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 http://www.honeyguide.co.uk/documents/ThorpeMarshesWildlifeReport2016.pdf

NORWICH: Mousehold fungi and leaf mines

30th August 2017

Another brief local trip, this time to Mousehold Heath. It was raining so there were few insects about, so I focused my attention on fungi, leaf mines and galls. There was quite a bit of fungi about, but most of it was a small range of common species like Sulphur Tuft, Tawny Grisette, Ochre Brittlegill, Blusher and Common Earthball.

 Tawny Grisette
Ochre Brittlegills

Of the rest, a gall on Yew was new, as was an Agromyzid leaf mine in Silver Birch. I thought I'd found a new leaf-mine in Bracken, but it later turned out that there are two species that make near-identical mines so it remains an either/or. The highlight was a leaf beetle, Gonioctena olivacea, found on Broom.

 Taxomyia taxi
 Agromyza alnibetulae
 Leaf-mine in Bracken
Gonioctena olivacea

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