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The  Nature Walks continue on July 19th Birk Bank Rigg Lane,Quernmore 
GR SD527 604 at 11am.
and at Garstang. Meet behind The Bellflower on the A6 on the 26th  at 11am.

The recent visits to St Annes Nature Reserve and to Inskip were much enjoyed by those who attended.

Why not join us, you will be most welcome.

Trip reports from last year are below.


The Wednesday Nature Walk is about just that. Going at a leisurely pace to see what we can spot. This is what the Society was formed for in the early days, the Saturday walks being more of ramble these days than a Nature walk. On recent walks we have seen Butterflies, including the magnificent White-letter Hairstreak,  Osprey, Dragonflies, Hoverflies and lots of Wildflowers. So why not come along and join in with us.

Trip Report               SEDGWICK                                 5 OCTOBER 2016 

Apart from a Sparrowhawk and a couple of Buzzards there was little to be seen as we walked up the western bank of the River Kent through Levens Park. Much more interesting were several ferns growing out of the garden walls of some cottages where we emerged on to a lane. Arriving at the Sedgwick salmon leap we ate our sandwiches and waited for salmon to negotiate a small waterfall. About a dozen were observed.The return journey was made down the east bank of the river through Levens Park where we were lucky to see the famous Bagot goats and the herd of black Fallow deer. Interest was aroused at the sight of a beautiful Pale Tussock Moth caterpillar and later by an enormous bracket fungus on an oak tree. 

Amongst species identified were:- 

Insects
Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)
7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata)
22-spot Ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata)
Pale Tussock Moth caterpillar (Calliteara pudibunda)
Comma Butterfly (Polygonia c-album)
Peacock Butterfly caterpillar (Aglaisio) wrapped in a nettle leaf.

Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
Fly Mesembrina meridiana 

Ferns:
Wall Rue
Maiden Hair Spleenwort
Rusty-back fern
Polypody
Male fern 

Flora:

Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Woodruff (Galium odoratum)
Ivy-leafed Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
 

Birds:
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cineria) 

Fungi:
Bleeding Broadleaf Crust (Stereum rugosum)
Southern Bracket (Ganoderma adspersum)


Trip Report       Skippool 3rd August 2016

Eight members of the group met in the car park at Skippool Creek for a walk along the River Wyre lead by Barry Dyson. There was a blustery wind 
and  hopes were not high for a productive day. 

As we walked towards the Yacht Club Barry pointed out several marsh plants including Common and Lax-flowered Lavender, Orache, Marsh Club-rush and Arrow Grass. On the landward there were Perennial Sow Thistle, Red Campion, and Ivy. Cormorant, Common Sandpiper and a Swallow were spotted at a distance. Anne Smith identified one or two hoverflies which caught her eye including Episyrphus balteatus (also known as the Marmalade hoverfly) and Syritta pipiens. 

As we progressed we saw Hedge Woundwort, Woody Nightshade, Holly Blue butterfly and a Harlequin Ladybird. A shrub amongst other flora puzzled us although someone thought it might be Briony.

Emerging from the shadow of trees our attention was grabbed by the sight of a Short-winged Conehead, a member of the Orthoptera which only moved into the North West a few years ago. Whilst some tried to take photographs of this (un-cooperative) creature others were treated to the sight of a Brown Hawker Dragonfly flying overhead. A further half mile or so brought us to some picnic tables which were conveniently sheltered from the wind where we had lunch.

Leaving the picnic area we walked across fields to Underbank Road where the hedgerows seem to be dominated by Great Willowherb, Stinging Nettle with an occasional sprinkling of Meadow Sweet although Mike Sutcliffe did find a patch of Meadow Vetchling. A striking black and yellow "wasp" turned out to be the Figwort Sawfly on later examination. We returned to the car park via a series of field paths.

A table of species found is below.

FLORA

Sea aster            Aster tripolium
Sea Lavender Lax-flowered        Limonium humile                         
Sea Lavender  Common            Limonium vulgare                      
Sea Club-rush                  Bolboschoenus  maritimus
Sea Arrowgrass     Triglotchin maritimum
Perennial Sow Thistle    Sonchus arvensis
Ivy                Hedera helix
False Fox Sedge               Carex otrubae
Red Campion               Silene dioica
Thrift                      Armeria maritime
Hedge Woundwort      Stachys sikvatica
Woody Nightshade    Solonum dulcamara
Meadow Vetchling      Lathyrus pratensis
Great Willowherb    Epilobiumhirsute
Meadowsweet   Filipendula ulmaria

Precise identification of some species eg Orache,Scurvy Grass, and Sea Spurry could not be made in the field.

BUTTERFLIES

Speckled Wood           Parage aegeria
Holly Blue     Celastrina argiolus
Peacock    Aglais io
    Red Admiral       Vanessa atalanta
Small Tortoiseshell        Aglais urticae
Green-veined White   Pieris napi
Gatekeeper    Pyronia tithonus
Meadow Brown    Maniola jurtina

HOVERFLIES

Episyphus balteatus
Syritta pipiens
Syrphus ribesii
Helophilus pendulus
Xylota segnis
Eristalis arbustorum
Eristalis tenax
Eristalis intricarius

OTHER FAUNA

Brown Hawker Dragonfly   Aeshna grandis
Short-winged Conehead  Conocephalus dorsalis
Figwort Sawfly  Tenthredo scrophulariae
Sloe Bug  Dolycoris baccarum
22-spot Ladybird  Psyllabora vigintiduopunctata
Harlequin Ladybird  Harmonia axyridis
Water Hog-louse  Asselus aquaticus
Field Grasshopper  Chorthippus

BIRDS

Cormorant     Phalacrocorax
Swallow    Hirundorustica
Common Sandpiper    Actitis hypoleucos 


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FYLDE NATS FIELD TRIP TO HEYSHAM 17 AUGUST 2016

We enjoyed a very warm sunny day and a wide variety of habitats including grassy meadows, scrub, ponds, woodland edges and coastal path. Butterfly numbers were fairly low but 12 species were recorded. Dragonflies were down on previous visits
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BUTTERFLIES
Peacock   7   Speckled Wood    7    Brimstone  3    Small White    8       Holly Blue   1   Small Tortoiseshell    8  Red Admiral    2   Gatekeeper  3     Small Copper  2   Comma   2     Common Blue  3    Meadow Brown  6

HOVERFLIES
Helophilus pendulus           Episyrphus balteatus                    Eristalis pertinax     
Syrphus ribesii sl                Sphaerophoria scripta  m             Eristalis tenax
Neoascia tenur                   Syritta pipiens                               Eristalis horticola

DRAGONFLIES
Common Darter    Southern Hawker    Migrant Hawker    Brown Hawker

 DAYFLYING MOTH
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