Wednesday, 30 May 2018


Wet walk this morning. A pair of Canada Geese have 3 tiny goslings - seen on E lake shoreline where the swans are fed.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


Below, a few photos from this morning. One of the 2 poss 3 pairs of GC Grebes now have 2 'humbug' chicks riding on mum's back, and occasionally in the water. A pair of Moorhens have 7 young on the dipping pond. Common Spotted Orchids are just coming into flower and there's plenty of Common? Flax out now. A Lesser Whitethroat has been singing in the hedge that bisects W paddock, for at least a week now, but refuses to show itself. Birds seen carrying food this morning included a Dunnock and a Blue Tit. 2 adult Mistle Thrushes were in W paddock.
Apparently there's going to be another release of Water Voles this week. Butterflies on the wing at the mo. include Speckled Woods, many Common Blue and I saw a single Small Copper two days ago, and a Comma this morning. Under a couple of refugia I found at least 4 Slow Worms.

Saturday, 26 May 2018


2 Swift, 2 House Martin over W lake this a.m. and 2 Swallow over E lake. Lesser Whitethroat still singing by W paddock hedgerow. o/w pretty quiet.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018


More from recently:
Moorhen on dipping pond - has 4 chicks

Scarlet Pimpernel

Large Red Damselfly

Four-spotted Chaser


Pretty quiet bird-wise at the mo. although a Lesser Whitethroat is still singing on territory by the W lake hedgerow. A couple of Swifts were overhead this morning. Dragonflys and Damselflys are now on the wing. A male Hairy Dragonfly was over the dipping pond this morning.

Common Blue Damselfly

Large Red Damselflys

Grey Heron 'sunning' on W lake island

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Near the dragonfly pond this morning - a White-pinioned Spotted {Lomographa bimaculata} moth. From a couple of days ago, a Blue-tailed Damselfly {Ischnura elegans}.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Lavernock WT Res/Cosmeston

At Lavernock reserve: 4 Magpie, 7 Blackbird, 4 Woodpigeon, 2 Blackcap, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Chiffchaff, Dunnock, 3 Robin, 10 Jackdaw, Wren, 2 Crow, 2 Swallow. Then Leps were - 3 Orangetip, 2 Speckled Wood, 4 Holly Blue, 1 Brimstone, 2 Large White. Finally I saw 1 Early Purple Orchid in flower in the wood and there were a few nice patches of Cowslips.

At Cosmeston it was pretty quiet. A Moorhen pair have 3 chicks on the green weedy pool by the start of the Medieval Village boardwalk, the dipping pond Mallards are now down to 1 duckling out of an original 6. There was a Common Blue Damselfly there. 2 Greylags on W lake and total of 14 Mute Swan [both lakes]. A single drake Tufty remains. Lesser Whitethroat singing in the W paddock hedgerow.

Friday, 11 May 2018


Pretty quiet on the small bird front at the moment. Jay over W paddock worth a mention from this morning and the pair of GC Grebes whose nest on W lake was flooded out have rebuilt in the edge of W lake island. Yesterday I found a Dingy Skipper near the dragonfly pond and there's still a good show of Cowslips. Also three mallard asleep on the grass in W paddock was an unusual sight.

Thursday, 3 May 2018


Imm Grey Heron on W lake island on one of the 'owl' boxes. Looks like the GC Grebe nest in the 'hide' reeds has been flooded out. 3 Whitethroats seen and 1 Lesser heard.
This Drinker Moth caterpillar was on the dipping pond boardwalk - thx to Jeff Curtis for the ID over coffee in the cafe! I moved it to a safer location.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Cosmeston a.m.

An adult Grey Heron was on the far side of W lake. A Lesser Whitethroat was singing and seen briefly by the high level path that runs behind the far side of W lake and a Common Whitethroat seems to have territory by the dipping pond - the photo below is of that individual. A pair of Mallards were on the dipping pool 2 days ago with 6 small ducklings - this morning they were already down to two. I wonder what's taking them. In the band of trees between the dragonfly pond and Cogan Wood proper, there a a lot of Common Spotted Orchid leaf bracts so it will be a really good show in there when they finally produce flower spikes.