A Grey Squirrel was seen along the Dune Ridge near the Bight and then later along the Back Path near Dead Dolphin Wood.
A "Torbay" Palm Cordyline australis discovered growing on the seaward side of the Dune ridge near Warren Point is the first record for the recording area.
A Water Shrew was seen near the hide, unfortunately it was seen being carried in the jaws of a Stoat! Moth trapping produced just under 30 species but included two new records for the reserve, The Satellite and Honeysuckle Moth. The most frequent species were Common Marbled Carpet and Square-spot Rustic, also recorded were the first Black Rustic and Sallow for the year but the only migrants were two Rush Veneer and a Rusty-dot Pearl.
The Satellite © Ivan Lakin
The Sallow © Ivan Lakin
Rusty-dot Pearl © Ivan Lakin
Common Marbled Carpet © Ivan Lakin
Several Rush Veneer were flushed from Marram on Warren Point.
Moth trapping again produced a limited range with only c30 species recorded, these included L-Album Wainscot, Spruce Carpet and three Silver Y with large numbers of Square Spot Rustic. The highlight though was a Portland Ribbon Wave, this rare migrant was the first record for the recording area and only the second in Devon since 1927! Also attracted to the light a female Short-winged Conehead, another first for the recording area.
Portland Ribbon Wave © Ivan Lakin
Portland Ribbon Wave © Ivan Lakin
Spruce Carpet © Ivan Lakin
A single Bottle-nosed Dolphin was offshore, this distinctive individual has no beak and has also been sighted recently in Torbay. On Warren Point several plants of Ploughman's-spikenard Inula conyza were discovered, this species has only been recorded infrequently in the recording area since being rediscovered in 1995.
A pod of 7-10 Bottle-nosed Dolphin were present offshore most of the day before heading towards Teignmouth late evening. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was feeding on Evening Primrose on Warren Point and several Silver Y were flushed from the Marram. During the evening several probable Soprano Pipistrelle were recorded around the Main Pond, at least seven bats were also seen coming out of a roost somewhere in the Entrance Bushes. Moth trapping produced just over thirty species but included the migrants Silver Y, Pearly Underwing and the first site records of The Delicate. Other species recorded included the first confirmed record of Old Lady and the Nationally Notable B species Shore Wainscot.
The Delicate © Ivan Lakin
Old Lady © Ivan Lakin
Yellow Belle © Ivan Lakin
Silver Y © Ivan Lakin
Shore Wainscot © Ivan Lakin
A Stoat was seen near the Main Pond.
The second generation of Yellow Belle are on the wing, this local moth can be seen along the Dune Ridge.
A Pilot Whale, only the fourth recording area record, was seen off the Warren from Orcombe Point in the evening.
At least two Clouded Yellow were recorded. The first Autumn Ladies Tresses are in flower in Greenland Lake and Sea Holly was found on several areas of the beach and dunes towards Warren Point.
A Grey Seal was in the estuary and a Stoat was recorded behind the Visitor centre.
An Emperor dragonfly watched catching and feeding on an Oak Eggar was an impressive sight. A single Clouded Yellow followed other records this week.
Moth trapping overnight produced just over 50 species, the
drop in temperature reduced the number of species flying. Single Copper
Underwing and Currant Pug were both apparently firsts for the reserve and several other species were
recorded for the first time this year including The Magpie,
Canary-shouldered Thorn, Sallow Kitten and Oak Eggar. Nationally
species caught included several Jersey Tiger and a single Synaphe punctalis.
Good numbers of Great Green Bush Cricket can be heard and occasionally seen on site.
Great Green Bush Cricket 8th August 2005
A single Clouded Yellow was one of 12 species of butterfly recorded today.
The single Bottle-nosed Dolphin was again offshore early morning.
The first Migrant Hawker of the year was in the Back Meadow and another Clouded Yellow was seen.
The first Clouded Yellow of the year was seen today.
The second brood of Brown Argus are on the wing on Warren Point and the first Scarlet Tiger of the year were around Sycamores in Greenland Lake.
Pennyroyal Mentha pulegium was in flower on Warren Point, only a few plants were present but this is an improvement on recent years when the main patch has been disturbed by Rabbits. Other records included a single Bottle-nosed Dolphin offshore in the morning, the first Jersey Tiger of the year by the Main Pond and a Brown Rat was along the Railway Saltmarsh.
Pennyroyal Mentha pulegium
The first Southern Hawker dragonflies of the year were on the wing. 16-spot Ladybird was seen along the Dune ridge along with the migrant pyrale Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis.
The first Marbled White butterfly of the year was on the wing.
Moth trapping overnight produced over 70 species. The commonest moth on the night was Synaphe punctalis, a nationally notable pyrale, other nationally notable species caught included Mecyna asinalis, Kent Black Arches, Sand Dart and L-album Wainscot. Other species included Fen Wainscot, Archer's Dart, Large Emerald, Brown-tail, The Drinker and at least three Platytes alpinella, Dawlish Warren is the only site in Devon for this RDB3 pyrale. Also attracted top the light were two nationally scarce beetles, neither of which had previously been recorded at the Warren. The first, Sawyer Beetle Prionus coriarius is a large species the larvae of which feed in mature trees and fallen timber, the second, the water beetle Dytiscus circumflexus is a species that inhabits brackish coastal ponds but has not previously been recorded in Devon.
A female Black-tailed Skimmer on the Dune Ridge was the first site record for several years.
The first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the year was along the Dune Ridge this afternoon.
Marsh Helleborine July 2005
Marsh Helleborine Epipactis palustris are still in flower in Greenland Lake. A Golden-ringed Dragonfly was seen today on the path between the Back Meadow and Greenland Lake.
A Pilot Whale was off Langstone Rock.
The first Gatekeeper of the year was by the First Pond.
Two Peppered Moth were roosting on the hide along with a Silver Y.
The first Common Darter and Small Skipper of the year were in the Back Meadow, along with many small Toads, recently emerged from the Main Pond. A Golden-ringed Dragonfly was over the hide and a young Stoat was seen near the Visitor Centre.