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BUXTON HEATH WILDLIFE GROUP

The latest news from the heath! Issue 60 Dated 12.01.01


No 610 Sat. 11.03.00 A nice sunny day.
Colin Thompson, Dave Bevan, Phil Davison, Kevin Lewis, Debbie Jackson, Doug Arkell, Don Kernott, Sunarto, Nathalie Kausch, Alex Kausch, Hamish Dublon, Michelle Margot, Lindsay Emerson, Veronica Fish, David Ruthven, & Colin Penny = 16.
More scrub clearance just north of the heath pools. Today we had two Kausch for the price of one - Nathalie's sister Alex joined us. They look so alike and are equally zany. It all added up to a fun day!
We also had a word with the contractors who continued to work on a Saturday! Their group photo in album 74 shows L-R: Ian Howson, James Murray, Timothy Selman (boss of "Contracting for Conservation"), and Kevin Lee.
A visit to the new "Chip Mountain " area during the afternoon proved most entertaining, with loads of chippings being delivered by tractor and trailer before being heaped up by a large mechanical shovel.
Birds: Wren Troglodytes troglodytes, Snipe Gallinago gallinago, Long-tailed Tit Aegithelos caudatus, Jay Garrulus glandarius, Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella, Skylark Alauda arvensis, Kestrel Falco tinnunculus, Siskin Carduelis spinus, Robin Erithacus rubecula, Coal Tit Parus ater, Blue Tit Parus caeruleus.
Mammals: Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus - 5 seen, Red Deer Cervus elaphus - herd of 10 seen by the contractors (early a.m.).
Herptiles: Adder Vipera berus - 6 seen, Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara, Slow-worm Anguis fragilis, Grass Snake Natrix natrix - 2' specimen seen by contractors.
Butterflies: Comma Polygonia c-album, Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni.
Moths: Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias.
Coleoptera: Violet Ground Beetle Carabus violaceus


No. 611 Sat. 18.03.00 Sunny but cool.
Len Wise, Colin Thompson, Phil Davison, Tracey Hobbs, Kevin Lewis, Debbie Jackson, Hamish Dublon, Christian Röttger, John Harrison (Blackburn + RAF Coltishall), Nathalie Kausch, Don Kernott, Doug Arkell, Dave Bevan, & Colin Penny = 14.
Scrub clearance from heathland north of the heath pools. A visit to the new "Chip Mountain" area during the afternoon proved most entertaining, with chippings being transported up the hill by tractor and trailer, before being heaped up by a large mechanical shovel.
Our second record of the Eared Leafhopper came from north of the stream - see photo in Album 75.
Birds: Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos - a pair flying around mire, Jay Garrulus glandarius, Shelduck Tadorna tadorna - a pair flying across site, Heron Ardea cinerea - flying across site.
Herptiles: Adder Vipera berus - 6 seen.
Coleoptera: Violet Ground Beetle Carabus violaceus.
Hemiptera: Eared Leafhopper Ledra aurita - in leaf litter, north of pools.
In flower: Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris.

** 20.03.00 - I received a report from Pete Milford that he'd seen a Woodlark Lullula arborea on this day (at the north-west heath)



No. 612 Sat 25.03.00 A mixture of sunshine and cloud.
Len Wise, Colin Thompson, Tracey Hobbs, Debbie Jackson, Kevin Lewis, Christian Röttger, Doug Arkell, Don Kernott, Dave Bevan, & Colin Penny = 10.
Scrub clearance north of heath pools. Even more trees had been removed from the southern Spine area by the contractors. Just a little willow had been left around Stream Arch.
Birds: Snipe Gallinago gallinago, Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella, Magpie Pica pica, Jay Garrulus glandarius, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos - a pair in the mire, Robin Erithacus rubecula.
Coleoptera: 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata, ???? Beetle - larva, unidentified - photo in Album 75, 2-spot Ladybird Adalia bipunctata - black with red markings.
Orthoptera: Common Groundhopper Tetrix undulata.
Moths: ????? ?????
Herptiles: Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara, Adder Vipera berus, Common Frog Rana temporaria - tadpoles in Mervyn's ditch (north of stream).
Not in flower: Hard Fern Blechnum spicant - Mervyn's meadow, Water Starwort Callitriche stagnalis agg.


No. 613 Sat. 08.04.00 Mainly sunny but cool.
Len Wise, Colin Thompson, Christian Röttger, Heike ???????, Sunarto, & Colin Penny = 6.
As we were a little "thin on the ground" we decided to hold a study day. We were joined by Heike, who was over here visiting Christian.
Birds: Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita, Green Woodpecker Picus viridis, Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella, Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs, Kestrel Falco tinnunculus, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos - 3 seen in mire, Pheasant Phasianus colchicus, Heron Ardea cinerea - flew across from Hevingham Lakes, Long-tailed Tit Aegithelos caudatus, Snipe Gallinago gallinago.
Butterflies: Peacock Inachis io - 5 seen, Comma Polygonia c-album, Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni - male.

Moths: Drinker Philudoria potatoria - caterpillar.
Coleoptera: Green Tiger Beetle Cicindela campestris, Olive Willow Beetle ????, 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata, Minotaur Beetle Typhaeus typhoeus - male, found dead.
Orthoptera: Common Groundhopper Tetrix undulata.
Hemiptera: Common Pond Skater Gerris lacustris.
Diptera: Cranefly ?????
Herptiles: Adder Vipera berus - 4 seen - one was at the contractors' work site, Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara, Common Frog Rana temporaria.
Crustacea: Freshwater Shrimp Gammarus pulex - at the sluice.
Mollusca: Black Slug Arion ater.
In flower: Lady's Smock Cardamine pratensis, Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris, Common Gorse Ulex europaeus, Dandelion Taraxacum hamatum (Vulgaria).
Not in flower: Marsh Fern Thelypteris palustris (thelypteroides) - colts appearing, Hard Fern Blechnum spicant - Mervyn's meadows, Marsh Valerian Valeriana dioica - buds, Greater Bird's-foot Trefoil Lotus uliginosus - new growth appearing, Silver Birch Betula pendula - leaves and catkins.
Lichens: Matchstick Lichen Cladonia floerkeana - "in flower".

No. 614 Sat. 15.04.00 Rain almost all day !
Colin Thompson, Phil Davison, Lindsay Emerson, Sunarto, John Harrison, Andy Wilkinson, Veronica Fish (p.m.), & Colin Penny = 8.
Well, we did our best to work, but we'd had better days! Only 2 photos taken!
Birds: Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus, Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos - 3 seen (well there HAD to be ducks, really !!!).


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