The Whitlingham Bird Report for 2016 is now available to download here.

The previous reports are also availble: 2015 here,
2014 report here and the 2013 report here. Thanks to everyone who has contributed sightings, information and photos to these reports.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2016, which is available

SUFFOLK: Minsmere bioblitz

2nd June 2017

This week Minsmere have been holding a Bioblitz, and Cathy & I decided to visit on Friday to do a bit of recording. After some tea and cake in the cafe we started out, first looking at the Ant-lion pits. We were in luck, as Cathy spotted an Ant-lion larva moving over the surface, allowing us to see the odd-shaped body and large jaws.

After noting the Rosemary beetles near the toilet block we headed into the woods to the discovery centre where the bioblitz was being co-ordinated. On the way I spotted a Denticulate Leatherbug and we added a few other bugs and beetles on our way. When we reached the centre we found that it was only manned by a rogue Pheasant that wandered up to visitors and made chicken-like noises, so we re-traced our steps and went onto the reserve.

At the pond we saw a Norfolk Hawker and some Azure damselflies, then had a look at the short grassy area beyond. A Plain Gold moth drew my attention to Bird's-foot, a tiny but very attractive little flower, and alongside it a Common Groundhopper.

We called into North Hide, where we saw lots of Barnacle Geese with goslings, and rather unusually a pair of Bar-headed Geese, also with goslings. Back on the main path we saw my first Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn of the year and a Plum Tortrix moth.

Walking the path to the beach I noticed some Grass Vetchling, a plant I've wanted to see for a while. A Bearded Tit was seen flying low across the reeds, and Sand Martins flew past. At the beach I spotted a couple of micro moths, which Andy Mackay was able to identify them for me as Homoeosoma sinuella and Aethes tesserana. A spell of sunshine brought out some Common Blue butterflies but there was thunder in the distance. On the walk back I noticed Pirri-pirri bur, an invasive non-native plant, but one that I'd not seen before. We managed to avoid the rain until Blythburgh - after that it absolutely hammered down.

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