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Wildwatch: April 2014 sightings

Weather: Mainly cloudy on all five Wildwatch days, except for sunshine on the 23rd. As expected, temperatures started to rise throughout the month, starting off with 4C to 6C on the 2nd, and up to 15C on the 30th. Observers: Generally smaller numbers than in recent months, but we still had to split into two […]

Posted 13 May 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cream Spot Ladybird, Cuckoo Pint, Fertile Horsetail, Garden Warbler, Green-veined White butterfly, Ground Beetle, Hawthorn Shieldbug, Holly Blue butterfly, Shining Cranesbill, Spotted Snake Millipede, Tree Bumblebee, Water Aven, willow warbler, Woundwort Shieldbug

Wildwatch: March 2014 sightings

Weather: A warmer patch mid-month was sandwiched between a cooler start and end to the month. Fortunately, we managed to stay dry on all four of the Wildwatch walks! A fairly dry month, so the water level in both becks started to drop, exposing muddy banks. Observers: Once again, numbers on the walks were in […]

Posted 31 March 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Box Elder, Brimstone butterfly, Chiffchaff, common frog, cowslip, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, kingfisher, Lungwort, peacock butterfly, small tortoiseshell, Song Thrush, Willow Catkins, wren

Wildwatch: October 2013 Sightings

Throughout the month, construction work on the Cycle Track prevented us from monitoring wildlife from the Kingfisher Culvert up to the Sluice Bridge Weather: After a very wet start on 2nd, when six soggy observers only managed an hour in the field, conditions improved and ended with a lovely sunny day on 30th. However, heavy […]

Posted 5 November 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Candle-snuff fungus, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Harlequin Ladybird, Hollyhock, Nursery Web Spider, rare spider, Shieldbugs, Smooth Newt, Tit feeding flocks

Wildwatch: 19 June 2013 – a Lazy Plant, a Poisonous Moth – and a Soggy Sparrow!

Weather: Some cloud, some sunshine, a warm 19C – 23C Observers: Cliff, Kaj, Ian, Linda, Tim, Tracey With Kaye tied up with St Nicks admin duties, we were heavily reliant on Cliff for some botany expertise, as well as his excellent spotting and photography of insects. Kaye did manage a trip round the reserve on […]

Posted 20 June 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cinnabar Moth, Common Froghopper, Corncockle, Goat's Beard, Great spotted woodpecker, Harlequin Ladybird, Soldier Beetle, Speckled Wood butterfly

Wildwatch: 22 May 2013 – At last – Return of a Summer Visitor!

Weather: Cloudy at first, sunny intervals later. Light winds. 9 to 12C Observers: Carrie, Cliff, Ian, Kaye, Janetta It felt a little more Spring-like today, with more flowers emerging, and bird song strong and vibrant! We welcomed Cliff to our group today, and being knowledgeable about insects, especially hover flies, his input (and photos) were […]

Posted 24 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Bluebell, Bracket Fungus, Chiffchaff, Germander Speedwell, Hoverfly, Speckled Wood, Whitethroat, wren

Wildwatch: 1st May 2013 – Mayday! Mayday!

Weather: sunny, warm in the sun, breezy Observers: Doug, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye For weeks we’ve been predicting a sudden surge. At last it’s happening! It’s brilliant but induces a sense of panic in our record-keepers – far too much to do in one short session even when we can remember perfectly what we learnt last […]

Posted 2 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, caddis, Chiffchaff, Comma, cowslip, fritillary, orange tip, tadpole

Wildwatch: 24th April 2013 – Sorting Little Brown Jobs

Weather: Warm, sunny, breezy Observers: Linda, Roger The first really warm Wednesday of the year brought out more birds than watchers. Linda and Roger rose to the challenge magnificently. Linda’s report gives the flavour of the morning: “We sat for a while on a fallen log and just watched everything around us.. went to the […]

Posted 25 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Brimstone, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, Comma, cowslip

Wildwatch: 17 April 2013 – “And The Birds They Are A-Warbling”

Thanks – and apologies – to Bob Dylan for the headline! Weather: Cloudy, 8 to 10C, calm at first, freshening SW breeze later. Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj It was a grey, overcast day, but we just missed the heavy shower earlier in the morning. With the initial lack of wind, birdsong was plentiful and, […]

Posted 17 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, buff-tailed bumblebee, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, cow parsley, field maple, frogspawn, lesser celandine, marsh marigold, water vole, willow warbler

April 2013: Spotlight on… Chiffchaff

  Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita Chiffchaffs are a “summer visitor”, coming only to Britain in the Spring to breed and departing in the early Autumn – although a few tough it out and stay the winter here. They are a small bird – about the size of a Blue Tit – and, in appearance, they are […]

Posted 5 April 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Chiffchaff, spotlight

Wildwatch: 26 September 2012 – After The Rains..!

Weather: Overcast, a few sunny intervals, light breeze, one light shower Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Nicky After two days of very heavy rain, causing local flooding, this morning was, mercifully, mainly dry. Both Osbaldwick and Tang Hall Becks were very high, with the scenes reminding Ian of flooded Amazonian forests – minus the exotic […]

Posted 26 September 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: butterflies, Chiffchaff, flooding, floods, Goldfinch, red admiral, sparrowhawk, Speckled Wood