Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Garden Moth Update - GMS Week 19

On Wednesday 5th July, I switched on my moth trap for Week 19 of the Garden Moth Scheme. The overnight minimum temperature was 12.7C.

Eudonia lacustrata 5
Willow Beauty 1
Straw Dot 1
Small Dusty Wave 1
Uncertain 1
Scalloped Oak 3
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Double Square-spot 1
Blastodacna hellerella 1
Chrysoteuchia Cumella 2
Common Footman 1
Gysonoma Dealbana 1

Small Dusty Wave

Double Square-spot

Scalloped Oak

Willow Beauty

Gysonoma Dealbana

Garden Moth Update - GMS Week 18

On 1st July I switched on my moth trapped for Week 18 of the Garden Moth Scheme, having missed last week I hoped for a good count.

Blastobasis adustella 1
Red-barred Tortrix 2
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
Celypha lacunana 1
Spotted Magpie 1
Single-dotted Wave 1
Riband Wave (non-banded) 1
Garden Carpet 1
Straw Dot 1
Common Footman 2
Dark Arches 1
Dot Moth 1
Clay 2
Heart & Dart 2
Flame Shoulder 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1
Double Square-spot 1
Eudonia lacustrata 2
Blastodacna hellerella 2
Large Twin-spot Carpet 1
Celypha striana 1

A good count of species, but only single figures of each.


Dot Moth

Straw Dot

Blastodacna hellerella

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Orchid Walk at North Gare on 27th June 2017

On behalf of the Teesmouth Field Centre and a local project called River Tees Rediscovered I help lead an Orchid Walk for members of the general public to enjoy an evening amongst the flowers.

The North Gare grasslands were covered in Orchids and despite a chilly evening we all enjoyed our selves very much. We spotted five species of Orchid; Common Twayblade, Common Spotted Orchid, Marsh Orchid, Pyramidal Orchid and Bee Orchid.

Marsh Orchid

Marsh Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid

Marsh Orchids


Common Twayblade

Sea Milkwort


Bee Orchid

Quaking Grass

Lady's Bedstraw

We also spotted some Burnet Moths resting in the vegetation.

Six-spotted Burnet Moth

Empty case

Narrow-bordered Five-spotted Burnet Moth

Leighton Moss afternoon

On Wednesday 21st June a Caspian Tern was reported at Leighton Moss, seen from the causeway hide. We went to the reserve and were lucky to watch the bird flying around for about 1.5 hours, before it disappear from view. The bird didn't come close enough for my small camera, but I got a distant record shot.

After leaving the Causeway hide we went back to the Visitor Centre and the bird feeding area. There were quite a few birds feeding in the early evening sunlight. Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Bullfinch, Robin, Pheasant, Greenfinch and Coal Tit.

Caspian Tern

Robin (juvenile)


Whilst walking through the garden area, we spotted a Nettle-tap Moth on a Daisy.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

1st Visit to Brockholes Nature Reserve, Lancashire

On Tuesday 20th June, we visited Brockholes Nature Reserve, Lancashire for the first time. The visitor centre is a impressive floating within a lake surrounded by birds, fish, water lilies and during our time damselflies flying around.

On the way to the visitor centre, we spotted some old Harlequin Ladybird pupa cases still attached to the drawbridge.

We saw good numbers of butterflies, such as Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Large White, Small White and Small Heath around the reserve.

 Speckled Wood

Red Admiral

Common Blue Damselfly

Six-spot Burnet moths were busy nectaring around the thistles.

Shieldbugs and Scorpion flies were on the Sycamore trees.

Scorpion Fly

We spotted a Four-spotted Chaser resting on vegetation.

It was an enjoyable visit to Brockholes and we will return.

Small Square Spot - Moth Update VC60

The moth trap was switched on Sunday night (18th June 2017) and again the evening was warm, but a full moon was lighting up the night sky over Nether Kellet in Lancashire.

The moths recorded were as follow:

Cypress Tip Moth 1
Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 2
Heart & Dart 6
Large Yellow Underwing 2
Riband Wave (non banded form) 1
Riband Wave 1
Green Carpet 1
Small Square Spot 1
Common Pug 1
Ingrailed Clay 1
Since-dotted Wave 1
Silver Y 1

The Small Square Spot was a welcome surprise. I had not seen on at home (VC66) in the garden since 2010.

Here are another two photos of Cypress Tip Moth.

Whilst photograph the moths the White-tailed Bumblebees were busy collecting nectar from the Blackberry bushes.

Also a Wren sat for a few minutes in the sunlight

Friday, 21 July 2017

Sunday 18th June - Muncaster Castle

After watching the Grey Heron feed, the audience was introduced to the latest arrival at Muncaster.

A baby Tawny Owl.

As we left Muncaster Castle we spotted a Painted Lady butterfly on some plants near the pond.