30 Jun 16

Blakehill Farm NR

3 Redstarts (1 male, 2 female-type), 1 family of Lesser Whitethroats, and a separate singing male, 2 Reed Buntings.  Also reasonable number of butterflies with 8 Large Skipper, 14 Marbled White, 51 Meadow Brown, 49 Ringlet and 4 Small Heath. Also after a blank year last year - Six-spot Burnet.

(Robin Griffiths)

Six-spot Burnet  (Robin Griffiths)

Mouldon Hill CP

Highlights from a walk around the country park were a Roe Deer close to car park, a Kingfisher with a fish on the River Ray and 4 House Martins over the Pool

Also: 1 Roe Deer

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(Martin Adlam)

Song Thrush, just one several singing around the country park. (Martin Adlam)

A Roe Deer, close to the car park. (Martin Adlam)


2 Scarlet Tigers at Ravensroost but no large woodland butterflies yet - just need some sun!

(Robin Griffiths)

29 Jun 16

Coate Water

Highlights of an early morning walk around the main lake and reserve were a pair of Common Terns on the main lake, both a female Mandarin and Kingfisher on the reserve, dozens of Yellow Slugs (Limax flavus) with several on tree trunks and a Grey Squirrel helping himself to a Banana skin he retrieved from the bin by the swimming pool.

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(Martin Adlam)

Great Crested Grebe (Martin Adlam)

A Grey Squirrel helping himself to a Banana skin. (Martin Adlam)

A Yellow Slug, Limax flavus (Martin Adlam)


Poor night with only 42 moths, 16 species but did include one of my favourites, Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria).

Also NFY were: Small Dotted Buff (Photedes minima) and Ancylis achatana.

Also 2 fresh looking moths with paler underwings - are they Rustic or Uncertain (always called them agg. up to now).

(Robin Griffiths)

Swallow-tailed Moth (Robin Griffiths)

Small Dotted Buff (Robin Griffiths)

Ancylis achatana (Robin Griffiths)

Rustic or Uncertain (Robin Griffiths)

Rustic or Uncertain (Robin Griffiths)


A Hobby flew over the garden at 7.30 this morning, a nice bonus as I was leaving for work.

(Jon Mercer)

28 Jun 16

Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve

Viewed from Twitchers Gate (5:05am - 7:50am)

Highlights were: 2 Oystercatcher, 26 Lapwing, 1 first summer Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Common Tern, 15+ Swift, 2 Skylark, 1 Nightingale and a juvenile Starling on the scrape.

Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum
Harlequin Ladybird pupae

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(Martin Adlam)

Day break over Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve (Martin Adlam)

A female Black-tailed Skimmer (Martin Adlam)

A female Common Blue Damselfly covered in dew (Martin Adlam)

Haydon End

Only 56 moths of 22 species last night

6 NFY:
Triangle-marked RollerAncylis achatana
Blue-bordered CarpetPlemyria rubiginata
Yellow Shell, Camptogramma bilineata
Square-spot RusticXestia xanthographa
Riband WaveIdaea aversata
Lilac Beauty

Also a Pug sp.

(Nigel Sluman)

Ancylis achatana  (Nigel Sluman)

Blue-bordered Carpet  (Nigel Sluman)

Lilac Beauty  (Nigel Sluman)

Riband Wave  (Nigel Sluman)

Square-spot Rustic  (Nigel Sluman)

Pug sp.  (Nigel Sluman)

27 Jun 16

Avebury to Wroughton along the Ridgeway

Whilst having a cup of tea and a piece of cake outside the cafe at Avebury before setting off there were 7 Swifts, 4 Swallows, 5 House Martins & 2 Pied Wagtails overhead.

On the way up to the Ridgeway we saw 2 Red Kites, a Buzzard, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Meadow Pipits, a Skylark, 2 Linnets, a Swift, 2 House Martins, a flock of 20+ Starlings, 50+ Crows & a Pheasant and as we neared the top a glorious display of poppies around the edges of the rape fields.

Along the Ridgeway there were 5 Skylarks, 3 Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Goldfinch, 6 Whitethroats, 6 Greenfinch, Chaffinch. Yellowhammers, Corn Buntings, a Kestrel, a Red Kite, 21 Swifts flying west, a Swallow, a Reed Bunting & a Red-legged Partridge.

Common Blue Damselflies, Broad Bodied Chasers & Emperor Dragonflies were mating & egg laying on and around the Glory Ann Dew Pond.

Butterflies included 2 Painted Ladies, Red Admiral & Meadow Brown.

Along the road from Barbury Castle to Wroughton were 3 Lapwing, a Buzzard, 3 Corn Buntings & 10+ House Martins.

(Trevor & Sue Clayson)

Poppies on the Ridgeway (Sue Clayson)

Male Broad Bodied Chaser, Glory Ann Dew Pond (Sue Clayson)

Emperor Dragonfly Female egg laying, Glory Ann Dew Pond (Sue Clayson)

Female Broad Bodied Chaser, Glory Ann Dew Pond (Sue Clayson)

Yellowhammers (Sue Clayson)

Lotmead Farm

Highlights of an early morning on the Reserve were: 5 Little Grebe (2 adult, 3 juveniles), 30 Mallard (9 adult, 9 juvenile, 11 ducklings), 2 House Martin, 5 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff.


Moths: Common Marble (Celypha lacunana)

Bees: Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris)  and White-tailed Bees (Bombus lucorum) both male and females

Hoverflies: Syrphus vitripennis

Flies: Azelia nebulosa, Poecilobothrus nobilitatus

Snails and Slugs: Strawberry Snail (Trochulus striolatusa) and Red Slug (Arion ater rufus)

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(Martin Adlam)

Adult Little Grebe (Martin Adlam)

Juvenile Little Grebe (Martin Adlam)

Muntjac (Martin Adlam)

Common Marble (Martin Adlam)


At Pentylands today a Linnet, and also a juvenile Goldfinch waiting for its parent to return to feed it.

(Neil George)

Linnet (Neil George)

Linnet (Neil George)

A juvenile Goldfinch (Neil George)


This the chrysalis of the Comma butterfly.

(Maurice Carne)

Comma butterfly pupae. (Maurice Carne)

26 Jun 16

Coate Water

At Coate the best birds today included an apparently new Lesser Whitethroat singing vigorously, female Ruddy Shelduck, Kingfisher, Common Whitethroat (two) and good numbers of Swift. There were also at least two juvenile Pied Wagtail and 5 adult Black-headed Gulls

On Broome Manor Lane 2 Red Kites and a Buzzard were attracted to a dead Magpie.

 (Ian Stewart)

A juvenile Long-tailed Tit (Ian Stewart)

An adult Black-headed Gull (Ian Stewart)

A Red Kite over Broome Manor Lane (Ian Stewart)

Ridgeway Road

We were on the road between Chiseldon and Liddington today and saw a young Robin being fed by a parent, a female Chaffinch, an adult and juvenile Goldfinch

(Maureen and John Iles)

Adult Robin (Maureen Iles)

Juvenile Robin (Maureen Iles)

A female Chaffinch (Maureen Iles)

Goldfinch (Maureen Iles)

A juvenile Goldfinch (Maureen Iles)

Upper Stratton

My first trapping at Upper Stratton last night - 131 moths, 29 species, including:

Smoky Wainscot, Mythimna impura
The Lychnis
2 Small Elephant Hawk-moths (again as in Cricklade - no other Hawk-moths!).

Also an Apple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella.

(Robin Griffiths)

Small Elephant Hawk-moth  (Robin Griffiths)

The Lychnis  (Robin Griffiths)

Smoky Wainscot  (Robin Griffiths)

Apple Leaf Miner  (Robin Griffiths)

25 Jun 16


A quarter of the moths last night that I had on Wednesday night, and only 25 species.

Three were NFY - outstandingly Buff Arches, also Single-dotted Wave and Flax Tortrix (Cnephasia asseclana).

Also another Blood-vein (Timandra comae) and my 6th Large Nutmeg for the year.

(Robin Griffiths)

Flax Tortrix (Robin Griffiths)


A Bee Moth, Aphomia sociella flew into the Living Room this morning.

(Martin Adlam)

Bee Moth (Martin Adlam)

24 Jun 16


We have seen Long-tailed Tits pass through our garden and the bushes/trees behind, but they stopped to feed earlier this week - word is obviously getting around that we feed our birds well!

The Great Spotted Woodpecker is still visiting and seems to love “hugging" the cherry tree before it goes to feed.

I did tell him to come over to Nythe to see you Martin!!

(Maureen and John Iles)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Maureen Iles)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Maureen Iles)

Long-tailed Tits (Maureen Iles)

Long-tailed Tits (Maureen Iles)

Long-tailed Tits (Maureen Iles)

Long-tailed Tit (Maureen Iles)

Cotswold Water Park

Badger crossing the road at CWP Pit 306. More on the CWP Blog Here

(Steve Davies)

Haydon End

In the moth trap last night 1 new for garden: London Dowd, Blastobasis lacticolella

Plus 3 more NFY:
Marbled Beauty
The Clay, Mythimna ferrago
Large Ivy Tortrix, Lozotaenia forsterana
Large Nutmeg

Also an unknown Tortrid if anyone's able to help?

(Nigel Sluman)

Marbled Beauty (Nigel Sluman)

Lozotaenia forsterana (Nigel Sluman)

tortrid sp. (Nigel Sluman)

Large Nutmeg (Nigel Sluman)


In the kitchen this morning what I believe is a The Uncertain moth and on the lawn in the back garden, 31 Starlings and a 5 House Sparrows.

(Martin Adlam)

Just a few Starlings and a House Sparrows on the lawn. (Martin Adlam)

The Uncertain (Martin Adlam)

Note: The Uncertain and Rustic moths are very similar moths, but this one above is more likely to be The Uncertain.