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Sunday, February 11th 2018

Checking through the species lists on the web site and updating new species, adding notes, photos and common names has been an interesting exercise.

Unfortunately I have no photographs to go with some species of fungi.  Wood Woollyfoot, Dewdrop Bonnet, Elfin Saddle and Scurfy Twiglet are some that immediately jump out.  Others make you wonder if you will ever go near a fungus again!  Poison Pie and obviously even worse Bitter Poison Pie, Stinking Dapperling, Pine Firefungus, Bleeding Broadleaf Crust and The Deceiver!  A task for the coming year; make sure we have photos of as many fungi as we can.

As a child I was always told that the grass below was Dithery Docks.  I was much older when I realised that its correct name was Quaking Grass.

Dithery Docks or Quaking Grass

Ladies Smock. Milkmaids or Cuckoo Flower are some of the names for Cardamine pratensis.  This flower is the food plant of the Orange Tip butterfly.  Each flower stem only provides enough food for one caterpillar, so only one egg is laid on each stem.

Ladies Smock with Orange Tip egg

The Greater Bee Fly or Dark Bordered Bee Fly emerged in the spring and many sightings were recorded.

Greater Bee Fly

We know that summer is passing when we start to find Autumnal Rustic moths in the moth trap.

Autumnal Rustic

Then there are the 'nicknames'.  When we record the data for bird ringing each bird has a code and the name sticks.  Reed Buntings, code Reebu, are known as Reebus,

Reed Bunting

whilst Greenfinches, code Grefi, are called Grefis.

Greenfinch

Confusingly Meadow Pipits are Meapi, but know affectionately to us as Mipits!


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