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BUXTON HEATH WILDLIFE GROUP

The latest news from the heath! Issue 101 Dated 25.05.00


No 617 Sat. 13.05.00 Mostly sunny
Len Wise, Colin Thompson, Lindsay Emerson, David Traylor, Christian Röttger (p.m.) & Colin Penny = 6.
We staged a study day as flowers and creatures were "appearing".
Birds: Green Woodpecker Picus viridis, Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella, Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus, Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus, Moorhen Gallinula chloropus, Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
Mammals: Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus
Moths: Common Heath Ematurga atomaria, Vapourer Orgyia antiqua (larva on Willow in Mire), Drinker Philudoria potatoria (larva on Molinia in Mire), Micro Moth Adela reaumurella (long antennae, glossy gold/green wings - masses flying around Willow), Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa (on Rush in Mire - photo in album 76).
Butterflies: Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines (males & females - Mire), Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi, Peacock Inachis io, Green-veined White Artogeia napi Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni (male - valley mire), Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
Coleoptera: Click Beetle (unidentified - photographed on slide film), larva of Great Diving Beetle Dysticus marginalis (feeding on Freshwater Shrimp Gammarus pulex - in running water of stream - photo in album 76), Green Tiger Beetle Cicindela campestris.
Odonata: Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata (photo in album 76), Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa (both sexes flying over the central heath pools).
Orthoptera: Slender Groundhopper Tetrix subulata
Misc. insects: Alder Fly Sialis lutaria (possibly !), Crane-fly Tipula maxima.
Hemiptera: Common Pond Skater Gerris lacustris, Water Cricket Velia caprai
Araneae: Crab Spider Xysticus sp.
Herptiles: Adder Vipera berus (small male in cleared area adjacent to reed bed - south of stream), Common Frog Rana temporaria


In flower: Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens, Common Sorrel Rumex acetosa (buds), Petty Whin Genista anglica, Lady's Smock Cardamine pratensis, Tormentil Potentilla erecta, Marsh Valerian Valeriana dioica, Early Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza incarnata, Watercress Nasturtium officinale, Brooklime Veronica beccabunga, Water Forget-me-not Myosotis scorpioides, Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris, Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula, Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi, Common Milkwort Polygala vulgaris, Climbing Corydalis Corydalis claviculata, Lily-of-the-valley Convallaria majalis, Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scriptus.
Not in flower: Marsh Horsetail Equisetum palustre




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