 * Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); 1 * Yellow Dung Beetle (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 1 * Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus): 1 * Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 6 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 5 * Black and Red Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) and 2 * Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus) 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis trigramma); 1 * Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica); 1 * Click Beetle (Dalopius marginatus); 1 * Scavenger Beetle (Cartodere nodifer) plus plenty Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) and St Mark's Flys (Bibio marci). We also saw a Yellow Tail Moth larvae, a Nettle Tap Moth; Esperia sulphurella; Cauchas rufimitrella and a Ruby Tiger.

Galls noted were:- Eriophyes pyri; Eriophyes tiliae; Eriophyes leiosoma; Andricus kollari; Biorhiza pallida; Andricus lignicola and Epitrimerus trilobus.

Flowers in bloom were:- Cuckooflower; Yellow Pimpernel; Common Sorrel; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Greater Celandine; Red Campion; Bluebell; Greeping Buttercup; Garlic Mustard; Herb Robert; Three Nerved Sandwort; Common Mouse Ear; Rowan; Field Pansy; Lesser Trefoil; Dandelion agg; Field Madder; Rhododendron; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Changing Forget-Me-Not; Wall Speedwell; Hawthorn; Fringe Cups; Elder; Germander Speedwell; Scarlet Pimpernel; Primrose; Common Dog Violet; Ribwort Plantain; Greater Stitchwort; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Guelder Rose; Cow Parsley; Common Vetch; Goosegrass; Hogweed; Red Dead Nettle and Chickweed.

We also saw a Common Frog; a Smooth Newt, the Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis) and the Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis).

Glaucous Sedge was later identified.

 

7th May 2022 - Denton Town, Tameside - 3.5 hours digging in the sun prior to a footy game. Flowers in bloom were:-Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Wood Avens; Thale Cress; Hedge Mustard; Meadow Buttercup; Bush Vetch; Creeping Buttercup; Welsh Poppy; Dandelion agg; Shepherd's Purse; Common Mouse-Ear and Spanish Blue Bell.

Starling (*2); Carrion Crow (*1); Wood Pigeon (*2); Robin (*1); Jackdaw (*1); Blackbird (*1) and Magpie (*1) were the few birds seen.

3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and the Hoverflies:- Epistrophe eligans; Episyrphus balteatus; Platycheirus albimanus and Helophilus pendulus were the few insects seen.

Speckled Wood and Small White were the only butterfly species seen. We also saw a Nettle Tap Moth and a colony of Peacock larvae.

Grey Field Slug and Garden Snail were also noted.

 
6th May 2022 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - A half dozen Cock's-Foot Moths (Glyphipterix simpliciella) were seen and the gall Eriophyes leiosoma.
 
6th May 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - 3 * Common Roller Moth (Ancylis badiana); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) plus Sweet Woodruff and Germander Speedwell were seen whilst strolling homeward after a long week at work.
 
6th May 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and Wall Speedwell in flower was all I saw whilst nipping out for lunch.
 
6th May 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The first Bee Moth of the year was in the bathroom along with 2 White Shouldered House Moths.
 
5th May 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Nettle patch in the garden held a trio of 2 Spot Ladybirds (Adalia bipunctata) and a Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana). Hogweed was now in flower and a Bright Line, Brown Eye Moth was in the bathroom.
 
5th May 2022 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - Roaming home and a quick 30 minutes in the local orchard. 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 10 * Tortoise Bug (Cassidia rubiginosa); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis nemorum); 1 * Comma (Polygonia c-album); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * Click Beetle (Athous haemorrhoidalis) and 4 * Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis).
 
5th May 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Weaving my way to work, Common Nettle is now in flower as well as that fine old tree known as the Elder.  A Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum) was seen tucked away from the early morning chill.
 

4th May 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk home today, a slightly different route was taken.  I counted the blooms and saw:- Common Vetch; Dandelion agg; Cowslip; Welsh Poppy; Cuckooflower; Creeping Buttercup; Herb Robert; Meadow Buttercup; Goosegrass; Daisy; Red Clover; Ribwort Platain; American Wintercress; Cow parsley; Garlic Mustard; Hawthorn; Toothwort; Red campion; Rowan; Ramsons; Thale Cress; Shining Crane's-Bill; Groundsel; Lesser Trefoil; Greater Periwinkle; Fringe Cups; Spanish Bluebell; White Dead Nettle and Wood Avens.

Galls seen were:- Eriophyes leiosomaEuura pendunculiPhyllocoptes goniothoraxEriophyes pyri and Aceria cephalonea.

 
3rd Mar 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Laburnum and Fringe Cups were in glorious flower and the sexual stage of Neuroterus quercusbaccarum was prolific.  The Hoverfly (Baccha elongata) was seen mooching amongst low vegetation.
 
3rd Mar 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - I have still not had the moth trap out but singles of Tachystola acroxantha; Light Brown Apple Moth and 20 Plume Moth suggested I need to get my arse in gear.
 

2nd May 2022 - West Park/Woolston Eyes, Warrington, Cheshire - A good morning walk before some more Non-League football. Birds noted were:- House Sparrow (*1); Collared Dove (*2); Grey Heron (*1); Jay (*2); Swift (*3); Sand Martin (*2); Swallow (*1); Little Grebe (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Greylag Goose *2 + 4 young); Wren (*2); Starling (*14); Wood Pigeon (*6); Shelduck (*2); Blackbird (*5); Robin (*2); Mallard (*6); Moorhen (*4); Common Whitethroat (*5); Carrion Crow (*3); Linnet (*4); Song Thrush (*2); Reed Bunting (*1); Chiffchaff (*4); Gadwall (*2); Blackcap (*4); Cetti's Warbler (*1); Shoveler (*1); Mute Swan (*8); Magpie (*6); Blue Tit (*1); Black Headed Gull (*10); Great Tit (*2); Canada Goose (*11); Dunnock (*2); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Cormorant (*2); Willow Warbler (*1); Lapwing (*2); Coot (*27); Goldfinch (*14); Jackdaw (*2); Common Buzzard (*2) and Greenfinch (*1) plus Chaffinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker on call.

Blooms noted were:- Japanese Rose; Groundsel; Borage; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Field Maple; Horse Chestnut; Bird Cherry; Slender Speedwell; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Spanish Bluebell; Cow Parsley; Dandelion agg; Creeping Buttercup; Daisy; Meadow Buttercup; Ground Ivy; Butterbur; Cuckooflower; Garlic Mustard; Broom; Hogweed; Gorse; Ribwort Plantain; Common Vetch; White Dead Nettle; Shining Crane's-Bill; Green Alkanet; Common Mouse Ear; Bird's Foot Trefoil; Black Medick; Herb Robert; Greater Celandine; Hedgerow Crane's-Bill; Dove's Foot Crane's-Bill; Common Field Speedwell and Rape.

4 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia punctata); 3 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 10* Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 5 * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula vernalis) and 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata) were the few insects seen on a cloudy day.

A Common Carpet Moth was also seen and a Drinker Moth larva.

 

1st May 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Even though it was a cloudy day the Hoverfles (Baccha elongata) and (Helophilus pendulus) pottered in the garden, An Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and a Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana) were also noted.

A Herald Moth was at rest in the bathroom.

 

1st May 2022 - Consall Valley RSPB, Staffordshire - Me and the missus met up with Ascomycete guru Peter Thompson and had a lovely walk and natter and spotted a few things along the way. Mosses listed were:- Hypnum cupressiforme; Kindbergia praelonga; Polytrichum formosum; Orthotrichum affine; Bryum capillare; Tortula muralis; Plagionmnium undulatum; Brachythecium rutabulum and the liverworts Frullania dilatata; Metzgeria furcata; Orthotrichum pulchellum and Metzgeria fruticulosa.

Nuthatch; Robin; Raven; Coal Tit; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Mallard; Pheasant and Blackcap.

In flower were:- Yellow Archangel; False Yellow Archangel; Red Campion; Wood Anemone; Wood Sorrel; Moschatel; Marsh Marigold; Dandelion agg; White Dead Nettle; Greater Tussock Sedge; Pendulous Sedge; Ribwort Plantain; Daisy; Large Bittercress; Greater Stitchwort; Garlic Mustard; Water Avens and Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage.

We also saw:- Plaited Door Snail; White Lipped Banded Snail; Variegated Centipede ane the Gall (Phyllocoptes goniothorax).

 
APRIL
 
30th April 2022 - Whalley Range FC, G. Manchester - Watching the football and a beetle landed on my arm, it transpired it was Galerucella lineola.
 

25th April 2022 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - A cycle and a saunter under cloudy skies. I was feeling shabby today - weak arms and legs again, it seems stress is my eternal escort and always lurking in the shadows to debilitate. I am working on chilling out, I am finding it hard. A few hoverflies were tucked away, these being:- Episyrphus balteatus (*1); Helophilus pendulus (*1); Melanostoma scalare (*8) and Eristalis pertinax (*2).

Large Bittercress was now in flower amongst a few others - I cycled home after a short jaunt, enough was enough today.

 
24th April 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - After leading todays walk I had a chill in the garden. 3 * 22 Spot Ladybirds (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and 1 * Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) were minding their own business.
 

24th April 2022 - Woolston Park, Warrington, Cheshire - Leading a general relaxed and sun-kissed general wildlife walk was done in slow and steady style with a look at a bit of this, that and of course, t'other. The wind was effecting the bug life but Hoverflies picked out were:- Pipiza noctiluca (*1); Platycheirus albimanus (*2); Melanostoma scalare (*2); Eristalis pertinax (*3); Helophilus pendulus (*1); Myathropa florea (*1) and Epistrophe eligans (*2).

Butterflies recorded were:- Speckled Wood (*5); Orange Tip (*7); Holly Blue (*3); Peacock (*1); Small White (*2) and Green Veined White (*1).

Other insects listed were:- Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina); 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); Bee Fly (Bombylius major); Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quatuordecimguttata); Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); Fruitworm Beetle (Byturus ochraceus); Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus); Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia).

Blooms discussed were:- Garlic Mustard; Daisy; Cuckooflower; Groundsel; Dandelion agg; Hawthorn; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Slender Speedwell; Germander Speedwell; Common Field Speedwell; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Cow Parsley; Lesser Celandine; Bush Vetch; Common Comfrey; Lilac; Bird Cherry; Marsh Marigold; Creeping Buttercup; Rape; Herb Robert; Hedge Mustard; Common Mouse Ear; Green Alkanet; White Dead Nettle and Cowslip.

Also seen were a Rabbit, a Frog, Large Yellow Slug; Budapest Slug; Shiny Woodlouse; Garden Snail and a few birds, these being:- Robin; Magpie; Wren; Grey Heron; Blackbird and Mistle Thrush.

Several galls discussed were:- Neuroterus quercusbaccarum; Phyllocoptes eupadi and Phyllocoptes goniothorax.

 
23rd April 2022 - Denton Town, Tameside - 2 Australian Flatworms (Australoplana sanguinea) were found under a log, prior to Denton Town beating Vulcan FC 2 - 1. A new species for us!
 

22nd April 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 Mistle Thrushes were seen feeding their young in the nest and Cuckooflower had popped up on the lawn outside work.

Further along and 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 1​* Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 4 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and 2  Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) plus the Hoverflies:- Meligramma triangulifera (*1); Epistrophe eligans (​3) and Eristalis pertinax (​1).

Field Maple and Thyme Leaved Speedwell were in flower and a Holly Blue and a Speckled Wood said 'hi'.  The latter butterfly is my favourite butterfly species and it was mighty fitting that this species was my 100, 000th input record on relevant National Databases.  It has been a long haul but worth the effort - it is what all naturalists should do.

 
21st April 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick sprawl in the sun and a read of a Ngaio Marsh thriller. Whilst reading I spied a 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata) and Greater Celandine in flower.
 

21st April 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick check on a pond area and a cycle home with 1 male and 2 female Mallards seen with 11 young following one of the lasses. A coot and a Canada Goose watched on and a Common Green Shield Bug (Palomena prasina) and 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata) soaked up the rays.

Singles of Comma; Orange Tip; Holly Blue and Small White were noted along with 2 hoverflies, these being:- Melanostoma scalare and Epistrophe eligans.

Sessile Oak; Pendulous Sedge; Rowan and Horse Chestnut were in flower.

The sexual stage of Neuroterus quercusbaccarum was also seen.

 
20th April 2022 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 examples of the Hoverfly (Eupeodes luniger) were seen along with a lone Melanostoma scalare.
 

20th April 2022 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home from work and I did a bit of hoverating. Species seen were:- Eristalis pertinax (*3); Epistrophe eligans (*4); Baccha elongata (*1); Melanostoma scalare (*1); Melangyna lasiophthalma (*1); Dasysyrphus albostriatus (*1); Helophilus pendulus (*1); Platycheirus albimanus (*1); Platycheirus manicatus (*1) and Syrphus ribesii (*2).

Several Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni); a 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata); a lone Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); a Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quatuordecimguttata); 4 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata) and 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) were also seen.

Singles of Holly Blue; Peacock and Orange Tip graced the air and a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and were seen too.

Common Vetch and Black Medick were in fine flower. .

 
20th April 2022 - Heaton's Centre, Stockport, G. Manchester - A break from my desk and a walk around the building swilling some water.  7 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus);  2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) were all ruddy lovely to see.
 
20th April 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - I have still not dusted down the moth trap and put it to any use this year so it was especially nice to see an Early Grey pop in the bathroom and say 'hello'.
 
19th April 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Anxiety is bogging me down, I had a diner time wander and saw 2 hoverflies:- Melangyna lasiophthalma and Melanostoma scalare.  I also saw singles of Pine, Harlequin and 7 Spot Ladybird plus a Mistle Thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker far from happy with one another presence.  Wall Speedwell was now in flower and the gall (Phyllocoptes goniothorax) was picked out.
 
19th April 2022 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking to work and feeling ruddy awful.  A Blackcap sand and flashed its arse, Aceria campestricola was now showing itself on the leaves of Wych Elm.
 

18th April 2022 - Torrs Riverside Park and trail, New Mills, Derbyshire - A morning walk with a cafe break, a visit to a book shop and some Non-League Football to finish. Birds seen (without binoculars) were:- Mallard (*1); Canada Goose (*6); Dunnock (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Mistle Thrush (*2); Great Tit (*1); Treecreeper (*2); Chiffchaff (*1); Blackcap (*1); Robin (*4); Blackbird (*4); Blue Tit (*1); Jackdaw (*3); Wren (*4) and Wood Pigeon (*1).

Insects noted were:- 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Peacock (Aglais urticae); 2 * Speckled Wood (Parage aegeria); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Springtail (Orchesella cincta); 10 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and 4 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax).

Flowers in bloom were:- Thale Cress; Herb Robert; Lungwort; False Yellow Archangel; Wood Sorrel; Sweet Ciceley; Blackthorn; Pink Purslane; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Ribwort Plantain; Hawthorn; Primrose; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Lesser Celandine; Cuckooflower; Butterbur; Garlic Mustard and Shining Crane's-Bill.

We also added the gall:- Phyllocoptes goniothorax plus a Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and a White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) as well as Field Horsetail and Wall Rue.

 
15th April 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Unwinding in the garden and a Comma checked out the Nettle patch and a Small White fed on the Honesty - lovely.
 

15th April 2021 - Astley and Chat Mosses, Irlam, G. Manchester - Up early and a good wander had. The birds seen were:- Linnet (*10); Blackcap (*3); Blue Tit (*6); Song Thrush (*3); Blackbird (*29); Wood Pigeon (*28); Wren (*11); Magpie (*7); Pied Wagtail (*9); Goldfinch (*18); Pheasant (*3); Dunnock (*4); Carrion Crow (*11); Robin (*6); House Sparrow (*4); Chaffinch (*8); Lapwing (*66); Mistle Thrush (*2); Collared Dove (*4); Starling (*5); Kestrel (*1); Greenfinch (*1); Meadow Pipit (*5); Wheatear (*5); Grey Heron (*2); Sand Martin (*5); Common Buzzard (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Stock Dove (*2); Skylark (*4); Tufted Duck (*2); Gadwall (*2); Cormorant (*2); Curlew (*1); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*10); Canada Goose (*72); Oystercatcher (*6); Black Headed Gull (*26); Reed Bunting (*2); Willow Warbler (*12); Yellowhammer (*2); Mallard (*14); Jay (*3) and Moorhen (*2).

Peacock (*6); Green Veined White (*1); Comma (*1); Orange Tip (*4); Brimstone (*1) and Small Tortoiseshell (*4) were the butterflies noted.

The few other insects seen were:- 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea) and 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria).

Chickweed; Thale Cress; Primrose; Greater Periwinkle; Cow Parsley; Dandelion agg; Garlic Mustard; Red Dead Nettle; Ground Ivy; Rape; White Dead Nettle; Colt's-Foot; Lesser Celandine and Common Field Speedwell were a few flowers considered.

1 Brown Hare was also seen.

 
14th April 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G.Manchester - I haven't started mothing yet but a Beautiful Plume and Many Plumed Moth gave me a reminder as they popped up in the bathroom. Also in attendance was the Crane-Fly (Tipula rufina).
 

14th April 2022 - Styal CP, Cheshire - A walk with the Young Carers from work. A Great Spotted Woodpecker; Goosander; Buzzard; Chiffchaff and Wren were the birds seen along with Garlic Mustard and Primroses in flower and 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird; 2 * Brimstone; 1 * Orange Tip and 1 * Comma.

Many regular bugs and gastropods were found too and we nibbled a few edible leaves.

 

13th April 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick laze in the sunny garden, a Holly Blue and male Orange Tip were delightful companions along with the hoverflies:- Eristalis pertinax (*1) and Melanostoma scalare (*2). a 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and a 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea 14-punctata) were soaking up the rays too along with 2 examples of the Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus).

Garlic Mustard was now in flower.

 

13th April 2022 - Heaton Mersey/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home and the years first Holly Blue was beautiful along with a nearby Comma. 2 pairs of Goosander were on the river and the colony of Ashy Mining Bees (Andrena cineraria) were represented by 35+ individuals. 2 Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina) were indulging in a bit of hanky-panky, a Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) fizzed by, a lone Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) was enjoying the Dandelion explosions and 9 Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) were lazing in the sun.

Spotted Dead Nettle was in flower.

 

10th April 2022 - Croxall Lakes, Staffordshire - A final walk of the day at a very quiet area. Bird life was made up of:- Canada Goose; Chiffchaff; Blackcap; Shoveler; Oystercatcher; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Rook; Great Tit; Greylag Goose; Mute Swan; Grey Heron; Cormorant; Long Tailed Tit; Goosander; Blackbird; Starling; Kestrel; Magpie; Blue Tit; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; Mallard and Robin.

Blooms noted were:- Cuckooflower; Wood Avens; Garlic Mustard; Chickweed; Daisy; Cowslip; Common Whitlow Grass; Common Field Speedwell; Red Dead Nettle; White Dead Nettle; Ground Ivy; Dandelion agg and Lesser Celandine.

1 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major); 3 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee; 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Daffodil Fly (Norellia spinipes) and 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) were the only insects seen on a cooling day.

A Grey Squirrel was the final addition to the list.

 

10th April 2022 - Middleton Lakes RSPB, Staffordshire - A lovely trip out looking at the birds and even thoughI was idle today and couldn't be arsed to lug the telescope we did compile a decent list:- Long Tailed Tit; Blue Tit; Stock Dove; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Great Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Carrion Crow; Robin; Wren; Rook; Coot; Greylag Goose; Nuthatch; Dunnock; Black Headed Gull; Tufted Duck; Grey Heron; Moorhen; Egyptian Goose; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Canada Goose; Reed Bunting; Shoveler; Cormorant; Gadwall; Cetti's Warbler; Shelduck; Carrion Crow; Mute Swan; Lapwing; Pheasant; Teal; Little Egret; Redshank; Greenfinch; Blackcap; Avocet; Spotted Redshank; Whimbrel; Goldcrest; Jackdaw; Song Thrush; Bullfinch; Magpie; Jay; Buzzard; Chiffchaff; Goldfinch and Chaffinch plus Bittern; Green Woodpecker; Sedge Warbler on call.

Flowers in bloom were:- Common Dog Violet; Flowering Currant; Blackthorn; Chickweed; Thale Cress; Primrose; Garlic Mustard; Broom; Colt's-Foot; Hairy Bittercress; Common Field Speedwell; Daisy; Rape; Red Campion; Green Alkanet; Red Dead Nettle; Cowslip; Gorse; Dandelion agg; Lesser Celandine; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Moschatel; White Dead Nettle; Bluebell; Greater Stitchwort; Dog's Mercury and Ground Ivy.

Butterflies noted were:- Small Tortoiseshell (*9); Orange Tip (*9); Comma (*1); Brimstone (*1) and Green Veined White (*1).

Other insects seen were:- 1 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and 1 * Gorse Seen Weevil (Exapion ulicis)

We also added to the day's tally:- a Shiny Woodlouse and a Brown Rat.

 

9th April 2022 - Denton Town FC, Tameside - With my missus and mate Claire a good morn was had tidying the nature area, chatting and enjoying the sun. Apple trees were planted along with Lemon Balm, Red Campion and a Bay Tree - tis all good stuff. The game afterwards ended in a 5-5 draw and during the day I saw a few bugs:- 1 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and 1 * Springtail (Entomobrya nicoleti).

Grey Field Slug; Brown Lipped Banded Snail; Budapest Slug; Sycamore in flower and 2 Jays were also seen.

 

8th April 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home from work and a male Brimstone was utterly beautiful, Great Wood Rush was in flower, 2 specimens of the Hoverfly (Cheilosia pagana) were on Lesser Celandine flowers and 12 Ashy Mining Bees (Andrena cineraria) were basking in the tepid sun. The Hoverfly (Platycheirus scutatus agg) was later confirmed after pictures were taken of the legs and discussions were had online).

8th April 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime stroll beneath skies witha  hesitant sun.  the few brave insects to show themselves were:- 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 3 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 3 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Melangyna lasiophthalma) and 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius).

Field Wood Rush was looking good and Shining Crane's-Bill was now adorned with several blooms.

 
7th April 2022 - Brockholes WT, Lancashire - A walk with the kids from work in testing weather. We did a hunt, had a play on the park, had lunch and an ice cream to finish. There was little to report with a couple of Redshanks the best birds, a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) trying to avoid the wind and hail and a Hoverfly (Platycheirus tarsalis) happy to sit on my finger for a while.
 

6th April 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Sparrowhawk was joined by a female Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); a Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); an Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and 36 Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula). The Springtail (Entomobrya nicoleti) was also seen.

 

6th April 2022 - Poynton Pool, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk leading a group of carers and surprise, surprise - it rained.  The carers were patient and understanding and stuck with it, we had tea and cake to finish and all said they were very happy with proceedings - I think they are too kind.

The few birds seen and discussed were:- Mute Swan; Dunnock; Jackdaw; House Sparrow; Blackbird; Ringed Neck Parakeet; Coot; Moorhen; Canada Goose; Greylag Goose; Mallard; Pied Wagtail; Tufted Duck; Nuthatch; Wood Pigeon; Wren and Great Crested Grebe.

Beneath the droplets of rain we saw a few blooms:- Wood Anemone; Lesser Celandine; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Colt's-Foot; Dandelion agg; Sycamore; Honesty; Common Vetch; Greater Periwinkle; False Yellow Archangel and Red Dead Nettle.

 

4th April 2021 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - 4 specimens of the Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis) were noted today whilst looking for fungi plus:- 2 * Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum); 1 * Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis); 2 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); 1* Slippery Snail (Cochlicopa lubrica); 1 * Plaited Door Snail (Cochlodina laminata); 1 * White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); 1 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 2 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); 1 * Grey Field Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) and 2 * Springtail (Dicyrtomina saundersi).

The few bird species noted were:- Greenfinch; Chaffinch; Grey Wagtail; Song Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Mallard; Wren; Great Tit; Blackbird; Canada Goose; Moorhen; Carrion Crow; Chiffchaff; Ring Necked Parakeet and Robin.

Barren Strawberry; False Yellow Archangel; Marsh Marigold; Herb Robert; Skunk Cabbage; Colt's Foot; Butterbur; Ground Ivy and Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage were all in flower.

 
4th April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cyclinmg along and 5 Goosanders were looking nifty, a Dipper whizzed by and Pied and Grey Wagtails said 'hello'. Ramsons were now in bloom.
 
3rd April 2021 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A day of pottering, we needed a catch up. A Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) was seen enjoying some early morning sunshine and a Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) was rescued from our kitchen sink. The Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax) also dropped in to grab a bit of solar goodness.
 

2nd April 2021 - Higher Folds, Atherton, G. Manchester - Prior to some Non-League footy me and the good lady had a walk. The few birds seen were before and during the game were:- Wren (*2); Wood Pigeon (*2); Mistle Thrush (*1); Great Tit (*1); Magpie (*3); Black Headed Gull (*1); Dunnock (*1) and Blackbird (*1).

Honesty; Lesser Celandine; Dandelion agg; Daisy; Slender Speedwell; Groundsel and Colt's-Foot were in flower and we also saw a Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and 5 examples of the Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis).

 
1st April 2021 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - 4 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 2 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) were the few insects braving the chill with a Chiffchaff singing in a catkin laden Salix.
 
MARCH
 

31st March 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the dinner break and Shining Crane's-Bill; Dandelion agg; Red Dead Nettle; Chickweed; Thale Cress; Shepherd's Purse; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Herb Robert; Green Alkanet; Daisy and Field Woodrush were all in flower.

Only 1 Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus) was seen.

 
30th March 2022 - River Mersey/Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - The year's first Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula) was seen along with a clutch of eggs. Red Dead Nettle; Lungwort and False Yellow Archangel were all in flower on a dreary day.
 
28th March 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A fine clump of blooming Honesty was growing in the garden and Shining Crane's-Bill was also sporting a few flowers. Whilst doing a spot of gardening in yet more wonderful sunshine I noted:- 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum).
 

27th March 2022 - Ouse Washes RSPB, Cambridgeshire - A yomp around this almost people-free area with a decent bird-list compiled in a few hours. Species seen were:- Moorhen; Magpie; Brambling; Greylag Goose; Greenfinch; Teal; Rook; Dunnock; Great Tit; Jay; Long Tailed Tit; Kestrel; Chiffchaff; Red Legged Partridge; Cormorant; Common Gull; Carrion Crow; Little Egret; Shelduck; Redshank; Black Tailed Godwit; Lapwing; Coot; Goldeneye; Black Headed Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Buzzard; Dunnock; Green Woodpecker; Cetti's Warbler; Pochard; Grey Heron; Wigeon; Mute Swan; Tufted Duck; Gadwall; Reed Bunting; Smew; Wren; Robin; Mallard; Chaffinch; Pheasant; Stock Dove; Pied Wagtail; Blue Tit; House Sparrow; Whooper Swan; Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Blackbird and Collared Dove plus Skylark on call.

Dandelion agg; Hedge Mustard; White Dead Nettle; Silver Birch; Lesser Celandine and Ground Ivy were in flower and a Grass Snake; Muntjac Deer, 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and Small Tortoisehell (Aglais urticae) were added to the day's sightings.

 

26th March 2022 - Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - A good breakfast, a delicious ice cream; a walk around the shops,along the front and on the beach and a small list of species was seen. 31 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis meliifera) and 26 * Magpie Moth larvae (Abraxas grossulariata).

Alexanders; Daisy; Sea Mayweed; Oxford Ragwort; Shepherd's Purse; Red Dead Nettle and Lesser Celandine were all in flower.

The few birds picked out were:- Herring Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Dunnock; Feral Pigeon; Starling; House Sparrow; Goldfinch; Collared Dove; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Mute Swan; Black Headed Gull; Jackdaw; Blackbird and Skylark.

 

25th March 2022 - Kelling Heath, Norfolk - After a lengthy wander at our previous destination it was nice to chill at some heathland and get more steps in and see a few birds. Species that pleased the peepers were:- Ring Ouzel; Pheasant; Bullfinch; Buzzard; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Linnet; Rook; Red Legged Partridge; Blackbird; Red Kite; Yellowhammer; Chaffinch; Stonechat; Wood Lark and Dartford Warbler.

1 * Roe Deer; 1 * Common Lizard; 8 * Muntjac Deer plus Moschatel; Shepherd's Purse; Wood Sorrel; Alexanders and Ground Ivy in flower were also added.

1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 1 * Cliff Mining Bee (Andrena thoracica) were also added to a small but tidy tally.

 

25th March 2022 - Cley Marshes NWT, Norfolk - A cream tea, a walk in dazzling sun and a decent bird list had:- Marsh Harrier; Robin; Wood Pigeon; Dunnock; Goldfinch; Avocet; Shoveler; Lapwing; Grey Heron; Greylag Goose; Black Headed Gull; Redshank; Carrion Crow; Shelduck; Black Tailed Godwit; Starling; Reed Bunting; Little Egret; Gadwall; Garganey; Coot; Wigeon; Little Grebe; Ruff; Oystercatcher; Pied Wagtail; House Sparrow; Canada Goose; Teal; Meadow Pipit; Common Snipe; Curlew; Dunlin; Ringed Plover; Golden Plover; Dark Bellied Brent Goose; Meditteranean Gull; Pintail; Red Breasted Goose; Stonechat; Mallard; Jackdaw; Rook; Moorhen; Wren and Mute Swan.

Alexanders; Daisy; Red Dead Nettle and Colt's-Foot were in flower and we also saw a Stoat; 2 copulating Common Toads and several insects, these being:- 8 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); 2 * Peacock (Aglais io) 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).

 
24th March 2022 - Whitlingham CP, Norfolk - The final walk of the day, a long yomp around the main body of water arriving back at the car with the light fading. Bird species picked out were:- Blue Tit; Magpie; Egyptian Goose; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Grey Heron; Mallard; Cormorant; Moorhen; Blackbird; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Black Headed Gull; Jackdaw; Gadwall; Herring Gull; Stock Dove; Chiffchaff; Chaffinch and Tufted Duck.
 
24th March 2022 - Elveden Monument area, West Suffolk - 3 * Brown Hares; 1 * Muntjac Deer and several Red Legged Partridge were seen.
 

24th March 2022 - Milton CP, Cambridgeshire - After a fine lunch in Godmanchester at The Grand Piano Cafe we had another walk at a new area and took in the sights, sounds and tranquility. Birds seen were:- Mute Swan (*2); Coot (*3); Magpie (*8); Chiffchaff (*5); Great Tit (*8); Robin (*4); Wood Pigeon (*7); Great Crested Grebe (*1); Carrion Crow (*3); Blue Tit (*2); Blackbird (*4); Dunnock (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Moorhen (*1); Greylag Goose (*4); Stock Dove (*9); Blackcap (*1); Black Headed Gull (*1) plus a good supply of Mallards.

Germander Speedwell; Daisy; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; White Dead Nettle; Ground Ivy; Green Alkanet; Mahonia and Groundsel were in flower.

2 butterfly species seen were:- Comma (*2) and Peacock (*3).

Other bugs picked out were:- 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 12 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 2 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major) and 2 * Pied Shieldbug (Tritomegas bicolor).

A Grey Squirrel was also noted, no doubt up to no good the shifty blighter.

 
24th March 2022 - Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire - A return visit to The Grand Piano Cafe and whilst eating a Pea Weevil (Sitona lineatus) pottered around the table.
 

24th March 2022 - Hinchingbrooke CP, Huntingdon - An early morning walk after a lengthy drive. The legs were stretched after a good cuppa and the birds seen were:- Carrion Crow (*1); Wood Pigeon (*2); Magpie (*4); Grey Heron (*1); Blackbird (*1); Mallard (*8); Moorhen (*2); Great Crested Grebe (*10); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Black Headed Gull (*2); Common Gull (*1); Canada Goose (*2); Robin (*4); Mute Swan (*3); Stock Dove (*4); Jackdaw (*9); Chiffchaff (*1); Great Tit (*4); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); Green Woodpecker (*1); Rook (*16); Nuthatch (*1) and Blue Tit (*1).

Lesser Celandine; White Dead Nettle; Dandelion agg; Ground Ivy; Common Dog Violet; Wood Anemone; Dog's Mercury; Daisy and Common Whitlowgrass were all in flower.

Small Tortoiseshell (*1): Brimstone (*1); Peacock (*3) and Comma (*1) were the butterflies on the wing and we also saw 6 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 4 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 3 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major) and 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae).

 
23rd March 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - 3 Double Striped Pugs had invaded the toilet area - I was almost too embarrassed to piddle.
 
23rd March 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cycling to work, a Song Thrush sat atop a tree and sang its repeat-beat rhythms, a Chiffchaff sounded glorious and the precipice of verdant eruptions has been reached and was nice to admire.
 

22nd March 2022 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime walk in the sun, insects seen were:- 8 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus qadripustulatus); 17 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 13 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); 48 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus) and 1 * Peacock (Aglais io).

Thale Cress and Common Vetch were in flower.

 

21st March 2022 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - 3 hours digging and then some weeding. Whilst pottering I noted:- 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Gwynne's Mining Bee (Andrena bicolor); 1 * Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

Magpie (*2); Buzzard (*3); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*4); Carrion Crow (*2); Blackbird (*1) and Wood Pigeon (*3) were the few birds seen along with a Fox and Hairy Bittercress; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Dandelion agg; Grape Hyacinth; Red Dead Nettle; Oxford Ragwort; Common Field Speedwell and Groundsel all in flower.

 

20th March 2022 - Ainsdale Sands Lake, Lancashire - A final walk and a chill on the dunes having a much needed cuppa and sandwich. A few birds spied were:- Skylark; Meadow Pipit; Mute Swan; Blue Tit; Robin; Carrion Crow; Goldfinch; Moorhen; Coot; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Mallard; Tufted Duck and Black Headed Gull.

Alexanders and Colt's-Foot were in flower and 2 Yellow Dung Flies (Scathophaga stercoraria) were sat atop the former plant. Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica) was also added as well as Sea Spurge and the Springtail (Orchesella cincta).

 

20th March 2022 - Southport Marine Lake, Lancashire - An ice cream with sprinkles and a flake and a good walk around the lake. There was quite a rare grass I wanted to see and after a short pootle we spied several patches of the quite lovely Early Sand Grass (Mibora minima).

Birds spotted were:- Numerous Coots; Mute Swans and Black Headed Gulls with Lesser Black Backed Gull; Jackdaw; Cormorant; Mallard; Feral Pigeon; Canada Goose; Greylag Goose; Wood Pigeon; Herring Gull; Moorhen; Blackbird; and Pied Wagtail the support cast.

Flowers in bloom were:- Oxford Ragwort; Shepherd's Purse; Groundsel; Lesser Celandine; Gorse; Dandelion agg; Daisy; Colt's-Foot; Common Whitlowgrass and Danish Scurcygrass

 

20th March 2022 - Haslam Park and NR, Preston, Lancashire - A lovely stroll in yet more decent weather. Birds seen were:- Goldcrest (*2); Great Tit (*1); Magpie (*9); Blackbird (*4); Carrion Crow (*1); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Jackdaw (*2); Wood Pigeon (*10); Mistle Thrush (*1); Mute Swan (*1); Robin (*3); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); House Sparrow (*1); Kestrel (*2); Chiffchaff (*2); Blue Tit (*3); Chaffinch (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Song Thrush (*2); Nuthatch (*3); Greenfinch (*5); Wren (*2); Kingfisher (*1); Moorhen (*2) plus ooodles of Black Headed Gulls and Mallards on the main pond.

Peacock (*1); Comma (*2) and Small Tortoiseshell (*4) were the few butterflies seen.

Blackthorn was in flower; Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica) was looking splendid; the Crescent Cup Liverwort (Lunularia cruciata) was covering some damp, well-trampled soil and a few Wood Anemones sought solar goodness.

We also saw a single Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax).

 

20th March 2022 - Roach Bridge, Lancashire - A Belted Kingfisher had been around for a while and it was at a place we hadn't discovered. We arrived, started off on the footpath and were asked for £10 each by a farmner charging folk to go on his land. Principles are to be stuck by and this was a sincere incident of exploitation I felt, we refused and had a fine circular walk instead - it was a solid and correct option for us and by heck we enjoyed the walk. Along the way the bird species spotted were:- Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Dunnock; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Robin; Curlew; Pheasant; Jackdaw; House Sparrow; Great Tit; Starling; Chiffchaff; Chaffinch; Magpie; Collared Dove; Black Headed Gull; Pied Wagtail; Long Tailed Tit; Kestrel and Wren.

Primrose was seen in flower and a couple of 7-Spot Ladybirds (Coccinella septempuncata) were enjoying the early sun.

 
18th March 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home and the butterflies Peacock (*2) and Comma (*1) were a joy as were a couple of Common Green Shieldbugs (Palomena prasina); a Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 4 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and Common Vetch in flower. A nice gathering of male Gwynne's Mining Bee (Andrena bicolor) were seen on a sun-kissed slope - and thanks to Karen McCartney for confirming the ID next day.
 

18th March 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime walk, a chat with a fine couple revealed that they had purchased one of my Nettle Books a few years ago and now had their own patch, when mowing a public area always left the nettles alone and are keen to encourage others to do the same - all good stuff. 

 I saw a few insects whilst out, these were:- 1 * Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris); 1 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); 3 * Common Green Shiedlbug (Palomena prasina); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 3 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum); 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus) and 54 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera).

Hedge Mustard was in flower.

 

17th March 2022 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - A half dozen examples of the Springtail (Entomobrya albocincta) were seen below the bark of a Lime Tree as well as several examples of the Debris Bug (Lyctocoris campestris).

 
17th March 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Wood Anemone; Butterbur; Toothwort and Forsythia were now all in flower.
 
15th March 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The first Chiffchaff was seen and brought great joy.  A Greenfinch sat atop a tree and sang away and further along my route to work Green Alkanet was in flower.
 
14th March 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - I was bare belly whilst doing some gardening, the first time this year. Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus) and 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) were also soaking up the rays as 3 Goldfinches flew by, 2 House Sparrows visited the feeders and a Robin sang out its lazy song.
 

13th March 2022 - Blake Mere to Colemere via Shropshire Union Canal, Ellesmere, Shropshire - A good final stretch of the shanks with birds now quiet, we did see though:- Great Crested Grebe (*1); Jackdaw (*30); Goosander (*2); Mallard (*7); Magpie (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Pheasant (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Nuthatch (*1); Buzzard (*2) and Goldcrest (*2).

Barren Strawberry; Colt's-Foot and Cow Parsley were in flower and we did see a Leopard Slug too.

 

13th March 2022 - Wood Lane NR, Ellesmere, Shropshire - A brief visit before going to our final location of the day gave sightings of the following bird species:- Mallard; Lapwing; Moorhen; Carrion Crow; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Oystercatcher; Teal; Canada Goose; Robin; Blue Tit; Black Headed Gull; Shelduck; Lapwing and Mallard.

A Rabbit was also seen.

 
13th March 2022 - Greenfields NR, Whitchurch, Shropshire - A short pootle before lunch, Goldfinch (*2); Blackbird (*4); Dunnock (*1); Starling (*5); Chaffinch (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Great Tit (*1); Redwing (*2); Wood Pigeon (*2) and Magpie (*1) were the few birds seen,
 

13th March 2022 - Danson's Wood, Whitchurch, Shropshire - A small wooded area that was dappled in sunshine and accommodating to our mooching ways. Along with a few fungi we saw:- Blackbird (*2); Moorhen (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Wren (*1); Redwing (*5); Jackdaw (*1); Siskin (*5); Blue Tit (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Goldcrest (*2); Jay (*2); Mistle Thrush (*2); Robin (*2) and Chaffinch (*1).

Gorse; Lesser Celandine, Capillary Thread Moss (Bryum capillare) and the Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum) were also seen.

 

13th March 2022 - Whitchurch Waterways CP, Shropshire - A walk in the rain and wind with the sun eventually making an appearance. Birds seen were:- Magpie (*1); Starling (*5); Blackbird (*4); Wood Pigeon (*3); Chaffinch (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); House Sparrow (*3); Dunnock (*2); Mallard (*2); Wren (*1); Blue Tit (*2); Jackdaw (*9); Great Tit (*2); Song Thrush (*1); Goldfinch (*1) and Grey Wagtail (*1).

Moschatel; Dog's Mercury; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Red Dead Nettle; Spotted Dead Nettle and Daisy were in flower.

 

11th March 2022 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short outing, bird's seen were:- Goldcrest; Coal Tit; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Moorhen; Wood Pigeon; Sparrowhawk; Long Tailed Tit; Blackbird; Feral Pigeon; Mistle Thrush; Goldfinch; Song Thrush; Magpie; Nuthatch; Dunnock; Chaffinch; Mallard; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Coot and Grey Wagtail.

1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 3 * Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis); 1 * Ground Bug (Drymus sylvaticus) and 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) were the few bugs seen.

Wood Avens was is flower and one pond was getting covered by the pesky Azolla filiculoides.

 
10th March 2022 - Wright's Wood NR, Stockport, G.Manchester - A super quick pop in, Colt's-Foot and Marsh Marigold were in fine flower and a couple of fungi were seen too.
 

10th March 2022 - Ladybrook Valley Cycleway, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short cycle out to keep the bllod flowing. A few birds were noted, these being:- Nuthatch (*1); Wren (*1); Coal Tit (*1); Robin (*3); Song Thrush (*1); Magpie (*13); Goldfinch (*4); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Great Tit (*2); Blackbird (*3) and Wood Pigeon (*14).

I also saw oodles of Landhoppers (Arcitalitrus dorrieni), a Grey Field Slug (Deroceras reticulatum), a Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis) and a Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum).

Sweet Violet and Ivy Leaved Speedwell were in flower.

 
9th March 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Chatting with a mate on the way home and a Dipper flew by and a 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) said 'hello'. Further along a Grey Wagtail looked full of the joys of Spring.
 

9th March 2022 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A catch up with a couple of mates and a sit outside of the cafe for a chat before cycling home. The bike had a s,ow puncture so I had to pedal like a man posessed. Around the cafe area though I saw 3 * Ring Necked Parakeets; 2 * Buzzard; 2 * Nuthatch; 1 * Mallard; 2 * Blue Tit; 2 * Coal Tit; 1 * Dunnock; 3 * Great Tit; 4 * Magpie; 1 * Robin; 2 * Wood Pigeon and 1 * Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Hairy Bittercress and Colt's-Foot were also seen in flower.

 

7th March 2022 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - 90 minutes digging, 5 laps jogging around the pitch followed by a walk and a cycle. Whilst potter I noted the following birds:- Mistle Thrush (*2); Redwing (*8); Magpie (*1); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*2); Black Headed Gull (*1); Starling (*16); Collared Dove (*2); Canada Goose (*2); Great Tit (*1); and Carrion Crow (*1).

Lesser Celandine was now in flower and when walking nearby Ivy Leaved Toadflax was seen in flower too.

 

6th March 2022 - Rode Hall, Rode Heath, Cheshire - The second spot of the day and a leisurely pootle around the gardens, woodland and open fields after. course, a pop in the cafe. Birds listed today were:- Wren (*1); Greenfinch (*1); Pheasant (*5); Wood Pigeon (*1); Blue Tit (*1); Great Crested Grebe (*2); Shoveler (*5); Jay (*1); Jackdaw (*17); Mallard (*2); Egyptian Goose (*1); Grey Heron (*4); Moorhen (*1); Goosander (*3); Canada Goose (*20); Great White Egret (*1); Cormorant (*3); Coot (*1); Blackbird (*1); Raven (*1); Redwing (*5) and Robin (*2).

Capillary Thread Moss (Bryum capillare) was in good condition and Colt's-Foot; Daisy; Red Dead Nettle; Groundsel and Dandelion agg were in flower.

Skunk Cabbage was bursting through some damp soil and we also saw:- Leopard Slug; Large Yellow Slug agg; White Legged Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Shiny Woodlouse; Rough Woodlouse; Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); the Snail Hunter Beetle (Cychrus caraboides) and the Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus).

2 other Beetles were keyed out after being pointed in the right direction, these were:- Vincenzellus ruficollis and Nebria brevicollis.

 

6th March 2022 - Merelake Way, Alsager, Cheshire - The 930th location in the UK where we have recorded nature at, this was a pleasant early morning walk with a few birds seen, these being:- Reed Bunting (*1); Blue Tit (*9); Robin (*9); Starling (*2); Collared Dove (*1); Magpie (*2); Greenfinch (*2); Wood Pigeon (*3); Blackbird (*6); Coal Tit (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Wren (*2); Carrion Crow (*3); Jay (*2); House Sparrow (*2); Dunnock (*2); Jackdaw (*16); Goldcrest (*1); Cormorant (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Great Tit (*1); Mallard (*2); Lesser Redpoll (*5); Goldfinch (*15); Yellowhammer (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Buzzard (*1) and Nuthatch (*1).

Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Colt's-Foot; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage and Dog's Mercury were all in flower.

 

5th March 2022 - Styal, Cheshire - A pop in a cafe for homemade soup,a pootle in a garden centre, a walk on the edges of the local park and then to Non-League football, birds seen were:- Robin (*1); Magpie (*3); Carrion Crow (*1); Jackdaw (*3); Buzzard (*1); Starling (*20); Wood Pigeon (*2); Blue Tit (*1); House Sparrow (*4); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Goldfinch (*1); Great Tit (*1) and Blackbird (*3).

I also saw 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 5 * Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax); 6 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae).

Blackthorn was is nice flower.

 

1st March 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - The dinnertime stroll was enhanced by the sightings of:- 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 16 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 6 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) and 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

A singing Goldfinch was low down and lovely to see.

 
1st March 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The first bird of the month seen was a Kingfisher - beltin' hey?
 
FEBRUARY
 

28th February 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Pineappleweed and Common Field Speedwell were in flower and I also spotted 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Grey Field Slugs (Deroceras reticulatum) and several Flat-Worms (Kontikia ventrolineata).

After careful photographs, online discussions and microscopy I added the Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis) and the Ground Beetle (Paranchus albipes).

 

28th February 2022 - Didsbury Golf Course, G. Manchester - A walk, a run, a cycle and a quick pootle. Birds seen were:- Chaffinch (*1); Ringed Neck Parakeet (*3); Wood Pigeon (*2); Mistle Thrush (*1); Great Tit (*5); Redwing (*10); Cormorant (*1); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2); Magpie (*4); Mallard (*1); Treecreeper (*1); Blackbird (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Greenfinch (*1) and Black Headed Gull (*5).

Colt's-Foot and Common Mouse Ear were in flower and I saw a single Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).

White-Tipped Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum diaphanum) was seen on a Silver Birch trunk.

 

27th February 2022 - Kingston Pool Covert NR, Staffordshire - A walk in more sun at this small reserve. The few birds seen were:- Magpie; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Dunnock; Black Headed Gull; Blue Tit; Jackdaw; Robin and Wren.

Another Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) was seen too.

Snowdrop; Daisy; Groundsel; Lesser Celandine and Dandelion agg were in flower.

 

27th February 2022 - Shugborough NT, Staffordshire - A fine walk interrupted by a visit to a secondhand bookshop and tea and cake in the wonderful sunshine. Birds seen were:- Jackdaw; Carrion Crow Crow; Magpie; Jay; Rook; Mallard; Treecreeper; Blue Tit; Goldfinch; Chaffinch; Pied Wagtail; Robin; Kingfisher; Wood Pigeon; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Little Egret; Long Tailed Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Wren; Great Tit; Kestrel; Sparrowhawk; Goosander; Buzzard; Grey Heron; Tufted Duck; Little Grebe; Coot and Redwing + Goldcrest and Coal Tit on call.

1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis meliifera); 24 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scahthophaga stercoraria) and 1 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) were the few insects seen.

 

26th February 2022 - Victoria Park area, Warrington, Cheshire - A pre-footy walk in fine conditions. Birds seen were:- Canada Goose; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Coot; Great Tit; Starling; Long Tailed Tit; Collared Dove; Blackbird; Robin; Wood Pigeon; Feral Pigeon; Cormorant; Bullfinch; Goldfinch; Magpie; Mistle Thrush; Greenfinch; Mute Swan; Mallard and Moorhen.

Red Dead Nettle; Blackthorn; Daisy; Chickweed; Shepherd's Purse and Butterbur were all seen in flower.

A single Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax) was also picked out.

 

25th February 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early finish from work and a walk home in the sun. 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristlis tenax) were seen along with a Bumblebee that avoided a full on ID.

Elegant Bristle Moss (Othotrichum pulchellum) was seen on the branches of Salix sp and a Ring Necked Parakeet; Goosander; Carrion Crow and 2 Great Tits were also noted.

 

23rd February 2022 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - An Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) was spied along with 2 Variegated Centipedes (Lithobius variegatus) and 2 examples of the Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis). Later identified was the Field Damsel Bug (Nabis ferus).

The few birds seen without the use of binoculars were:- Blackbird; Nuthatch; Wood Pigeon; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Collared Dove; Dunnock; House Sparrow; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Long Tailed Tit; Wren; Mandarin Duck; Mallard; Moorhen and Canada Goose.

I also saw a Brown Rat - it was a whopper and White Tipped Bristole-Moss (Orthotrichum diaphanum).

 

21st February 2022 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - Some running and cycling in horrid weather - I was a trifle crummy come the end of the outing but I did see along the way:- Great Tit; Treecreeper; Robin; Moorhen and Mandarin Duck plus an Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and a Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia).

I also identified the lichen (Physcia adscendens) and the moss (Orthotrichum tenellum).

The Springtail (Willowsia platani) and (Entomobrya nicoleti) plus the Grey Field Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) were also added after on-line confirmations.

 

20th February 2022 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the rain with the missus. We had a brew and saw a few birds along the way, these were:- Coot (*2); Treecreeper (*2); Siskin (*15+); Moorhen (*3); Canada Goose (*4); Mallard (*20+); Mandarin Duck (*7); Magpie (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Blackbird (*1); Robin (*1) and Carrion Crow (*1);

We also saw 1 * Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris); 1 * Harlequion Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 10 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia).

Daisy; Lesser Celandine and Abraham-Isaac-Jacob (Trachystemon orientalis) were now in flower.

The mosses (Dicranoweisia cirrata) and (Orthotrichum affine) were keyed out later in the day.

 

16th February 2022 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short wander with my mate Ant and a few fungi were found as well as a few other species. The few birds I noted were:- Wood Pigeon (*2); Great Tit (*2); Teal (*2); Ringed Neck Parakeet (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Goldcrest (*1) and Dunnock (*1);

Large Yellow Slug agg (*1); and Leopard Slug (*2) were joined under rotted wood by a hibernating Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and 2 Harvestmen (Nemastoma bimaculatum).

Lesser Celandine and Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage were now in flower.

Elegant Bristle-Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum) was also added to the findings.

Also added after confirmation were:- Early Bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) and the Springtail (Entomobrya nicoleti)

 
12th February 2022 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The Slug (Ambigolimax nyctelius) was a new one for us and 3 examples were found makinmg their way around the kitchen. I suspected what the species was but needed on-line help to confirm - it is always greatly appreciated to this non-slug expert.
 
11th February 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Believe it or not the first Kingfisher of the year was seen today, a bird happy to perch up and pose.
 

9th February 2022 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A pootle in the sun, a cup of tea and a chilled walk. The Springtail (Dicyrtomina saundersi) and the Orb Spider (Cyclosa conica) were 2 nice species to confirm after on-line help was given. Garden Snail; Leopard Slug;  Large Yellow Slug agg; Plaited Door Snail; Rough Woodlouse; Shiny Woodlouse; Common Shrew and House Mouse were a few other species seen.

Birds noted were:- Jay; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Bullfinch; Ring Necked Parakeet; Magpie; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Chaffinch; Coal Tit; Robin; Dunnock; Goosander; Mallard; Buzzard; Goldfinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Carrion Crow.

Mosses included:- Tortula muralis; Bryum capillare; Ulota crispa; Dicranoweisia cirrata and Grimmia pulvinata.

Mistletoe was in its usual spot and Green Alkanet was in flower.

Two lichens added were:- Physcia adscendens and Xanthoria parietina.

 

6th February 2022 - Redesmere, Macclesfield, Cheshire - A good bracing walk with 2 cups and tea and a flapjack thrown into the mix. Birds seen on and around the mere as well as in the local area were:- Lesser Black Backed Gull (*2); Cormorant (*3); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Teal (*1); Song Thrush (*2); Great Tit; Buzzard (*2); Gadwall (*4); Mute Swan (*2); Treecreeper (*1); Grey Heron (*4); Oystercatcher (*2); Chaffinch (*2); House Sparrow (*1); Goldfinch (*6); Magpie (*1); Collared Dove (*10); Blackbird (*2); Mistle Thrush (*2); Fieldfare (*1); Redwing (*8); Wood Pigeon (*2); Wren (*2); Tufted Duck (10+); Moorhen (*3); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); Goosander (*10: Goldeneye (*3) plus plenty of Mallards; Black Headed Gulls; Blue Tits; Jackdaws; Rooks; Canada Geese; Coots and Greylag Geese with a few Carrion Crows scattered about..

2 Garden Snails and the moss Kindbergia praelonga were the only other things, besides fungi, added to the days tally.

 

2nd February 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A day off work and so a cycle and and a look at the local birds. The species seen were:- Goldfinch (*6); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Wood Pigeon (*26); Jay (*1); Great Tit (*4); Blue Tit (*7); Blackbird (*13); Magpie (*12); Canada Goose (*8); Nuthatch (*1); Carrion Crow (*6); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Robin (*10); Mallard (*28); Moorhen (*7); Goosander (*6); Wren (*1); Bullfinch (*1); Cormorant (*2); Pied Wagtail (*7); Song Thrush (*2); Redwing (*45); Starling (*30); Black Headed Gull (*57); Grey Wagtail (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*3); Dunnock (*1); Common Gull (*1); Jackdaw (*1) and Dipper (*1).

Sweet Violet was now in flower and Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica) was looking at its frizzy best.

 
1st February 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - Hairy Bittercress and Dandelion agg were in flower and White Tipped Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum diaphanum) was on the bark of a tired looking tree. On a nearby wall I also spied Anomalous Bristle-Moss (Orthotrichum anomalum).
 
JANUARY
30th January 2022 - Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden and Woods, Warrington , Cheshire - Tea and cake, a short walk and a few birds seen, these were:- Mallard; Moorhen; Coot; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Blackbird; Nuthatch; Robin and Carrion Crow.
 

30th January 2022 - Appleton Moss area, Warrington , Cheshire - Country lanes and open fields away from people and just doing out thing. Birds seen were:- Grey Heron (*2); Greenfinch (*2); Chaffinch (*9); Dunnock (*3); Blackbird (*6); Moorhen (*4); Jackdaw (*13); Mallard (*21); Robin (*7); Blue Tit (*13); Wood Pigeon (*46); Song Thrush (*5); Goldcrest (*1); Magpie (*4); Common Buzzard (*3); Carrion Crow (*1); Wren (*3); Stock Dove (*5); Long Tailed Tit (*4); Starling (*8); Redwing (*6); Mistle Thrush (*4); Great Tit (*5); Pied Wagtail (*3); Yellowhammer (*5); Fieldfare (*1); Black Headed Gull (*13); Grey Wagtail (*1); Kestrel (*2); Collared Dove (*1); House Sparrow (*3) and Nuthatch (*1).

We also saw a Grey Squirrel and a Rabbit.

 

29th January 2022 - Peel Park, Salford, G. Manchester - A morning wander whilst the car was in for its MOT. Birds seen were:- Black Headed Gull (*149); Redwing (*22); Goosander (*4); Cormorant (*2); Mallard (*30); Canada Goose (*103); Wood Pigeon (*8); Feral Pigeon (*14); Magpie (*3); Starling (*9); Pied Wagtail (*1); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*2); Grey Wagtail (*1); Carrion Crow (*5); Goldfinch (*6); Blue Tit (*1); Chaffinch (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*6) and Blackbird (*1).

20 * Large Yellow Slug agg and 5 * Garden Snail were also noted.

 
28th January 2022 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A pair of Dippers were together on the river, the mating season will soon be upon us.
 
27th January 2022 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) was seen grabbing a bit of midday sun.
 

24th January 2022 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A walk with a good mate and a look at some fungi, I noted a few birds along the way:- Great Spotted Woodpecker; Robin; Ring Necked Parakeets; Blue Tit; Goosander; Teal; Pochard; Tufted Duck; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Gadwall; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Common Gull; Lesser Black Headed Gull; Cormorant; Moorhen; Song Thrush; Blackbird; Wren; Goldcrest; Dunnock; Coal Tit; Willow Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Jay and Nuthatch.

3 galls seen were:- Andricus kollari; Andricus lignicola and Agathomyia wankowiczii.

Kindbergia praelonga was the only moss identified.

Several Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) were seen under logs along with several White Legged Millipedes (Tachypodoiulus niger).

 
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.

After a week of microscopy, a run through many beetle keys and a chat with an expert on line, 3 beetles I found were named as Nebria brevicollis. The critters looked mighty relieved to be released.

 

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.