In the mean time I'm promoting my Whitlingham Species Guides again. During the strictest part of lockdown I did quite a bit of work on these, adding some species, making the layout a bit more uniform and writing some new ones. If you haven't seen them before then they are a mixture of guides and checklists, aiming to eventually cover all of the wildlife that has been recorded on my patch. There are several reasons for doing this:
- To make sure there is a publically accessible list of wildlife records for the area
- To help other naturalists ID things they are not familiar with
- To encourage people to submit records of wildlife from Whitlingham
- To encourage people to undertake similar recording projects on their own local patches
The guides can be found on the species guides tab on the blog (https://jamesbirdsandbeer.blogspot.com/p/whitlingham-do.html)
Recent guides include arachnids, plant bugs and leafhoppers, whilst there have been large updates to hoverflies (thanks mainly to some excellent new records from Anne Crotty) and several other guides.