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
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
While in Cairngorms in March I suffered an external Hard Drive failure and had to spend a day sorting out recovering files etc. But luckily for me a Song Thrush posed in the garden close than I’d ever seen one and allowed some nice shots of it sunbathing.
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