Liverpool Bay…Pelagic Trip

Posted on - In Brian Rafferty Wildlife Photographer
Earlier this month I was very fortunate to be booked on a pelagic photographic trip organised by Richard Steel out into the Liverpool Bay area of the Irish Sea.Last year the trip had been cancelled twice owing to adverse weather conditions.This time the signs were good as settled conditions were forecast and the evening before the message came through to say we were good for go.It was to be an early start leaving Liverpool at 6am and arriving back at 4pm.Paul Foster and I duly arrived at Coburg Dock in Liverpool in good time for the 6am departure.The other photographers arrived in good time and the skipper Gary Flint set sail out into the Mersey in his boat " Discovery "We motored out at a good speed some thirty miles or so out off the North Wales coast to the vicinity of the Burbo Bank wind farm.It was a bumpy uncomfortable ride out and I ...

Butterfly Conservation.

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Coastal Path. Fluke Hall to Knott End. Pete Woodruff.Black and White, taken some years ago, and not effective in showing colour to some excellent butterfly habitat, but illustrates the coastal location well.Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar On Ragwort. Pete Woodruff.Butterfly Conservation went out the window again on Tuesday, the day after I had found in excess of 200 specimens of butterfly and an abundance of Ragwort, including at least 60 Gatekeeper, large numbers of Cinnabar moth caterpillars, and endless numbers of other insects, all attacked/destroyed at the wrong time in the season on a walk along the coastal path from Fluke Hall to Cockers Dyke on the Fylde coast. I also met Barry who had done the same walk ahead of me and extended the walk towards Knott End to find even more butterflies than I did, he'll be del...

Elizabeth Mills 2017-07-26 12:20:00

Posted on - In Elizabeth Mills
July is a lovely month in the garden, a colourful, buzzing celebration of life ( I'm like Ned Stark though, even in high summer, I keep thinking "Winter is coming!") I spent ages trying to photograph this cute little bee, it has really fluffy front legs which whenever it settles it hides under its chin, like its embarrassed by its fashion choices. I think its a male Willughby's Leafcutter Bee. I also noticed neat little semi-circles had been nibbled out of the leaves of the climbing rose by the kitchen window, probably by a female Leafcutter Bee, wish I could spot a nest....

Warblers on the move

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Willow Warblers were a feature of the ringing this morning, along with smaller numbers of Blackcaps Sedge and Reed Warblers and, later in the morning, Whitethroats. 50 birds ringed.  (Will put the ringing totals on tomorrow.) A similar movement took place at Leighton Moss where 60 birds were caught.Med Gull count at the outfalls today = 8The only other birds of note at Middleton NR were 2 Water Rails squealing, A Skylark over, heading eastwards and a Kingfisher calling on the reedbed pond....
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Lempet 55 no longer with us plus other Orchids

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Tuesday 25th July 2017 - Hutton Roof 1000hrs to 1200hrsMapped all the Broad Leaved Helleborines along the escarpment areas 23 in total of which 9 are inactive through predation and 14 are active within flower and bud or bud only.It is like playing Russian roulette some days going up on this particular part of Hutton Roof not knowing just what to expect and at times it just a question of waiting your turn!  let me try and explain. Today it must have been my turn or should I say the turn of our splendid specimen No.55, I went to check on the second most precious of "lempets" which is No.55 - dark green stem and stands at 20" in height and has 40 flowers (remember our most prestige No.66 (green stem fell victim of "rust" which attached the rootstock some 3 weeks earlier).  Well this time with 55 which is also a close by specimen of 6...

Den Building

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Date / Time Start date:  Thu, 03/08/2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm Thu, 10/08/2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm Thu, 17/08/2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm Join us for some family fun this summer holidays as we enjoy an afternoon of Den Building here at Mere Sands Wood! No pre-booking required, just turn up on the day. Summary:  Summer holiday family fun at Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve! Main image:  Booking details Booking required?:  No Admission charge:  Yes ...
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Where Are All The Butterflies?

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Yesterday started cloudy and looked like it might rain as the tide was flowing, but in fact it made a nice sunny day just after noon with no more than a light breeze.Greenshank/Oystercatcher. Pete Woodruff.The 2 Common Tern adult were on the pontoon, there was some interesting behaviour on show, almost as if some courtship taking place, with vocals and wing drooping. Waders of note, up to 100 Lapwing present again, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, and an Oystercatcher pair with young, 3 Cormorant were taking small fry like there was no tomorrow, 2 Little Grebe and 7 Tufted Duck. On the Lune Estuary, 2 Mediterranean Gull adult, and 2 Common Tern adult fishing.Where are all the butterflies?A trip down the A588 to Fluke Hall for a wander along the coastal path to Cockers Dyke produced evidence that in excess o...

Parents get stuck in at Forest School

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Release date:  Mon, 24/07/2017 (All day) Main image:  Summary:  Parents got ‘forest schooled’ by their own children at St Malachy’s end of year barbecue to celebrate about the Forest School Project run with Lancashire Wildlife Trust. The event brought the local community together to celebrate fun, food and nature inside the forest. The Trust has been involved with the school over the past few years, running Forest School sessions, installing the outdoor facilities and training up several of the teachers as practitioners thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. read more...

Its back

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
The 22nd Med Gull of the morning was the only one on the north harbour wall side and sure enough the above tarsus metal ring indicated it was the returning Czech bird, first seen here as a 1CY in autumn 2003Outfalls/Red NabMed Gull - 21 (12 x ad, 3 x 3CY, 5 x 2CY, including the red darvic-ringed summer plumaged bird seen a bit ago, one juv)Anyone read this :-)Little Gull - Ad summer but no sign 2CYWhimbrel - 4HeliportOystercatcher - 2200 (late influx from SS Groyne - anglers on there again?)Redshank - 260Ringed Plover - 1Med Gull - see above...
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More odds and ends

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No obvious landfall of warblers today so ringing sessions were a bit slow with a single new Grasshopper Warbler and retrap female Cetti's Warbler at Middleton and a couple of out of habitat Sedge Warbler and the more usual 5 new Whitethroat next to the officeOutfalls/red nabJuxtaposed heat-hazed birds but a lot of them.  Could easily have missed something but larophiles note that Heysham One is now back on and the number of gulls has doubledLittle Gull - 2CYMed Gull - 4 x ad/3CY, 5 x 2CY, 1 x 1CY..............at leastOdds and endsDaytime moths on Heysham NR.  Thanks Janet:...
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