The Whitlingham Bird Report 2017 can be viewed or downloaded here. For previous years (2012-2016) see the links on the Whitlingham Bird List page.

You may also be interested in Chris Durdin's Thorpe Marsh Wildlife Report for 2017, which is available

Whitlingham Species Guides

Whilst visiting Whitlingham I have recorded over 1100 species, and have decided to turn these records into a series of downloadable species guides and checklists. In some cases I have been able to add in records from the county database and/or local naturalists. These guides will be updated periodically to add new records and information. Feel free to download thesm and print them off if you find them useful.

As always if you spot any mistakes, can add information or have seen something that I am not aware of then please email me (details on the main blog).

Birds - there is no guide for birds as Justin & I are hoping to compose that one in book form, however I compile an annual bird report, and 2012-2017 reports are all available to download.
Whitlingham Mammal Guide Updated 25/12/15 - Harvest Mouse added


Whitlingham Butterfly Guide Updated 21/08/15
Whitlingham Macro Moth checklist 21/08/15
Whitlingham Micro Moth checklist updated 16/03/18
Whitlingham Leaf-miners part 1 (Leaf mines on trees)
09/01/18 - error regarding name of mine on Cow Parsley corrected
Whitlingham Leaf-miners part 2 (leaf mines in herbaceous plants) 09/01/18 - error regarding name of mine on Cow Parsley corrected
Whitlingham Dragonfly & Damselfly Guide Updated 31/08/15 - other thorax colours of Blue-tailed Damselfly now included 
Whitlingham Grasshopper & Cricket Guide 22/08/15
Whitlingham Shieldbugs & allies Guide 08/10/15 - adult Hawthorn Shieldbug added 
Whitlingham Hoverflies Guide 11/04/18 - New species and photos added 
Whitlingham Ladybirds Guide 25/08/15
Whitlingham Craneflies Guide 20/06/17
Whitlingham Plant Galls 25/08/15

Whitlingham Flowering Plants - Checklist 12/07/15
Whitlingham Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) - checklist - last updated 16/03/18.

Fungi and lichens
Whitlingham Fungi Guide - Part 1 (Bracket Fungi) 25/08/15

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  1. Thank you for this site James. Very nicely done and bookmarked. I am often there with my camera. I note in your bird guide that you have spotted Arctic Terns (in 2010). I think, I saw an Arctic Tern on UEA Broad last week - have you heard of any other sitings recently? Good luck with your Bird Guide book! Pat

    1. Hi Pat, thanks very much for your comment. Any terns seen inland around this time are highly likely to be Common Terns. There are currently three at Whitlingham and I saw some at Ormesby yesterday. Arctic Terns are only seen inland on passage. At Whitlingham as far as I know all of the records have been from April/May. At UEA and Colney GPs there are occasionally reports of birds migrating back in mid-August, but I don't think there has been any seen in July.

      Common and Arcitc Terns can be tricky to separate as summer progresses, if you are interested the BTO produced a video a while back with some useful tips:

      All the best,