An adult Stoat was on the back path.
The Dune Ridge at present.
© Darren Maynard
Overnight storms had continued the erosion of the Dune Ridge with a large section of the main path lost and several feet of sand removed from places along the beach.
Erosion at Groyne 10
A Grey Seal was in the estuary.
Two Grey Seal, including a young pup, were off the beach.
The rare fungus Winter Stalk Puffball Tulostoma brumale was discovered growing in Greenland Lake.
Winter Stalk Puffball 4/12/06
At least two Common Darter were still around the Main Pond.
Single Common Darter and Migrant Hawker were still on the wing around the Main Pond and Greenland Lake respectively.
The first Harlequin Ladybird for the recording area was found along the sea wall. Also on site today three Clouded Yellow and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth. A single Bottle-nosed Dolphin was offshore.
Harlequin Ladybird 12/11/06 © Ivan Lakin
A Grey Seal was off Warren Point this morning.
A very late Hummingbird Hawkmoth flew along the Dune Ridge this afternoon, with a Clouded Yellow and a few Red Admiral also on the wing.
A very cold Common Lizard was found in a torpid state on Warren Point.
A single Clouded Yellow was still on the wing.
A Stoat was seen on the Golf Course and a Fox was in Greenland Lake early morning.
At least two Clouded Yellow were still flying along with several Migrant Hawker and Common Darter.
A Grey Seal was in the estuary and several Red Admiral and four Clouded Yellow were on the wing. Also seen at least five Rush Veneer, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Migrant Hawker.
A Convolvulus Hawkmoth caterpillar was discovered on the Dune Ridge feeding on Sea Bindweed. Good numbers of butterflies were on the wing for the time of year with 30+ Red Admiral, 12+ Clouded Yellow (5+ helice), a Painted Lady and a Small White. Also still flying 10+ Common Darter and two Migrant Hawker.
Convolvulus Hawkmoth larva © Alan Keatley
Moth trapping produced several migrants with the highlights being two Gem and a single Vestal despite the low temperatures. Resident species recorded included the first Autumnal Moth for the reserve, Feathered Thorn, Large Wainscot and The Sallow and two species first recorded last year Pink-barred Sallow and Barred Sallow.
A pod of at least six Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore today.