FUNGALPUNK SIGHTINGS 2024
JULY
 

11th July 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - I finished work early to get to the docs. The heart is jumping but the doc says it sounds OK, the blood pressure is not bad and all seems good - I reckon I am a victim of stress, what is new there then? Pootling back through this local park and I saw:- 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Plagiognathus arbustorum); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Tachinid Fly (Dexiosoma caninum); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) and 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus).

Sphenella marginata and Taphrina tosquinetii were the only galls seen.

 
10th July 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - The recent lurgy has brought on my palpitations again, I am ruddy fed up with it. I needed a break from my work desk so went to a local churchyard and watched 4 Red Tailed Bumblebees (Bombus lapidarius) feed on White Clover.  Selfheal provided a nice colour clash and the Galls (Protomyces macrosporus) and (Euura pedunculi) were seen too. Nearby I saw a couple of Hoverflies:- Platycheirus albimanus and Melanostoma scalare as well as 12 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetles (Rhagonycha fulva) hanging around on Common Ragwort.  A lone Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa) seemed to be waiting for a bit of solar goodness (fat chance) and 2 other Galls were noted, these being:- Sphenella marginata and Aceria fraxinivora.  Just down the road I spied 3 Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) before putting a spring in the step.
 

9th July 2024 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home and I had a check of a back alley I keep some records. Today the small area produced the following colourful blooms:- Feverfew; Hedge Woundwort; Spear Thistle; Bramble agg; Purple Toadflax; Wild Strawberry; Herb Robert; Sweet Chestnut; Greater Plantain; Creeping Buttercup; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Common Nettle; Shining Crane's-Bill; Wood Avens; Nipplewort; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Common Ragwort; Broad Leaved Dock; Enchanter's Nightshade; Goosegrass; Rosebay Willowherb; Creeping Thistle; Welsh Poppy; Garlic Mustard and Green Alkanet.

Insects were represented by;- 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Mirid Bug nymph (Heterotoma planicornis) and 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).

The Gall (Mikiola fagi) was also seen.

 

8th July 2024 - Sale Water Park, G. Manchester - Up early, out on the bike, a mooch and a coffee and home for 1pm.  I only checked a few areas, some were void of life and riddled with dogs and people on phones, others were tucked away and still there was evidence of great disturbance.  The green land is under the cosh that is for sure.

Insects recorded today were:- 1 * Mirid Bug (Notostira elongata); 1 * Tephrid Fly (Tephritis neesii); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysotoxum festivum); 1 * Snipe-Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysotoxum bicinctum); 2 * Thick Headed Fly (Sicus ferrugineus); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus hybridus); 2 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 3 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); 5 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens); 10 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 2 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus); 4 * Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris); 8 * Mirid Bug (Stenotus binotatus); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea); 8 * Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis); 1 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 1 * Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis); 3 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 2 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata); 5 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 5 * Shaded Broad Bar (Scotopteryx chenopodiata); 2 * Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus rosarum); 1 * Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus); 2 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 11 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 2 * Hoverfly (Eristalinus sepulchralis); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 1 * Common Green Sheildbug nymph (Palomena prasina); 1 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni); 1 * Forest Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes); 1 * 14 Spot ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Mirid Bug (Plagiognathus arbustorum); 1 * Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius); 1 * Mirid Bug (Deraeocoris ruber); 3 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysogaster solstitialis); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 3 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); 3 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta); 3 * Mirid Bug (Capsus ater); 1 * Timothy Tortrix (Aphelia paleana); 3 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 1 * Roesel's Bush Cricket nymph (Metrioptera roeselii); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) plus an abundance of Common Blue Damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum); a small gathering of Cinnabar Moth larvae (Tyria jacobaeae) and a Ruby Tailed Wasp (Chrysis agg).

The flower list was made up of:- Herb Robert; Ox-Eye Daisy; Hedge Bedstraw; Common Ragwort; White Clover; Spear Thistle; Tall Melilot; Wild Carrot; Hogweed; Great Willowherb; Creeping Thistle; Meadow Vetchling; Common Nettle; Bramble agg; Ground Elder; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Rosebay Willowherb; Bush Vetch; Common Knapweed; Tufted Vetch; Self-Heal; Hoary Willowherb; Ribwort Plantain; Meadow Buttercup; Red Clover; Perforate St John's Wort; Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Black Medick; Broad leaved Dock; Daisy; Lesser Stitchwort; Hedge Woundwort; Slender Tare; Buddleia; Fox and Cubs; Wood Sage; Greater Plantain; Garlic Mustard; Wood Avens; Hedge Mustard; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Pineappleweed; Nipplewort; Enchanter's Nightshade; Himalayan Balsam; Common Figwort; Creeping Buttercup; Gypsywort; Wood Dock; Elder; Goosegrass; Greater Burnet; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Meadowsweet; Skullcap; Broad Leaved Dock and Marsh Woundwort.

The few birds I noted were:- Mute Swan; Reed Bunting; Common Tern; Magpie; Jay and a couple of Ravens.

The only Galls listed were Eriophyes inangulis and Dasineura kiefferiana.

 

7th July 2024 - Idle Valley NR, Nottinghamshire - Our 3rd visit to one of our favourite sites. The weather was mixed with one downpour putting the dampers on any serious bug huntng. We had a nice time nonetheless and only got the binoculars out once, whilst in the cafe having a brew and some victuals. It weren't a bad do at all.

The flower lists comprised of:- Ribwort Plantain; Cow Parsley; Large Bindweed; Hedge Mustard; Daisy; Scarlet Pimpernel; Enchanter's Nightshade; Green Alkanet; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Yarrow; Creeping Cinquefoil; Black Horehound; Honeysuckle; Tufted Vetch; Wood Dock; Hedge Bindweed; Red Bartsia; Sweet Chestnut; Garlic Mustard; Lesser Stitchwort; Bristly Ox-Tongue; Lesser Trefoil; Teasel; Meadow Buttercup; Hop Trefoil; Goat's-Beard; Pineappleweed; Broad Leaved Dock; Parsley Piert; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Brooklime; Biting Stonecrop; Wild Privet; Wood Sage; Herb Robert; Marjoram; New Zealand Pygmyweed; Common Field Speedwell; Monkeyflower; Common Vetch; Common Fleabane; Spear Thistle; Crosswort; Greater Plantain; Yellow-Rattle; Red Clover; Gypsywort; Buddleia; Dandelion agg; White Dead Nettle; Lesser Burdock; Wood Avens; Marsh Thistle; Ragged Robin; Common Centaury; Yellow-Wort; Field Pepperwort; Hare's-Foot Clover; Small Flowered Crane's-Bill; Curl Leaved Dock; Common Knapweed; Ox-Eye Daisy; Germander Speedwell; Common Poppy; Hogweed; Red Campion; Rosebay Willowherb; Perforate St John's-Wort; Large Flowered Evening Primrose; Weld; Common Mouse Ear; Common Cudweed; Marsh Cudweed; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Common Knotgrass; Redshank; Hairy Tare; Creeping Buttercup; Upright Hedge Parsley; Field Pansy; White Campion; Marsh Woundwort; Meadowsweet; Elder; Water Figwort; Square Stalked St John's-Wort; Hoary Willowherb; Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Prickly Sow Thistle; Goosegrass; Hemlock; Silverweed; Meadow Vetchling; Back Medick; Southern Marsh Orchid; Self-Heal; White Clover; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Common Nettle; Common Ragwort; Creeping Thistle; Great Willowherb and Bramble agg.

The gall list comprised of:- Blennocampa phyllocolpa; Dasineura urticae; Euura proxima; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Aceria macrochela; Andricus kollari; Andricus foecundatrix; Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Eriophyes inangulis; Acalitus brevitarsus; Sphenella marginata; Diplolepis rosae; Dasineura kiefferiana; Phyllocoptes goniothorax; Dasineura marginemtorquens and Cynips divisa.

Insects were made up of:- 1 * Opomyzid Fly (Opomyza petrei); 1 * Potato Capsid (Closterotomus norwegicus); 2 * Marbled Bell Moth (Eucosma campoliliana); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Common Green Grasshopper nymph (Omocestus viridulus); 1 * Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum); 1 * Tephrid Fly (Tephritis formosa); 5 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 1 * Mirid Bug (Notostira elongata); 2 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Mirid Bug (Megaloceroea recticornis); 1 * Four Barred Major Soldier Fly (Oxycera rara); 1 * Mirid Bug (Campyloneura virgula); 1 * Tiger Crane Fly (Nephrotoma scurra); 1 * Thick Headed Fly (Sicus ferrugineus); 5 * Mirid Bug (Plagiognathus arbustorum); 1 * Roesel's Bush Cricket nymph (Roeseliana roeselii); 1 * Tiger Crane-Fly (Nephrotoma cornicina); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 7 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus); 3 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 7 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 5 * Mirid Bug nymph (Heterotoma planicornis); 2 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 1 * Mirid Bug (Dicyphus epilobii); 1 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); 1 * Mirid Bug (Pithanus maerkelii); 2 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 2 * Robber Fly (Leptogaster cylindrica); 2 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 7 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 2 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 3 * Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris); 1 * Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens); 2 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 2 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 5 * Mirid Bug (Deraeocoris ruber); 2 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 1 * Speckled Bush Cricket nymph (Leptophyes punctatissima); 2 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 4 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 2 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 2 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 2 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysogaster solstitialis); 1 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula fascipennis); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysotoxum festivum); 1 * Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 3 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni); 1 * Blood-Vein (Timandra comae); 1 * Meadow Grasshopper nymph (Chorthippus parallelus); 1 * Large White (Pieris brassicae); 1 * Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) and 3 * Cinnabar Moth larvae (Tyria jacobaeae).

The few bird species listed were:- Lesser Black Backed Gull; Magpie; Goldfinch; Reed Warbler; Carrion Crow; Canada Goose; Greylag Goose; Moorhen; Jackdaw; Skylark; Chiffchaff; Mallard; Blackbird; Kestrel; Swift and Dunnock.

The extras added were:- 2 * Rabbit; White Lipped Banded Snail; Garden Snail; Greater Reedmace; Cock's-Foot Grass; Amber Snail; Brown Lipped Snail and Shiny Woodlouse.

 

6th July 2024 - Bevercotes Pit Wood, Retford, Nottinghamshire - The last port of call, a circular walk with the wind whipping. We didn't keep an intensive list but the few insects noted were:- 1 * Mirid Bug (Deraeocoris ruber); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenotus binotatus); 1 * Box Bug (Gonocerus acuteangulatus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Megaloceroea recticornis); 1 * Mirid Bug (Plagiognathus arbustorum); 1 * Comma (Polygonia c-album); 3 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 8 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 1 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 1 * Mirid Bug nymph (Heterotoma planicornis); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus); 1 * Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea); 7 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus); 1 * Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Darkling Beetle (Lagria hirta); 1 * 22 Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata); 1 * Mirid Bug (Dicyphus epilobii); 1 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni) and 1 * Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica).

Flowers pondered were:- Garlic Mustard; Himalayan Balsam; Red Campion; Hemlock; Hogweed; Bramble agg; Ribwort Plantain; Foxglove; Hedge Woundwort; Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Tufted Vetch; Field Bindweed; Creeping Cinquefoil; Shining Crane's-Bill; Wild Carrot; Common Knapweed; River Water Crowfoot; Buddleia; Yarrow; Biting Stonecrop and Perforate St John's-Wort.

We also added a Grey Wagtail; Buzzard; the Lime Gall (Eriophyes tiliae); Ram's-Horn Gall (Andricus aries); Robin's Pincushion (Diplolepis rosae) and a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis).

 

6th July 2024 - Daneshill Lakes, Torhill, Nottinghamshire - A new area and after a garden centre visit for some food and coffee we had another warm brew and made tracks. The insect list comprised of:- 1 * Kite-Tailed Robberfly (Machimus atricapillus); 1 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 2 * Muscid Fly (Graphomya maculata); 1 * Opomyzid Fly (Opomyza florum); 1 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenotus binotatus); 1 * Bracken Bug (Monalocoris filicis); 1 * Potato Capsid (Closterotomus norwegicus); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird larvae (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 5 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 10 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 1 * Mirid Bug nymph (Heterotoma planicornis); 1 * Mirid Bug (Plagiognathus arbustorum); 10 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 5 * Speckled Bush Cricket nymph (Leptophyes punctatissima); 7 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 2 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus hybridus); 10 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 3 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Snout (Hypena proboscidalis); 1 * Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 3 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Drone-Fy (Eristalis tenax); 1 * Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus); 1 * Robber Fly (Leptogaster cylindrica); 2 * Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens); 1 * Little Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus asiliformis); 1 * Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus); 1 * Forest Shieldbug nymph (Pentatoma rufipes); 2 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Darkling Beetle (Lagria hirta); 1 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni); 1 * Weevil (Cionus tuberculosus) and a few Cinnabar Moth larvae (Tyria jacobaeae).

Also added were:- 2 * Harvestman (Opilio canestrinii); 2 * Harvestman (Leiobunum rotundum); White Lipped Banded Snail and Pendulous Sedge.

Galls listed were:- Diplolepis nervosa; Dasineura kiefferiana; Dasineura urticae; Neuroterus quercusbaccarum; Blennocampa phyllocolpa; Diplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa agg; Phyllocoptes goniothorax; Andricus aries; Taphrina alni; Andricus foecundatrix and Eriophyes inangulis.

The flower list was made up of:- Agrimony; Hogweed; Herb Robert; Hedge Woundwort; Bramble agg; Great Willowherb; Buddleia; Creeping Buttercup; Common Figwort; Rosebay Willowherb; Foxglove; Marsh Thistle; Perforate St John's-Wort; Bittersweet; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Red Campion; Wood Avens; Enchanter's Nightshade; Ribwort Plantain; Daisy; Upright Hedge Parsley; Common Ragwort; Self-Heal; Elder; Spear Thistle; Yellow-Rattle; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Curl Leaved Dock; Rosebay Willowherb; Meadow Vetchling; Wood Dock; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Common Centaury; White Clover; Lesser Trefoil; Hemlock; Meadowsweet; Creeping Cinquefoil; Skullcap; Lesser Burdock; Common Mallow; New Zealand Pygmyweed; Square Stalked St John's-Wort; Tufted Vetch; Common Toadflax; Nipplewort; Wild Strawberry; Marsh Woundwort; Scarlet Pimpernel; Canadian Fleabane; Hoary Willowherb; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill and Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil.

We also added:- Swallow; Tufted Duck; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; House Martin; Mallard; Moorhen; Carrion Crow; Dunnock; Coot; Feral Greylag Goose; Great Tit and Wren.

 

6th July 2024 - Conisbrough Castle, Doncaster, N. Yorkshire - We set off early and had a lovely sun-soaked pootle around this fine ruin. Of course I kept an eye on the blooms, these included:- Germander Speedwell; Daisy; Broad Leaved Willowherb; White Clover; Common Nettle; Oxford Ragwort; Ground Elder; Spear Thistle; Pineappleweed; Yarrow; Marjoram; Field Scabious; Ox-Eye Daisy; Goosegrass; Bramble agg; Pellitory of the Wall; Red Valerian; Ribwort Plantain; Herb Robert; Black Medick; Dandelion agg; Self-Heal; Wall Speedwell; Creeping Buttercup; Hogweed; Creeping Cinquefoil; Creeping Thistle; Elder; Greater Plantain; Cow Parsley; Nipplewort; White Dead Nettle; Great Willowherb; Common Ragwort and Rosebay Willowherb.

We also saw the Galls (Trioza centranthi) and (Psyllopsis fraxini agg) and the following insects:- 5 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae); 2 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 1 * Mirid Bug (Plagiognathus arbustorum); 10 * Nettle Ground Bug (Heterogaster urticae); 12 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus) and 1 * Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).

Also added were:- Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Ash and Beech.

 

5th July 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - Work done, a cycle, a coffee and a short pootle before heading home. Insects seen were:- 4 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus); 4 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 3 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus); 3 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 1 * Smoky Wainscot (Mythimna impura); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota sylvarum); 1 * Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * Mirid Bug (Plagiognathus arbustorum); 4 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysotoxum festivum); 20 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 10 * Semaphore Fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus) and 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona laternaria).

Yellow Loosestrife was now in flower.

 
4th July 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Work was finished, a coffee was had with the missus and then I cycled home and recorded a few insects in a nearby park:- 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 3 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana); 5 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus) and 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax).
 

3rd July 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cycling home and a 30 minute check around the car park near Didsbury Road. It is looking like a lush area and the flowers in bloom were:- Wood Dock; Herb Robert; Meadowsweet; Creeping Buttercup; Creeping Thistle; Meadow Vetchling; Purple Loosestrife; Common Nettle; Himalayan Balsam; Dandelion agg; Lesser Trefoil; Ribwort Plantain; Great Willowherb; Bramble agg; White Clover; Wood Avens; Dotted Loosestrife; Groundsel; Hogweed; Common Ragwort; Hedge Woundwort; Meadow Buttercup; Red Campion; Buddleia; Large Bindweed; Ox-Eye Daisy; Fox and Cubs; Self-Heal; Figwort; Red Clover; Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Common Knapweed; Square Stalked St John's-Wort; Curl Leaved Dock; Broad Leaved Dock; Lady's Mantle agg; Creeping Cinquefoil; Black Medick; Hairy Tare; Common Centaury and Greater Plantain plus Teasel and Rosebay Willowherb on the cusp of flowering.

The few insects seen were:- 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 4 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 1 * Semaphore Fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus) and 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus).

I also noted Pendulous Sedge and the Gall (Dasineura ulmaria).

 

2nd July 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime walk away from the work desk, a cool breeze and a peeping sun, the few insects seen were:- 1 * Mirid Bug (Deraeocoris ruber); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Semaphore Fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus); 4 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana) and 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) plus 2 larvae.

The few galls seen were:- Cecidophyes rouhollahiPsyllopsis fraxini agg and Mikiola fagi.

 

1st July 2024 - Chester, Cheshire - After leading the morning walk we headed to a cafe we know, had lunch and a brdw, pootled around the shops in Chester and then counted some flowers growing alongside the river walk. The list comprised of:- Common Mallow; Perforate St John's-Wort; Black Horehound; Lesser Trefoil; Nipplewort; Green Alkanet; Hogweed; Fox and Cubs; Water Figwort; Dandelion agg; Spear Thistle; Buddleia; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Hedge Mustard; Red Clover; Oxford Ragwort; Creeping Buttercup; Common Nettle; Bramble agg; Elder; Daisy; Common Knotrass; Groundsel; White Clover; Creeping Thistle; Meadowsweet; Monkey Flower; Himalayan Balsam; Shepherd's Purse; Common Ragwort; Marsh Woundwort; Great Willowherb; Large Bindweed; Greater Plantain; Enchanter's Nightshade; Creeping Cinquefoil; Black Medick; Yarrow; Curl Leaved Dock; Goosegrass; Hemlock; Wood Avens; Shining Crane's- Bill; Ground Elder and Canadian Fleabane.

We also saw:- Cormorant; Magpie; Swallow; Wood Pigeon; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Starling; Blackbird and House Martin plus 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum).

 

1st July 2024 - Caldy Valley Nature Park, Chester, Cheshire - A walk leading a fine group with the main focus being bugs and blooms. The weather was forecast rain and although the clouds hung low the first drops that fell were when we were just back at the car park - magic.

The flowers in bloom were:- Meadowsweet; Meadow Buttercup; Daisy; Great Willowherb; Creeping Thistle; Hogweed; Common Nettle; White Clover; Yarrow; Red Clover; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Meadow Vetchling; Tufted Vetch; Yarrow; Yellow-Rattle; Hairy Tare; Hedge Bedstraw; Wild Carrot; Silverweed; Red Campion; Hedge Woundwort; Garlic Mustard; Elder; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Nipplewort; Cow Parsley; Wood Avens; Herb Robert; Ground Elder; Bramble agg; Pineappleweed; Comfrey agg; Bush Vetch; Common Knapweed; Purple Loosestrife; Ribwort Plantain; Himalayan Balsam; Fool's Water Cress; Brooklime; 3 Cornered Leek and Enchanter's Nightshade.

Insects were represented by:- 1 * Leafhopper (Eupteryx urticae); 2 * Mirid Bug (Dicyphus epilobii); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Mirid Bug (Plagiognathus arbustorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 3 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 2 * Buttercup Beetle (Hydrothassa marginella); 2 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 3 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 10 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 2 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni); 1 * Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius); 3 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Mirid Bug (Deraeocoris ruber); 1 * Notch Horned Cleg (Haematopota pluvialis); 1 * Mirid Bug (Capsus ater); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 2 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum) and 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis).

The few galls thrown in were:- Steneotarsonemus phragmitidis; Phyllocoptes goniothorax; Euura proxima; Dasineura pustulans; Dasineura urticae; Dasineura ulmaria; Agathomyia wankowiczii; Aceria macrochela; Blennocampa phyllocolpa and Cecidophyes rouhollahi.

We also added the Harvestman (Opilio canestrinii); Cock's-Foot Grass; Pendulous Sedge; Common Horsetail; Hart's-Tongue Fern; Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and plenty of Amber Snails (Succinea putris).

The small bird list comprised of:- Grey Heron; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Moorhen and Mallard.

 
JUNE
 

30th June 2024 - Alexandra Park, Oldham, G. Manchester - A walk with the lasses just to stretch the legs and clear the noggins. Coffee and cake, a short pootle and home. The weather was cloudy and cool, it was welcome to be fair.

The handful of galls recorded were:- Aceria tenella; Eriophyes tiliae; Aceria nervisequa; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Eriophyes inangulis; Aceria macrochela; Acalitus stenaspis and Eriophyes leiosoma.

Flowers in bloom were:- Wall Lettuce; Common Ragwort; Common Field Speedwell; Self-Heal; White Clover; Yellow Flag Iris; Purple Loosestrife; Marsh Woundwort; Greater Willowherb; Daisy; Meadow Buttercup; Herb Robert; Creeping Buttercup; Goosegrass; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Wood Avens; Ribwort Plantain; Large Bindweed; Bramble agg; Elder; Lesser Trefoil; Himalayan Balsam; Hedge Woundwort; Hogweed; Broad Leaved Dock; Creeping Thistle; Tufted Vetch; Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil; Red Clover; Bush Vetch; Germander Speedwell; Nipplewort; Yellow Rattle; Ox-Eye Daisy; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Curl Leaved Dock; Thale Cress; Pineappleweed; Procumbent Pearlwort; Common Mouse Ear; Foxglove; Ground Elder; Greater Plantain; Shepherd's Purse and Groundsel.

The only insects noted were:- 1 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Snipe Fly (Rhagio tringarius); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus).

The only birds added were:- Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Robin; Magpie; Coot; Moorhen; Feral Pigeon; Wood Pigeon and Grey Heron - there were more more my listing today was secondary.

 
29th June 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few moths were in the bathroom, these were:- Bee Moth (*2); Brimstone (*1); Small Dusty Wave (*1); Scalloped Oak (*1) and Riband Wave f. remutata (*1). Also in the mix was the Crane-Fly (Tipula rufina).
 

29th June 2024 - Manor Park, Glossop, Derbyshire - A terse walk with the missus before a pootle around the local shops. Flowers in bloom were:- Herb Robert; Common Nettle; Wood Avens; Creeping Buttercup; Hogweed; Welsh Poppy; Bramble agg; Daisy; Groundsel; Hedge Woundwort; Shepherd's Purse; Nipplewort; Ground Elder; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Ribwort Plantain; Meadow Buttercup; White Clover; Self-Heal; Foxglove; Cow Parsley; Goosegrass; Marsh Thistle; Himalayan Balsam and Green Alkanet.

The few galls noted were:- Pseudomicrostroma juglandis; Dasineura urticae; Taxomyia taxi; Eriophyes tiliae; Eriophyes leiosoma; Eriophyes exilis; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Aceria erinea; Aceria nervisequa; Acalitus stenaspis; Trioza remota; Eriophyes inangulis; Acalitus brevitarsus and Eriophyes laevis.

Insects were few, the ones seen were:- 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe grossulariae); 4 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Tachinid Fly (Dexiosoma caninum); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) and 1 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus).

The few birds recorded were:- Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Moorhen; Feral Pigeon; Jackdaw; Tufted Duck; Black Headed Gull; Mallard and Blackbird.

 

28th June 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short stretch of the Mersey was recorded at before the legs started whirring and I dashed for home. I saw a few insects:- 1 * Mirid Bug (Capsus ater); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 2 * Picture Winged Fly (Tephritis bardanae); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 1 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * (Apis mellifera); 1 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva); 2 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Snipe Fly (Rhagio tringarius); 1 * Southern Silver Stiletto Fly (Cliorismia rustica); 2 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata) and 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus).

Also added were 7 Swifts, a few Black Headed Gulls and a Mandarin Duck. Greater Burnet and Hedge Bedstraw were now in flower.

 

28th June 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A blood test at the doctors, a soaking in the rain and then the good lady dropped me off at work. No phones, no computer connection so a quick tidy and a long walk to Didsbury. Breakfast and a coffee, a walk around this well-known area - my feet ended up sodden, the weather was iffy but I saw the following insects:- 1 * Mirid Bug (Deraeocoris ruber); 1 * Notch Horned Cleg (Haematopota pluvialis); 2 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Potato Capsid (Closterotomus norwegicus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula fascipennis); 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Little Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus asiliformis); 3 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus); 1 * Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta); 3 * Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus); 4 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 3 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Face Fly (Musca autumnalis); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus rosarum); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Vine Weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata); 8 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 6 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 4 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula maxima); 1 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni); 4 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus); 25 * Snipe Fly (Rhagio tringarius); 5 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 7 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Timothy Tortrix (Zelotherses paleana); 2 * Leafhopper (Evacanthus interruptus); 6 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 4 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 2 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 2 * Semaphore Fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona laternaria); 1 * Mirid Bug (Plagiognathus arbustorum); 1 * Garden Grass Veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida); 1 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 2 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus urticae); 1 * Click Beetle (Hemicrepidius hirtus) and 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota sylvarum).

The only flowers recorded were:- Purple Loosestrife; Brooklime; Wood Dock; Broad Leaved Dock; Curl Leaved Dock; Hoary Willowherb and Great Willowherb.

A couple of large Leopard Slugs (Limax maximus) were enjoyed along with 4 Jays.

 
27th June 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - I am back in work after a bout with the lurgy.  I was playing catch-up and failing but I did have a break.  Down a small back alleyway that I like to keep an eye on I saw singles of:- Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) and Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni).  The blooms were represented by:- Garden Privet; Ground Elder; Large Bindweed; Buddleia; Green Alkanet; Common nettle; Goosegrass; Bramble agg; Wood Avens; Creeping Buttercup; Cow Parsley; Daisy and Greater Plantain. Brown Lipped and White Lipped Banded Snails were also seen.

 
26th June 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Off work feeling full of the viral shittery. A Light Brown Apple moth was in the front garden, a Fan-Foot, Riband Wave f. remutata; Tachystola acroxantha; Bright Line, Brown Eye, Bee-Moth and Willow Beauty were on the bathroom wall and a few House Sparrows fed on the garden greenfly - that was it for the day, the head was a mass of fog.
 

25th June 2024 - Flint Castle, Flintshire - Another walk led, this being another for the Signpost adult carers. We pootled around the castle, had a walk along the coast and through the woods and done. Nothing too intense was had, it was just nice to get some good folk out and away from their stressful situations. The flowers I noted that were in bloom were:- Oxford Ragwort; Sea Milkwort; Buddleia; Bramble agg; White Clover; Red Clover; Ground Elder; Lesser Trefoil; Herb Robert; Nipplewort; Large Bindweed; Creeping Cinquefoil; Meadow Buttercup; Tufted Vetch; Sea Plantain; Thrift; Meadow Vetchling; Creeping Thistle; Foxglove; Sea Beet; Common Toadflax; Greater Sea Spurrey; Common Spotted Orchid; Bird's Foot Trefoil; Upright Hedge Parsley; Scarlet Pimpernel; Common Nettle; Hedgerow Crane's-Bill; Hop Trefoil and Hedge Woundwort.

Bird species picked out were:- House Martin; Swallow; Goldfinch; Wood Pigeon; Shelduck; Black Headed Gull; Mallard; Oystercatcher and Blackbird.

Again, the insects were not around, all I saw were:- 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 1 * Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris); 1 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum) and 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus).

 
24th June 2024 - Parsonage Gardens, G. Manchester - I needed a break cycling home, I was fagged and sweaty. Coughing and sneezing and swilling juice to cool down I noted:- 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata); 1 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 3 * Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana) and 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera).
 

24th June 2024 - Bridgewater Canal, Stretford, G. Manchester - A cycle and after a 150 metre walk down the canal I had to turn back. I was out of gas, the virus was getting to me so a coffee was needed. During the short stretch I did a spot of half-arsed botanising, the blooms noted were:- Red Clover; Ox-Eye Daisy; Yarrow; Wood Avens; Red Campion; Hedge Bedstraw; Square Stalked St John's-Wort; Herb Robert; Ribwort Plantain; Daisy; Hedgerow Crane's-Bill; Cow Parsley; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Hogweed; Buddleia; Common Nettle; Goosegrass; Large Bindweed; Multi-Flowered Rose; Self-Heal; Common Comfrey; Creeping Buttercup; White Clover; Broad Leaved Dock; Dandelion agg; Bramble agg; Greater Celandine; Ground Elder; Pineappleweed; Rosebay Willowherb; Himalayan Balsam; Creeping Thistle; Lesser Trefoil; Common Ragwort; Spear Thistle; Common Knapweed; Southern Marsh Orchid and Wild Carrot.

The only insects seen were:- 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 1 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) and 3 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera).

Also added were a few birds:- Swift; House Sparrow; Feral Pigeon and Carrion Crow.

 

23rd June 2023 - Appleton Meadows and Woodland/Grappleton Wall Gardens, Cheshire - I was leading walk 470 today, I was still under the weather and in the heat was not at full-steam but, a few folk turned up, we pootled on and during the walk proper we saw the following insects:- 1 * Great Blackclock Beetle (Pterostichus niger); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigricans); 1 * Four Barred Knapweed Gall Fly (Urophora quadrifasciata); 1 * Notch-Horned Clegg (Haematopota pluvialis); 1 * Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus); 1 * Forest Shieldbug nymph (Pentatoma rufipes); 5 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee (Bombus vestalis); 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 3 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 3 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 2 * Robber Fly (Leptogaster cylindrica); 3 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 2 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 2 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 2 * Cinnamon Bug (Corizus hyoscyami); 2 * Welsh Chafer (Hoplia philanthus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Megaloceroea recticornis); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Alder Spittle Bug nymph (Aphrophora alni); 1 * Common Green Grasshopper nymph (Omocestus viridulus); 2 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 2 * Common Nettle Ground Bug (Heterogaster urticae); 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 3 * Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 2 * Mirid Bug (Capsus ater); 1 * Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus); 5 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); 2 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 3 * Mirid Bug nymph (Heterotoma planicornis); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 2 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigra) and a small gathering of Peacock larvae (Aglais io).

My flower list keeping was sketchy but I did note:- Red Clover; Dandelion agg; Daisy; Meadow Buttercup; Creeping Buttercup; Lesser Trefoil; Self-Heal; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Bramble agg; Herb Robert; Garlic Mustard; Red Campion; Foxglove; Hogweed; Grass Vetchling; Giant Hogweed; Nipplewort; Prickly Sow Thistle; Shepherd's Purse; Tufted Vetch; Common Field Speedwell; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil; Common Knapweed and Goosegrass.

The few galls pondered were:- Aceria nervisequa; Acalitus stenaspis; Eriophyes leiosoma; Aceria cephalonea; Biorhiza pallida; Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Andricus kollari; Trioza remota and Eriophyes crataegi.

Other additions included:- White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and the Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum) and (Opilio canestrinii).

We also added Sweet Vernal Grass and Pendulous Sedge.

The only birds recorded were:- Common Buzzard; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Robin and Magpie.

After a trip to the local cafe, a good chat and wind down we pootled around a small art exhibition and then had a short wander around the gardens. To the days tally we added a few more insect species:- 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Leafhopper (Eupteryx urticae); 1* Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 1 * 22 Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata); 1 * Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata); 1 * Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 2 * Red Eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas); 2 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator); 3 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 3 * Four Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) and 1 * Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata).

Elder; Dotted Loosestrife; Greater Celandine; Skullcap; Yellow Water Lily; Meadowsweet; Yellow Flag Iris; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Hemp Agrimony; Bird's Foot Trefoil and Groundsel were all in bloom with Procumbent Pearlwort now producing seeds.

Eriophyes inangulis, a Smooth Newt; Common Frog; Branched Bur Reed; Moorhen and Coot were the final things jotted down.

 

22nd June 2024 - Highfield CP, Levenshulme, G. Manchester - Full of the lurgy and aching all over, I had the first of two walks to lead this weekend and by heck it was hard getting up. 3 hours in the field with a fine bunch, a gentle pootle with nothing to intense indulged in. The insects were noticeable by their absence, it was shocking to see. We cracked on the though, the weather was kind and we saw:- 1 * Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus); 2 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 2 * Mirid Bug (Stenotus binotatus); 1 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 4 * Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 5 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 1 * Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata); 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Garden Chafer (Phyllopertha horticola); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus rosarum); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 1 * Hoverfly (Parhelophilus frutetorum); 1 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Mirid Bug (Megaloceroea recticornis); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 2 * Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) and 10 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi).

Galls added included:- Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Blennocampa phyllocolpa; Trioza remota; Andricus aries; Andricus lignicola; Andricus kollari and Eriophyes inangulis.

Flowers listed were:- Yellow-Rattle; Bee Orchid; Creeping Buttercup; Daisy; Common Nettle; Shepherd's Purse; Bramble agg; Hogweed; Goosegrass; Wood Avens; Bush Vetch; Common Vetch; Black Medick; White Clover; Large Bindweed; Meadow Buttercup; Red Clover; Ribwort Plantain; Herb Robert; Claridge Druce’s Crane’s-Bill; Garlic Mustard; Elder; Dandelion agg; Ox-Eye Daisy; Hedgerow Crane's-Bill; Red Campion; Silverweed; Meadow Vetchling and Goat's-Beard.

Oddments added were:- Cock's-Foot Grass (Dactylis glomerata); Crested Dog's Tail (Cynosurus cristatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) and 2 Common Frogs (Rana temporaria).

The only birds I picked out were a Blackbird and a Magpie, it kinda says how I was struggling to concentrate.

 
21st June 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A bit more mothing with a poor showing once again. Species recorded were:- Heart and Dart (*2); Scalloped Oak (*1); Uncertain (*1); Brown House Moth (*2); Riband Wave f. remutata (*1); Notocelia trimaculana (*1); Buff Ermine (*1) and Tachystola acroxantha (*2).
 

21st June 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A cycle, a coffee, a sprawl on a bench and read which nearly saw me nod off. The ass was shaken and I strolled home and recorded a few insects:- 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula fascipennis); 1 * Snipe Fly (Rhagio tringarius); 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 4 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Muscid Fly (Graphomya maculata); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 10 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 4 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 1 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis); 3 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 8 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Forest Shieldbug nymph (Pentatoma rufipes); 4 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 5 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Semaphore Fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus); 3 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota sylvarum); 2 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) and 2 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata).

A few flowers noted in bloom were:- Brooklime; Pick-A-Back Plant; Himalayan Balsam and Enchanter's Nightshade.

The few galls listed were:- Dasineura urticae; Dasineura ulmaria and Dasineura pustulans.

 
20th June 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A bit of mothing with a Swallow-Tailed Moth and Scalloped Oak in the bathroom and the trap holding the paltry smattering of:- Brimstone (*1); Snout (*1); Dark Arches (*1); Tachystola acroxantha (*2); Brown House Moth (*1); Fan-Foot (*1) and Lozotaenia forsterana (*1).
 

19th June 2024 - Thornfield Park, Heaton Moor, G. Manchester - Still snowed under, a short work break was taken with the sun filtering though.  Insects seen were:- 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Cream Streaked Ladybird (Harmonia quadripunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 2 * Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens); 1 * Garden Chafer (Phyllopertha horticola); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris).

Rosebay Willowherb was in flower.

Acalitus stenaspis and Psyllopsis fraxini agg were the only galls seen.

 
18th June 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A check of the garden outside work in chilly conditions.  Singles of Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis) were the only bugs seen. Lesser Trefoil; Self-Heal and Ribwort Plantain strove to add a bit of colour and a Blackbird hopped about in the hope of picking up a morsel.

 

17th June 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - 4 moths in the bathroom, Tachystola acroxantha; Flame Carpet; Light Emerald and Small Magpie - a small mix in a year that has seen the lepidopterans get hammered.

Later in the day I did some gardening, I saw singles of:- Common Nettle Groundbug (Heterogaster urticae); Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata) and 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata).

 
17th June 2024 - Didsbury Park, G. Manchester - A second coffee of the day, why not indeed. I say and slurped and had a read. I did note 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and a new Gall (Aceria genistae) - what a lovely bonus.
 

17th June 2024 - Chorlton Park, G. Manchester - A quick veer off course whilst heading home. A few sightings on a dreary day included:- Black Locust in flower; Whitebeam in fruit; Silver Birch with catkins; Horse Chestnut in fruit and Hogweed in lovely flower.

The few insects recorded were:- 2 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 5 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).

Dasineura urticae; Andricus lignicola; Aceria fraxinivora and Eriophyes sorbi.

4 Starlings and 1 Blackbird completed the small list.

 

17th June 2024 - Longford Park, Stretford, G. Manchester - A good cycle, a casual pootle and a coffee. The flowers in bloom were:- Ox-Eye Daisy; Greater Plantain; Welsh Poppy; Prickly Sow Thistle; Foxglove; Hogweed; Ground Elder; Hedge Mustard; Red Dead Nettle; Garlic Mustard; Groundsel; Pineappleweed; Red Clover; Common Vetch; Meadowsweet; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Ribwort Plantain; Yellow Flag Iris; Common Figwort; Self-Heal; Daisy; Goosegrass; Green Alkanet; Common Valerian; Wood Avens; Elder; Purple Toadflax; Common Nettle; Creeping Buttercup; Broad Leaved Dock; White Clover; Meadow Buttercup; Black Medick; Bittersweet; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Bramble agg; Herb Robert and Nipplewort.

Galls listed were:- Acalitus stenaspis; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Blennocampa phyllocolpa; Euura pedunculi; Iteomyia capreae; Eriophyes exilis; Contarinia tiliarum; Hartigiola annulipes; Trioza remota; Mikiola fagi and Eriophyes leiosoma.

The small bird list was made up of:- Chaffinch; MIstle Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Ring Necked Parakeet; Carrion Crow and Blackbird.

Insects were not playing in the slightly chilled weather but I did record:- 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 4 * Black Snipe-Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 4 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata).

 

16th June 2024 - Strensham Services, Worcestershire - The second stop-off on the way home, a coffee and a stretch of the legs with a few records had. Galls listed were:- Dasineura fraxini; Psyllopsis fraxini; Aceria macrochela and Aceria myriadeum.

Birds noted were few:- Rook; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon and Goldfinch.

Flowers in bloom included:- Daisy; Bittersweet; Elder; Creeping Buttercup; Meadow Buttercup; Chickweed; Groundsel; Lesser Trefoil; Ribwort Plantain; Wall Speedwell; Dandelion agg; Hedge Bindweed; Greater Periwinkle; Creeping Cinquefoil; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill and Knotted Hedge Parsley.

The few insect species noted were:- 2 * Forest Shieldbug nymph (Pentatoma rufipes); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and a gathering of Parent Bug nymphs (Elasmucha grisea).

 

16th June 2024 - Cartgate Picnic Area/Services, Somerset - The last day of the trip down south, tra velling back and a stop off for a coffee and a snack. I wanted to do a bit more recorded and in a 30 minute mooch I saw the following blooms:- Daisy; Red Dead Nettle; Self-Heal; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; White Clover; Groundsel; Hedgerow Crane's-Bill; Hemlock Water Dropwort; Common Nettle; Common Ragwort; White Dead Nettle; Red Campion; Creeping Cinquefoil; Yarrow; Ox-Eye Daisy; Cow Parsley; Hedge Woundwort; Elder; Marsh Thistle; Hemlock; Garlic Mustard; Creeping Buttercup; Wood Avens; Ribwort Plantain; Ground Ivy; Meadow Buttercup and Spear Thistle plus Procumbent Pearlwort in seed.

Also added were Field Maple; Ash; Herring Gull; Swift; Magpie and the Galls:- Psyllopsis fraxini; Eriophyes inangulis and Eriophyes sorbi.

 

15th June 2024 - Portland Bill, Dorset - A day on the island, the weather was up, down and settled. The few insects noted were:- 1 * Soft-Winged Flower Beetle (Psilothrix viridicoerulea); 1 * Robber Fly (Leptogaster cylindrica); 2 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricula); 3 * Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus); 2 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 1* Long Winged Conehead nymph (Conocephalus discolor); 1 * Hoverfly (Scaeva pyrastri); 2 * Malachite Beetle (Cordylepherus viridis); 1 * Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius); 2 * Down Shieldbug nymph (Canthophorus impressus); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 2 * Scarce Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio); 1 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa);1 * Bishop's Mitre Bug (Aelia acuminata); 1 * Grey Bush Cricket nymph (Platycleis albopunctata); 1 * Fruit Fly (Urophora stylata); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolobrata); Ox-Tongue Conch Moth (Neocochylis molliculana) and oodles of Shore Bristletails (Petrobius maritimus).

The birds noted were:- Raven; Herring Gull; Starling; Guillemot; Razorbill; Fulmar; Linnet; Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; House Sparrow; Great Black Backed Gull; Manx Shearwater; Gannet; Goldfinch; Pied Wagtail; and Rock Pipit.

I pondered just a few flowers, these were:- Tall Melilot; Wild Privet; Lady's Bedstraw; Wild Clary; Squinancywort; Bastard Toadflax; Yellow Vetchling; Meadow Vetchling; Bristly Ox-Tongue; Greater Sea Spurrey and Rock Sea Lavender.

The only oddments added were the Spiders (Brigittea latens) and (Neoscona adianta).

 

14th June 2024 - Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset - A late walk in the day with the tide in. My daughter has keen eyes though and picked out:- Compass Jellyfish (Chrysaora hysoscella); Blue Jellyfish (Cyanea lamarckii); Sea Gooseberry (Pleurobrachia pileus); and we also saw Sugar Kelp (Saccharina latissima); Peacock's Tail Seaweed (Padina pavonica) and Beadlet Anemone (Actinia equina).

Flowers noted in bloom were:- Creeping Buttercup; Wild Carrot; White Clover; Hogweed; Sea Beet; Common Nettle; Ribwort Plantain; Red Campion; Bittersweet; Bramble agg; Cow Parsley; Broad Leaved Dock; Elder; Lesser Trefoil; Hemlock Water Dropwort; Herb Robert; Ox-Eye Daisy; Spotted Medick; Common Vetch; Goosegrass; Common Sorrel; Thrift; Hedge Woundwort; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Tree Mallow; Sea Campion and Black Medick.

The only insects seen were:- 5 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa) and 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata).

The few birds seen were:- Black Headed Gull; Pied Wagtail; Wood Pigeon and Oystercatcher.

 

14th June 2024 - Townsend NR, Dorset - A morn spent shopping and eating in Swanage and then a visit to a reserev we hadn't been to for many a year. As is the current state of play the insect numbers were poor. The species seen included:- 2 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Mirid Bug (Capsus ater); 1 * Meadow Grasshopper nymph (Chorthippus parallelus); 2 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 7 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Cordylepherus viridis); 1 * Great Green Bush Cricket nymph (Tettigonia viridissima); 1 * Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata); 1 * Dark Bush Cricket nymph (Pholidoptera griseoaptera); 1 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni); 5 * Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus); 3 * Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus); 5 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * Robber Fly (Leptogaster cylindrica) and 1 * Picture Winged Fly (Herina nigrina).

Flowers in bloom were:- White Clover; Ribwort Plantain; Daisy; Red Clover; Dandelion agg; Bulbous Buttercup; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Common Mouse Ear; Creeping Cinquefoil; Bramble agg; Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil; Germander Speedwell; Pyramidal Orchid; Common Vetch; Hedge Woundwort; Cow Parsley; Common Nettle; Stinking Iris; Salad Burnet; Herb Robert; Green Alkanet; Ox-Eye Daisy; Red Bartsia; Agrimony; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Scarlet Pimpernel; Wood Avens; Creeping Buttercup; Bee Orchid; Hoary Plantain; Common Spotted Orchid; Cowslip; Wall Speedwell; Parsley Piert; Goosegrass; Yellow-Wort; Horse-Shoe Vetch; Kidney Vetch; Pale Flax; Self-Heal; Mouse Ear Hawkweed; Meadow Buttercup; Hogweed; Field Madder and Field Bindweed.

The only other species added were;- Cock's-Foot Grass; Quaking Grass; Crested Dog's Tail; the Spider (Brigittea latens); Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus); White Garden Snail (Theba pisana); Pointed Snail (Cochlicella acuta); Pill Woodlice (Armadillidium vulgare); the Galls (Jaapiella veronicae) and (Diplolepis nervosa) and Jackdaw; Greenfinch and Chaffinch.

 

13th June 2024 - Chesil Beach, Dorset - The rain was due, we had a couple of hours at a fave area and then avoided the droplets by going for some grub at Portland Heights. The wind was blowing and so insects were few:- 2 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus); 7 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 1 * Yellow-Shell Moth (Camptogramma bilineata); 2 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 3 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) and 2 * Garden Tiger Moth larvae (Arctia caja).

We didn't carry our binoculars today but we did pick out:- Oystercatcher; Herring Gull; Little Egret; Kestrel; Skylark; Herring Gull; Carrion Crow and Linnet.

Blooms observed:- Red Valerian; Daisy; Sea Sandwort; Common Stork's-Bill; Scarlet Pimpernel; Wild Celery; Knotted Hedge Parsley; Pellitory of the Wall; Shrubby Sea Blite; Creeping Cinquefoil; Bittersweet; Common Mouse Ear; Grass Vetchling; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Wild Leek; Hairy Tare; Goosegrass; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Bristly Ox-Tongue; Biting Stonecrop; Thrift; Field Bindweed; Yellow-Rattle; Pyramidal Orchid; Common Knapweed; Lady's Bedstraw; Groundsel; Curled Leaved Dock; Viper's Bugloss; Restharrow; Hogweed; Yellow-Wort; Bee Orchid; Sea Plantain; Red Clover; Yarrow; Wild Carrot; Hop Trefoil; Black Medick; Ox-Eye Daisy; Kidney Vetch; Tree Mallow; White Clover; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Slender Thistle; Dandelion agg and Ribwort Plantain.

The only extras were:- 1 * Blenny; 2 * Beadlet Anemone; 4 * Shore Crab and many Sandhoppers (Talitrus saltator) plus several Modest Barnacles (Austrominius modestus).

 

12th June 2024 - Eype Cliffs, Bridport, Dorset - The second call off of the day after a late start. We had a short walk along the pebble beach, explored the waters and I had a mooch on the lower cliffs to see if I could see the cripplingly rare Cliff Tiger Beetle (Cylindera germanica). With a few tumbles and huffs and puffs I found one example - what a poppet.

The few other insects seen were:- 1 * Roesel's Bush Cricket nymph (Roeseliana roeselii). 2 * Black Tipped Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha fulva) and 1 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina).

The few flowers noted were:- Kidney Vetch; Southern Marsh Orchid; Bladder Campion; Wild Carrot; Scarlet Pimpernel; Hop Trefoil; Trailing St John's-Wort; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Hogweed; Thrift; Ribwort Plantain; Red Campion; Greater Sea Spurrey; Daisy and Dandelion agg.

Also added was a sun-bathing Adder - smashing it was too. The sightings were finalised with a Strawberry Anemone:- and Blackbird (*1); House Martin (*3) and Magpie (*3).

We found some clonking Common Prawns (Palaemon serratus) too.

 

12th June 2024 - Jellyfields and Bothenhampton Nature Reserve, Bridport, Dorset - After a morn eatng and wandering around Bridport Market we decided to do some wildlife recording at a new area. The insect list was made up of:- 1 * Face Fly (Musca autumnalis); 1 * Leafhopper (Eupteryx vittata); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 2 * Longhorn Beetle (Grammoptera ruficornis); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 14 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 2 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 2 * Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus); 1 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni); 1 * Picture Winged Fly (Herina lugubris); 2 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabarata); 1 * Stripe Backed Snail-Killer (Limnia unguicornis); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 3 * Nettle Ground Bug (Heterogaster urticae); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 47 * 16 Spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata); 1 * 24 Spot Ladybird (Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata); 1 * Ground Beetle (Demetrias atricapillus); 1 * Speckled Bush Cricket nymph (Leptophyes punctatissima); 1 * Mirid Bug nymph (Heterotoma planicornis); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida viridis); 1 * Denticulate Leatherbug (Coriomeris denticulatus); 1 * Flower Longhorn Beetle (Stenurella melanura); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); 1 * Roesel's Bush Cricket (Roeseliana roeselii); 1 * Dark Bush Cricket nymph (Pholidoptera griseoaptera); 1 * Leafhopper (Eupteryx urticae); 3 * Malachite Beetle (Cordylepherus viridis); 1 * Woundwort Shieldbug (Eysarcoris venustissimus); 1 * Deer Tick (Ixodes sp); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 2 * Robber Fly (Leptogaster cylindrica); 1 * Yellow-Shell Moth (Camptogramma bilineata); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata) and 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata).

Flowers in bloom were:- Hogweed; Creeping Buttercup; Herb Robert; Black Bryony; Cow Parsley; Stinking Iris; Common Nettle; Red Clover; White Clover; Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Pyramidal Orchid; Whistling Jack; Comfrey agg; Field Bindweed; Angelica; Lambs-Ears; Meadow Buttercup; Hedge Mustard; Large Bindweed; Spotted Medick; Nipplewort; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Ground Ivy; White Dead Nettle; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Goosegrass; Elder; Meadow Vetchling; Prickly Sow Thistle and Creeping Cinquefoil.

Extras included:- Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) and Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum).

The only birds seen were:- Chiffchaff; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Wren; Great Tit; Raven; Goldfinch and Swallow.

As well as the above we added the Gall (Psyllopsis fraxini agg); Pendulous Sedge; a Spindle Tree in fruit and Hart's Tongue Fern.

 

11th June 2024 - Middlebere Heath, Dorset - The final walk of the day, we were looking for tiny flowers and it was hard work, especially as we were getting a trifle fagged. The small species list was:- Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Bird's-Foot; Lesser Trefoil; Hop Trefoil; Eyebright sp; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Heath Speedwell; Germander Speedwell; Knotted Clover; Wall Speedwell; Ribwort Plantain; Hare's-Foot Clover; White Clover; Rough Clover; Daisy; Common Stork's-Bill; Sheep's Sorrel; Lesser Stitchwort; Foxglove; Common Vetch; Red Clover; Heath Bedstraw and Common Nettle.

The only insects seen were:- 4 * Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus); 1 * Meadow Grasshopper nymph (Chorthippus parallelus); 1 * Broom Leaf Beetle (Gonioctena olivacea); 1 * Bracken Bug (Ditropis pteridis); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Leafhopper (Eupteryx urticae) and 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).

We also added 2 Garden Snails (Cornu aspersum) and a Carrion Crow plus the Lichens:- Ramalina fastigiata and Xanthoria parietina.

 

11th June 2024 - Priory Meadow, Wareham, Dorset - A coffee, a town walk, a picnic - I saw a few species at this small area that we have visited before. 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 1 * Small White (Pieris rapae); 1 * Dark Bush Cricket nymph (Pholidoptera griseoaptera); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni) and 1 * Common Green Colonel Soldier Fly (Oplodontha viridula).

Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Hogweed; Bramble agg; Herb Robert; White Dead Nettle; Daisy; Creeping Buttercup; Wood Avens; Common Mallow; Goosegrass; Spotted Medick; Hemlock Water Dropwort and Biting Stonecrop.

Black Headed Gull; Starling; Mallard; Mute Swan and Jackdaw were the only birds seen and Dasineura fraxini; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Dasineura urticae and Cecidophyes rouhollahi.

 

11th June 2024 - Hartland Moor, Dorset - A walk at a site we know well. It was ruddy hard work today. We recorded a few flowers:- Ribwort Plantain; Heath Speedwell; Daisy; White Clover; Bramble agg; Dandelion agg; Lesser Trefoil; Common Mouse Ear; Lesser Spearwort; Sheep's Sorrel; Tormentil; Silverweed; Creeping Buttercup; Germander Speedwell; Red Clover; Round Leaved Sundew; Oblong Leaved Sundew; Greater Stitchwort; Eyebright agg and Bog Pimpernel.

Insects were struggling, the only ones seen were:- 1 * Pine Shoot Moth (Rhyacionia buoliana); 2 * Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus); 1 * Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens); 1 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 1 * Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator); 1 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 3 * Broom Leaf Beetle (Calomicrus circumfusus); 1 * Leafhopper (Ulopa reticulata); 1 * Tawny Cockroach (Ectobius pallidus); 1 * Meadow Grasshopper nymph (Chorthippus parallelus); 3 * Heather Groung Bug (Kleidocerys ericae); 1 * Heath Damsel Bug (Nabis ericetorum); 5 * Silver Studded Blue (Plebejus argus); 1 * Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus) and 1 * Speckled Bush Cricket nymph (Leptophyes punctatissima).

Bird species seen:- Linnet; Stonechat; Magpie; Pheasant and Carrion Crow.

Also added Broad Bordered Orb Weaver (Neoscona adianta); 1 * Smooth Snake and 1 * Orb Weaver (Araneus angulatus) plus Heath Rush (Juncus squarrosus) and Reindeer Moss (Cladonia portentosa).

 
11th June 2024 - Portland Bill, Dorset - A quick pootle at a pond before we set off for the day. 5 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysotoxum bicinctum); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) were the only species seen with the Obs traps exposing a few Garden Tigers and a fine Magpie Moth.
 

10th June 2024 - Stoborough Heath, Dorset - The final place of the day, a short jaunt with the cloud building and the wind rising. We saw 2 cracking Smooth Snakes, found a wonderful sprawl of Dodder and added a few flowers in bloom, these being:- Garlic Mustard; Trailing St John's-Wort; Rough Clover; Bog Asphodel; Heath Spotted Orchid; Foxglove; Sheep's Sorrel; Herb Robert and Daisy. Round Leaved Sundew was observed too.

The insects species seen were:- 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Black Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum); 1 * Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius); 1 * Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens); 1 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) and 1 * Small Red Damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum).

The only bird seen was a Jackdaw.

 

10th June 2024 - Poole Park, Poole, Dorset - A trip to a public park, a lovely walk. A few birds seen were:- Canada Goose; Tufted Duck; Herring Gull; Mute Swan; Feral Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Starling; Jackdaw; Mallard; Collared Dove; Robin; Magpie; Moorhen; Feral Greylag Goose and Carrion Crow.

Insects seen were:- 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 2 * Forest Shieldbug nymph (Pentatoma rufipes); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricula); 1 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis); 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and 1 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum).

Flowers in bloom were:- Creeping Buttercup; Purple Loosestrife; Common Nettle; Meadow Buttercup; Daisy; Thrift; Pineappleweed; Hedge Mustard; Broad Leaved Dock; Comfrey agg; Herb Robert; Goosegrass; Large Bindweed; Lesser Trefoil; Bramble agg; Bittersweet; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Common Centaury; Hairy Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Wall Speedwell; Yellow-Flag; Hedge Woundwort; Wood Avens; Common Knapweed; Purple Loosestrife; Dandelion agg; Hemp Agrimony; Privet; Creeping Thistle; Foxglove; Hedge Woundwort; Nipplewort; Scarlet Pimpernel; Redshank; Creeping Cinquefoil; Tamarisk; Buck's-Horn Plantain; Lesser Sea Spurrey; Hemlock Water Dropwort; Hogweed; Meadow Vetchling; Shepherd's Purse and Procumbent Pearlwort.

The only Galls noted were:- Eriophyes inangulis; Eriophyes exilis; Phyllocoptes goniothorax and Cecidophyes rouhollahi.

I did note a nice Walnut Tree; Wall Barley and Pendulous Sedge. We also added some young Mullets and 30 * Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). A Grey Squirrel was the final addition.

 

10th June 2024 - Luscombe Valley NR, Poole, Dorset - The second location of the day, we had a right pootle at a small reserve and only saw two people all day. Insects recorded were:- 1 * Mirid Bug (Notostira elongata); 1 * Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum); 1 * Thick Headed Fly (Sicus ferrugineus); 1 * Common Green Grasshopper nymph (Omocestus viridulus); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis pallida); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Black Snail Beetle (Phosphuga atrata); 1 * Slender Horned Leather Bug (Ceraleptus lividus); 2 * 16 Spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Meadow Grasshopper nymph (Pseudochorthippus parallelus); 3 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 2 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni); 1 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 1 * MIrid Bug (Neolygus viridis); 2 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 1 * Black Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Gold Ribbon Argent Moth (Argyresthia brockeella); 1 * Mirid Bug (Acetropis gimmerthalii); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 1 * Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 2 * Common Wave (Cabera exanthemata); 1 * Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 2 * Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema trispinosa); 1 * Small Semaphore Fly (Rivellia syngenesiae); 1 * Soldier Fly (Cantharis rustica); 6 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus); 2 * 22 Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata); 2 * Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 3 * Bishop's Mitre Bug (Aelia acuminata); 7 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 2 * Long Winged Conehead nymph (Conocephalus discolor); 1 * Mullein Moth Caterpillar (Cucullia verbasci); 5 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Mirid Bug (Closterotomus trivialis); 3 * Malachite Beetle (Cordylepherus viridis); 1 * Little Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus asiliformis); 1 * Four Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata); 1 * Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 2 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Speckled Bush Cricket nymph (Leptophyes punctatissima) and 3 * Grey Bush Cricket nymph (Platycleis albopunctata).

The flower list was made up of:- Whitebeam; Tormentil; Hairy Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Wood Avens; Buck's-Horn Plantain; Tamarisk; Groundsel; Scarlet Pimpernel; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Lesser Trefoil; Red Clover; White Clover; Hemlock Water Dropwort; Common Figwort; Pale Flax; Common Vetch; Lesser Stitchwort; Yarrow; Foxglove; Bramble agg; Honeysuckle; Ribwort Plantain; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Black Medick; Wild Carrot; Lesser Spearwort and Sea Plantain.

We also saw a Harvestman (Opilio canestrinii); a Black Headed Gull; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; a Slow Worm; White Legged Snake Millipede; Crested Dog's-Tail; Pendulous Sedge; Giant Horsetail and the Galls:- Lipara lucens; Andricus kollari; Steneotarsonemus phragmitidis and Euura pedunculi. We also saw the Cricket Bat Spider (Mangora acalypha).

 

10th June 2024 - Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset - The first call off of the day, a walk on a sandy beach, a coffee and a gentle look at a few species. Herring Gull; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow and 2 Sandwich Terns were the few birds seen, with a few flowers thrown in being:- Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Dandelion agg; Sea Bindweed; Danish Scurvygrass; Lesser Trefoil; Sea Plantain; Buck's-Horn Plantain; Large Flowered evening Primrose agg; Hedge Bindweed; Tamarisk and Bird's-Foot Clover.

Several Beadlet Anemones were also picked out.

 

9th June 2024 - Portland Bill, Dorset - The first day of a short break and upon arrival at the LIghthouse we were fagged. a 1 hour stroll is all we could manage before we spent time chatting with some good friends.

Insects seen were:- 1 * Long Winged Conehead nymph (Conocephalus fuscus ); 3* Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 15 * Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina); 2 * Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus); 3 * Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 1 * Yellow-Shell Moth (Camptogramma bilineata).

The flower list was made up of:- Yellow-Wort; White Clover; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Wild Privet; Ribwort Plantain; Pyramidal Orchid; Common Sorrel; Scarlet Pimpernel; Bristly Ox-Tongue; Eyebright agg; Red Bartsia; Agrimony; Daisy; Honeysuckle; Hogweed; Bittersweet; Meadow Vetchling; Hoary Plantain; Hop Trefoil; Bee Orchid; Hairy Tare; Lesser Trefoil; Wild Carrot; Common Broomrape; Stinking Iris; Bulbous Buttercup; Vipers Bugloss; Creeping Cinquefoil; Red Valerian and Curled Leaved Dock.

I also added Crested Dog's-Tail Grass, a Common Buzzard, 2 Goldfinches and a Carrion Crow.

 

9th June 2024 - Maunsel Lock, Bridgewater and Taunton Canal, Somerset - A day after another gig, we were all shattered but after a good drive and fine cafe visit we had a short pootle down the canal. The insects seen were:- 2 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 2 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 3 * Black Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 7 * Dark Bush Cricket nymph (Pholidoptera griseoaptera); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 6 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 4 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 3 * Hoverfly (Eristalis nemorum); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysogaster solstitialis); 6 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * 16 Spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata); 1 * Speckled Bush Cricket nymph (Leptophyes punctatissima); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 2 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis) and 1 Oak Eggar larva (Lasiocampa quercus).

Flowers in bloom were:- Hemlock Water Dropwort; Goosegrass; Bittersweet; Meadow Buttercup; Ribwort Plantain; Dandelion agg; Creeping Cinquefoil; Bramble agg; Yellow Flag Iris; Daisy; Elder; Germander Speedwell; Hedge Woundwort; Herb Robert; Common Nettle; Bush Vetch; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Hedgerow Crane's-Bill; Creeping Thistle; Black Bryony; Yellow Water Lily; Ground Ivy; White Clover; White Dead Nettle; Common Field Speedwell; Wild Privet; Common Mallow; Large Bindweed; Common Vetch; Broad Leaved Dock; Lesser Trefoil and Water Figwort.

The small bird list comprised of:- House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Robin; Mallard; Carrion Crow and Moorhen.

A couple of Galls thrown in were:- Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Aceria campestricola; Dasineura ulmaria; Eriophyes exilis; Eriophyes tiliae; Phyllocoptes goniothorax; Aceria fraxinivora and Taphrina pruni.

Also added was Wall Rue; White Lipped Banded Snail and an abundance of Mistletoe plus the leaf miner (Agromyza viciae).

 

8th June 2024 - Ladybarn Park, G. Manchester - A new area and a short walk had with the wind blowing and the skies uncertain. We avoided the rain and before going for a coffee we saw a few insects:- 9 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 54 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis).

Flowers in bloom were:- Bramble agg; Wood Avens; Herb Robert; Ground Elder; Daisy; Creeping Buttercup; Meadow Buttercup; Goosegrass; Hedge Mustard; Cow Parsley; Elder; Shepherd's Purse; Groundsel; Thale Cress; Procumbent Pearlwort; Ribwort Plantain; White Clover; Broad Leaved Dock; Cuckooflower; Red Campion; Dandelion agg; Broad Leaved Willowherb and Welsh Poppy.

Also added were:- Hornbeam; Common Alder; Silver Birch; Ash; Hazel; Silver Maple; Pendulous Sedge; Cock's-Foot Grass and Striped Woodlouse.

Galls noted were:- Eriophyes inangulis; Acalitus brevitarsus; Taphrina populina; Euura proxima; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Blennocampa phyllocolpa; Phytoptus avellanae; Trioza remota; Taphrina pruni Vasates quadripedes.

The only birds seen were:- Wood Pigeon; Magpie and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

 
7th June 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A cut down a tree-lined walkway and I recorded a few more species before wrapping up for the week and getting ready for the next Fungalised gig. 2 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Muscid Fly (Graphomya maculata); 8 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 2 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); * Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa lacewing); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and 2 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae).
 

7th June 2024 - Heaton Mersey Bowl, Stockport, G. Manchester - Whilst sipping a grand coffee I strolled homeward around the perimeter of this small area. I recorded:- 1 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 2 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata); 1 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens); 4 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 2 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 10 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 6 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 4 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni).

Cuckooflower was still in flower.

 
7th June 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Work done and a walk to a coffee shop - a new Gall was spied:- Eriophyes arianus on Whitebeam - a nice bonus.
 

6th June 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick check of a grassy meadow whilst cycling home. The small insect lists was:- 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius): 12 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 2 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 3 * Hoverfly (Anasimyia lineata); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 4 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus) and 1 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa).

The flowers noted were:- Ribwort Plantain; Brambe agg; Comfrey agg; Goosegrass; Broad Leaved Dock; Salad Burnet; Common Vetch; Common Nettle; Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Bush Vetch; Hogweed; Common Mouse; Yellow Flag Iris; Common Sorrel; Red Campion; Ox-Eye Daisy; Wood Avens and Red Clover.

I also saw a Greenfinch.

 

6th June 2024 - Alexandra Park, Moss Side, G. Manchester - A half day off work, 15 miles on the bike on top of the 3 miles in the morn helped to stretch out the back. After grabbing a coffee at this park I had a pootle - the flowers noted were:- Daisy; Meadow Buttercup; Common Field Speedwell; Chickweed; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Shepherd's Purse; Bramble agg; Feverfew; Prickly Sow Thistle; Dandelion agg; Goosegrass; Creeping Buttercup; Common Nettle; Hedge Woundwort; Pineappleweed; Garlic Mustard; Common Mouse Ear; Ox-Eye Daisy; REd Campion; Herb Robert; Cow Parsley; Elder; Broad Leaved Dock; White Clover; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Cuckooflower; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Lesser Trefoil; Silverweed; Large Bindweed; Ribwort Plantain; Bush Vetch; Hedge Mustard; Groundsel; Green Alkanet and Ground Elder.

Insects recorded included:- 24 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 6 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 2 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 3 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 1 * White Tailed Bumblebee agg (Bombus lucorum); 3 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 6 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 18 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana) and 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria).

The small bird lists included the following species:- Magpie; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Coot; Feral Pigeon; Tufted Duck; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Black Headed Gull; Blackbird; Moorhen; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Grey Heron and Mistle Thrush.

The Galls seen were:- Eriophyes tiliae; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Eriophyes laevis; Eriophyes inangulis; Contarinia tiliarum and Eriophyes leiosoma.

Cock's-Foot Grass; Grey Squirrel; Garlic Snail; Shiny and Striped Woodlice; Common Horsetail; Garden Snail; Large Yellow Slug and 3 Red Eared Terrapins.

 

5th June 2024 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick mooch on the way home after a busy day and with a twinging back. The insect life encountered was:- 1 * Common Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 2 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 2 * Sun Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Alder Spittle Bug (Aphrophora alni) and 1 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis).

Nearby were:- 2 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica) and 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare).

 

5th June 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - And yet another nature walk with the kids from work. Somehow we avoided the rain and had a sunny time of it with a cafe visit to finish. We played games and nattered away and saw a few insects:- 5 * Strawberry Seed Beetle (Harpalus rufipes); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 3 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 1 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi) and 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum).

We found 2 Common Toads; 3 Common Frogs and 2 Smooth Newts plus a Leopard Slug.

 
4th June 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A lift into work was needed so as to take a stack of books that needed posting and I also got a lift home after a coffee with the missus. The rain was falling, I have had enough of damp feet lately. Moths in the bathroom however were recorded, these were singles of:- Bee Moth; White Shoulder House Moth; Willow Beauty; Green Pug and Tachystola acroxantha.
 

3rd June 2024 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - Less than 2 minutes from home, on the bike, is a coffee shop and a grassy area. I was up at the crack, out in dull weather and home for 10.30am. The insects recorded were:- 1 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 1 * Potato Capsid (Closterotomus norwegicus); 1 * Tephrid Fly (Chaetostomella cylindrica); 1 * Fruit Fly (Urophora stylata); 1 * Snail KIlling Fly (Coremacera marginata); 1 * Lauxaniid Fly (Sapromyza sexpunctata); 1 * Hoary Tortrix (Eucosma cana); 6 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 9 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricula); 2 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Long Winged Conehead nymph (Conocephalus discolor); 10 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 2 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 5 * Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Green Oak Tortrix (Tortrix viridana); 1 * Clover Seed Moth (Grapholita compositella); 1 * Birch Catking Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Ox-Eye Daisy Fly (Tephritis neesii); 2 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 3 * Bishop's Mitre Bug (Aelia acuminata); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula fascipennis); 5 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 1 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Mirid Bug (Capsus ater); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 1 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 2 * White Line Pollen Moth (Micropterix aruncella); 1 * Common Damsel Bug (Nabis rugosus); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 2 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata).

The birds noted were:- Goldfinch; Greenfinch; Blackcap; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Starling; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Ring Necked Parakeet and Dunnock.

Galls picked out were:- Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Taphrina populina; Eriophyes leiosoma and Eriophyes sorbi.

Also added were:- Garden Snail; Brown Lipped Banded Snail; White Legged Snake Millipede; Shiny Woodlouse; Rough Woodlouse; Pendulous Sedge and Cock's-Foot Grass.

Blooms picked out were:- Scarlet Pimpernel; Hogweed; Broom; Herb Robert; Bramble agg; Common Nettle; Wood Avens; Ox-Eye Daisy; Goosegrass; Meadow Buttercup; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Hedge Bedstraw; Large Bindweed; Dame's Violet; Common Vetch; Black Medick; Common Knapweed; Comfrey agg; Red Clover; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Lesser Trefoil; Creeping Cinquefoil Meadow Vetchling; Grass Vetchling; Common Mouse Ear; Silverweed; White Clover; Germander Speedwell; Red Campion; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Common Sorrel; Meadow Vetchling; Hop Trefoil; Elder; Rowan; Hairy Tare; Multi-Flowered Rose; Prickly Sow Thistle; Shepherd's Purse; Common Field Speedwell; Groundsel; Daisy and Cow Parsley.

 

2nd June 2024 - Gowy Meadows, Cheshire - After the mornings walk we had a Full-English alfresco breakfast and 2 coffees and then had a short pootle at this area (included the roadside) we have visited a few times before.

It was still a slutch-fest in parts and some of the grassy areas were barren but we did see a few insects:- 1 * Cereal Fly (Geomyza tripunctata); 1 * Crane-Fly (Ptychoptera contaminata); 1 * Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta); 3 * Spear Thistle Lacebug (Tingis cardui); 1 * Creeping Thistle Lacebug (Tingis ampliata); 1 * Mirid Bug (Lygocoris rugicollis); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigra); 2 * Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens); 1 * Hawthorn Weevil (Anthonomus pedicularius); 1 * Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica); 1 * Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus); 2 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Weevil (Rhinoncus pericarpius); 1 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 4 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * 16 Spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata); 1 * 22 Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 3 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris); 1 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 1 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis); 1 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 24 Spot Ladybird (Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 2 * Mirid Bug (Capsus ater); 1 * Cereal Leaf Beetle (Oulema sp); 1 * Common Green Grashopper nymph (Omocestus viridulus); 2 * Common Nettle Ground Bug (Heterogaster urticae); 4 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa); 2 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Woundwort Shieldbug (Eysarcoris venustissimus); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Cereal Fly (Opomyza germinationis agg) and a Common Quaker Moth larvae (Orthosia cerasi).

A few galls noted were:-Acalitus stenaspis; Aceria campestricola; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Taphrina pruni; Phyllocoptes goniothorax; Eriophyes similis and Dasineura fraxini.

The flower list was made up of:- Cow Parsley; Herb Robert; Meadow Buttercup; Common Nettle; Goosegrass; Ground Elder; White Clover; Dandelion agg; Creeping Buttercup; Common Vetch; Hedge Woundwort; Red Campion; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Hogweed; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Bramble agg; Ribwort Plantain; Garlic Mustard; Common Mouse Ear; Lesser Trefoil; Lesser Stitchwort; Chickweed; Daisy; Bittersweet; Black Bryony; Hawthorn; Hedge Mustard; Wild Radish; Pineappleweed; Shepherd's Purse and Green Alkanet.

The only birds seen were:- Magpie; Swallow; Grey Heron; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw Mute Swan; Reed Bunting; Long Tailed Tit and Blackbird.

The other oddments added were:- Crested Dog's Tail; Striped Woodlouse; White Lipped Banded Snail and Amber Snail.

 

2nd June 2024 - Whitby Park, Ellesmere Park, Cheshire - I was leading a gentle 2 hour wak today for the Cheshire Wildlife Trust - a nice bunch of folk turned up as organised by the keen lass Rachel Nellist. A pre-pootle and a couple of hours in decent weather produced the following bloom list:- Groundsel; Chickweed; Dandelion agg; White Clover; Yellow Flag Iris; Daisy; Meadow Buttercup; Red Dead Nettle; Shepherd's Purse; Bramble agg; Cow Parsley; Cuckooflower; Herb Robert; Wood Avens; Elder; Goosegrass; Common Sorrel; Ribwort Plantain; Slender Speedwell; Thale Cress; Common Field Speedwell; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Wavy Bittercress and Hedgerow Crane's-Bill.

The few insects pondered were:- 1 * Common Green Capsid (Lygocoris pabulinus); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 3 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa); 4 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 4 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 8 * Yellow Banded Longhorn Moth (Nemophora degeerella); 1 * Acorn Weevil (Curculio glandium); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 2 * Forest Shieldbug nymph (Pentatoma rufipes); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 2 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 2 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus); 1 * Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota sylvarum); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Hoverfly (Parhelophilus frutetorum); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 2 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 2 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis); 1 * Potato Leafhopper (Eupteryx aurata); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) plus 1 * Common larvae (Polygonia c-album).

Galls sighted were:- Eriophyes leiosoma; Eriophyes tiliae; Aceria exilis; Trioza remota; Aceria campestricola; Cryptomyzus ribis and Taphrina populina.

Also added were:- Pedunculate Oak; Hornbeam; Whitebeam; Hawthorn; Common Lime; Silver Birch; Common Horsetail; Pendulous Sedge; Grey Squirrel; Garden Snail; Brown Lipped Banded Snail; Rough Woodlouse; Shiny Woodlouse; Striped Woodlouse; White Legged Snake Millipede; Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis); Cock's-Foot Grass (Dactylis glomerata); Amber Snail (Succinea putris) and a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis).

The small bird list was made up of:- Dunnock; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Mallard; Moorhen; Magpie; Swift; Herring Gull; Swallow; Greenfinch and Lesser Black Backed Gull.

 

1st June 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - Heading home, a cut through the damp meadow at this local spot and I saw:- 2 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis pallida); 2 * Long Legged Fly (Dolichopus wahlbergi); 1 * Mirid Bug (Leptopterna dolabrata); 1 * Ground Beetle (Demetrias atricapillus); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Picture Winged Fly (Rivellia syngenesiae); 1 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 2 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 * Water Ladybird (Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata); 3 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 2 * Weevil (Rhinoncus pericarpius); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 1 * Tortoise Bug (Eurygaster testudinaria); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 3 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilibris); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Reed Beetle (Plateumaris sericea); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula fulvipennis) and 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens).

Marsh Thistle and Greater Spearwort were looking lovely.

 

1st June 2024 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - Up and out and all done a sipping coffee outside the Amerianique for 10.15 - not bad at all.

Insects recorded today were:- 2 * Potato Leafhopper (Eupteryx aurata); 1 * Mirid Bug (Closterotomus trivialis); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * Ground Beetle (Demetrias atricapillus); 1 * Mirid Bug nymph (Heterotoma planicornis); 1 * Leafhopper (Oncopsis flavicollis); 1 * Tephrid Fly (Chaetostomella cylindrica); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 3 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 6 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * White Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum agg); 1 * Hoverfly (Merodon equestris); 2 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota sylvarum); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 13 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata); 6 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 1 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 3 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 8 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 1 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis); 2 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1* Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 3 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 5 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 5 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 5 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Forest Shieldbug nymph (Pentatoma rufipes); 1 * Cinnamon Bug (Corizus hyoscyami); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 2 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysogaster solstitialis) and an abundance of Harlequin Ladybird (Harmona axyridis) and Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis).

Magpie; Wren; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Greenfinch; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Goldfinch and Jackdaw plus Blackcap and Chiffchaff on call.

Blooms noted were:- White Clover; Green Alkanet; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Hogweed; Elder; Meadow Buttercup; Cow Parsley; Creeping Buttercup; Common Nettle; Bramble agg; Broad Leaved Dock; Goosegrass; Wood Avens; Ground Elder; Red Campion; Bush Vetch; PIneappleweed; Dandelion agg; Comfrey agg; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Daisy; Lesser Trefoil; Yellow Flag Iris and Garlic Mustard.

I also added:- Cock's-Foot Grass; White Legged Snake Millipede; Strawberry Snail; Garden Snail; White Lipped Banded Snail; Amber Snail; Striped Woodlouse; Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and the Galls:- Eriophyes leiosoma; Euura proxima;Taphrina pruni; Psyllopsis fraxini and Eriophyes inangulis.

Lords and Ladies was now at the fruitings stage, as was Hawthorn - the year is tickling by.

 

1st June 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Up to check the moth trap, 2 House Sparrows were sitting on the device, chomping away. The end result - 3 moths:- Marbled Minor agg; Green Oak Tortrix and Common Marbled Carpet.

Later in the day the garden held:- 1 * Hairy Yellow Faced Bee (Hylaeus hyalinatus); 1 * Harlequin Ladbird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata) and the Hoverflies:- Syritta pipiens and Myathropa florea.

 
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31st May 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - The last day of the month, I have recorded everyday and am looking to change tack. I need to catch my own arse and reconsider, today I had a coffee and a quiet stroll. I saw:- 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis pellucida); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 3 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 3 * Longhorn Beetle (Grammoptera ruficornis); 3 * Hoverfly (Chrysogaster solstitialis); 3 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 3 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 3 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 15 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 1 * Willow Flea Beetle (Crepidodera aurata); 13 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula lunata); 2 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 6 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 3 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 2 * Hoverfly (Xylota sylvarum); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 2 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 2 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 4 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 2 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi);1 * Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata); 1 * Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula maxima); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 2 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 4 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 3 * Snipe Fly (Rhagio tringarius); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata) and 3 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia).
 
30th May 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Jay sat in a branch by the riverside path, A Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) grabbed a few rare sun-rays and the Cherry Aphid (Myzus cerasi) was in good numbers inside a leaf curl.
 

30th May 2024 - Heaton Mersey Meadow, Stockport, G. Manchester - Adjacent to the orchard, where I checked yesterday, is a small meadow area that is usually worth a look whilst on my way home. Today I saw:- 1 * Clover Seed Moth (Grapholita compositella); 4 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 4 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 2 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata); 1 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 4 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 2 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 7 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 4 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 1 * Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Meadow Grass Moth (Crambus lathoniellus); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis flavilabris) and 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula fascipennis).

Lesser Stitchwort; Bird's-Foot Trefoil and Meadow Crane's-Bill were 3 flowers adored. Quaking Grass was doing well too.

 
30th May 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick dinnertime walk to ease the head and get away from the desk. A small area I record at produced:- 5 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 8 * Harlequin Ladybird plus 4 larvae (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus) and 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).
 
29th May 2024 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - After a busy day I walked home and had a 30 minute pause in this small area. With a breeze and cloud I think I did well to spot anything. The insects recorded were:- 2 * Black Snipe Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 2 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 13 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 3 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Grypocoris stysi); 1 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 7 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 2 * Soldier Fly (Chloromyia formosa); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida vibex); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 2 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 2 * Mirid Bug (Closterotomus trivialis); 1 * White Line Pollen Moth (Micropterix aruncella) and 1 * Hoverfly (Tropidia scita).
 

29th May 2024 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - After noted the Gall (Myzus ligustri) I walked on and had a pootled down a local back alleyway where I occasionally record. Today the following blooms were noted:- Common Nettle; Shining Crane's-Bill; Nipplewort; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Wild Strawberry; Wood Avens; Bramble agg; Goosegrass; Creeping Buttercup; Prickly Sow Thistle; Garlic Mustard; Ground Elder; Broad Leaved Dock; Elder; White Clover; Welsh Poppy; Ox-Eye Daisy; Cow Parsley; Green Alkanet Herb Robert and Common Ragwort in bud.

Insects noted were:- 17 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Merodon equestris); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 2 * Common Roller Moth (Ancylis badiana); 2 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 4 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 4 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) and 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata).

I also noted the Gall (Psyllopsis fraxini agg) as well as a Magpie; Wood Pigeon and Blackbird.

 
29th May 2024 - Grappenhall Walled Gardens, Warrington, Cheshire - A walk with a dozen kids from work, we played, picnicked and pootled.  The weather was dull and we didn't see a great deal to be honest but I did record:- 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); a Robin, Coot with 2 young, Mallard; Song Thrush and Blackbird and we all had a nibble of flowering Common Nettle; Goosegrass and Garlic Mustard.  Red Campion; Foxglove and Wood Avens were the other blooms noted as I was run ragged and talking nonsense with a fine bunch of Young Carers.
 
29th May 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A couple more moths in the bathroom, a Common Marbled Carpet and a Small Magpie - it is better than a kick in the conkers.
 
28th May 2024 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis), 1 * Weevil (Rhinoncus pericarpius) and the Mirid Bug (Closterotomus trivialis) - the latter was dark with orange cuneus and two black spots on the pronotum - it was a new one for me, and I had no camera on me - bah.
 
28th May 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Up with a sore back, on the bathroom wall were a Silver Y and a Brimstone Moth - I really do need to get the trap out but am just lacking the inclination at the mo.
 

27th May 2024 - Stamford Park, Stalybridge, Tameside - The climate continues to kickback, we three pootlers headed out, had a warm drink and cake in a garden centre and then a walk under the rainy skies and clouds.

Birds listed were:- Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Moorhen; Feral Pigeon; Treecreeper; Robin; Starling; Blackbird; Song Thrush; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Goldfinch; Dunnock and Magpie.

Blooms spotted included:- Bittersweet; Procumbent Pearlwort; Hogweed; Foxglove; Cow Parsley; Horse Chestnut; Meadow Buttercup; Ground Elder; Herb Robert; Goosegrass; Wood Avens; Common Nettle; Broad Leaved Willowherb; Groundsel; Broad Leaved Dock; Creeping Buttercup; Shepherd's Purse; Elder; Bramble agg; Daisy; Dandelion agg; Thale Cress; Pineappleweed; Cuckooflower; Ribwort Plantain; Ox-Eye Daisy; Many Flowered Rose; Red Campion; Common Knapweed; White Dead Nettle; Salad Burnet; Creeping Thistle; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Yarrow; Greater Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Comfrey agg and Common Vetch.

The few bugs braving the weather were:- 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 27 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 8 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Snipe-Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); 1 * Red And Black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus).

The couple of galls noted were:- Eriophyes leiosoma; Eriophyes inangulis; Dasineura viciae; Eriophyes tiliae; Dasineura tiliae; Psyllopsis fraxini and Eriophyes laevis.

And also added was:- Grey Squirrel and Cock's-Foot Grass.

 

26th May 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A few species in the garden later in the day were:- 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens); 1 * Mint Moth (Pyarusta aurata); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) and a few Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci).

Meadow Buttercup and Bulbous Buttercup were in flower.

 

26th May 2024 - Airlift Hill, Warrington, Cheshire - The first walk of the year for the Land Trust. Rain was the forecast, we somehopw avoided it and with a good crowd in tow we saw the following insects:- 3 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * Weevil (Rhinoncus pericarpius); 1 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 1 * Soldier Beetlle (Cantharis flavilabris); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Large Rose Sawfly (Arge pagana); 1 * Ground Beetle (Poecilus cupreus); 1 * Leafhopper (Eupteryx urticae); 2 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rufa); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis lateralis); 1 * Leafhopper (Oncopsis flavicollis); 1 * Weevil (Apion frumentarium); 2 * Parent Bug (Elasmucha grisea); 1 * Common Marble Moth (Celypha lacunana); 3 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida vibex); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 2 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 7 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 2 * 16 Spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata); 1 * 22 Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata); 2 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida viridis); 5 * Bishop's Mitre Bug (Aelia acuminata); 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 16 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 10+ * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 4 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 2 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 1 * White Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum agg); 4 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 5 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Golden Bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens); 2 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 1 * Weevil (Polydrusus formosus); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus trivittatus); 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Eyed Hawk-Moth (Smerinthus ocellatus); 1 * Silver Y (Autographa gamma); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 2 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 3 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria).

The small bird list included:- Reed Bunting; Magpie; Mallard; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Jackdaw; Starling; Grey Heron; Tufted Duck; Herring Gull; Pied Wagtail; Song Thrush; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Kestrel; Coot and Buzzard.

The flowers listed included:- Red Clover; White Clover; Meadow Buttercup; Broad Leaved Dock; Ox-Eye Daisy; Ribwort Plantain; Creeping Buttercup; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Black Medick; Silverweed; Comfrey agg; Red Campion; Common Knapweed; White Campion; Bee Orchid; Amphibious Bistort; Cuckooflower; Hogweed; Prickly Sow Thistle; Common Vetch; Common Nettle; Common Mouse Ear and Lesser Trefoil.

Also added were :- 1 * Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis); the Gall (Eriophyes tiliae); Cock's-Foot Grass (Dactylis glomerata); Crested Dog's Tail (Cynosurus cristatus); Amber Snail (Succinea putris); a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis) and Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum).

 

25th May 2024 - Parrs Wood Environmental Centre, Didsbury, G. Manchester - After todays walk we called in at a local event that was run by the fine folk at this very special place. Our mate Kit Walker was at the helm and doing a grand job. We had tea and cake and a wander and recorded:- 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Common Spruce Tortrix (Epinotia tedella); 2 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 21 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 4 * Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata); 1 * Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 3 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 2 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 9 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 3 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum); 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 2 * Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens); 1 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 1 * Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * Juniper Shieldbug (Cyphostethus tristriatus); 1 * Straw Dot (Rivula sericealis); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata) and 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum).

Flowers noted were:- Herb Robert; White Clover; Black Medick; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Shining Crane's-Bill; Thale Cress; Chickweed; Daisy; Wood Avens; Bramble agg; Foxglove; Common Field Speedwell; Ribwort Plantain; Hogweed; Green Alkanet; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Goosegrass; Cuckooflower; Common Mouse Ear; Common Vetch; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; White Water Lily; Creeping Buttercup; Yellow Flag Iris; Common Nettle; Red Valerian; Purple Toadflax; Common Valerian; Comfrey agg; Bush Vetch; Garlic Mustard; Lesser Trefoil and Purple Toothwort.

Galls noted were:- Mikiola fagi; Acalitus stenaspis; Euura pedunculi; Iteomyia capraea and Cryptomyzus ribis.

We also added:- Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) and Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber).

 

25th May 2024 - Happy Valley, Stockport, G. Manchester - Another walk led today, the weather was fair and we pootled along in a gentle manner with some good folk in tow. The horrors of the modern world where plain to see with dogs destroying habitat and polluting waters and insect numbers just not giving one any confidence for the future. As a group we had a nice walk though with insects seen as follows:- 1 * Red Mompha Moth (Mompha locupletella); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis rustica); 3 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta); 1 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 3 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 3 * Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Clouded Bordered Brindle (Apamea crenata); 2 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 2 * Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); 1 * Buttercup Beetle (Hydrothassa marginella); 1 * Broad Damselbug (Nabis flavomarginatus); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Silver Y (Autographa gamma); 1 * Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata); 2 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 4 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 2 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 3 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 2 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 2 * Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); 1 * Hoverfly (Chrysogaster solstitialis); 1 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 1 * Green Carpet Moth (Colostygia pectinataria); 1 * Black Snipe-Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 19 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica) and a few Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) and Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula).

Blooms noted were:- Creeping Buttercup; Common Nettle; Wood Avens; Cow Parsley; Ground Elder; Goosegrass; Herb Robert; Meadow Buttercup; Bramble agg; Green Alkanet; Daisy; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Garlic Mustard; Elder; Broad Leaved Dock; Common Figwort; Lesser Stitchwort; Ox-Eye Daisy; Yellow Rattle; Common Sorrel; Cuckooflower; Pignut; Fringe Cups; Ragged Robin; Pink Purslane; Red Campion; Dandelion agg; Yellow Flag Iris; Brooklime; Greater Stitchwort; Silverweed; White Water Lily; Bluebell; Wood Speedwell and Guelder Rose.

A few tree species noted were:- Common Ash; Beech; Sycamore; Whitebeam; Hazel and Common Alder. We also added:- Wood Horsetail; 1 * Common Frog; White Lipped Banded Snail; Amber Snail; White Legged Snake Millipede; Striped Woodlouse and a new on to us:- Curly Waterweed (Lagarosiphon major).

The few birds seen were:- Mallard; Common Buzzard; Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Song Thrush; Magpie; Blackbird and Grey Heron.

Galls added included:- Eriophyes similis; Trioza remota; Eriophyes laevis; Eriophyes inangulis; Aceria nervisequa; Acalitus stenaspis; Euura proxima; Blennocampa phyllocolpa; Mikiola fagi and Eriophyes sorbi.

 

24th May 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - I finished work early and walked the long route home. I spent some time in this area I know so well. The weather was drab, it seems par for the course, but I did see the following insects:- 1 * Saw-Fly (Selandria serva); 1 * Crane-Fly (Nephrotoma quadrifaria); 1 * Caddis-Fly (Limnephilus auricula); 1 * Mirid Bug (Miris striatus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Ptychoptera contaminata); 13 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 6 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 8 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 18 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 3 * Longhorn Beetle (Grammoptera ruficornis); 1 * Green Lacewing (Chrysopa perla); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 10 * Black Snipe-Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 1 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 3 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 2 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 1 * Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); 3 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Muscid Fly (Graphomya maculata); 1 * Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridiana) and the Hoverflies:- 3 * Episyrphus balteatus; 1 * Volucella bombylans; 1 * Volucella pellucens; 4 * Helophilus pendulus; 1 * Pipizella viduata; 2 * Eristalis pertinax; 2 * Cheilosia illustrata; 2 * Eristalis nemorum; 2 * Chrysogaster solstitialis; 1 * Platycheirus albimanus; 1 * Melangyna compositarum s.l and 1 * Melanostoma scalare.

Galls listed today were:- Mikiola fagi; Aceria nervisequa; Aceria erinea; Aceria myriadeum; Aceria macrochela; Acalitus brevitarsus; Eriophyes inangulis; Taphrina tosquinetii; Pemphigus spyrothecae; Phyllocoptes goniothorax; Trioza remota; Andricus kollari; Contarinia tiliarum; Eriophyes leiosoma; Phytoptus tetratrichus; Dasineura tiliae; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Euura proxima; Blennocampa phyllocolpa; Dasineura fraxini; Taphrina pruni and Eriophyes sorbi.

The only other species listed were a few Swifts down by the River Mersey.

 
23rd May 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - I am fed up, the hernia is a bugger, the back getting better but still a menace and the IBS is having a poxy day.  The rain was falling during the dinner break and the wind rising (yes, from the arse too) but I had a walk and saw 3 Galls:- the sexual stage of Andricus grossulariae was noted on Turkey Oak catkins, Psyllopsis fraxini agg was on Ash leaves and Aceria macrochela was on the leaves of Field Maple.  Small Balsam; White Dead Nettle; Honesty and Comfrey agg were a couple of flowers pondered and I did spy 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Lauxaniidae Fly (Meiosimyza decempunctata) and 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).
 
22nd May 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking to work with the brolly up and the rain teeming, I spied a completely fed up Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americiana) with the head down and the rain drops gathered on its back - how these creatures crack on is beyond me, we must all be grateful. The dinner break walk produced 4 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis), Broad Leaved Willowherb; Fox and Cubs and Foxglove in flower and the Gall (Euura pedunculi) in good numbers
 

21st May 2024 - Tottington FC, Bury, G. Manchester - Another footy fix, the season is nearly done.  Whilst viewing I noted a few blooms:- Creeping Buttercup; Meadow Buttercup; Garlic Mustard; Daisy; Ribwort Plantain; Cow Parsley; Elder; Horse Chestnut; Common Sorrel; Red Clover; Hawthorn; Common Nettle; Herb Robert; Thale Cress; Shining Crane's-Bill; Lilac and Cuckooflower.The few birds noted were:- Robin; Goldfinch; Wood Pigeon; Starling; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Dunnock and Collared Dove.

I also added a few insects:- 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Willow Flea Beetle (Crepidodera aurata); 4 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana) and 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus).

The single gall noted was Psyllopsis fraxini agg.

 
21st May 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Tomorrows walk is cancelled due to crappy weather, I was at work today and there was a chill in the air whilst cycling on.  As I pushed the bike through this local park I saw:- 1 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 2 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 4 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 2 * Giant Crane-Fly (Tipula maxima) and 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus hybridus).
 

21st May 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinnertime walk, I spied:- 15 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 19 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * White Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum agg); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 2 * Birch catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) and 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea).

Ground Elder; Meadow Buttercup and Goosegrass were flowering down a back alley that I keep my eye on.

 

20th May 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - I am way behind on many fronts so today I stayed in. I did take a few breaks in the arden and noted:- 1 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * 2 Spotted Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 14 * Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Hoverfly (Syritta pipiens); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Crane-Fly (Limonia nubeculosa); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata) and 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans).

Wild Flowers in bloom were:- Cow Parsley; Hogweed; Herb Robert; Greater Celandine; Garlic Mustard; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Red Campion; Foxglove; Ox-Eye Daisy; Meadow Buttercup; Honesty; Creeping Buttercup; Germander Speedwell; Hairy Bittercress and Common Nettle.

A Blue Tit paid a visit to the back window sill and the cheeky House Sparrows still pootled in the vegetation and fed on the greenfly.

The overnight moth trap was poor and only gave rise to:- Tachystola acroxantha (*2); Common Marbled Carpet (*2); Brown House Moth (*1); Bright Line, Brown Eye (*1) and Cabbage Moth (*1).

 

19th May 2024 - Deep Dale NR, Derbyshire - A walk in spectacular sunshine with the missus. We never see many insects here but what we did see was:- 1 * Carrot Fly (Psila merdaria); 1 * Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata); 1 * Hoverfly (Rhingia campestris); 5 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigricans); 1 * Common Field Damselbug (Nabis rugosus); 1 * Broad Damselbug (Nabis flavomarginatus); 1 * Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis opaca); 2 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans); 1 * Yellow Sally Stone-Fly (Isoperla grammatica); 3 * Mirid Bug (Calocoris alpestris); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula lunata); 1 * Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica); 1 * Dock Weevil (Apion frumentarium); 1 * Raspberry Beetle (Byturus ochraceus); 2 * Crane-Fly (Cylindrotoma distinctissima); 4 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 16 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 5 * Silver Y (Autographa gamma); 2 * Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridiana); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 1 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major); 1 * Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni); 2 * Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 3 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus); 4 * Red And Black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); 14 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 2 * Pale Tortoise Beetle (Cassida flaveola); 31 * Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi); 1 * White Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lucorum agg); 2 * Giant Crane-Fly (Tipula maxima); 8 * Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages); 5 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 2 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 2 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Small Yellow Underwing (Panemeria tenebrata); 2 * Peacock (Aglais io); 12 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 1 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); 1 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 3 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas); 2 * Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui); 1 * Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta); 1 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 2 * Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) and 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum).

Bird species seen were:- Common Buzzard; Redstart; Chaffinch; Jackdaw; Garden Warbler; Robin; Wren; Raven; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Skylark and Meadow Pipit with Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler heard.

Blooms listed were:- Spring Sandwort; Nodding Thistle; Cow Parsley; Creeping Buttercup; Germander Speedwell; Lady's Mantle agg; Greater Stitchwort; Crosswort; Daisy; Ground Elder; Meadow Buttercup; Red Campion; Elder; Herb Robert; Shining Crane's-Bill; Ribwort Plantain; Meadow Saxifrage; Bugle; Cuckooflower; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Hawthorn; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Lesser Trefoil; Mouse Ear Hawkweed; Field Madder; Common Sorrel; Bush Vetch; Rue Leaved Saxifrage; Horse Chestnut; Water Avens; Ramsons; Wavy Bittercress; Early Purple Orchid; Ground Ivy; Wild Strawberry; Lesser Celandine; Sanicle; Yellow Pimpernel; Lords and Ladies; Sweet Woodruff; Salad Burnet; Bulbous Buttercup; Spring Cinquefoil; Dandelion agg; Broad Leaved Dock; Brooklime; Fairy Flax; Cowslip; Bird's-Foot Trefoil; Common Milkwort; Tormentil; Pignut; Yellow Rattle; Sticky Mouse Ear; Common Mouse Ear; Kidney Vetch; Mountain Pansy; Rowan; Early Dog Violet; Garlic Mustard; Bramble agg; Goosegrass; Welsh Poppy and Toothwort and Dog's Mercury now gone to seed and Bird's-Nest Orchid on the cusp of full flower.

We also added:- Quaking Grass; White Lipped and Brown Lipped Banded Snails and the Galls (Eriophyes leiosoma) and (Eriophyes tiliae) as well as a Striped Millipede (Ommatoiulus sabulosus).

 

18th May 2024 - Golborne Sports FC, Wigan, G. Manchester - Arriving at the football and we had a laze in the sun and then watched a 5 goal cracker. Whilst in the area we recorded:- 1 * Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Small White (Pieris rapae); 4 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Bishop's Mitre Bug (Aelia acuminata); 16 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 2 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida vibex); 1 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus).

Flowers in bloom were:- Procumbent Pearlwort; White Clover; Cuckooflower; Daisy; Nipplewort; Creeping Buttercup; Wall Speedwell; Common Mouse Ear; Ribwort Plantain; Lesser Trefoil; Meadow Buttercup; Bush Vetch; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Bramble agg; Elder; Herb Robert; Yellow Oxalis; Dandelion agg; Common Nettle; Purple Toadflax; Goosegrass; Broad Leaved Dock and Common Vetch.

The few birds added were:- Starling; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Pied Wagtail and Blackbird.

 

18th May 2024 - Carr Mill Dam, St Helens, Merseyside - A pre-footy walk, with insects the main area of interest. We saw:- 1 * Sawfly (Pachyprotasis rapae); 2 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigricans); 1 * Longhorn Beetle (Grammoptera ruficornis); 1 * Tiger Crane-Fly (Nephrotoma appendiculata); 1 * Potato Leafhopper (Eupteryx aurata); 1 * Scorpion Fly (Panorpa germanica); 2 * Black Snipe-Fly (Chrysopilus cristatus); 23 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 5 * Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 3 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 6 * Brown Silver Line (Petrophora chlorosata); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 1 * Ground Beetle (Demetrias atricapillus); 19 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Common Nettle Ground Bug (Heterogaster urticae); 10 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 2 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 3 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 11 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 2 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); 2 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 2 * Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha nigriventris); 2 * Red And Black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); 3 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 6 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 9 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 2 * Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis); 1 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 2 * Hoverfly (Chrysogaster solstitialis); 2 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 3 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Bishop's Mitre Bug (Aelia acuminata); 5 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 6 * Silver Y (Autographa gamma); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 1 * Forest Shieldbug nymph (Pentaotoma rufipes).

Silver Birch, Common Lime; Beech; Ash and Hazel were pondered along with the following blooms:- Ribwort Plantain; Hemlock Water Dropwort; Red Campion; Creeping Buttercup; Cow Parsley; Wood Avens; Rhododendron; Yellow Flag Iris; Ground Elder; Pignut; Bluebell; Herb Robert; Cuckooflower; Common Sorrel; Black Medick; Common Mouse Ear; Common Nettle; Garlic Mustard; Shining Crane's-Bill; Elder; Brooklime; Common Field Speedwell; Ramsons; Hawthorn; Daisy; Prickly Sow Thistle; Dandelion agg; Goosegrass; Hogweed; Guelder Rose; White Clover; 3 Nerved Sandwort; Wood Speedwell; Yellow Pimpernel; Welsh Poppy; Broom; Marsh Marigold; Sycamore; Large BIttercress; Meadow Buttercup; Sweet Woodruff; Common Comfrey agg; Horse Chestnut; Common Vetch; Lesser Trefoil; Pineappleweed; Hedge Mustard; Shepherd's Purse; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Bramble agg and Thyme Leaved Speedwell.

Galls were few today:- Eriophyes leiosoma; Phytoptus avellanae; Aceria nervisequa; Eriophyes inangulis; Eriophyes laevis; Macrodiplosis pustularis; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Acalitus brevitarsus and Acalitus stenaspis.

The bird list comprised of:- Coot; Black Headed Gull; House Sparrow; Swallow; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Wren; Pied Wagtail; Jackdaw; House Martin; Blue Tit; Canada Goose; Nuthatch; Wood Pigeon; Great Crested Grebe; Starling; Moorhen; Song Thrush; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Magpie; Carrion Crow and Mallard.

We also added:- Shiny Woodlouse; Striped Woodlouse; Grey Squirrel; Hart's Tongue Fern; Common Horsetail; Pendulous Sedge; Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum);

 

17th May 2024 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - After a doctors appointment I went for a coffee and headed to work.  The grassland near the industrial estate gave rise to:- 9 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 2 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 2 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 2 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Common Roller Moth (Ancylis badiana); 6 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus);  45 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata) and 3 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida vibex).

Creeping Cinquefoil and Dame's Violet were two flowers noted.

 

16th May 2024 - Poynton Pool, Cheshire - A walk with the older carers, we strolled, nattered and finished with a coffee.  As per, a few wild examples were thrown into the mix.

Flowers seen were:-  Common Sorrel; Honesty; Cow Parsley; Garlic Mustard; Wood Avens; Yellow Flag Iris; Pignut; Elder; Herb Robert; Hawthorn; Hogweed; Marsh Marigold; Dandelion agg; Whitebeam; Sycamore; Green Alkanet; Meadow Buttercup; Water Figwort; Horse Chestnut; Holly; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Germander Speedwell; Ribwort Plantain; Goosegrass; Common Nettle; Hemlock Water Dropwort; Daisy; Lesser Celandine; Groundsel; Chickweed; Bittersweet; Welsh Poppy and Ground Elder.

The few birds seen were:- Magpie; Mallard; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Jackdaw; Goldfinch; Wren; Dunnock and Swallow.

The insect list comprised of:- 2 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans); 1 * Cock's Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 5 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 5 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * Snipe-Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quatuordecimpunctata); 1 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 10 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 17 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 7 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 2 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigricans); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana) and 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).

Galls included:- Biorhiza pallida; Acalitus stenaspis; Acalitus brevitarsus; Eriophyes tiliae;Taphrina tosquinetiiPsyllopsis fraxini aggEriophyes leiosomaHartigiola annulipes and Aceria nervisequa.

Oddments added were:- Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis) and Common Frog (Rana temporaria) plus an unidentified Terrapin. 

 

15th May 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking homeward with a head full of worry. I kept my eyes peeled and saw:- 6 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 7 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 3 * Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum) and 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria).

I also saw a male Blackcap singing away and a lone Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) - and then the rains soon came.

 

14th May 2024 - Elton Vale FC, Bury, G. Manchester - Another footy game and a few sightings - why not indeed?  Birds seen were:- Blackbird; Mallard; House Sparrow; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Black Headed Gull; Swift and Ring Necked Parakeet.

The few blooms listed were:- Hawthorn; Daisy; Herb Robert; Common Mouse Ear; Wood Avens; Cow Parsley; Yellow Flag Iris; Cuckooflower; Guelder Rose; Common Nettle; Groundsel; Procumbent Pearlwort; Holly; Rowan; Meadow Buttercup and Pineappleweed.

On a cool evening the only insect life noted was:- 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata). 

2 Galls picked out were:- Phyllocoptes goniothorax and Eriophyes sorbi.

 

14th May 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - I strolled to work in the rain with a coffee in my hand.  I broke down later in the day, life is twisting my mind at the mo.  I saw on the way a Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) feeding on some Fringe Cups, a Song Thrush singing his heart out and a Strawberry Small clinging on to some moist vegetation.  Horse Radish; Ground Elder; Welsh Poppy; Japanese Rose and Yellow Rattle were in flower and pondered - if only the bigger picture could be so simple.

Walking home I saw the Hoverfly (Cheilosia illustrata) - wow, these are such fine insects.

 
14th May 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester Eriophyes tiliaeEriophyes sorbiMikiola fagiDasineura tiliaeEriophyes leiosoma and Contarinia tiliarum were the Gall noted as I continued my way to work and a few Horse Chestnut Leaf Miners (Cameraria ohridella) dance beneath a canopy of leaves. Walking home a small Nettle patch delighted me with 72 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 5 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) and 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea). I also saw another Gall - Cryptomyzus ribis - nice.
 
13th May 2024 - Didsbury, G. Manchester - 3 Galls were noted on a roadside Lime, these were:- Dasineura tiliae; Eriophyes exilis and Eriophyes tiliae.
 

13th May 2024 - Fog Lane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - The plan was to go for a short cycle today, I ended up at this non-too far location and getting back later than planned. 2 coffees, a lengthy read of a good vampire yarn and a mooch, tis' better than stopping in scratching the rear.

Without my trusty net the insects still noted today were:- 132 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 14 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 3 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata); 7 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 3 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 3 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Tachnid Fly (Tachina fera); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 2 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 4 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 5 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 2 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 5 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 4 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Silver Y (Autographa gamma); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 2 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus tarsalis); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Hoverfly (Eumerus funeralis); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 3 * Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner (Cameraria ohridella); 1 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 2 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus urticae); 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 5 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 3 * Crane-Fly (Limonia nubeculosa); 1 * Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis trigramma); 1 * Raspberry Beetle (Byturus ochraceus) and 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

The few bird species seen were:- Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Mistle Thrush; Blue Tit; Carrion Crow; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Starling; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Magpie; Mallard; Ring Necked Parakeet; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Canada Goose; Coot; Mandarin Duck; Feral Pigeon and a Treecreeper with its mate seen sat on the nest - lovely.

I also added:- Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); 2 * Brown Rat and the Flatworm (Kontikia ventrolineata).

Blooms listed were:- Whitebeam; Foxglove; Pignut; Slender Speedwell; Groundsel; Wavy Bittercress; Holly; Chickweed; Spindle; Salad Burnet; Shepherd's Purse; Lesser Trefoil; Wall Speedwell; Welsh Poppy; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Broad Leaved Dock; Cuckooflower; Elder; Laburnum; Common Mouse Ear; Wild Strawberry; Common Sorrel; Spanish Bluebell; Hawthorn; Common Field Speedwell; Common Nettle; Goosegrass; Red Campion; Hedge Mustard; Garlic Mustard; Meadow Buttercup; Hornbeam; Cow Parsley; Ribwort Plantain; Herb Robert; Bramble agg; Wood Avens; Bird Cherry; Creeping Buttercup; Dandelion agg and Daisy.

I also noted a few Galls:- Trioza remota; Dasineura fraxini; Psyllopsis fraxini agg; Eriophyes laevis; Aceria cephalonea; plus Common Horsetail; Pendulous Sedge and a fine Copper Beech.

 

12th May 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Germander Speedwell was now blooming in the garden, Meadow Buttercup was in bud and I added:- 6 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Small White (Pieris rapae) and couple Girdled Snails (Hygromia cinctella).

A new Hoverfly was confirmed by Chris Sellen online (he is an helpful chap). The species was as I suggested - Eumerus funeralis - tis' always better to seek a second opinion.

 

12th May 2024 - Windy Bank Woods, Glazebury, Lancashire - A meet-up with my brother for the third time at this place. It seems as though certain areas had been discovered and disturbance was on the increase with little in the way of putting back. We cracked on and did 3 hours in clammy conditions.

The bird list comprised of the following:- Carrion Crow; Common Whitethroat; Magpie; Blackbird; Linnet; Jackdaw; Canada Goose; Wood Pigeon; Raven; Swallow; Mallard; Willow Warbler; Pheasant; Chaffinch; Moorhen; Goldfinch; Black Headed Gull; Grey Heron and Pied Wagtail plus Bullfinch; Greenfinch; Long Tailed Tit and Chiffchaff on call.

Blooms listed were:- Sycamore; Procumbent Pearlwort; Japanese Rose; Brooklime; Gorse; Bird Cherry; Horse Chestnut; Common Sorrel; Wavy Bittercress; Changing Forget-Me-Not; Lady's Mantle agg; Cuckooflower; Red Clover; Ribwort Plantain; Dame's Violet; Wood Avens; Dandelion agg; Spanish Bluebell; Goat's-Beard; Hogweed; Prickly Sow Thistle; Common Vetch; Common Mouse Ear; Black Medick; Groundsel; Wall Speedwell; Meadow Buttercup; Comfrey agg; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Shining Crane's-Bill; Herb Robert; Creeping Buttercup; Elder; Garlic Mustard; Red Campion; Green Alkanet; White Dead Nettle; Hawthorn; Claridge Druce’s Crane’s-Bill; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Common Nettle; Hedge Mustard and Cow Parsley.

Insects recorded were:- 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis scutellata); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus clypeatus agg); 1 * Lace Bug (Tingis ampliata); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis trigramma); 1 * Potato Leafhopper (Eupteryx aurata); 1 * Leafhopper (Oncopsis flavicollis); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis nigricans); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis decipiens); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 33 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 21 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * Crane-Fly (Tipula vernalis); 3 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Hoverfly (Dasysyrphus albostriatus); 3 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 6 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Green Carpet Moth (Colostygia pectinataria); 2 * Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata); 2 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 9 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 2 * Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella); 3 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 2 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 2 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 5 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 2 * Mirid Bug (Harpocera thoracica); 1 * Mother Shipton (Euclidia mi); 2 * Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 9 * Cream Streaked Ladybird (Harmonia quadripunctata); 1 * Silver Y (Autographa gamma); 10 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 3 * Swollen Thighed Beetle (Oedemera nobilis); 1 * Bishop's Mitre Bug (Aelia acuminata); 1 * Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus hybridus); 1 * Four Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata); 1 * Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa); 3 * Buttercup Beetle (Hydrothassa marginella); 1 * Deer Tick (Ixodes sp); 2 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 1 * Dead Nettle Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina fastuosa); 4 * Red And Black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); 3 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida vibex); 1 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis); 4 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Brown Silver Line (Petrophora chlorosata); 1 * Cereal Leaf Beetle (Oulema sp); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 2 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Ox-Eye Daisy Fly (Tephritis neesii); 1 * Comma (Polygonia c-album); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis livida) and 1 * Common Nettle Ground Bug (Heterogaster urticae).

We also added:- 1 * Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis); Common Toad; Common Frog; Short Tailed Vole; Rough Woodlouse; White Lipped Banded Snail; Cock's-Foot Grass; Common Horsetail; Oak Marble Gall (Andricus kollari); Goosegrass Gall (Cecidophyes rouhollahi) and the Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis).

 

11th May 2024 - Astley and Tyldesley FC, G. Manchester - Another new footy ground, a slush, 4 goals and a few sightings. The flowers in bloom were:- Cow Parsley; Meadow Buttercup; Dandelion agg; Ribwort Plantain; Hawthorn; Creeping Buttercup; Whitebeam; Cuckooflower; Red Campion; Daisy; Bird Cherry; Lesser Trefoil; Rowan; Herb Robert; Flowering Currant and White Dead Nettle.

1 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and a few Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) were the only insects seen and the few birds noted were:- Starling; Kestrel; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon and Black Headed Gull.

I also record Silver Birch, a White Lipped Banded Snail and the Gall (Macrodiplosis pustularis).

 

11th May 2024 - Blackleach CP, Walkden, G. Manchester - Prior to the day's footy we had a walk at this area we hadn't visited for a few years. It was a warm do, the insects were hiding but we did record:- 2 * Ground Bug (Cymus glandicolor); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 10 * Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum); 1 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 2 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 8 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 2 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 5 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum); 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Buttercup Beetle (Hydrothassa marginella); 4 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 4 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 6 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 11 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 2 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 1 * Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus); 1 * Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni); 2 * Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus rosarum); 1 * Slender Groundhopper (Tetrix subulata); 1 * Heather Beetle (Lochmaea suturalis); 2 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 5 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Red Headed Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis) and a few Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni).

Blooms noted were:- Dandelion agg; Herb Robert; Cow Parsley; Colt's-Foot; Hawthorn; Garlic Mustard; Rowan; Red Campion; Daisy; Creeping Buttercup; Meadow Buttercup; Wood Avens; Cuckooflower; Ribwort Plantain; Fringe Cups; Common Field Speedwell; Wood Speedwell; Holly; Comfrey agg; Marsh Marigold; Gorse; Japanese Rose; Cowslip; Broom; Common Mouse Ear; Sticky Mouse Ear; Elder; Sycamore; Bogbean; Welsh Poppy; Spanish Bluebell; Hedge Mustard; Bird Cherry; Laburnum; Bush Vetch; Common Bistort; Common Sorrel; Horse Chestnut; Pendulous Sedge; Water Avens; Greater Stitchwort; Bugle; Yellow Flag Iris; Ramsons; Common Vetch; Shepherd's Purse and Red Clover.

We took no binoculars today but we did see a few species of bird:- Common Tern; Magpie; Blackbird; Mallard; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Great Crested Grebe; Coot; Robin; Black Headed Gull; Tufted Duck; Carrion Crow; Chaffinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Wren; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Swallow; House Sparrow; Swift and Goldfinch.

Other additions included: the Galls:- Eriophyes sorbi; Protomyces macrosporus; Eriophyes similis; Eriophyes tiliae and Phyllocoptes goniothorax plus Cock's-Foot Grass; Water Horsetail; Brown Lipped Banded Snail; White Legged Snake Millipede; Shiny Woodlouse; Striped Woodlouse and a few fungi.

 
10th May 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Overnight moths attracted were few:- Mullein (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*3); Bee Moth (*4) and Tachystola acroxantha (*1) and that's ya lot.
 
10th May 2024 - Tenement Lane, Stockport, G. Manchester - Heading home and along this stretch I recorded only 3 species due to the nagging groin. Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines) was the trio.
 

10th May 2024 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A hospital visit, a scan confirmed the hernia but I have pain on the other side. The doctor refused to scan the other side even though it was mere inches away, I need another appointment - what a useless system. From the hospital I had a decent walk and arrived at this area I know well. I merely wandered through and headed home, whilst there I recorded the following:-

Birds were not on the radar but I did see:- Raven; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Robin; Mallard; Mandarin, Canada Goose; Moorhen; Blue Tit and Wood Pigeon.

Blooms pondered were:- Cow Parsley; Germander Speedwell; Wood Speedwell; Wall Speedwell; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Meadow Buttercup; Creeping Buttercup; Ramsons; Chickweed; Dandelion agg; Fringe Cups; Common Bistort; Red Campion; Lesser Celandine; Garlic Mustard; Ribwort Plantain; Common Nettle; Wood Avens; Elder; Bluebell; Herb Robert; Wavy Bittercress; Rowan; Welsh Poppy; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Thale Cress; Greater Celandine; Common Sorrel; Yellow Flag Iris; Holly; Groundsel; Shepherd's Purse; Daisy; Common Mouse Ear; Large Bittercress; Marsh Marigold; Sycamore; Horse Chestnut; Pendulous Sedge; Pignut; Cuckooflower and Sweet Ciceley.

Insects picked out were:- 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 4 * Ramsons Hoverfly (Portevinia maculata); 3 * Figwort Weevil (Cionus scrophulariae); 1 * Cock's-Foot Moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella); 2 * Orange Tip (Anthocaris cardamines); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 7 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Hoverfly (Xylota segnis); 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 2 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 5 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Malachite Beetle (Malachius bipustulatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii); 1 * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); 2 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); 8 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Snipe Fly (Rhagio scolopaceus); 1 * Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum): 4 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 1 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula maxima); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Lily Beetle (Lilioceris lilii); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica) and the usual abundance of Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni).

Other species added were:- Copper Beech; Common Horsetail; Wood Horsetail; Amber Snail (Succinea putris); a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and a White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis).

 

9th May 2024 - Heald Green Village Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - A visit to a local carers drop-in group as part of my working day.  A fine bunch of folk and what welcome respite was on offer.  Chit-chats, tea and biscuits and just a good uplifting vibe.  Before leaving my colleague and mate Johnny had a short pootle around a verdant hedgerow and recorded:- 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 15 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 22 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 2 * Willow Flea Beetle (Crepidodera aurata); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 2 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum);  1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria).

Blooms noted were:- Dandelion agg; Daisy; Wild Strawberry; Herb Bennet; Common Vetch; Common Nettle; Meadow Buttercup; Creeping Buttercup; Ribwort Plantain; Spanish Bluebell; Meadow Crane's-Bill; Herb Robert; Sycamore and Thyme Leaved Speedwell.

Also added were a Magpie and the Gall (Euura pedunculi).

 

9th May 2024 - Stockport, G. Manchester - After walking the missus to work and grabbing a coffee on the way I strolled on, sipped and crossed over a roundabout.  nearby a bit of greenery caught my eye and I spied:- 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata) and 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum).

Yarrow; Common Vetch and Ox-Eye Daisy were added nice colour and a Greenfinch sat up on high a rasped away and I later identified the Gall (Thecabius affinis).

 
8th May 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Some cheeky House Sparrows pootled in the garden, a Blackbird kept checking its nest and a Collared Dove and Wood Pigeon were on the scrounge. 6 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata) and 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) were also in the mix as I sorted a few recent records.
 
8th May 2024 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking home and the back alley where I record was used as a cut through. Here I saw:- 15 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 2 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 3 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 2 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana) and 1 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi). I also saw a Garden Snail.
 

7th May 2024 - Wilmslow Albion FC, Wilmslow, Cheshire - Another new footy ground.  Why Not?  The early evening kick-off was neatly fitted in after a working day.  We arrived, had a brew, wandered and I did a report.  Flowering species seen whilst in attendance were:- Daisy; Dandelion agg; Shining Crane's-Bill; Garlic Mustard; Creeping Buttercup; Wood Avens; Herb Robert; Green Alkanet; Ribwort Plantain; Hawthorn; Cuckooflower; Slender Speedwell; Cow Parsley; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Common Mouse Ear; Spanish Bluebell; Welsh Poppy; Meadow Buttercup and Red Campion.

The few birds spotted were:- Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Moorhen; Blackbird and Jackdaw.

Insects picked out included the following little gems:- 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 2 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans) and 1 * Orange-Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa).

I also recorded:- Silver Birch; Common Beech and a Common Rabbit.

 

7th May 2024 - Thornfield Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A read on the park for my working lunch, I saw nearby a male Blackbird and singles of:- Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans).
 
6th May 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport G. Manchester - A few moths from overnight were:- Beautiful Plume (*1); May Highflyer (*1); Flame Shoulder (*1); Tachystola acroxantha (*2); Common Marbled Carpet (*1); Light Brown Apple Moth (*1) and Twenty Plume Moth (*1).
 

6th May 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport G. Manchester - Heading homeward, I checked a couple of ponds at this local area. It was a shame folks were letting their dogs do the usual damage, hey ho, they will regret this behaviour very soon. I went with the aim of seeing the years first Odonates and saw 3 * Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) and 1 * Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans). I also added:- 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * Weevil (Rhinoncus pericarpius); 1 * Lily Beetle (Lilioceris lilii); 1 * Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 5 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 6 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Water Ladybird (Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni); 1 * Reed Beetle (Plateumaris sericea) and 2 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines).

I also saw Spindle in flower and a feeding Mistle Thrush.

 

6th May 2024 - Chorlton Park, Chorlton, G. Manchester - The hernia and back are being bastards, I like to kick back against bastards and so I hopped on the bike, had a painful cycle and 2 coffees. It weren't a bad jaunt all things considered. Insects noted were:-

The flower list comprised of:- 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula lunata); 1 * Ground Beetle (Demetrias atricapillus); 1 * Potato Leafhopper (Eupteryx aurata); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Rhagonycha limbata); 1 * Raspberry Beetle (Byturus tomentosus); 32 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 2 * Brassica Shieldbug (Eurydema oleracea); 10 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 5 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Hoverfly (Sphaerophoria scripta); 6 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Small White (Pieris rapae); 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana); 7 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 5 * Nettle Pollen Beetle (Brachypterus glaber); 1 * Silver Y (Autographa gamma); 2 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae); 1 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 4 * Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus); 1 * Gorse Seed Weevil (Exapion ulicis); 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum); 2 * Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni); 1 * Green Veined White (Pieris napi); 3 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida vibex); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) 1 * Common Roller Moth (Ancylis badiana); 1 * Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Buttercup Beetle (Hydrothassa marginella); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) and as per, plenty of Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) and Pot Bellied Emerald Beetles (Gastrophysa viridula).

Blooms noted were:- Cow Parsley; Ribwort Plantain; Germander Speedwell; Dandelion agg; Rape; Meadow Buttercup; Hogweed; Garlic Mustard; Lesser Celandine; Greater Stitchwort; Wood Avens; Ramsons; Hawthorn; Cuckooflower; Common Field Speedwell; Bramble agg; Herb Robert; Sycamore; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Meadow Buttercup; Common Mouse Ear; Broom; Common Gorse; Common Vetch; Bush Vetch; Lesser Trefoil; Rowan; Daisy; Pendulous Sedge; Fringe Cups; Wavy Bittercress; Spotted Medick; Spanish Bluebell; Greater Celandine; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Horse Chestnut and Common Comfrey.

The small bird list was made up of the following species:- Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Jackdaw; Mallard; Magpie; Goldfinch; Ring Necked Parakeet; Canada Goose and Mute Swan.

Numerous Amber Snails (Succinea putris); a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and a White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum) and an approximate 18lb Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) caught by a fishermen were the other species added.

 

5th May 2024 - Blacka Moor, Sheffield, W. Yorkshire - A walk with the missus at a location we had only visted once before, that time we didn't see as much as expected. Today was hard work but it is good just to be out there and trying, and we did get new species.

The few birds listed were:- Blackbird (*2); Chaffinch (*2); Willow Warbler (*1); Redstart (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Woodcock (*1); Curlew (*1); Blackcap (*2); Blue Tit (*1); Wren (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Meadow Pipit (*2) and Pied Flycatcher (*2).

Blooms were few but we did admire:- Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Dandelion agg; White Dead Nettle; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Daisy; Common Mouse Ear; 3 Nerved Sandwort; Wild Strawberry; Bluebell; Cow Parsley; Garlic Mustard; Herb Robert; Creeping Buttercup; Wood Speedwell; Wall Speedwell; Yellow Archangel; Greater Stitchwort; Barren Strawberry; Cowberry; Cotton Grass; Cuckooflower;

The few Galls seen were:- Eriophyes sorbi and Andricus lignicola.

The insects spied included:- 20+ * Crane-Fly (Limonia nubeculosa); 1 * Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis pellucida); 2 * Click Beetle (Dalopius marginatus); 1 * Harvestman (Platybunus pinetorum); 2 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Ox-Eye Daisy Fly (Tephritis neesii); 1 * Burying Beetle (Silpha atrata); 2 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); 4 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Bog Hoverfly (Sericomyia lappona); 5 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 2 * Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus); 2 * Larch Ladybird (Aphidecta obliterata); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * Heather Beetle (Lochmaea suturalis); 3 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 7 * Red And Black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula vernalis); 3 * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); 4 * Leafhopper (Ulopa reticulata); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Large Longhorn Moth (Nematopogon swammerdamella); 2 * Green Longhorn Moth (Adela reaumurella); 1 * Gorse Seed Weevil (Exapion ulicis); 1 * Murky Legged Black Legionnaire Fly (Beris chalybata); 2 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus); 1 * Hoverfly (Rhingia campestris); 1 * Peacock (Aglais io); 1 * Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridiana); 1 * Crane Fly (Limonia phragmitidis) and a few Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni).

Also seen was a Common Lizard and up to 8 Red Deer, a couple of Pill Woodlice and a Shiny Woodlouse

 

4th May 2024 - St Michaels DHFC, Widnes, Cheshire - Another head tattoo, a good meal out and a short drive to a new ground. Whilst in attendance we saw:- 6 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 14 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 9 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 6 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea) and many Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni).

Flowers noted were:- Bramble agg; Dandelion agg; Hawthorn; Sycamore; Creeping Buttercup; Cuckooflower; Rowan, Daisy; Herb Robert; Oxford Ragwort; Slender Speedwell; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Groundsel and Thale Cress.

Galls picked out included:- Eriophyes sorbi; Eriophyes laevis; Eriophyes tiliae; Euura pedunculi and Aceria macrochela.

We also added:- Greenfinch (*4); Wood Pigeon (*1); Pied Wagtail (*1); Magpie (*1) and Blackbird (*1) plus Silver Birch and White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis).

 

3rd May 2024 - St James Church, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A trip into Didsbury for a brew and some grub, a quick look around this small churchyard under grey clouds and we saw:- Fringe Cups; Daisy; Green Alkanet; Holly; Dandelion agg; Ribwort Plantain; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Lords and Ladies; Welsh Poppy; Herb Robert; Sycamore; Cow Parsley and Ivy Leaved Speedwell in flower plus a Robin, a Goldcrest, 5 * Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner (Cameraria ohridella); 1 * Box Tree Moth larvae (Cydalima perspectalis) and the Galls (Phyllocoptes goniothorax) and (Eriophyes leiosoma).

A main road nearby gave rise to:- 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica) and the Gall (Cecidophyes nudus).

 

2nd May 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Home and a strip, a cup of pop, a pootle in the garden (with clothes on of course) and I noted:- 6 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 2 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).

In the bathroom I saw a Bee Moth; a White Shouldered House Moth; a 20 Plume Moth and the Micro Moth (Tachystola acroxantha).

 

2nd May 2024 - River Mersey, East Didsbury, G. Manchester - Walking on with the intention to get home and stretch. Note was made though of:- 1 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 23 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 9 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 4 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); 3 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 2 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Small White (Pieris rapae); 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus).

A Swallow was whizzing in and out of a floodgate area - nests are being built methinks.

 

2nd May 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - My resolve is being tested with this hernia and crook back, it really does niggle away at the temperament. I booked half a day off work, had a good 2 mile walk, a coffee and then did some mooching. Insects seen were few but I did record:- 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema laevigata); 1 * Pale Tortoise Beetle (Cassida flaveola); 1 * Crane Fly (Limonia phragmitidis); 1 * Hairy Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilocorus renipustulatus); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 17 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 22 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 21 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 15 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 7 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 8 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 6 * Buttercup Beetle (Hydrothassa marginella); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 4 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 9 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 5 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 2 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum); 1 * Mint Moth (Pyrausta aurata); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Slender Groundhopper (Tetrix subulata); 4 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 4 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 1 * (Baccha elongata); 1 * Cereal Leaf Beetle (Oulema sp); 3 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 2 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Hoverfly (Myathropa florea); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 1 * Comma (Polygonia c-album) and 2 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae); 1 * Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis); 1 * Raspberry Beetle (Byturus ochraceus); 1 * Weevil (Liophloeus tessulatus); 1 * Heather Beetle (Lochmaea suturalis) plus plenty of Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni).

2 Galls were noted, these being:- Eriophyes leiosoma and Protomyces macrosporus.

The only other things seen were numerous Amber Snails (Succinea putris); a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and a White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis).

 

1st May 2024 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - Nearly home and I saw:- 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

Cuckooflower; Thyme Leaved Speedwell and Germander Speedwell were all adding a splash of color.

 
1st May 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Kingfisher; 2 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata) and 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) were the few things I saw wandering home.
 
1st May 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short break in the works gardens to stretch the back and legs.  I recorded:- 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella sepempunctata); 1 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1  Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) and 4 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina).
 
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30th April 2024 - Heaviley, Stockport, G. Manchester - A trip to the physio and prior to the visit I sat in the Medical Centre's garden and read two horror stories. I also saw:- 19 * Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus); 7 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and the Gall (Trioza centranthi).
 
30th April 2024 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking to work and stretching out, down a back alley were I record I saw a Blackcap and Robin singing in the same tree and Goosegrass was now in flower.  Not much but it is the last day of the month, I deserve a rest.
 

29th April 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Just outside Abney Hall there is a Pine Tree, I gave it a quick check and saw 1 * Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and a new species for me, the Harvestman (Platybunus pinetorum) - bonus.

 

29th April 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - After a call in for a coffee in Cheadle Village and a read of a horror short story (very nasty) I made my way homeward. During my jaunt I had a chat with a local mate and a lovely couple who were interested in what I was looking at. During this short jaunt I recorded:- 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 7 * Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata); 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 2 * Hawthorn Leaf Beetle (Lochmaea crataegi); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) and 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula).

Marsh Marigold and Cuckooflower were looking lovely too.

 

29th April 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Continuing my walk and with the clouds building and the wind rising I did well to note:- 30 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 13 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hoverfly (Dasysyrphus albostriatus); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia pagana); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 15 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempuncata) and 1 * Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilocorus renipustulatus).

Common Vetch and Greater Celandine were 2 flowers pondered and Oak Apple Gall (Biorhiza pallida) was looking as good as ever.

A Mandarin Duck flew by, a Grey Wagtail skipped about

 
29th April 2024 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - My day off work, the back and groin were sore, a slow walk was the only solution. The first part was done and used to stretch the carcass, I did see:- 6 * Thistle Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 8 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) and several Nursery Web Spiders (Pisaura mirabilis).
 

28th April 2024 - Countess of Chester CP, Cheshire - After a coffee and a pie in a quiet cafe we returned to an area we hadn't visited for quite a while. Some good work had been going on and matters were improving it seemed. Insects noted today were:- 1 * Ground Weevil (Barynotus obscurus); 1 * Caddisfly (Limnephilus sparsus); 1 * Sap Feeding Beetle (Epuraea aestiva); 1 * Common Damsel Bug (Nabis rugosus); 1 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 1 * Trembling Wing Fly (Palloptera quinquemaculata); 1 * Thistle Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula vernalis); 1 * Cereal Leaf Beetle (Oulema sp); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis pellucida); 1 * Small White (Pieris rapae); 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 16 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 2 * 16 Spot Ladybird (Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata); 1 * 22 Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata); 2 * 24 Spot Ladybird (Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Cheilosia pagana); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 8 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 2 * Rhopalid Bug (Rhopalus subrufus); 1 * Woundwort Shieldbug (Eysarcoris venustissimus); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum); 3 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 1 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 * Saw-Fly (Aglaostigma fulvipes); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Tortoise Beetle (Cassida vibex); 10 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 3 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); 6 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 3 * Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus); 1 * Gorse Seed Weevil (Exapion ulicis); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris sp); 7 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata) and 2 * European Cinch Bug nymphs (Ischnodemus sabuleti).

Flowers listed were:- Common Vetch; Herb Robert; Marsh Marigold; Creeping Buttercup; Cow Parsley; Hogweed; Hawthorn; Horse Chestnut; Rowan; Daisy; Meadow Buttercup; Cowslip; Ragged Robin; Dandelion agg; Sycamore; Colt's-Foot; Ribwort Plantain; Gorse; Germander Speedwell; Green Alkanet; Wood Avens; Cuckooflower; Geulder Rose; Lesser Celandine; Red Campion; Groundsel; Garlic Mustard; Hedge Mustard; Red Dead Nettle; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Common Field Speedwell; Spanish Bluebell and White Dead Nettle.

Birds spotted included:- Greenfinch; Starling; Great Tit; Chiffchaff; Wren; Magpie; Blackcap; Kestrel; Blackbird; Long Tailed Tit; Common Whitethroat; Linnet; Carrion Crow; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Dunnock and Robin.

Final additions were:- Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Amber Snail (Succinea putris); Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); Common Horsetail; Hart's-Tongue Fern and the Gall (Andricus kollari).

 

28th April 2024 - Chester Zoo NR, Cheshire - After the previous days footy and giggery my legs and back needed a stretch. The first wander was in the chill with a look at this small but valuable nature reserve. The few birds seen were:- Cetti's Warbler; Swallow; Kestrel; Jackdaw; Mallard; Wood Pigeon; Common Whitethroat; Robin; Carrion Crow; Chiffchaff; Magpie; Goldfinch; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Pied Wagtail and a Moorhen with three young un's.

Insects recorded were:- 1 * Dagger Fly (Empis tessellata); 1 * Cereal Leaf Beetle (Oulema sp); 1 * Murky Legged Black Legionnaire Fly (Beris chalybata); 2 * Dagger Fly (Empis livida); 2 * Mirid Bug (Stenodema calcarata); 1 * Tiger Crane-Fly (Nephrotoma appendiculata); 2 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 8 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 12 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 3 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 2 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus); 1 * Nettle Weevil (Parethelcus pollinarius); 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum); 2 * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus) and 1 * Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana).

Blooms noted were:- Rowan; Red Campion; Hawthorn; Garlic Mustard; Spindle; Creeping Buttercup; Guelder Rose; Cowslip; Dandelion agg; Herb Robert; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Wood Avens and Greater Stitchwort.

Also added were a Rabbit; the Common Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); 1 * Amber Snail (Succinea putris); 1 * N Nursery web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and the Galls (Phytoptus avellanae) and (Biorhiza pallida).

 

27th April 2024 - Garswood United FC, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire - A new footy ground, 4 penalties, 8 goals, a sending off and free brews - nice. Prior to and after the match I recorded;- 1 * Adonis Ladybird (Hippodamia variegata); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula rufina) and 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare).

Flowers in bloom included:- Daisy; Cut Leaved Crane's-Bill; Hogweed; Cuckooflower; Garlic Mustard; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Cow Parsley; Ribwort Plantain; Common Vetch; Groundsel; Pineappleweed; Common Mouse Ear; Creeping Buttercup; Colt's-Foot and Dandelion agg.

We also added:- Collared Dove; Blackbird; Goldfinch; 2 Common Toads and a White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis).

 

26th April 2024 - Heaton Mersey Bowl, Stockport, G. Manchester - Painkillers ang gels are getting me by and after a day at work I called in to one of my fave gaffs for a coffee in the sun. By the time I had left the solar orb had buggered off but as a surprise Cuckoo called I saw:- 29 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Sun Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Saw-Fly (Aglaostigma fulvipes) and 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare).

Creeping Buttercup was bursting here, there and everywhere and really making me happy

 
25th April 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Another trip to the docs, a chat with the physio - ooh I am struggling. A Dipper whizzed by and 3 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 10+ * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and 1 * Nursey Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) were the only sightings today.
 

24th April 2024 - Adswood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - The sun began to dazzle, I paused to take some solar goodness, a few insects were picked out as I slowly ambled through this small, well-used area, these being:- 20 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 12 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 14 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 2 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 3 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and 1 * Sun Fly (Helophilus pendulus).

The only birds noted were Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Magpie and Goldcrest.

And the few flowers were:- Meadow Buttercup; Greater Stitchwort; Pendulous Sedge; Cowslip; Red Campion; Germander Speedwell; Cuckooflower; Creeping Buttercup; Lesser Celandine and Dandelion agg.

 

24th April 2024 - Tenement Lane, Stockport, G. Manchester - After leading the mornings walk I needed to walk home and ease the back.  An area between some house and the local tip was my route and I saw and recorded the following plants in bloom:- Dandelion agg; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Garlic Mustard; Pendulous Sedge; Hawthorn; Herb Robert; Spanish Bluebell; Ramsons; Meadow Buttercup; Lesser Celandine; Wood Anemone; Greater Periwinkle; Hogweed; Daisy; Wavy Bittercress; and Elder.

The few bird species spied were:- Dunnock; Wood Pigeon; Magpie;  Blackcap; Wren; Jackdaw and Grey Herons on the nest.

I also picked out:- Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); Smooth Glass Snail (Oxychilus navarricus); Strawberry Snail (Trochulus striolatus); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus) plus the insects:- 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus) and 1 * Sun Fly (Helophilus hybridus).

 

24th April 2024 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - I led a walk for the adult carers from work today despite being in pain with the hernia.  All enjoyed it and the company was great but it was hard work indeed.  I was struggling to bend and operate as normal but we did see a few species and did have a nice day.

Insects discussed were:- 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 3 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 5 * Pot Bellied Emerald (Gastrophysa viridula) and 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

A few plants in flower that were duly admired, sniffed and discussed were:- Common Bistort; Sweet Ciceley; Cow Parsley; Wood Anemone; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Marsh Marigold and Meadow Buttercup.

Wood Horsetail was looking splendid; Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica) was growing on an old sawn off stump, a couple of Blunt Tailed Snake Millipedes (Cylindroiulus punctatus) were looking miffed at being disturbed and a Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius) was passed around and didn't mind giving off his distinctive emanations.  The Yew Gall (Taxomyia taxi) was noted too along with a few fungi and the following birds:- Raven (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Buzzard (*2); Goldcrest (*1); Robin (*1) and Grey Wagtail (*1).

A coffee before and after the walk and a good stretch was crucial indeed.

 

22nd April 2024 - Salford Quays, G. Manchester - The middle stop of a 22 mile round trip. A coffee and a sandwich, a look at the Blue Peter Garden, a walk round media city and back home passed Old Trafford. Birds noted around The Quays were:- Starling; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Mute Swan; Mallard; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Feral Pigeon and 9 * up close and personal Sand Martins.

Blooms listed were:- Dandelion agg; Groundsel; Daisy; Ribwort Plantain; Common Mouse Ear; Herb Robert and Spanish Bluebell.

1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 2 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) were the only insect seen.

I reckon I will start to record here on a more regular basis, I added to this initial list Wall Rue and Silver Birch.

 

22nd April 2024 - Bridgewater Canal, Stretford, G. Manchester - A new section of this canal recorded at with the following birds noted:- Carrion Crow; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Blackbird; Goldfinch; Magpie; Canada Goose; Dunnock; Mallard; Robin; Willow Warbler and Great Tit.

I also spied:- 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

Plants sporting blooms were:- Dandelion agg; Herb Robert; Red Dead Nettle; Creeping Buttercup; Cuckooflower; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Spanish Bluebell; Colt's-Foot; Daisy; Garlic Mustard; Cow Parsley; Oxford Ragwort; Ribwort Plantain; Wall Speedwell; Wild Strawberry; Thale Cress; Cowslip; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Groundsel; Common Nettle; White Dead Nettle; Wood Avens; Rue Leaved Saxifrage; Shepherd's Purse; Sycamore; Hawthorn; and Shining Crane's-Bill.

Cock's-Foot Grass; Common Horsetail; Shiny, Rough and Striped Woodlice and the Gall (Cecidophyes rouhollahi) were also added.

 

22nd April 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Crap weather, a lot of pain due to the hernia and the bad back, I cycled onwards and saw along a chosen short stretch from Garlic Corner to Didsbury Bridge:- Blackcap (*2); Goosander (*3): Treecreeper (*2); Song Thrush (*1): Dunnock (*1); Mandarin Duck (*1); Wood Pigeon (*2); Magpie (*1) and several Mallards.

Blooms noted were:- Wood Stitchwort; Ramsons; White Dead Nettle; Cow Parsley; Garlic Mustard; Ribwort Plantain and Wood Avens with the Galls (Biorhiza pallida) and (Eriophyes tiliae) looking good.

 

21st  April 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The back and hernia are wicked at the mo, I am struggling along. I forced the issue after the mornings roamings with a spot off gardening and saw:- 2 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 8 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax).

Fringe Cups was is flower.

 

21st April 2024 - Carnival Field, Wilmslow, Cheshire - After a lovely cafe break we had a wander around the periphery of this field and made a few records.

The flower list was made up of:- Dandelion agg; Daisy; Sycamore; Pignut; Creeping Buttercup; Hawthorn; Elder; Cuckooflower; Ribwort Plantain; Green Alkanet; Garlic Mustard; Cow Parsley; Broom; Pendulous Sedge; Spanish Bluebell; Herb Robert; Large Periwinkle; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Lesser Celandine; Wild Strawberry; Slender Speedwell; False Yellow Archangel; Thyme Leaved Speedwell and Field Wood Rush.

Insects were represented by:- 1 * Dagger Fly (Rhamphomyia subcinerascens); 1 * Hazelnut Weevil (Curculio nucum); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 2 * Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni); 25 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 7 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 1 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus hybridus); 3 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) and 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare).

Other additions were:- Goldfinch; Carrion Crow; Jackdaw; Wood Pigeon; Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis) and Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) plus the Gall (Biorhiza pallida).

 

21st April 2024 - Lindow Common, Wilmslow, Cheshire - An early morn walk with the missus. The sun was being niggardly with its beams and was in no mood to rise early. We had a quick walk and then went into the nearby town centre for a coffee and a cinnamin swirl. The few insects seen on the walk and returning to the car were:- 1 * St Mark's Fly (Bibio marci); 1 * March Fly (Bibio lanigerus); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus); 2 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 4 * Brown Willow Beetle (Galerucella lineola); 1 * Soldier Beetle (Cantharis decipiens); 1 * Small Nettle Weevil (Nedyus quadrimaculatus) and 7 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni).

Birds listed were:- Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Canada Goose; Moorhen; Coot; Jay; Mallard; Goldcrest and Blackbird.

Galls listed were:- Biorhiza pallida; Eriophyes pyri; Andricus kollari and Protomyces macrosporus.

Blooms pondered were:- Pendulous Sedge; Cow Parsley; Marsh Marigold; Herb Robert; Gorse; Ribwort Plantain; Dandelion agg; Garlic Mustard; Spanish Bluebell and False Yellow Archangel.

Other bits noted were:- White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis) and Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus).

 

20th April 2024 - Crewe FC, Cheshire - A new footy ground and whilst doing a report and watching 6 goals fly in I recorded a few insects:- 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 2 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 4 * Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 8 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 4 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax): 1 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major) and 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus).

Flowers in bloom were:- Daisy; Dandelion agg; Field Wood Rush; Thale Cress; Common Mouse Ear; Dove's-Foot Crane's-Bill; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Wall Speedwell; Groundsel; Shepherd's Purse; Hawthorn; Red Dead Nettle; Chickweed; Garlic Mustard; Ivy Leaved Speedwell and Meadow Buttercup.

The few birds noted were:- Jackdaw; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Magpie; Blue Tit and Wood Pigeon.

I also recorded some splendid Silver Birches.

 

20th April 2024 - Queens Park, Crewe, Cheshire - A public park, we have done a few of late and they are better for wildlife than what people think. After a coffee and some breakfast we had a lovely stroll prior to some more Non-League Footy. Insects seen were:- 2 * Hairy Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrstris); 16 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 5 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 10 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 6 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 3 * Nomad Bee (Nomada fabriciana); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus) and 7 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus) .

Birds listed were:- Carrion Crow; Mistle Thrush; Canada Goose; Mallard; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Magpie; Feral Pigeon; Wood Pigeon; Mute Swan; Blue Tit; Buzzard; Moorhen; Coot; Blackbird; Feral Barnacle Goose; Blackcap; Great Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Robin; Treecreeper; Goldfinch and Grey Wagtail.

Blooms included:- Hawthorn; Herb Robert; Daisy; Cow Parsley; Dandelion agg; Groundsel; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Common Field Speedwell; Slender Speedwell; Wall Speedwell; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Germander Speedwell; Thale Cress; Common Mouse Ear; Field Wood Rush; Garlic Mustard; Pendulous Sedge; Red Dead Nettle; Meadow Buttercup; Creeping Buttercup; Wild Strawberry; Lesser Celandine; Chickweed; Wavy Bittercress; Spanish Bluebell; Horse Chestnut; Pendunculate Oak; Ribwort Plantain; Colt's-Foot; Ribwort Plantain; Cuckooflower; Gorse; Laburnum; Shepherd's Purse; Marsh Marigold; White Dead Nettle; Colt's-Foot and Wood Anemone.

Also added were:- Several Brown Rats and Grey Squirrels; Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber); Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and the Galls:- Taxomyia taxi; Cecidophyes rouhollahi; Biorhiza pallida and Neuroterus quercusbaccarum.

A new one for us was the Horse Chestnut Scale (Pulvinaria regalis).

 

20th April 2024 - Quakers Coppice, Crewe, Cheshire - A real quiet area with only 4 folk seen, which is always a bonus. The woodland was serene and looked to be well managed. It was early morn but we still managed to see a few insects:- 1 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 3 * Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilocorus renipustulatus); 11 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans) and 1 * Green Longhorn Moth (Adela reaumurella).

Birds seen were:- Chiffchaff; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Nuthatch; Chaffinch; Wren; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Stock Dove; Blackbird; Blackcap; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Robin.

Flowers in bloom were:- Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Daisy; Bugle; Holly; Lords and Ladies; Hawthorn; Ramsons; Wood Anemone; Garlic Mustard; Spanish Bluebell; Gorse; Red Campion; Herb Robert; Dandelion agg; Ground Ivy; Dog's Mercury and Bluebell.

Also added were the Galls:- Phyllocoptes goniothorax and Aceria campestricola as well as Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) and 2 Grey Squirrels.

Hornbeams were looking decent and the whole area had a feel of Spring.

 
19th April 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A cycle home after a long week at work. A coffee and before I could get started on a mooch the rain began. I hopped on my bike and buggered off home but I did record a few fungi and a Great Spotted Woodpecker; 2 * Harlequin Ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis); a Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) and Field Maple, Creeping Buttercup and Cuckooflower in bloom - not a lot but better than a kick in the conkers.
 
19th April 2024 - Thornfield Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - The hernia is getting on my wick, it is affecting my back and along with the weather my patience is being tested.  A short stroll was had around a park near my office, it is a mini-area and not designated for nature.  I did see however:- 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Privet Leaf Miner (Gracillaria syringella); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 2 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 2 * Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Gooden's Nomad Bee (Nomada goodeniana) and 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina).  The only blooms spied were:- Daisy; Dandelion agg; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Thyme Leaved Speedwell and Slender Speedwell.  I also spied 6 * Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis).
 

18th April 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A midday stroll to ease the legs, back and pesky hernia.  Wall Speedwell was now in flower and down a usual back alley, where I like to record species, Pendulous Sedge; Dandelion agg; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Green Alkanet; Lilac and Ivy leaved Speedwell were putting on a show.  Due to the chill only a few insect species were seen:- 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata 2 of which were f. quadripustulata); 1 * Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata); 10 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Hoverfly (Melansotoma scalare); 6 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).

I also saw a male House Sparrow and the Gall (Phyllocoptes goniothorax).

 
17th April 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Heading home, the clouds started to leak but I did spy 2 * Blackbird; a Song Thrush; Sycamore; Cow Parsley; Creeping Buttercup and Garlic Mustard in flower as well as 5 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Clarke's MIning Bee (Andrena clarkella); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale).
 

16th April 2024 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - The final stretch of the cycle home, I dismounted again and had a mooch and duly saw:- 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Hoverfly (Leucozona lucorum); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and 1 * Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus).

Shining Crane's-Bill; Sycamore; Thale Cress and Rowan were all sporting flowers.

 
16th April 2024 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - A day at work, a day of hefty showers. A quick look in the orchard on the way home revealed:- 1 * Comma (Polygonia c-album); 3 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Thistle Tortoise Beetle (Cassida rubiginosa); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) and 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus).
 

14th April 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Once home I had to trim the Ivy in the front garden, do the dishes and have a potter in the back yard. I fed the birds and 2 House Sparrows, 2 Wood Pigeons and a Collared Dove were soon filling the bellies.

Insects seen were:- 2 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina).

 

14th April 2024 - Ridgeway Grundy Park, Lymm, Warrington, Cheshire - After a smashing breakfast and a good coffee a short walk was had at this new and somewhat small area. All these plcaes count, we saw a few insects too:- 1 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines); 1 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 102 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 15 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 3 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Orange Tailed Mining Bee (Andrena haemorrhoa); 3 * Chocolate Mining Bee (Andrena scotica); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Melangyna lasiophthalma) and 1 * Saw-Fly (Aglaostigma fulvipes).

Flowers blooming were:- Slender Speedwell; Chickweed; Garlic Mustard; Lesser Celandine; Dandelion agg; Daisy; Marsh Marigold; Spanish Bluebell; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Groundsel; Field Wood Rush; Cuckooflower; Hawthorn; Ramsons and Honesty.

The only birds seen were a Wood Pigeon; a Song Thrush and a Treecreeper.

Also added were Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis).

 

14th April 2024 - Lymm Dam, Warrington, Cheshire - A walk with the lasses before a good lunch. Insects seen on this early Sunday morn were:- 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 3 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus); 5 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 16 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea) and 2 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare).

We couldn't be arsed to carry binoculars today but we did see a few bird species:- Goldcrest; Mallard; Carrion Crow; Song Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Blackcap; Cormorant; Robin; Chiffchaff; Blackbird; Jackdaw and Great Crested Grebe.

Blooms listed were:- Pendulous Sedge; Lords and Ladies; Ramsons; Garlic Mustard; Wild Strawberry; Bird Cherry; False Yellow Archangel; Red Dead Nettle; Dandelion agg; Green Alkanet; Cowslip; Lesser Celandine; Bramble agg; Spanish Bluebell and Daisy.

We also saw the Fungus Gall (Agathomyia wankowiczii).

 

13th April 2024 - Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport, G. Manchester - Prior to watching my 59th match of the season I noted Ramsons; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Fringe Cups and Red Campion in flower.

A Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and 4 * Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) were also noted along with a Herring Gull and a Lesser Black Backed Gull.

13th April 2024 - Lyme And Wood Pits Country Park, St Helens, Merseyside - The 1034th site recorded at and a place to revisit when the ground underfoot isn't so squelchy and the weather in general is brighter. We finished the walk absolutely filthy and without the chance to tap its true potential due to the clouds, rain and slight chill.

Birds noted were:- Cormorant (*2); Little Grebe (*1); Reed Bunting (*1); Great Tit (*5); Blue Tit (*2); Coal Tit (*1); Jay (*1); Black Headed Gull (*1); Bullfinch (*1); Song Thrush (*2); Lesser Black Backed Gull (1); Carrion Crow (*1); Wood Pigeon (*2); Magpie (*2); Blackcap (*3); Canada Goose (*1); Yellowhammer (*1); Mallard (*6); Coot (*2); Moorhen (*2); Blackbird (*3); Dunnock (*2); Robin (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Willow Warbler (*1); Kestrel (*1); Chaffinch (*1) and Skylark (*1).

Blooms admired included:- Bird Cherry; Daisy; Dandelion agg; Hawthorn; Red Campion; Gorse; Spanish Bluebell; Herb Robert; Colt's-Foot; Ribwort Plantain; Common Mouse Ear and 3 Cornered Leek.

The few insects spied were:- 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 5 * Gorse Seed Weevil (Exapion ulicis).

Added extras were:- Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); Common Toad (Bufo bufo) and the Gall (Andricus kollari).

 
12th April 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Laburnum was now in flower and 12 examples of the Ashy Mining Bee (Andrena cineraria) were noted in their usual nest site.
 

12th April 2024 - River Mersey, East Didsbury, G. Manchester - What is now a regular Friday route and today this short stretch produced:- 1 * Common Leaf Weevil (Phyllobius pyri); 5 * Common Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus); 1 * Chequered Weevil (Liophloeus tessulatus); 4 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and 1 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae).

Mallard (*2); Goosander (*1); Common Buzzard (*1); Carrion Crow (*2) and Wood Pigeon (*8) were the only birds listed.

Ramsons; Meadow Buttercup and Pendulous Sedge were blooming and I also added:- 2 * Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); 3 * Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); 1 * Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); 1 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); 2 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); 8 * Amber Snail (Succinea putris) and several Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) and a lone Red Velvet Mite (Trombidium sp).

 

12th April 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A cycle from work, a coffee and a pootle. Insects recorded were:- 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 8 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 25 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 4 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Hawthorn Leaf Beetle (Lochmaea crataegi); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus hybridus); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 2 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 6 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 2 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 4 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and 3 * Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines).

I also saw 1 * Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis).

Fringe Cups; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Elder; Three Cornered Leek; Skunk Cabbage; Wood Anemone; Bird Cherry; Cow Parsley and Ribwort Plantain were a few blooms pondered.

 
11th April 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick pootle in the garden before doing the dishes, getting tea ready and having a draw.  Singles of the following insects were seen:- 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius).  Honesty; Dandelion agg; Garlic Mustard; Herb Robert; Ivy Leaved Toadflax and Ramsons were all in flower.
 
11th April 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A break from the desk and a few rays soaking up the sun.  I recorded:- 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 4 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 6 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare).
 
11th April 2024 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The year is cracking on, the Galls are appearing, Aceria campestricola was the latest find - I need to get my Cecidology books out - cripes.
 
 10th April 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A cycle and then a short walk on my way home.  Sweet Woodruff and Broom were in flower as was some very variable False Yellow Archangel and the quite common Pendulous Sedge. The Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea) was also noted.
 

10th April 2024 - Spike Island, Widnes, Cheshire - A walk with the young un's from work.  It was a case of rain, wind, more rain and some soggy feet.  We had a brew in the cafe and finished with some chips, and along the way we noted:- Song Thrush; Wren; Cormorant; Canada Goose; Herring Gull; Blackbird; Mallard; Coot; Moorhen; Mute Swan; Feral Pigeon; Grey Heron and Magpie.

A few flowers in bloom were Red Dead Nettle; Shining Crane's-Bill; White Dead Nettle; Spanish Bluebell; Hawthorn; Daisy; Alexanders and Dandelion agg with Ramsons on the cusp.White Legged Snake Millipede; Blunt Ended Snake Millipede and Tramp Slug were added along with a few fungi.  Now much due to the weather but rest assured, we had a splendid time of it.

 
9th April 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A Beautiful Plume and a Light Brown Apple Moth were both seen in the bathroom, no doubt sheltering from the crappy weather.
 

8th April 2024 - Macclesfield Forest, Cheshire - 90 minutes in the field before shopping needed to be done. The few insects seen were:- 1 * Leafhopper (Balclutha punctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis); 1 * Springtail (Dicyrtomina saundersi); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 2 * Hoverfly (Meligramma trianguliferum); 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 1 * Eyed Ladybird (Anatis ocellata); 1 * Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata); 5 * Larch Ladybird (Aphidecta obliterata); 1 * Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Pine Scymnus Ladybird (Scymnus suturalis); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 15 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Crane-Fly (Tipula oleracea) and 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).

Canada Goose; Willow Warbler; Blackcap; Chiffchaff; Cormorant; Carrion Crow; Mandarin Duck; Robin; Long Tailed Tit and Grey Wagtail were the few bird species noted.

Sweet Ciceley; Wood Sorrel; Dandelion agg; Bluebell and Greater Stitchwort were in flower.

We also added Wall Rue; Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) and Pill Millipede (Glomeris marginata).

 

7th April 2024 - Longford Park, Stretford, G. Manchester - A walk with the lasses before a trip into Chorlton for a brew. The wind was steadily rising, a storm threatened but we just avoided a downpour and saw a few insects:- 2 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 6 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 6 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hoverfly (Melangyna cincta); 10 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 6 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanstoma scalare); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrstris); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Hoverfly (Syrphus torvus); 1 * Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria); 1 * Hoverfly (Meligramma trianguliferum) and 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva).

The few blooms that caught the eye were:- Meadow Buttercup; White Dead Nettle; Red Dead Nettle; Common Field Speedwell; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Hawthorn; Welsh Poppy and Dandelion agg.

We also added a Robin; Jay; Great Tit; Coal Tit and Wood Pigeon along with Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) and Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica).

 

6th April 2024 - Winstanley Warriors FC, Wigan, Lancashire - Prior to the kick-off of this latest Non-League game I had a wander whilst the missus read her book. Whilst walking in and leaving we added a few extra species too. Birds noted were:- Mistle Thrush; Starling; Carrion Crow and Magpie.

Insects seen included:- 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus hybridus); 1 * Peacock (Aglais io); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 17 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 6 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris); 1 * Dock Bug (Coreus marginatus) and 2 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva).

Blooms noted were:- Hawthorn; Dandelion agg; Common Mouse Ear; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Herb Robert and Groundsel.

A Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis) was added too.

 

6th April 2024 - Three Sisters NR, Wigan, Lancashire - Me and my missus met up with my brother for a walk prior to a Non-League game. Cloud cover and wind meant insects sightings were low but we did see:- 1 * Hoverfly (Platycheirus albimanus); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris): 4 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 10 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 2 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major); 1 * Peacock (Aglais io); 23 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 6 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Bronze Shieldbug (Troilus luridus); 2 * Common Earwing (Forficula auricularia) and several Gorse Seed Weevils (Exapion ulicis).

The bird list comprised of:- Willow Tit; Bullfinch; Chaffinch; Goldfinch; Nuthatch; Wren; Mallard; Coot; Canada goose; Wood Pigeon; Moorhen; Gadwall; Treecreeper; Great Tit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Song Thrush; Reed Bunting; Magpie; Robin and Blue Tit.

Flowers in bloom were:- Wood Anemone; Red Campion; Daisy; Lesser Celandine; Gorse; Wood Sorrel; Marsh Marigold; Garlic Mustard; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Dandelion agg; Bluebell; Spanish Bluebell and Ramsons.

Also added were:- Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and Walnut Orb Weaver (Nuctenea umbratica) plus 7 Grey Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis).

The Gall (Phyllocoptes goniothorax) was picked out too.

 

5th April 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, Cheshire - A short walk for my dinner break and the head went twang and I dashed to the shops to get some pies and duly scoff them in the hope of picking myself up. It didn't help. During the terse tooting I saw:- 5 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Drone Fly (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Springtail (Orchesella cincta) and a Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); a gathering of Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis) and 2 Netted Slugs (Deroceras reticulatum).

Yellow Corydalis was in flower and I saw the Gall (Protomyces macrosporus).

 
4th April 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - A short part of the river and 24 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) were nice to see along with singles of Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilocorus renipustulatus); Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum).
 

4th April 2024 - Heaton Mersey Bowl, Stockport, Cheshire - A cycle after a day out, a slow mooch around the periphery of this small area. I saw:- 1 * Hawthorn Leaf Beetle (Lochmaea crataegi); 21 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Sun-Fly (Helophilus pendulus); 1 * Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare); 8 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 2 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) and a small gathering of Johann's Bibio (Bibio johannis).

Creeping Buttercup; Daisy; Slender Speedwell; Garlic Mustard; Ivy Leaved Speedwell and Dandelion agg were the flowers noted and I also added:- the Gall (Andricus kollari); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) and Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) plus a Carrion Crow; a Wren; a Goldfinch and 8 Ring Necked Parakeets.

 

4th April 2024 - Fog Lane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - A cracking walk again with the Young Carers from work. We pootled, got mucky, had a play on the park and then got some Ice Cream to finish. We did a wildlife competition and all the kids got a prize at the end. The birds noted were:- a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a pair of Mandarins up near their nest hole plus Magpie; Jackdaw; Canada Goose; Ring Necked Parakeet; Mallard; Coot and Moorhen.

Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis) and Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius) were all held and 'yucked' at whilst a couple of girls were happy to have their photo taken with a large Earthworm on their faces.

2 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata) and numerous Alder Leaf Beetles (Agelastica alni) were spied and one lass even ate a Pignut.

 

2nd April 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, Cheshire - A cycle from work and then a short walk. I met a delightful couple who were wondering what I was looking at, and of course I was only too willing to share my finds.

During the terse nosey I saw:- 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 2 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 3 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia) and 5 * 7 Sp[ot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

I also saw:- several Landhoppers (Arcitalitrus dorrieni); a couple of Flatworms (Kontikia ventrolineata); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber).

A Chiffchaff was seen singing with 2 Magpies noted too.

 
2nd April 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - After reaching the 100, 000 record mark on Irecord I have decided to ease up for the month of April and to catch up in other areas.  Today I did see 3 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus) plus 1 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis) and Thale Cress; Groundsel and Dandelion agg all in flower.
 
MARCH
 
31st March 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - Arriving home after a busy day and an Early Grey Moth was in the bathroom - smashing.
 

31st March 2024 - Greenfield Valley, Flintshire - To finish the day we called in at this area we hadn't visited for a few years. The clouds had now gathered but we had a good walk nonetheless.

Bird species noted were:- Mistle Thrush; Jackdaw; Great Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Treecreeper; Blackbird; Canada Goose; Mallard; Chiffchaff; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Tufted Duck; Herring Gull; Robin; Moorhen; Mute Swan and Blue Tit.

Flowers in bloom were:- Hairy Bittercress; Thale Cress; Common Whitlow Grass; Yellow Corydalis; Garlic Mustard; Gorse; Wood Anemone; Greater Periwinkle; White Dead Nettle; Early Dog Violet; Dog's Mercury; Marsh Marigold; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Common Field Speedwell; Red Dead Nettle; Lesser Celandine; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Herb Robert; Green Alkanet; Dandelion agg; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Groundsel; Common Chickweed; Daisy and Colt's-Foot.

Insects were represented by:- 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 3 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * 22 Spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata) and 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).

We also recorded:- Wall Rue; Common Polypody agg; Maidenhair Spleenwort; Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) and Wall Screw Moss (Tortula muralis).

 

31st March 2024 - Flint Castle to Bagillt, Flintshire - An early morning walk done in very decent weather although when we were done the clouds were slowly gathering and the winding picking up.

The recording was done in 3 sectors but the final bird species list was:- Herring Gull; Jackdaw; Starling; Magpie; Goldfinch; Feral Pigeon; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Blackbird; Mallard; Oystercatcher; Redshank; Great Tit; Bar Tailed Godwit; Curlew; Teal; Dunnock; Great Black Backed Gull; Cormorant; Bullfinch; Goldcrest; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Chiffchaff; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Mallard; Sand Martin; Blue Tit; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Turnstone; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Herring Gull; Meadow Pipit; Wren and Collared Dove.

Flowers noted along the way were:- Daisy; Red Dead Nettle; Oxford Ragwort; Dandelion agg; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Herb Robert; Gorse; Thale Cress; Groundsel; Common Field Speedwell; Common Chickweed; Honesty; Common Vetch; English Scurvygrass; Thale Cress; Green Alkanet and Common Stork's-Bill.

Insects totted up were:- 7 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 5 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrstris); 1 * Bee Fly (Bombylius major); 1 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus); 1 * Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta); 3 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * 24 Spot Ladybird (Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata) and 2 * Drinker Moth larvae (Euthrix potatoria).

Other oddments added were:- Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) plus the (Cecidophyes rouhollahi) and a Rabbit.

 

30th March 2024 - Heywood St James FC, G. Manchester - Whilst watching the 54th match of the season we spied:- Daisy and Red Dead Nettle in flower plus:- 3 * Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

Carrion Crow; Long Tailed Tit; Wood Pigeon; House Sparrow and Lesser Black Backed Gull were seen as well as Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) and White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger).

We also saw 4 goals in a decent game.

 

30th March 2024 - Queen's Park, Rochdale, G. Manchester - A walk with the missus prior to a footy game and a gig. I don't mind these pootles around public parks, to get species recorded at them I hope gives folk a better sense of what's a round them and a greater respect.

The birds seen were:- Canada Goose; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Chaffinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Carrion Crow; Robin; Mistle Thrush; Coot; Mallard; Wren; Coal Tit; Jackdaw and Mute Swan.

Flowers recorded in bloom were:- Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Dandelion agg; Daisy and Shining Crane's-Bill.

Despite the weather not being absolutely on the bug-hunting nail we did record:- 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 3 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Daffodil Dung Fly (Norellia spinipes); 6 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 1 * Small White (Pieris rapae); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 3 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis).

Also added were:- Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); 1 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Australian Flatworm (Australoplana sanguinea) and Leopard Slug (Limax maximus).

29th March 2024 - Didsbury Park, G. Manchester - Another coffee and a mini mooch with the sun peeping out and a heavy downpour. Carrion Crow; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Ring Necked Parakeet; Nuthatch; Chaffinch; Dunnock; Blue Tit and Starling were the few birds seen.

Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Lesser Celandine; Daisy; Dandelion agg; Wavy Bittercress and Herb Robert were the only wild flowers observed.

1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 6 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 9 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 1 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Springtail (Orchesella villosa) and 1 * Springtail (Orchesella cincta) were the few insects identified.

Whilst I sheltered from the rain, I rolled a log and saw:- Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens) and White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger).

 

29th March 2024 - Marie Louise Gardens, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A call off to have a short mooch at this small garden area. A mixed bag of species included:- Landhopper (Arcitalitrus dorrieni); Walnut Orb Weaver (Nuctenea umbratica); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum); Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and the birds:- Goldcrest; Wren; Long Tailed Tit; Nuthatch; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Magpie and Robin.

Dandelion agg; Wood Anemone; Lesser Celandine; Ivy Leaved Speedwell and Daisy were in flower and I also saw the Yew Gall (Taxomyia taxi).

 
29th March 2024 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - After a long cycle and a coffee I did one half of this area before heading homeward. The birds noted were:- Chiffchaff; Great Tit; Song Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Robin; Jay; Ring Necked Parakeet; Blackcap; Mallard; Coot; Mute Swan; Canada Goose; Long Tailed Tit; Blackbird; Cormorant; Great Crested Grebe; Moorhen; Shoveler; Grey Heron; Gadwall; Tufted Duck; Teal; Reed Bunting and Jackdaw plus a Cetti's Warbler on call - ooh the elusive devil.
 

29th March 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - 17.2 miles on the bike today, the stretch here was were I started and finished with the following few birds seen:- Jay (*3); Blackbird (*1); Mallard (*2); Chiffchaff (*3); Grey Wagtail (*2); Kingfisher (*1); Robin (*2); Dunnock (*2); Wood Pigeon (*2); Blue Tit (*2); Song Thrush (*1) and Carrion Crow (*2).

The weather was a shapeshifting menace, I still saw:- 2 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); 5 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 9 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula): 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 4 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) and 2 * Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilocorus renipustulatus).

Broom; Common Vetch; Wood Stitchwort; Hawthorn and Spanish Bluebell were all now in flower.

 

28th March 2024 - Etherow CP, Stockport, G. Manchester - A morn catching up, an afternoon strolling with the missus. We cracked the annual 200 fungus barrier along the way and also saw a few bird species:- Tufted Duck; Muscovy Duck; Canada Goose; Mallard; Feral Pigeon; Moorhen; Wren; Dunnock; Mute Swan; Carrion Crow; Mandarin Duck; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Buzzard; Great Tit; Chaffinch; Nuthatch; Coal Tit; Robin; Cormorant; Long Tailed Tit; Dipper; Blackbird and Coot.

Flowers in bloom were:- Common Field Speedwell; Dandelion agg; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; False Yellow Archangel; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Daisy; Dog's Mercury; Barren Strawberry; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Cowslip; Butterbur; Marsh Marigold; Common Dog Violet; Bluebell; Gorse plus Field Wood Rush and Great Wood Rush were sporting blooms too.

As the weather turned only a few insects were seen:- 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae).

Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) were also added to the small tally

 

27th March 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - After a coffee and a sit in some window-enhanced sunshine I made my way home through this local area.

I didn't hang about, the clouds were gathering and I had done well to avoid a soaking. The few birds recorded were:- Magpie; Moorhen; Robin; Mallard; Canada Goose; Nuthatch; Wren; Chiffchaff; Ring Necked Parakeet and Mistle Thrush.

2 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Strawberry Snail (Trochulus striolatus); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); 1 * Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris); 2 * Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) and 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) were the mixed bag of beasties jotted down.

Green Alkanet; Wood Avens; Dandelion agg and Herb Robert were the only flowers noted.

 

27th March 2024 - Bruntwood Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early morn and out on the bike and filthy. The weather was below average and so things weren't playing ball. The few bird species seen were:- Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Carrion Crow; Chiffchaff; Nuthatch; Magpie; Blackbird; Mallard; Dunnock; Robin; Moorhen; Canada Goose; House Sparrow; Blue Tit and Wren; Buzzard.

I only picked out a few insects:- Parent Bug (Elasmucha grisea); 1 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Cream Streaked Ladybird (Harmonia quadripunctata) and 2 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata).

Lesser Celandine; Wood Anemone and Grape Hyacinth were the few blooms pondered, Field Wood Rush was also in flower and I added the Oak Marble Gall (Andricus kollari) and Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus) and Leopard Slug (Limax maximus).

 
26th March 2024 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - Lungwort and False Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. argentatum) were in flower and the last sightings of the day were:- 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax).
 

26th March 2024 - Chorlton Park, Chorlton, G. Manchester - Another saunter, this time with a few more insects seen:- 1 * Hoverfly (Epistrophe eligans); 39 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 3 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 3 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum); 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hairy Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and 5 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata).

Whilst this was a place I hadn't visited before I recorded a few common species:- Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Striped Woodlice (Philoscia muscorum); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); Landhoppers (Arcitalitrus dorrieni); Flatworm (Kontikia ventrolineata) and a Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).

Red Dead Nettle; Dandelion agg; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Norway Maple; Daisy; Groundsel and Shepherd's Purse were in flower.

Birds added were:- Wren; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Mallard; Robin; Blackbird; Starling and Jackdaw.

 

26th March 2024 - Longford Park, Stretford, G. Manchester - A stroll around this park produced the following list of bird species:- Starling; Chaffinch; Ring Necked Parakeet; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; Dunnock; Chiffchaff; Feral Pigeon; Great Tit; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Robin; Wren; Goldcrest; Blue Tit and Mistle Thrush.

Insects noted were:- 10 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 9 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 9 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) and 1 * Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni).

Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus) and Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) were added too.

Common Field Speedwell; Field Wood Rush; Dandelion agg; Groundsel; Daisy and Ivy Leaved Toadflax were in flower.

 

26th March 2024 - Stretford Meadows, Stretford, G. Manchester - A lone Snake's-Head Fritillary was a surprise flower that was rising from the ground in the middle of nowhere. The only other blooms noted were:- Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Dandelion agg; Hogweed and Colt's-Foot.

The few birds recorded were:- Wood Pigeon (*2); Kestrel (*2); Magpie (*8); Greenfinch (*1); Wren (*1); Jackdaw (*1); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Jay (*1); Chiffchaff (*1); Blackbird (*1); Robin (*1); Blue Tit (*1) and Buzzard (*1).

2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempuncata) were the only other sightings.

 

26th March 2024 - Bridgewater Canal, Stretford, G. Manchester - Along this short stretch I noted a few bird species, these being:- Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Feral Pigeon; Starling; Ring Necked Parakeet; Chiffchaff; Magpie and House Sparrow.

Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Daisy and Hairy Bittercress were in flower and the few insects seen were:- 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 4 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) and 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae).

 

26th March 2024 - Kickety Brook, Trafford, G. Manchester - The second visit of the year to this area with the usual coffee break had. Birds listed were:- Treecreeper (*3); Chiffchaff (*4); Great Tit (*1); Magpie (*4); Ring Necked Parakeet (*3); Wren (*3); Goldcrest (*2); Greenfinch (*2); Wood Pigeon (*1); Nuthatch (*1); Blackbird (*3); Jackdaw (*1); Blue Tit (*1); Blackcap (*1); Mallard (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Song Thrush (*2); Carrion Crow (*3) and Stock Dove (*1).

I also added:- White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Amber Snail (Succinea putris); Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus) and 1 * Walnut Orb Weaver (Nuctenea umbratica).

The few insects spied were:- 6 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * False Ladybird (Endomychus coccineus); and 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae).

Butterbur; Lesser Celandine; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Wavy Bittercress and Dandelion agg were the only flowers noted in bloom.

 

26th March 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A good 23 mile cycle today with the route beginning and ending along the usual stretch. I didn't dawdle but did record:- Kingfisher (*1); Goosander (*5); Mandarin Duck (*4); Great Tit (*2); Grey Wagtail (*2); Carrion Crow (*2) and Chiffchaff (*1) plus Cowslip and Barren Strawberry in flower; a lone Drone Fly (Eristalis pertnax), 3 * Kidney Spot Ladybirds (Chilocorus renipustulatus); 1 * Short Palped Crane-Fly (Limonia nubeculosa) and 9 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula).

 

25th March 2024 - Chadkirk Chapel, Stockport, G. Manchester - A second walk was squeezed in today, albeit another short one. Bird species noted were:- Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Goosander; Dunnock; Coal Tit; Great Tit; Nuthatch; Chiffchaff; Robin; Starling; Jackdaw; Mallard; Goldfinch; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Canada Goose and Moorhen.

Flowers in bloom were:- Lesser Celandine; Dog's Mercury; Ramsons; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Field Wood Rush; Great Wood Rush; Ground Ivy; Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage and Greater Stitchwort.

Giant Horsetail was now showing and we also saw:- 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and the Gall (Taxomyia taxi).

 

25th March 2024 - Fog Lane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - A walk with the missus after checking if everyone had got the message that a planned meet-up was cancelled. The weather was set to level 'horrid', we got a good hour in and it was fine - darn those weather folk.

Bird species recorded were:- Blackbird; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Ring Necked Parakeet; Mallard; Canada Goose; Coot; Robin; Feral Pigeon; Chiffchaff; Mandarin Duck; Song Thrush; Dunnock; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Mistle Thrush; Nuthatch; House Sparrow; Starling and Goldfinch.

The few flowers contemplated were those of:- Norway Maple; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Daisy; Ramsons; Spotted Dead Nettle; Spanish Bluebell and Laurel.

A Brown Rat was noted, a Grey Squirrel too plus the Gall (Cecidophyes rouhollahi).

Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and a Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) were the only other species seen along with 9 species of fungi.

 

24th March 2024 - Ainsdale Sands Lake, Lancashire - The final destination of the day and a walk around the lake and a check of a few sand dunes. Flowers in bloom were:- Spring Beauty; Grape Hyacinth; Groundsel; Early Forget-Me-Not; Colt's-Foot; Daisy; Alexanders; Thale Cress and Ivy Leaved Speedwell.

We spied 2 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and a Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) plus the following bird species:- Herring Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Black Headed Gull; Cormorant; Mute Swan; Coot; Tufted Duck; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Shoveler; Moorhen; Goldfinch; Chiffchaff; Meadow Pipit; Wren; Canada Goose and Gadwall.

 

24th March 2024 - Marshside RSPB, Lancashire - A short pootle at an old fave with the sun still shining overhead. We only visited one hide before going to our final location of the day. Flowers noted in bloom were:- Green Alkanet; White Dead Nettle; Herb Robert; Groundsel; Daisy; Dandelion agg; Alexanders; Spanish Bluebell and Red Dead Nettle.

Bird species seen were:- Scaup; Greenfinch; Herring Gull; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Skylark; Little Egret; Mallard; Shelduck; Golden Plover; Canada Goose; Buzzard; Moorhen; Coot; Tufted Duck; Oystercatcher; Teal; Pink Footed Goose; Gadwall; Avocet; Redshank; Black Tailed Godwit; Black Headed Gull; Starling; Shoveler; Mute Swan; Carrion Crow; Goldfinch; Goldcrest; Great Black Backed Gull and Pied Wagtail.

We also saw:- 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and many Sandhoppers (Talitrus saltator); Pill Woodlice (Armadillidium vulgare); a few Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) and a Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum).

 

24th March 2024 - Hesketh Out Marsh RSPB, Lancashire - Sunny skies and a brisk wind were had whilst we went on a 12, 000 almost non-stop walk. Sightings weren't as expected but we didn't dawdle. Bird species seen were:- Shelduck; Little Egret; Oystercatcher; Mallard; Spotted Redshank; Pink Footed Goose; Redshank; Canada Goose; Skylark; Red Breasted Merganser; Whooper Swan; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Avocet; Kestrel; Meadow Pipit; Blackbird; Lapwing; Reed Bunting; Black Headed Gull; Jackdaw; Chaffinch; Grey Heron; Magpie; Goldfinch; Rook; Carrion Crow; Collared Dove; Pheasant; Linnet and Greenfinch.

Dandelion agg; Daisy; Common Field Speedwell and Lesser Celandine were in flower and we also saw 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

 
24th March 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - 3 examples of the Springtail (Orchesella cincta) were on the front garden wall and I rescued a Hebrew Character Moth that had fell down the bog - the silly sod.
 

22nd March 2024 - River Mersey, East Didsbury, G. Manchester - After a coffee at the rather lovely Gelateria. As I wandered down the chosen stretch of river the darn hernia was twanging so I didn't see as much as I should have. I did record though:- 12 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 1 * Common Carder Bee (Bombus pascuorum) and 1 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria).

Cowslip was in flower and the few birds seen were:- Magpie (*3); Blackbird (*1); Wood Pigeon (*4); Goldfinch (*4); Mallard (*2) and Goosander (*1).

Further along I saw a Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum).

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22nd March 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short pootle and a look at a tiny back alley where I do a bit of recording. It was a bit windy but I did spy:- 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis) plus a Wood Pigeon and Dandelion agg; Lesser Celandine; Ivy Leaved Speedwell and Groundsel in flower.

Just outside work I saw a Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); a Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and another 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

 
21st March 2024 - Wright's Wood NR, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick pop in whilst on my way home. I got muddy, rained on and saw little. Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius) and 2 * Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus) were recorded along with Groundsel; Marsh Marigold and Colt's-Foot which were in flower. I also saw a Magpie and a Great Tit.
 

21st March 2024 - Bramhall Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A day off work but so busy I could only afford a short bike ride, a mini-pootle and a coffee. The few birds listed were:- Raven; Grey Heron; Grey Wagtail; Mandarin; Moorhen; Great Tit; Robin; Carrion Crow; Wren; Nuthatch; Wood Pigeon; Jay; Canada Goose; Magpie and Blackbird.

Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Lesser Celandine; Wood Anemone; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Thale Cress and Butterbur were in flower.

Common Frog (Rana temporaria); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) and Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) were added too.

 

19th March 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking to work and Toothwort was now back in flower, a welcome sight as I pootled to work.  The only other things noted down this different stretch of river were:- Goosander (*1); Robin (*2) and Long Tailed Tit (*1).

Walking home and I saw:- 2 * Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilocorus renipustulatus); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 1 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 17 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomina prasina) plus a Greenfinch and a Grey Wagtail.

19th March 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A quick look around the building were I work and I saw:- 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 3 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 4 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella) plus a Jackdaw and a Blackbird.
 

19th March 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, Cheshire - Walking home from work and there was a bit of sun to be had. Insects noted were:- 4 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 3 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomina prasina); 19 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); 2 * Drone Fly (Eristalis pertinax); 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae); 2 * Comma (Polygonia c-album); 3 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and 1 * Common Flower Bug (Anthocoris nemorum agg).

Common Whitlow Grass was in flower at the park entrance, a Dunnock sat by and sang its heart out, a Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) soaked up the late rays and the Gall (Cecidophyes nudus) completed a small but pleasing list.

 
18th March 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, Cheshire - The last leg of the walk home and I noted:- Goosander (*1); Mandarin Duck (*4); Grey Heron (*1); Chiffchaff (*1) plus 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Kidney Spot Ladybird (Chilocorus renipustulatus); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) and Ramson; Wood Anemone and Hogweed in flower.
 

18th March 2024 - River Mersey, East Didsbury, Cheshire - Walking down the river and I spied:- Goldfinch (*2); Carrion Crow (*2); Chiffchaff (*1): Wood Pigeon (*6); Feral PIgeon (*4); Magpie (*2) and House Sparrow (*9).

Butterbur and Colt's-Foot were in flower and I saw a Grey Squirrel.

 

18th March 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, Cheshire - Another coffee in the sun before the clouds gathered. The lasses soon pootled off to see to a few tasks, I had a pottered and walked home. Whilst mooching here I noted a few insects:- 3 * Hairy Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 9 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax); 2 * Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva); 2 * Rosemary Beetle (Chrysolina americana); 2 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae) and 1 * Sawfly (Aglaostigma aucupariae).

I also added a Wren; Ring Necked Parakeet; Blackbird; Great Tit; Canada Goose; Mallard; Chiffchaff and Blue Tit.

Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage; Thyme Leaved Speedwell; Green Alkanet; Ivy Leaved Toadflax; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Marsh Marigold; Dandelion; White Dead Nettle and Barren Strawberry were all in flower.

A lone Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum) was added as well as a Nursey Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis).

 
18th March 2024 - Congleton, Cheshire - A male Brimstone butterfly was spotted by my daughter as we were in the town centre car park.
 

18th March 2024 - Astbury Mere, Congleton, Cheshire - A walk with the good lady and the fine daughter. We had a coffee, a stroll and then a mooch around the local shops. Bird species noted at this small area were:- Bullfinch; Chiffchaff; Dunnock; Blackbird; Magpie; Robin; Carrion Crow; Wren; Great Tit; Black Headed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Coot; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Song Thrush; Long Tailed Tit; Sparrowhawk; Jackdaw; Moorhen; Jay; Blue Tit and Lesser Black Backed Gull; Cormorant.

The few insects seen were:- 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 6 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 2 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomina prasina); 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 14 * Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) and 2 * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria).

We also found a pair of copulating Toads on the main pathway which my daughter kindly moved to safety.

Colt's-Foot; Gorse; Red Campion; Dandelion agg; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Early Dog Violet; Lesser Celandine and Dog's Mercury were all in flower.

Also added were the galls:- Andricus kollari and Aceria fraxinivora and the gastropods:- Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum and Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus).

For recording purposes we added:- Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus) and Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber).

 

17th March 2024 - Appleton Meadows and Woodland, Cheshire - An extension of the latest walk with a few insects seen:- 4 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Peacock (Aglais io); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * 14 Spot Ladybird (Propylea quattuordecimpunctata); 1 * Water Beetle (Helophorus brevipalpis) and 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni).

Sparrowhawk; Magpie; Mallard; Wood Pigeon; Jackdaw; Long Tailed Tit; Jay and Buzzard were the few birds noted.

Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) and Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) were also added.

Red Dead Nettle; Daisy and Common Field Speedwell were in flower and we saw a couple of Grey Squirrels.

 

17th March 2024 - Grappenhall Walled Gardens, Warrington, Cheshire - A coffee, a snack, a chat with a lovely couple and one of their mums and a short pootle. We saw a few birds, these were:- Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Chaffinch; Blackbird; Buzzard; Coot; Robin; Moorhen; Mallard; Goldcrest; Long Tailed Tit; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Magpie.

Insects noted were:- 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 5 * Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax); 1 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 1 * Ground Beetle (Loricera pilicornis) and 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina).

The few wildlflowers recorded were:- Lesser Celandine; Colt's-Foot; Lungwort; Daisy and Wood Avens.

We also recorded:- Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Balkan Threeband/Greenhouse Slug (Ambigolimax sp); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus); Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius) and Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus).

 
17th March 2024 - Grappenhall Walled Gardens, Warrington, Cheshire - Driving to our second destination and a male Brimstone butterfly was seen whilst waiting to turn at a crossroads.
 

17th March 2024 - Rixton Clay Pits, Warrington, Cheshire - An early morn mooch that was brief due to the awful ground underfoot. Bird species seen were:- Green Sandpiper; Chiffchaff; Sparrowhawk; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Blackbird; Dunnock; House Sparrow; Tufted Duck; Greenfinch; Long Tailed Tit; Bullfinch; Mallard; Cormorant; Goosander; Goldcrest; Nuthatch; Shoveler; Chaffinch; Great Spotted Woodpecker and Magpie.

Flowering Currant; Gorse; Primrose; Dog's Mercury; Red Dead Nettle; Daisy and Lesser Celandine and we also saw 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and a Rabbit.

 

16th March 2024 - Alexandra Park, Oldham, G. Manchester - A morning walk in some middling sunshine that started with a coffee, was broken by a read in a greenhouse and finalised by a trip to some Non-League Football. The few insects noted were:- 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 2 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Daffodil Dung Fly (Norellia spinipes); 1 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

Lesser Celandine; Daisy; Groundsel and Field Wood Rush were in flower and we also recorded:- Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Balkan Threeband/Greenhouse Slug (Ambigolimax sp); Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus); Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) and White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger).

The bird species recorded were:- Starling; Jackdaw; Song Thrush; Nuthatch; Chaffinch; Great Tit; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Coot; Goosander; Tufted Duck; Black Headed Gull; Feral Pigeon; Wren; Carrion Crow; Moorhen; Mallard; Canada Goose; Robin; Greenfinch; Magpie; Long Tailed Tit and Dunnock.

 

15th March 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Pootling to work, I saw:- Goldfinch (*1); Greenfinch (*1); Blackbird (*2); Carrion Crow (*3); Ring Necked Parakeet (*2); Wood Pigeon (*6); Magpie (*2) and Mistle Thrush (*1).

Also added were:- Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Balkan Threeband/Greenhouse Slug (Ambigolimax sp); Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis) and Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber).

 

14th March 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - An early finish from work, a coffee and a cycle and 1 hour spent in the Parsonage Gardens and nearby churchyard, a small area that was viewed in cool temperatures and under grey clouds. I saw:- Hairy Footed Flower Bee (Anthophora plumipes); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus); 3 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) and 4 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). Also added were:- Girdled Snail (Hygromia cinctella); Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) plus Jay; Robin; Carrion Crow; Magpie and Wood Pigeon.

Green Alkanet and Ivy Leaved Toadflax were in flower.

 
13th March 2024 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking to work, the hernia was twanging, the back aching, by ruddy crikey this growing old is shite.  On my way I saw:- Greenfinch (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Chiffchaff (*1); Blackbird (*2); Magpie (*2); Wood Pigeon (*2); Mistle Thrush (*2); Robin (*2); Song Thrush (*1) and Collared Dove (*1).  Colt's-Foot and  * Irish Yellow Slug (Limacus maculatus).
 

12th March 2024 - Heaton Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - I walked home from work today so did a little count of species down an 100 metre backalley I have been sporadically recording at. The few bird species noted were:- Goldfinch (*4); Great Tit (*2); Carrion Crow (*1); Magpie (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1) and Robin (*1).

I also added:- Girdled Snail (Hygromia cinctella); Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus); Striped Woodlice (Philoscia muscorum); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Flatworm (Kontikia ventrolineata) and White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger). a new species for me was the springtail (Dicyrtomina minuta) - bonus!

Dandelion agg and Sweet Violet were in flower.

 

11th March 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk through this park close to home and I didn't hang about but did see the following birds:- Redwing; Jay; Blackbird; Dunnock and Great tit as well as 32 Smooth Newts; Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum) and Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

I also added the Gall (Taxomyia taxi).

 

11th March 2024 - Longford Park, Stretford, G. Manchester - The third recording area of the day and a site I had not previously visited. Bird species seen were:- Sparrowhawk (*1); Feral Pigeon (*5); Robin (*1); Blackbird (*1); Magpie (*9); Great Tit (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Starling (*2); Redwing (*2); Chaffinch (*2); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1); Nuthatch (*1); Mistle Thrush (*2) and plenty Wood Pigeons too.

4 Grey Squirrels pottered about; I found a Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia); a Daffodil Dung Fly (Norellia spinipes) and also added:- Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Balkan Threeband/Greenhouse Slug (Ambigolimax sp); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus); Striped Woodlice (Philoscia muscorum); Ivy Leaved Speedwell in flower and the mosses (Bryum capillare) and (Grimmia pulvinata).

 

11th March 2024 - Kickety Brook, Trafford, G. Manchester - The second recording spot of the day broken by a visit to the Riverside Cafe for a sausage roll and a coffee. Bird species seen were:- Carrion Crow (*3); Great Tit (*3); Magpie (*3); Robin (*2); Blackbird (*3); Song Thrush (*1); Chiffchaff (*1); Wood Pigeon (*3); Dunnock (*1); Wren (*3); Nuthatch (*1); Blue Tit (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Jay (*1) and Kestrel (*1).

Lesser Celandine; Dandelion agg and Butterbur were in flower and I also added:- Parent Bug (Elasmucha grisea); Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum) and White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius).

 

11th March 2024 - Bridgewater Canal, Stretford, G. Manchester - An 18 mile bike trip, the first recording area was a short stretch down a canal. Birds seen were:- Blackbird (*3); Robin (*1); Carrion Crow (*3); Feral Pigeon (*2); Magpie (*4); Cormorant (*1); Starling (*3); Wood Pigeon (*2); Mallard (*2); Black Headed Gull (*1); Blue Tit (*1); and Canada Goose (*4).

Ivy Leaved Speedwell and Dandelion agg were in flower and I also recorded:- Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) and Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber).

 

10th March 2024 - Chorlton Ees NR, Chorlton, G. Manchester - Crappy weather, lots to do and a body twanging - it has been a rough week but we had a short walk today and enjoyed a midway coffee. Whilst pootling around this local Nature Reserve we spied:- Blunt Tailed Snake Millipede (Cylindroiulus punctatus); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Balkan Threeband/Greenhouse Slug (Ambigolimax sp); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); Amber Snail (Succinea putris); 1 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Glossy Glass Snail (Oxychilus navarricus); Red Velvet Mite (Trombidium sp); Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus) and 3 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

Bird species seen were:- Goldfinch; Robin; Great Tit; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Mistle Thrush; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Jackdaw; Ring Necked Parakeet; Grey Heron and Reed Bunting with the nearby river showing 3 Grey Wagtails and a male and female Mallard, the latter with 2 young.

We also saw the Galls:- Agathomyia wankowiczii and Phytoptus avellanae plus Butterbur; Lesser Celandine and Ivy Leaved Speedwell in flower.

 
10th March 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - My daughter was gardening yesterday and found 2 curious snails, with some online help they turned out to be the Girdled Snail (Hygromia cinctella).
 

6th March 2024 - Chorlton, Stockport, G. Manchester - An early finish from work, a cycle, a coffee and then a planned walk down the River Mersey. I started at the back of Chorlton Water Park and got a puncture 6 miles from home. A 2 mile detour to a bike shop saw me get the repair done and use a whole heap of vile language. The short area explored prior to the deflating moment saw me record the following birds:- Reed Bunting (*2); Wood Pigeon (*5); Great Tit (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Jackdaw (*1); Canada Goose (*27); Magpie (*4); Blackbird (*1); Black Headed Gull (*2); House Sparrow (*3); Carrion Crow (*2); Mallard (*10); Grey Wagtail (*3); Feral Pigeon (*2) and Ring Necked Parakeet (*3).

I noted Lesser Celandine and Ivy Leaved Speedwell in flower and also saw:- 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis); 2 * Pot Bellied Emerald Beetle (Gastrophysa viridula); 2 * Small Tortoisehsell (Aglais urticae); 39 * Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); 1 * Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); 1 * Amber Snail (Succinea putris); 4 * Flatworms (Kontikia ventrolineata); 1 * Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and 1 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger).

 

5th March 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - The few sightings today were:- Kingfisher (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Great Tit (*1); Wood Pigeon (*23); Dunnock (*1) and Mistle Thrush (*1).

I added:- 1 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) and 1 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella).

 

5th March 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - Pootling homeward and I noted:- 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 24 * Clarke's Mining Bee (Andrena clarkella); 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax); 1 * Hairy Shieldbug (Dolycoris baccarum); 2 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis) and 1 * Walnut Orb Weaver (Nuctenea umbratica).

I also spied a Long Tailed Tit; a Blackbird and a Blue Tit.

 

5th March 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A busy bod at work and a lunch break was need. During the wander I saw:- 13 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 63 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 8 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 1 * Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris); 6 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina); 2 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and 8 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera).

I also saw:- 1 * Wood PIgeon; 1 * House Sparrow; 1 * Lesser Black Backed Gull; 2 * Blackbird plus Thale Cress in flower; 1 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis) and 1 * Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius).

 

4th March 2024 - Pex Hill, Widnes, Cheshire - A quick re-visit to a site that is what it is, nowt special but worth looking after. The few bird species seen were:- Robin; Blackbird; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Herring Gull; Magpie and Goldfinch.

Pineappleweed; Rape; Dandelion agg; Common Field Speedwell; Gorse; Daisy and Lesser Celandine were all in flower.

We also saw:- Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica); Wall-Screw Moss (Tortula muralis) and a Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

 

4th March 2024 - Pickerings Pasture, Widnes, Cheshire - A pootle in the sun, it was a good do and despite a knackered back and guts, we got in a fair stretch. Birds seen were:- Wren (*2); Blue Tit (*6); Collared Dove (*1); Goldfinch (*6); Wood Pigeon (*12); Long Tailed Tit (*3); Robin (*9); Carrion Crow (*2); Great Tit (*10); Magpie (*5); Blackbird (*9); Oystercatcher (*20); Great Black Backed Gull (*1); Shelduck (*64); Starling (*4); Cormorant (*4); Dunnock (*4); Pied Wagtail (*10); House Sparrow (*1); Common Buzzard (*8); Teal (*25); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*1); Curlew (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Mallard (*5) and Redshank (*1) plus plenty of Canada Geese and Black Headed Gulls.

Gorse; Ivy Leaved Speedwell; Common Field Speedwell; Primrose; Spring Snowflake; Lesser Celandine; White Dead Nettle; Red Dead Nettle; Alexanders and Daisy were all in flower.

We also saw 5 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 20 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax); plus Garden Snail (Cornus aspersum); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum).

 

3rd March 2024 - Heaton Park, G. Manchester - We are trying to vary up the walks as much as possible and today we visited a location we hadn't been to for quite a few years. The reasons for our lack of visitations - too many people. It is what it is though and a nice stroll in decent weather was had and, of course, the obligatory coffee. Bird species seen were:- Coot; Canada Goose; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Magpie; Black Headed Gull; Blackbird; Cormorant; Mistle Thrush; Blue Tit; Goldfinch; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Feral Pigeon; Redwing; Lesser Redpoll; Jackdaw; Wren; Dunnock; Moorhen and Pied Wagtail.

5 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 1 * Marmalade Fly (Episyrphus balteatus) and 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) were the only insects seen.

I aslo record a few fungi and:- Elegand Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum); 22 * Garden Snail (Cornus aspersum); 31 * Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); 1 * Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); 1 * Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); 4 * Leopard Slug (Limax maximus) and many Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber), a couple of Variegated Centipedes (Lithobous variegatus) and several White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger).

Grey Squirrels were on the cadge for food and the few blooms noted in flower were:- White Dead Nettle; Spotted Dead Nettle; Common Field Speedwell and Dandelion agg.

 
1st March 2024 - River Mersey, Didsbury, G. Manchester - The end of the week walk - a coffee, a cycle and a mooch on the way home. The birds seen were:- 1 * Common Buzzard; 1 * Sparrowhawk; 1 * Cormorant; 1 * Great Spotted Woodpecker; 6 * Goosander; 7 * House Sparrow; 3 * Redwing; 1 * Great Tit; 4 * Feral Pigeon; 1 * Dunnock; 2 * Long Tailed Tit; 3 * Wood Pigeon; 9 * Starling; 3 * Blackbird; 6 * Magpie; 3 * Carrion Crow; 2 * Robin and 3 * Song Thrush.
 
1st March 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short jog to blow away the palpitations, a short dinnertime walk and I saw:- 8 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * 10 Spot Ladybird (Adalia decempunctata); 12 Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 3 Irish Yellow Slug (Limacus maculatus); 9 Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); 1 Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) plus the birds:- 5 * Wood Pigeon; 10 * Canada Goose; 2 * Carrion Crow; 10 * Magpie; 6 * Ring Necked Parakeet; 1 * Great Tit; 1 * Wren; 4 * Blackbird; 1 * Nuthatch; 1 * Blue Tit and 1 * Robin. Ivy Leaved Speedwell was in flower.
 
FEBRUARY
 
29th February 2024 - Fog Lane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - A half-day at work so after a coffee with the missus we had a short pootle around this park. I recorded just a few things to close the month, namely:- 2 * Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); 4 * Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis); a cheeky Jay, Ivy Leaved Speedwell in flower and a few other common birds recorded - job done for the month.
 

26th February 2024 - Lindow Common, Wilmslow, Cheshire - A walk in the chilled weather with very little to report. The few birds seen were:- Robin (*2); Magpie (*4); Great Tit (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*5); Mallard (*11); Moorhen (*10); Coot (*2); Cormorant (*1); Canada Goose (*2); Black Headed Gull (*22); Dunnock (*1); Wood Pigeon (*2); Goldfinch (*4) and Coal Tit (*1).

We also saw:- 1 * Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris); 9 * Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); 2 * Common Frog (Rana temporaria); 1 * Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); 2 * Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus) and a few fungi.

 
25th February 2024 - Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington, Cheshire - A short circular walk before a visit to the Red Telephone Box Cafe. Along with a few fungi we saw Daisy; Hazel; Groundsel; Common Field Speedwell and Dandelion agg in flower, Wood Pigeon (*1); Robin (*2); Magpie (*2); Blackbird (*1) and Blue Tit (*1) plus the Moss (Bryum capillare).
 

25th February 2024 - Risley Moss, Warrington, Cheshire - A visit to an area we hadn't been to for quite a while. It was sunny and quiet and made for a nice stroll after the previous nights gig. The few mini-beasts seen were:- 1 * Snail Hunter Beetle (Cychrus caraboides); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) and White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) plus 2 * Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); 1 * Garlic Snail (Oxychilus alliarius); 2 * Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); 2 * Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumon stramentor); 1 * Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumon suspiciosus); 1 * Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) and the mosses (Bryum capillare) and (Orthotrichum pulchellum).

The birds were represented by:- Jackdaw (*2); Robin (*4); Great Tit (*6); Blackbird (*3); Chaffinch (*4); Blue Tit (*4); Dunnock (*2); Wood Pigeon (*5); Coal Tit (*1); Nuthatch (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Magpie (*3); Siskin (*2); Goldcrest (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Canada Goose (*2); Common Buzzard (*1) and Herring Gull (*1).

 

23rd February 2024 - River Mersey, Didsbury, G. Manchester - The end of the week, work finished, a coffee and a walk down a different stretch of the river, from the end of Fletcher Moss to Didsbury Bridge. It is an area I have walked many times but I am planning to make it a more frequent pootle, it is ideal for an end of week waltz.

The mixed bag of species seen were:- 4 * Harvestman Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis); 2 * Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum); 2 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 4 * Hairy Snail (Trochulus hispidus); 1 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 1 * Strawberry Snail (Trochulus striolatus); 4 * Amber Snail (Succinea putris); 2 * Dusky Slug (Arion subfuscus); 31 * Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); 3 * Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); 2 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis) and 2 * Flatworms (Kontikia ventrolineata).

Birds recorded were:- Goosander (*5); Carrion Crow (*1); Great Tit (*1); Wood Pigeon (*6); Dunnock (*1); Starling (*9); Song Thrush (*1); Robin (*1); Mallard (*3); Feral Pigeon (*8); Magpie (*3); Goldcrest (*1) and Long Tailed Tit (*1).

Ivy Leaved Speedwell was now in flower.

 

22nd February 2024 - Stamford Park, Altrincham, G. Manchester - A short walk after a morn mooching around the local shops. The few birds fed and recorded at this small park were:- Robin (*2); Wood Pigeon (*6); Magpie (*3); Mistle Thrush (*1); Moorhen (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Canada Goose (*10); Mallard (*16); Blackbird (*4); Redwing (*3); Blue Tit (*2); Great Tit (*1); Goldcrest (*1); House Sparrow (*12); Jackdaw (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Dunnock (*1); Wren (*1) and a good flock of Feral Pigeon who sat and my arm and hand whilst guzzling seeds.

Also added were:-Tramp Slug (Deroceras invadens); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and 3 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni).

 
20th February 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A break from the desk at work, the skies were grey and there was a slight breeze but it was far from cold.  The insects seen were:- 60 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 11 * Pine Ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus); 2 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).  I also saw 2 Wood Pigeons; 2 Magpies and a  Irish Cellar Slug (Limacus maculatus).
 
19th February 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Cycling homewards and 2 Grey Wagtails; 2 Blue Tits and 7 * Common Green Shieldbug (Palomena prasina) were all recorded.
 

19th February 2024 - Fog Lane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - Another cycle, another walk, another coffee. The few insects seen were:- 1 * Birch Shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus); 1 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus); 1 * Ground Beetle (Anchomenus dorsalis); 1 * Ground Beetle (Badister bullatus); 1 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Common Earwig (Forficula auricularia) and 2 * Daffodil Dung Fly (Norellia spinipes).

Also added were:- 2 * Balkan Threeband/Greenhouse Slug (Ambigolimax sp); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum); White Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea hortensis); Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); Brown Lipped Banded Snail (Cepaea nemoralis); Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) and Striped Woodlice (Philoscia muscorum) plus White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger).

I spied a Brown Rat; the Harvestman (Rilaena triangularis) and Daisy; Cherry Plum; Cornelian Cherry and Hairy Bittercress were in flower.

Bird species seen were:- Jackdaw; Magpie; Ring Necked Parakeet; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Common Gull; Starling; Coot; Moorhen; Mandarin Duck; Canada Goose; Mallard; Robin; Blackbird; Redwing; Wood Pigeon; Blue Tit; Goldcrest; Coal Tit; Nuthatch; Wren; Bullfinch; Chaffinch; Great Tit and Feral Pigeon.

Wood Bristle Moss (Lewinskya affinis) was added and was bearing a rather nice fungus (see Fungal Sightings 2024).

 

18th February 2024 - Stamford Park, Stalybridge, Tameside - The young un' had health and safety training, we had a short pootle and a coffee. Bird species recorded were:- Mallard; Moorhen; Dunnock; Feral Pigeon; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Redwing; Robin; Wren; Goosander; Grey Wagtail; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Grey Heron; Coot; Mute Swan; Greenfinch; Black Headed Gull and Goldfinch.

A fine Leopard Slug (Limax maximus); Irish Green Slug (Limacus maculatus); Netted Slug (Deroceras reticulatum) and Tawny Soil Slug (Arion owenii) were seen as well as 6 * Beetle (Vincenzellus ruficollis); a cheeky Brown Rat, a sweet Grey Squirrel fed from my hand and the Lichen (Physcia adscendens) was noted.

 

17th February 2024 - Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, G. Manchester - After the missus' operation earlier in the week we have to take it easy so a short walk was had today before I then went to my mates memorial gig. The gentle pootle produced the following bird species:- House Sparrow; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Starling; Tufted Duck; Long Tailed Tit; Mute Swan; Mallard; Wood Pigeon; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Moorhen; Great Crested Grebe; Ring Necked Parakeet; Magpie and Carrion Crow.

We also saw:- 1 * Drone-Fly (Eristalis tenax); 5 * Honey Bee (Apis mellifera); 2 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Red Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and 9 * Daffodil Dung Fly (Norellia spinipes).

Daisy; Pineappleweed and Cherry Plum were in flower.

 
16th February 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - A long and stressful week, a couple of moth species decided to come and saw 'Hello', these were:- Beautiful Plume (*2) and Mompha subbistrigella (*1).
 

11th February 2024 - Arnfield Reservoir, Tintwistle, Derbyshire - A walk in the fog with the missus. Mosses recorded were:- Bryum capillare; Orthotrichum pulchellum; Tortula muralis; Orthotrichum anomalum; Schistidium crassipilum; Dicranoweisia cirrata; Campylopus introflexus; Kindbergia praelonga and Grimmia pulvinata. Birds listed were:- Dunnock (*1); Mallard (*24); Blue Tit (*4); Chaffinch (*2); Blackbird (*2); Magpie (*1); Teal (*1); Pheasant (*1); Wood PIgeon (*1); Robin (*1); Canada Goose (*18); Greylag Goose (*1); Nuthatch (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Goldfinch (*4); Tufted Duck (*1); Feral Pigeon (*1); Siskin (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*4) and Wren (*1).

 

10th February 2024 - Alexandra Park, Moss Side, G. Manchester - A walk on me todd before footy and a gig. I had a coffee, fed a Grey Squirrel out of my hand and a few other birds came and enjoyed the scraps. The birds seen were:- Ring Necked Parakeet (*2); Magpie (*1); Robin (*1); Carrion Crow (*3); Wood Pigeon (*2); Feral Pigeon (*100 approx); Tufted Duck (*23); Mute Swan (*1); Grey Heron (*1); Mallard (*14); Canada Goose (*7); Black Headed Gull (*47); Blue Tit (*4); Nuthatch (*1); Treecreeper (*1); Redwing (*9) and a few Coot.

I also saw:- Red Dead Nettle in flower; 2 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 3 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg) and 1 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger).

 

9th February 2024 - Otterspool, Liverpool, Merseyside - The second place of the day and a good stretch of the legs was had, rain avoided and another cafe visit enjoyed. Birds recorded were:- Oystercatcher (*60 approx); Greenfinch; Herring Gull; Common Gull; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Black Headed Gull; Wren; Wood Pigeon; Robin; Turnstone (*32); Lesser Black Backed Gull; Cormorant; Goldfinch; Blackbird; Redshank; Dunling (*2); Shelduck; Teal; Collared Dove; Curlew; Kestrel; Starling; Song Thrush; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit and Ring Necked Parakeet.

Common Whitlow Grass; Daisy; Groundsel; Red Dead Nettle and Hazel were in flower and I also spied more Landhoppers (Arcitalitrus dorrieni); a Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae); a Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); and a Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis).

 

9th February 2024 - Calderstones Park, Liverpool, Merseyside - A meet-up with some nice friends, a pootle, a coffee and the birds recorded were:- Magpie; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Ring Necked Parakeet; Moorhen; Mallard; Canada Goose; Coot; Herring Gull; Cormorant; Feral Pigeon; Song Thrush; Great Tit; Chaffinch; Robin; Redwing; Nuthatch; Mistle Thrush; Black Headed Gull; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Treecreeper and Goldcrest.

Also added to the list were:- 2 * Eight Striped Darkiling Beetle (Nalassus laevioctostriatus); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 53 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Walnut Orb Weaver Spider (Nuctenea umbratica); 4 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 3 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); 2 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and an abundance of Landhoppers (Arcitalitrus dorrieni).

 

8th February 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk into town in horrid conditions. I only dawdled once when I heard a bird call that rung a bell. I turned and there at the side of me within 10 feet where 3 Waxwings feeding on some rather swollen rose-hips. I was stricken with delight and the sleet was duly forgotten - what a treat. Other birds noted along this short stretch were:- Treecreeper (*1; Blackbird (*2); Feral Pigeon (*2); Carrion Crow (*3): Robin (*|1); Blue tit 9*1); Mallard (*2); Magpie (*1) and Long Tailed Tit (*4)

A lone Ox-Eye Daisy bloom was also seen.

 

7th February 2024 - Wythenshawe CP, G. Manchester - A meet up with 3 fine gents who are always smashing company. We had a coffee to start and finish, we didn't see a great deal but we had some quality for a February day. Insects seen were:- 1 * Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata); 1 * Larch Ladybird (Aphidecta obliterata); 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata); 100+ Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 5 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus); 1 * Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale); 2 * Clouded Mompha (Mompha langiella); 1 * Rove Beetle (Quedius fuliginosus); 1 * Ground Beetle (Platynus assimilis); 1 * Ground Beetle (Leistus fulvibarbis) and 5 * Birch Catkin Bug (Kleidocerys resedae).

Also added were:- 1 * Short Tailed Vole (Microtus agrestis); 2 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); 1 * Variegated Centipede (Lithobius variegatus) and a couple of White Legged Snake Millipedes (Tachypodoiulus niger).

I took my bins and never got them out but the few birds I did see were:- Magpie (*2); Bullfinch (*1); Blackbird (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Blue Tit (*1); Great Tit (*1); Robin (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*3); Wood Pigeon (*1); Mistle Thrush (*4); Jackdaw (*1) and Buzzard (*1). A flock of Pink Footed Geese flew over and made a fine racket.

 

6th February 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - After a coffee and a read I headed home under more lashing rain. I fed the birds again and whilst wandering I recorded:- Grey Heron (*2): Moorhen (*2): Goldfinch (*6); Blackbird (*5); Robin (*3); Dunnock (*2): Sparrowhawk (*1); Blue Tit (*2); Jay (*1) and Mistle Thrush (*2);

I also saw:- 3 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Tree Bee (Bombus hypnorum) and 1 * Hornet (Vespa crabro); 1 * Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumon suspiciosus) and a Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis).

 

6th February 2024 - Gorsey Bank/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk in the piddling rain. I put food out for the birds, they remained hunkered down but I did see:- Blackbird (*2); Cormorant (*2); Song Thrush (*1); Wood Pigeon (*7): Great Tit (*5); Redwing (*3); Black Headed Gull (*200 approx); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*2); Grey Heron (*1); Canada Goose (*3); Goosander (*3); Blue Tit (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Magpie (*11); Mallard (*9); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Moorhen (*1) and Ring Necked Parakeet (*2).

Sweet Violet was in flower and the Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum) was adorning the branches of an old Elder. The only other species noted were 2 * Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum).

 
5th February 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - Heading homeward and with a few fungi noted the only other species seen were:- 1 * Walnut Orb Weaver Spider (Nuctenea umbratica); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus niger); 1 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 21 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg) and 2 Common Buzzards circled over the nearby river.
 

5th February 2024 - Fog Lane Park, Benchill, G. Manchester - A cycle, a walk, a new place recorded at. Birds noted were:- Wren (*1); Wood Pigeon (*5); Treecreeper (*1); Redwing (*6); Nuthatch (*2); Dunnock (*1); Goldfinch (*5): Grey Heron (*1); Greenfinch (*1); Black Headed Gull (*19); Common Gull (*11); Jackdaw (*9); Starling (*11); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Blue Tit (*3); Song Thrush (*2): Bullfinch (*5); Blackbird (*1); Robin (*4); Siskin (*5); Carrion Crow (*4); Feral Pigeon (*25); Mandarin Duck (*9); Canada Goose (*8); Mallard (*57); Coot (*6); Moorhen (*3); Magpie (*17); Great Tit (*1) and oodles of Ring Necked Parakeets.

I noted also the following array of wildlife:- 1 * Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis); 1 * White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); 3 * Garden Snail (Cornu aspersum); 34 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); 1 * Ground Beetle (Pterostichus niger); 1 * Vine Weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus); 1 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis); 15 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 3 * 2 Spot Ladybird (Adalia bipunctata); 1 * Ground Beetle (Agonum muelleri); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus); 1 * Walnut Orb Weaver Spider (Nuctenea umbratica) and plenty Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus) and Striped Woodlice (Philoscia muscorum) and the mosses:- Tortula muralis; Grimmia pulvinata and Bryum capillare.

Groundsel; Hazel and Forsythia were in flower.

 

4th February 2024 - Big Pool Wood, Gronant, Flintshire - A return to a place that is tucked away to say the least. The wind was whipping, a quick wander bore a few fungi and:- Sparrowhawk (*1); Jackdaw (*1); Blue Tit (*1); Chaffinch (*1); Great Tit (*2) and Rook (*2).

Red Campion; Dog's Mercury and Sweet Violet with Opposite Leaved Golden Saxifrage on the cusp.

White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger); Rough Woodlice (Porcellio scaber); Shiny Woodlice (Oniscus asellus); Hart's-Tongue Fern and the Lichen (Xanthoria parietina) were the few other species added.

 

4th February 2024 - Point of Ayr, Talacre, Flintshire - A birding wander saw the species noted as follows:- Snow Bunting (*5); Linnet (*3); Stonechat (*1) plus Skylark; Little Egret; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Shelduck; Moorhen; Mute Swan; Reed Bunting; Chaffinch; Pheasant; Blue Tit; Long Tailed Tit; Coot; Meadow Pipit; Tufted Duck; Pink Footed Goose; Shoveler; Wigeon; Goldfinch; Teal; Redshank; Jackdaw; Starling; Canada Goose; Oystercatcher; Mallard; Lapwing; Rook; House Sparrow; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Magpie; Collared Dove; Pied Wagtail; Herring Gull and Curlew plus Song Thrush; Robin; Wren and Dunnock on call.

Alexanders; Common Field Speedwell; Daisy; Cherry Plum; Groundsel; Gorse; Colt's-Foot and Dandelion agg were all in flower and we also added:- 30+ * Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria); 1 * Buff Tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); 2 * Harvestman (Nemastoma bimaculatum) and Bonfire Moss (Funaria hygrometrica).

 

3rd February 2024 - Eccles Utd/Port Salford Greenway, G. Manchester - A new footy ground and prior to the game we saw what we could see. Birds noted were:- Lesser Black Backed Gull (*3); Black Headed Gull (*1); Jackdaw (*1); Blackbird (*3); Carrion Crow (*3); Wood Pigeon (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*1); Magpie (*3) and Goldfinch (*3).

Hazel and Shepherd's Purse were in flower; a fine carpet of the Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) was noted along with the mosses:- Funaria hygrometrica and Orthotrichum pulchellum.

4 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg) and 2 Flatworms (Kontikia ventrolineata) were added too.

 

2nd February 2024 - River Mersey, Didsbury, G. Manchester - A longer route home from work with a coffee at a cafe, a cycle and then a walk down the river just outside of Fletcher Moss. Lesser Celandine was producing several flowers and the birds noted were:- Great Tit (*3); Carrion Crow (*1); Song Thrush (*1); Wood Pigeon (*4); Blackbird (*1); Mallard (*6); Starling (*26); Magpie (*1) and Goosander (*1).

4 examples of the Ground Beetle (Paranchus albipes) were found beneath wood at the side of the river.

 
1st February 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short stroll away from the work desk and a Blue Tit called whilst sat atop a bare tree, a Dunnock sang with ardour, 2 Magpies looked up to no good and 2 Wood Pigeons pootled on a bowling green.  Orthotrichum pulchellum and Grimmia pulvinata were two mossed growing on the trunk of a living Beech Tree and a few Striped Woodlice (Philoscia muscorum) darted about beneath a few bits of timber.
 
1st February 2024 - Heaton Mersey Orchard, Stockport, G. Manchester - A brace of Song Thrush were singing away and looking chipper whilst 3 Wood Pigeons sat huddled up in the early morning gloom. A Bullfinch flew by on the way home.
 

JANUARY

 

30th January 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - Back in work, a short dinnertime walk saw me see:- 11 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 1 * Common Nettle Bug (Liocoris tripustulatus) and 1 * Hoverfly (Meliscaeva auricollis).
 

29th January 2024 - Alexandra Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk under head-screwing clouds with a slow mizzle falling and the general ambience one of dreary dimensions. I fed the birds, noted Hazel and Mahonia in flower, found the Flatworm (Kontikia ventrolineata) and even spied a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis). The birds I counted were:- Redwing (*2); Coal Tit (*1); Canada Goose (68); Magpie (*10); Carrion Crow (*1); Robin (*3); Collared Dove (*1); Mallard (*21); Feral Pigeon (*95 approx); Moorhen (*10); Blackbird (*2); Coot (*7); Grey Heron (*2); Wood Pigeon (*9); Nuthatch (*1); House Sparrow (*2); Blue Tit (*2); Goosander (*12) and Cormorant (*1).

One of the Robins I saw was laying the foundations of a new nest by taking Beech leaves into a tucked away hole in a tree trunk - it was lovely to see.

 

28th January 2024 - RSPB Burton Mere, Cheshire - A short walk to finish the day wit a coffee in the car before heading home. Oodles of Lapwing were out on the marsh along with a few Golden Plover. a Marsh Harrier spooked a few birds and I also added:- Mallard; Cormorant; Robin; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Rook; Carrion Crow; Pied Wagtail; Pink Footed Goose; House Sparrow and Jackdaw.

Sweet Violet; Daisy and Red Dead Nettle were in flower.

 
28th January 2024 - RSPB Burton Mere, Cheshire - After a crappy week of stress, food poisoning and tasting weather we got out and tried to clear the heads. A few fungi, a couple of Grey Squirrels, a Brown Rat, a Garden Snail, Large Yellow Slug and the following birds did help:- Blackbird; Reed Bunting; Chaffinch; Ruddy Shelduck; Kestrel; Little Egret; Greylag Goose; Dunnock; Magpie; Jackdaw; Common Buzzard; Pink Footed Goose; Black Headed Gull; Carrion Crow; Herring Gull; Blue Tit; Wood Pigeon; Tufted Duck; Pintail; Gadwall; Pheasant; Shoveler; Marsh Harrier; Grey Heron; Canada Goose; Mallard; Coot; Wigeon; Curlew; Moorhen; Teal; Lapwing; Common Redshank; Ruff; Shelduck; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Siskin and Raven.
 

22nd January 2024 - Gatley Carrs, Stockport, G. Manchester - A final quick mooch before heading home was taken at this localish area. A few fungi were seen along with:- a Sparrowhawk; Great Tit; Blue Tit; Moorhen; Robin; Long Tailed Tit and 4 Magpies.

The Flatworm (Kontikia ventrolineata) and White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) were seen along with the Lichen (Cladonia coniocraea) and a lone Lesser Celandine flower.

Also added was common Smoothcap (Atrichum undulatum).

 

22nd January 2024 - Styal FC, Cheshire - Just prior to my cafe break I checked the local footy and cricket pitch and saw:- Redwing (*30); Black Headed Gull (*1); Jackdaw (*19); Magpie (*2); Mistle Thrush (*2); Blackbird (*1) and Wood Pigeon (*3).

 

22nd January 2024 - Styal CP, Cheshire - A 15.5 mile round trip, with home-made soup, crusty bread and a coffee in the mix - smashing. With a few fungi noted I also added a few birds at this site despite not dawdling:- Black Headed Gull (*24); Lesser Black Backed Gull (*2); Jackdaw (*14); House Sparrow (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1); Jay (*1); Mallard (*7); Blue Tit (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Goldcrest (*2); Treecreeper (*1); Carrion Crow (*2); Wood Pigeon (*4); Blackbird (*1); Wren (*1); Great Tit (*4); Buzzard (*1); Goosander (*5); Grey Heron (*1); Moorhen (*3); Mistle Thrush (*2) and Goldfinch (*2).

I also saw Leopard Slug, Large Yellow Slug agg; Garden Snail; and the Ground Beetle (Pterostichus madidus).

The Lichen (Ramalina farinacea) was added to the day's sightings and the Mosses (Tortula muralis); (Mnium hornum); (Dicranoweisia cirrata) and (Orthotrichum pulchellum).

 

21st January 2024 - Marbury CP, Cheshire - A walk with the missus, a bit of birding, general pootling and a shaking of the head at the mindless disturbance, litter-dropping and eyes-wide shut roaming. We enjoyed ourselves, we saw a few birds, these were:- Raven; Blue Tit; Redwing; Robin; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Wren; Kingfisher; Black Headed Gull; Tufted Duck; Mallard; Nuthatch; Dunnock; Goosander; Shoveler; Cormorant; Moorhen; Shelduck; Canada Goose; Long Tailed Tit; Lapwing; Curlew; Common Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Jackdaw; Goldcrest; Jay; Magpie; Carrion Crow; Lesser Black Backed Gull; Wood Pigeon; Goldfinch; House Sparrow; Reed Bunting and Bullfinch.

We also saw the common 4 mosses on a stone bridge:- Orthotrichum anomalum; Grimmia pulvinata; Bryum capillare and Tortula muralis plus nnearby Fissidens bryoides; Fissidens taxifolius and Atrichum undulatum and braving the rising temperatire were 2 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni) and 1 * 7 Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata).

A Daisy was the only flower in bloom.

 

20th January 2024 - Sale WP, G. Manchester - A walk with the lasses after a morn shopping. We made good haste as I had an early evening gig to attend, I did note the following bird species:- Magpie; Blue Tit; Great Tit; Dunnock; Cormorant; Robin; Redwing; Blackbird; Coal Tit; Teal; Gadwall; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; Goosander; Moorhen; Wood Pigeon; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Long Tailed Tit and Common Gull.

 

18th January 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - A walk home from work, a stop for a coffee and then to Abney Hall for a quick pootle. The birds were fed and I saw:- Goldcrest (*1); Blackbird (*4); Robin (*4); Nuthatch (*2); Wood Pigeon (*1); Magpie (*2); Dunnock (*3); Mistle Thrush (*1); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1) and Song Thrush (*1).

I also spied:- 3 * Alder Leaf Beetle (Agelastica alni); 1 * Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); 2 * Harvestmen (Nemastoma bimaculatum); 1 * Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); 1 * Budapest Slug (Tandonia budapestensis) and several Variegated Centipedes (Lithobius variegatus).

I also confirmed the Lichen (Physcia aipolia).

 

17th January 2024 - Heaton Mersey Park, Stockport, G. Manchester - 2 Bullfinches, 2 Long Tailed Tits, 3 Ring Necked Parakeets and a Blackbird were all that was seen whilst wandering home.

 

16th January 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Walking to work in the dark on fresh snowy ground and I only saw a Blackbird. Walking home it was growing dark but I did see a Kingfisher.

 

15th January 2024 - Gorsey Bank/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Out for a coffee with the usual walk taken. Birds were fed and those counted and recorded were:- Carrion Crow (*9); Robin (*6); Blackbird (*4); Cormorant (*8); Magpie (*17); Wood Pigeon (*2); Long Tailed Tit (*16); Goldcrest (*1); Mallard (*34); Blue Tit (*5); Grey Heron (*2); Pied Wagtail (*2); Great Tit (*4); Dunnock (*3); Moorhen (*3); Goldfinch (*1); Wren (*4); Goosander (*10); Mistle Thrush (*3); Jackdaw (*2); Black Headed Gull (*28); Ring Necked Parakeet (*5) and Common Gull (*1).

 

14th January 2024 - Pennington Flash, G. Manchester - A walk at a place that has changed over the years with people increasing, disturbance rising and wildlife suffering - so sad. We cracked on and saw the following bird species:- Dunnock; Carrion Crow; Jay; House Sparrow; Siskin; Wren; Grey Heron; Pheasant; Greylag Goose; Common Gull; Little Grebe; Great Crested Grebe; Gadwall; Little Egret; Goldcrest; Goldfinch; Redwing; Shoveler; Sparrowhawk; Coal Tit; Willow Tit; Blackbird; Muscovy Duck; Great Tit; Bullfinch; Long Tailed Tit; Reed Bunting; Chaffinch; Moorhen; Teal; Mallard; Oystercatcher; Lapwing; Goosander; Black Headed Gull; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Goldeneye; Canada Goose; Mute Swan; Blue Tit; Magpie; Wood Pigeon; Coot; Robin and Lesser Black Backed Gull.

We also saw:- Hazel; Cornelian Cherry; Sweet Violet and Gorse in flower along with a Large Yellow Slug (Limax flavus agg); Common Earwing (Forficula auricularia); White Legged Snake Millipede (Tachypodoiulus niger) and Striped Woodlouse (Philoscia muscorum).

We also saw the Gall (Agathomyia wankowiczii), a few Grey Squirrels and added the Lichens (Ramalina farinacea); (Physcia adscendens) and (Xanthora parietina).

The bryophyes listed were:- Grimmia pulvinata; Bryum capillare; Tortula muralis; Orthotrichum pulchellum and Metzgeria furcata.

Hart's-Tongue Fern was looking a trifle jaded - I know how it feels.

 

13th January 2024 - Manchester Cemetery, Chorlton, G. Manchester - A walk whilst the missus sorted some papaerwork. The few birds noted were:- Ring Necked Parakeet (*2); Robin (*2); Magpie (*1); Wood Pigeon (*3); Jackdaw (*1); Great Tit (*3); Blackbird (*3); Nuthatch (*1); Redwing (*7); Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2); Blue Tit (*1) and Carrion Crow (*6).

Daisy; Groundsel and Ivy Leaved Toadflax were in flower and a few Grey Squirrels were knocking about.

 

12th January 2024 - Heaton Moor, Stockport, G. Manchester - A dinner break at work, a short walk to feed the birds and I saw:- Carrion Crow (*4); Magpie (*8); Wren (*2); Mallard (*4); Wood Pigeon (*2); Canada Goose (*15); Blackbird (*2); Moorhen (*3); Ring Necked Parakeet (*1); Blue Tit (*1) and Great Spotted Woodpecker (*2).

 

 

12th January 2024 - Cheadle Heath, Stockport, G. Manchester - The first moth of the year was seen, namely, The White Shouldered House Moth.

 

 

11th January 2024 - River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Going to work in the dark and coming home when the sun is setting is not conducive to many sightings, today though I did spy 1 female Goosander on the River, a Cream Spot Ladybird (Calvia quattuordecimguttata) hiding from the cold and lo and behold, Lesser Celandine back in flower.

 

 

7th January 2024 - Wythenshawe CP, G. Manchester - A walk, a coffee and a look in the greenhouses with the lasses. During the walk we recorded a few fungi and noted the following bird species:- Carrion Crow; Blue Tit; Jackdaw; Magpie; Blackbird; Redwing; Robin; Nuthatch; Wood Pigeon; Long Tailed Tit; Ring Necked Parakeet; Moorhen and Dunnock.

The Liverwort (Metzgeria fruticulosa) was growing on a fallen Horse Chestnut log and the moss Grimmia pulvinata was found on an unidentified log.

Hairy Bittercress was in flower.

 

6th January 2024 - Brockholes NR, Preston, Lancashire - Up with the lark, out and a good walk in the sun before the afternoons footy action. 4 Roe Deer were seen on arrival whereupon we had a short walk, a coffee and did a full circuit. Along with 37 fungi we saw the following bird species:- Mallard; Carrion Crow; Magpie; Robin; Wigeon; Gadwall; Tufted Duck; Cormorant; Mute Swan; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Goldeneye; Shoveler; Blue Tit; Wren; Great Tit; Wood Pigeon; Reed Bunting; Dunnock; Blackbird; Pied Wagtail; Grey Heron; Long Tailed Tit; Teal; Buzzard; Coal Tit; Nuthatch and a pair of loved up Goldcrests.

Two Liverworts noted were:- Orthotrichum pulchellum; Plagiomnium undulatum and Metzgeria furcata. We also saw a few Grey Squirrels.

 

5th January 2024 - Sett Valley Trail, New Mills, Derbyshire - More fungi hunting with a coffee at halfway and coffee and soup to finish - smashing. Birds seen along this stretch were:- Robin (*8); Blackbird (*2); Jackdaw (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*6); Magpie (*1); Great Tit (*7); Carrion Crow (*1); Nuthatch (*3); Treecreeper (*1); Goldcrest (*1); Blue Tit (*2); Song Thrush (*1); Coal Tit (*1); Dunnock (*1) and Magpie (*2).

I also noted the mosses:- Plagiomnium undulatum; Fissidens taxifolius; Funaria hygrometrica; Grimmia pulvinata and Bryum capillare.

I also found the Gall (Agathomyia wankowiczii), saw a couple of Grey Squirrels and added the Lichens (Ramalina farinacea) and (Evernia prunastri).

 

5th January 2024 - Torrs Riverside Park and Millennium Walkway, New Mills, Derbyshire - Out on the train and at part one of the walk for 8.30am. I had a short pootle before aiming for the second part that would be split by a coffee. At this first area I noted a few fungi and the following birds:- Carrion Crow (*1); Wren (*1); Robin (*1); Magpie (*3); Jackdaw (*1); Dipper (*2); Feral Pigeon (*7); Blue Tit (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1) and Blackbird (*1).

Hogweed was in flower and I also added Common Polypody agg, Wall Rue, the Lichen (Ramalina farinacea) and the mosses (Tortula muralis); (Atrichum undulatum) and (Orthotrichum pulchellum) and the Liverwort (Metzgeria consanguinea).

 

4th January 2024 - Ladybrook Interest Trail, Stockport, G. Manchester - A short jaunt befopre dropping the bike off for brake repairs. the few birds seen were:- Carrion Crow (*28); Magpie (*23); Grey Heron (*1); Blue Tit (*3); Robin (*6); Wood Pigeon (*2); Blackbird (*2); Great Tit (*5); Ring Necked Parakeet (*3); Song Thrush (*1); Goldfinch (*1) and Coal Tit (*1).

I also saw a few Landhoppers (Arcitalitrus dorrieni).

 

3rd January 2024 - Gorsey Bank, Stockport, G. Manchester - Just before arriving home I wandered through this small park and saw a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis); Great Tit (*2); Robin (*1); Magpie (*2); Blackbird (*4) and Song Thrush (*1).

Along the nearby river was a fine patch of Catherine's Moss (Atrichum undulatum).

Outside a nearby house I found a Leafmine on Tansy (which was in flower) and with the kind help of an on-line expert duly confirmed Chromatomyia horticola.

 

3rd January 2024 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury, G. Manchester - I had a second coffee of the day after a splish-splash cycle. I didn't hang around after slurping duties but I did see the Crescent Liverwort (Lunularia cruciata) and the Hart's Tongue Thyme Moss (Plagiomnium undulatum).

 

3rd January 2024 - Chorlton WP, G. Manchester - A coffee, a read and a chat and then a decision made to go from the cafe to Chorlton to see what I could see. Of course it was raining again but so what, stopping in is no good for anyone. I cycled, had a walk and came home filthy, bird species seen were:- Starling; Magpie; Great Tit; Feral Pigeon; Blue Tit; House Sparrow; Wood Pigeon; Coot; Tufted Duck; Mute Swan; Mallard; Canada Goose; Cormorant; Gadwall; Ring Necked Parakeet; Black Headed Gull; Great Crested Grebe; Goosander; Siskin; Robin; Long Tailed Tit; Pink Footed Goose; Carrion Crow; Blackbird; Jay; Goldfinch; Moorhen; Common Gull and Chaffinch.

Pineappleweed and Hairy Bittercress were in flower.

 

2nd January 2024 - Abney Hall, Stockport, G. Manchester - The rain was falling as I fed the birds and had a mooch. The few bird species seen were:- Carrion Crow (*3); Dunnock (*1); Nuthatch (*2); Robin (*3); Wood Pigeon (*3); Ring Necked Parakeet (*3); Magpie (*1); Mallard (*23); Goosander (*2); Grey Heron (*1); Moorhen (*4); Coot (*2); Black Headed Gull (*4); Mandarin Duck (*2); Song Thrush (*1); Goldfinch (*1); Blackbird (*8); Great Tit (*3) and Blue Tit (*5).

Dilated Scalewort (Frullania dilatata) and Forked Veilwort (Metzgeria furcata) were two Liverworts recorded as well as the following mosses on a brick wall:- Thickpoint Grimmia (Schistidium crassipilum); Grey Cushion Moss (Grimmia pulvinata); Wall Screw Moss (Tortula muralis); Capillary Thread Moss (Bryum capillare); Common Feather Moss (Kindbergia praelonga) and Anomalous Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum anomalum).

2 other mosses found on Oak were:- Wood Bristle Moss (Lewinskya affinis) and Elegant Bristle Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum).

Wood Avens was in flower.

 

2nd January 2024 - Gorsey Bank/River Mersey, Stockport, G. Manchester - Up and out in shabby weather. I don't mind the rain though and with a brolly raised I marched on and hd a pootle. The weather was mighty swollen and the banks are being eroded by folk and their dogs, I best make the most of this walk before it is sectioned off. Birds seen were few due to the conditions but I did record:- Goldfinch (*1); Great Tit (*8); Magpie (*9); Blackbird (*5); Wood Pigeon (*8); Goosander (*1); Mallard (*26); Carrion Crow (*6); Wren (*1); Blue Tit (*4); Goldcrest (*2); Feral Pigeon (*5); Song Thrush (*2); Mistle Thrush (*2); Kingfisher (*1); Long Tailed Tit (*11); Dunnock (*2); Moorhen (*1); Black Headed Gull (*5); Common Gull (*2) and Grey Heron (*3).

Hazel was bearing an array of lovely catkins; Groundsel was in flower and 31 examples of the Gray Cross Spider (Larinioides sclopetarius) were seen too.

Hart's Tongue Fern; White Legged Snake Millipede and Garden Snail were also added along with the Lichens (Cladonia coniocraea) and (Physcia adscendens).

The Moss (Orthotrichum pulchellum) was noted on Salix.

 

1st January 2024 - Astley/Chat Moss, G. Manchester - Up and out with 18, 000 steps nailed and a nice chat and a coffee in a cafe afterwards. Birds seen today were:- Lesser Redpoll (*10); Carrion Crow (*3); Wren (*2); Meadow Pipit (*4); Teal (*5); Mistle Thrush (*7); Mallard (*48); Canada Goose (*42); Reed Bunting (*4); Blue Tit (*1); Magpie (*14); Chaffinch (*2); Black Headed Gull (*39); Robin (*4); Pheasant (*6); Pied Wagtail (*9); Grey Partridge (*9); Greenfinch (*7); Redwing (*2); Common Buzzard (*2); Wood Pigeon (*9); Starling (*22); Long Tailed Tit (*23); Blackbird (*10); House Sparrow (*10); Cormorant (*1); Stock Dove (*2); Great Tit (*2); Goldfinch (*4); Jackdaw (*5); Song Thrush (*1); Nuthatch (*1); Lapwing (*12) and Fieldfare (*32).

Gorse; Common Field Speedwell; Red Dead Nettle; White Dead Nettle; Groundsel and Dandelion agg were in flower.

Mosses noted were:- Tortula muralis; Orthotrichum anomalum; Kindbergia praelonga; Polytrichum commune; Campylopus introflexus; and Grimmia pulvinata. I also spied a some Shiny and Rough Woodlice; a couple of Garlic Snails and the Lichens (Xanthoria parietina) and (Ramalina farinacea).

A few Grey Squirrels were added to the day's tally too - well, it is the new year.