Buxton heath wildlife group

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The latest news from the heath! Issue 48 Dated 06.01.01

No 580 Sat. 21.08.99 Mostly sunny after a dull start.
Colin Thompson, Len Wise, Hamish Dublon, Helen Deavin, Kiri Owen, & Colin Penny = 6.
Len continued to work on the Western Track while the rest of us tackled the Bracken Hills paths with slashers. We also spent some time logging species.
Birds: Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Butterflies: Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae, Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni, Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus, Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria, Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina, Large White Pieris brassicae.
Moths: Silver Y Autographa gamma, Emperor Saturnia pavonia - egg shells on Ling.
Orthoptera: Bog Bush-cricket Metrioptera brachyptera, Oak Bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum.
Odonata: Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta - good sized "flock" on Northern Track, Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum.
Hemiptera: Pond Skaters Gerris lacustris - on heath pools.
Coleoptera: Sexton Beetle Nicrophorus vespillo.
Diptera: Owl Midge Pericoma fuliginosa, Yellow Dung-fly Scathophaga stercoraria, Mosquito ???? - larvae.
Herptiles: Slow-worm Anguis fragilis - B34, Adder Vipera berus, Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara - juveniles, Common Frog Rana temporaria.
Araneae: Orb-web Spider Araneus diadematus
Opiliones: Harvestman Leiobunum rotundum
In flower: Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus uliginosus, Cross-leaved Heath Erica tetralix, Tormentil Potentilla erecta, Fen Bedstraw Galium uligonosum, Redshank Polygonum persicaria, Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi, Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula, Great Willowherb Epilobium hirsutum, Marsh Willowherb E. palustre, Water Mint Mentha aquatica, Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris, Bogbean Menyanthes trifoliata, Hemp Agrimony Eupatorium cannabinum, Marsh Lousewort Pedicularis palustris, Red Clover Trifolium pratense, Eyebright Euphrasia officinalis agg., Grass of Parnassus Parnassia palustris - buds, Devil's-bit Scabious Succisa pratensis, Common Hawkweed Hieracium vulgatum agg.
No. 581 Sat. 28.08.99 Hot and sunny.
Len Wise, Colin Thompson, Hamish Dublon, Kevin Lewis, Debbie Jackson, Phil Davison, Helen Deavin, Liz Webb, Kiri Owen, & Colin Penny = 10.
We cleared bracken and birch scrub from a circular patch of Bell Heather, quite close to the Hevingham Road.
Birds: Snipe Gallinago gallinago - flock of nine (photo), Green Woodpecker Picus viridis, Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major.
Butterflies: Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria, Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni - male, Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae, Peacock Inachis io, Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus, Green-veined White Artogeia napi.
Moths: Silver Y Autographa gamma.
Orthoptera: Bog Bush-cricket Metrioptera brachyptera (several), Common Groundhopper Tetrix undulata, Slender Groundhopper T. subulata.
Odonata: Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum.
Diptera: Parasitic Fly Tachina grossa.
Herptiles: Common Frog Rana temporaria, Common Toad Bufo bufo.
In flower: Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus uliginosus, Fen Bedstraw Galium uligonosum, Marsh Willowherb Epilobium palustre, Rosebay Willowherb E. angustifolium, Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris, Devil's-bit Scabious Succisa pratensis, Eyebright Euphrasia officinalis agg., Grass of Parnassus Parnassia palustris, Marsh Lousewort Epipactis palustris, Water Mint Mentha aquatica, Bogbean Menyanthes trifoliata - 2 flowering spikes, Ragged Robin Lychnis flos-cuculi, Western Gorse Ulex gallii, Ling Calluna vulgaris, Tormentil Potentilla erecta, Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula, Herb Robert Geranium robertianum, Bell Heather Erica cinerea.
Not in flower: Sheep's Sorrel Rumex acetosella, Marsh Clubmoss Lycopodiella inundata - Our first recording of this species since its recent re-introduction to Buxton Heath. Our specimens were collected by botanist Dr Francis Rose in Surrey, posted to English Nature in Norwich, and planted in the wet heath by Andy Millar of English Nature. The species had not been recorded at the site for several decades, presumably due to loss of suitable wetland habitat. Mowing and grazing has restored the mire to something of its former glory, and English Nature felt it an appropriate time to re-introduce the species.

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