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News from the North and sightings at fgc

Tuesday, July 5th 2011

Although no photos have reached us yet - fingers crossed some are on their way - news is good from the North.  At least one Buzzard chick has been ringed and over 1000 auks. 

Whilst at Foxglove a bright flash of blue was seen flying up the lake - the Kingfisher had made an appearance.  Swallows were drinking from the lake and making quite a splash of it. A plop was heard as a Water Vole disappeared and the Little Grebes (Dabchicks) were seen, possibly the first time since 2009.

Thank you to Brian and Josh who helped Hurworth School to pond dip, mini beast hunt and habitat walk. Their sightings included a 10 Spined Stickleback, a Common Toad and a Cucumber Spider guarding her nest in a very prickly Gorse bush.

Cucumber spider with her eggs.

Sightings did not finish there - the Dark Green Fritillary was seen on the moor and in the Scrapes.  Common Blue butterfly was seen in the Scrapes too.  The Chimney Sweeper moths were on the wing. Great Crested Newt and Common Lizard were also recorded today.

The Willow Carr was coppiced during the winter months and there was some concern the the large patches of Betony might suffer, however they have survived and this beautiful flower is relishing the open aspect of the carr and showing its purple pink colour in many areas.


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