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The Nature Walks continue on May 16th,
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.
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:-
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
Maiden Hair Spleenwort
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Woodruff (Galium odoratum)
Ivy-leafed Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cineria)
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
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.
Sea Lavender Lax-flowered
Sea Arrowgrass Triglotchin maritimum
Perennial Sow Thistle Sonchus arvensis
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.
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus
Peacock Aglais io
Red Admiral Vanessa
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais
Green-veined White Pieris napi
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
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
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
. 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
Speckled Wood 7 Brimstone 3
Small White 8
Holly Blue 1 Small Tortoiseshell
8 Red Admiral
3 Small Copper 2 Comma
Blue 3 Meadow Brown
Helophilus pendulus Episyrphus
Syrphus ribesii sl
Sphaerophoria scripta m
Common Darter Southern Hawker Migrant Hawker Brown Hawker