Back in September a medium sized diving beetle was pulled out of one of the Wat Tyler ponds. I recognised it straight away as Hydaticus seminiger, as I’d seen it in books and it was a scarce species. This was the first recorded in South Essex Marshes area (though it has been recorded at Rainham…Details
A couple of years ago I visited Gilfach Farm, where it was possible to photograph nuthatches on the stone wall there, rather than the normal tree branches and trunks.
While in the New Forest with some friends recently, I was shown some devils fingers (Clathrus archeri) fungi. Also known as the octopus stinkhorn, is not a native species to the UK or Europe (where it is also found), but originates from Australia and New Zealand. It was first found in Cornwall in 1946, and…Details
Last Saturday I headed down to the New Forest to finally meet up with Naomi Ewald from FHT to look at some ponds with species that required her Schedule 5 license. I say finally because our previous attempts to meet had been thwarted by everything from flooding and thunderstorms to non functioning alarms, but this…Details
Here a re few photos of Britain’s heaviest insect, the great silver water beetle Hydrophilus piceus, all taken in a photographic aquarium.
A few photos of fulmars at Bempton Cliffs
The Northern damselfly or Spearhead Bluet Coenagrion hastulatum is a species found only in the Highlands of Scotland in the UK, so when I was up there this March I headed to a known site for them with my pond net to see what I could find. It turned out to be pretty easy to…Details