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Saturday, 29 June 2013

From the undergrowth

A few of the same I'm afraid , just had an hour this afternoon and met Allan and Barry hiding in the greenery.
Juvinile Willow Warbler

Juv Whitethroat ?

Common Blue



Large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)


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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

This morning at Cromwell

My first Dragonfly on site this year - at last! A male Broad Bodied Chaser  

Male Broad Bodied Chaser Libellula depressa

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

St Andrews Cub Group

Thanks to the St Andrews cub group and parents  tonight for an interesting evening hope you all enjoyed it and you all get your naturalists badges . yours Graham

From the undergrowth

A few from this morning, glorious until about 9am when it started to cloud over . Id's welcome

Large Skipper

Small Heath


Common Blue


Speckled Wood

One for Allan Gooseander family

Large White



2069 Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae (Cinnabar Moth)

Yellow Shell  moth 


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Monday, 24 June 2013

From the undergrowth

A few from Sunday, the weather was poor and very windy ,   Id's welcome
Downlooker Snipe Fly Rhagio scolopaceus

Dance fly Empis sp possibly Empis trigramma

Specled wood newly emerged

1272 Pammene aurana moth

Common Blue Damesel mating

Carpet Moth ?  poss ( Silver - ground Carpet )

Downlooker Snipe Fly Rhagio scolopaceus
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From the undergrowth

Had an hour down on the reserve this morning , very quite but had the first Common Blue butterfly of the year on the grass bank we cut in the autum . Also cut the grass in the feeding area and a Robin turned up strait away , and some Marsh Orchids in new places from last year .

Common Blue butterfly



Southern Marsh OrchidClick on image for a better view

Friday, 21 June 2013

Solstice Walk

Many thanks to all who came on the walk this evening and thank you for your donations . yours Graham

Here are some pictures of the solstice walk. 18 of us set off for a 2 hour walk around the reserve. We were blessed with a very pleasant, dry evening. Many species of plant and invertebrate were seen.

Thanks to Graham who led the walk

Graham describes the methane treatment close by

Near the river Calder

The Orchid Meadow

The Avenue

And right on cue: the moon rise

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Friday 21st of June Wildside Walk

Solstice walk. Meet in the car park opposite the pallet works behind Cromwell House and join the members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group for an informative walk around the Local Nature Reserve looking at the abundance of seasonal wildlife and flowers. 

No charge, but donations to the Wildlife Group welcome. Insect repellent essential.
Event time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:   Cromwell Bottom, Elland Rd (A6025)

All welcome

From the undergrowth

A few from this week  , the Woodpeckers have now fledged they went out of the nest on Monday evening around 7-30 . The weather has been kind for a few days and there are lots of Bugs and Beasties around plus the mosquitoes are in fine form with sharpend teeth , below are a few pics with the macro lens and the last shots of the peckers.   .If anyone can help with id's please do.



Heron oever the reeds

Bluetail Damaselfly

as above

Large Red Damselflys mating

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unknown fly ?

Blue Lacewing

as above


Unknown Moth

Hover or Bee ?

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