September 2007

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Sunday 23rd:

 

A single plant of hanging basket favourite Garden Lobelia Lobelia erinus was found growing near the shops, the first record for the recording area.

 

 

Monday 17th:

 

At least one Bottle-nosed Dolphin was still offshore.

 

 

Sunday 16th:

 

The pod of 5-6 Bottle-nosed Dolphin were again offshore.

 

 

Saturday 15th:

 

At least four Clouded Yellow were on site today, most around Greenland Lake, also here a single Silver Y. Over 100 Large White were also seen during the day along with a few Red Admiral. At least five Wasp Spider were seen along the Dune Ridge.

 

 

Friday 14th:

 

A pod of at least five Bottle-nosed Dolphin were again offshore.

 

 

Wednesday 12th:

 

A Grey Squirrel was seen along the Dune ridge near Groyne 11. This is a barely annual visitor to the reserve.

 

 

Sunday 9th:

 

Pennyroyal is now in flower at several locations around the reserve. This are the result of translocation, some more successful than others, from the small at risk population on Warren Point. This original source may have been lost following the fire in late August.

 

Pennyroyal Ivan Lakin

 

 

Saturday 8th:

 

This Dune Stinkhorn was found along the Dune Ridge.

 

Lee Collins

 

 

Thursday 6th:

 

A possible female Vagrant Darter was seen and photographed by the Dune Pond. If accepted this would be the first record for the Warren for this national rarity, the first in Devon for over 60 years and the first in the UK since 1997.

 

Vagrant Darter? 07/09/07 John Fortey

 

 

Sunday 2nd:

 

The first Wasp Spider of the year was found along the Dune Ridge.

 


Wasp Spider 02/09/07 Debs Redden

 

 

Saturday 1st:

 

A Clouded Yellow was in Greenland Lake. The Toad was found along the Back Path.

 

Toad 01/09/07

 

 

August 2007

Friday 31st:

 

At least eight Dark Bush Cricket were calling around the second tee in the evening, only the second record for the reserve and the first adults.

 

 

Thursday 30th:

 

A Painted Lady was in Greenland Lake.

 

 

Tuesday 28th:

 

Overnight two hectares of Warren Point, centred around Soft Sand Bay was burnt, the most serious fire on the reserve for many years. This area did hold several species found nowhere else on the reserve as well as a good population of Sand Lizard. At least six Bottle-nosed Dolphin were again offshore, a Grey Seal was in the estuary and only the second reserve record of Speckled Bush Cricket was found in the Back Meadow.

 

 

Monday 27th:

 

At least three Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore, a Black-tailed Skimmer was along the Back Path and a battered Old Lady was found sheltering behind the Visitor Centre.

 

Old Lady

 

 

Sunday 26th:

 

Red Bartsia was found growing along the Wryneck Path - a new species for the reserve. A Clouded Yellow was in Greenland Lake.

 


Red Bartsia 25/08/07 Lee Collins

 

 

Thursday 23rd:

 

The Banded Demoiselle was seen again along with a Black-tailed Skimmer. Offshore there were at least five Bottle-nosed Dolphin, the first of the year.

 

 

Wednesday 22nd:

 

A Banded Demoiselle was near the First Pond. A Wall Brown and a Painted Lady were in Greenland Lake with good numbers of Great Green Bush Cricket around the reserve.

 

Great Green Bush-cricket 22/08/07 Andrew Cunningham

 

 

Sunday 19th:

 

This Buff-tip caterpillar was found near the Main Pond.

 

Buff-Tip  19/08/07

 

 

Saturday 18th:

 

Blue Fleabane was discovered growing on Warren Point and a Compass Jellyfish was washed up in the Bight.

 

Compass Jellyfish 18/08/07

 

Sunday 12th:

 

A female Beautiful Demoiselle, the third record this year, was by the Main Pond.

 

 

Sunday 5th:

 

Two recent plant discoveries on site are Blue Fleabane on the Dune Ridge and Marsh Ragwort in Greenland Lake. Neither of these species have been recorded on the reserve for over 35 years.

 

Blue Fleabane                                                                             Marsh Ragwort

 

 

Saturday 4th:

 

A good day for dragonflies on site with Migrant Hawker on Warren Point, a Beautiful Demoiselle briefly by the First Pond and a Southern Hawker in Dead Dolphin Wood the highlights.

 


Migrant Hawker 04/08/07 Lee Collins

 

July 2007

Tuesday 31st:

 

The first Autumn Ladies Tresses are in flower by the Crocus Compound.

 

Autumn Ladies Tresses Aug 2007

 

 

Sunday 29th:

 

A Slowworm along the Back Path was an unexpected highlight - the first confirmed record for the reserve for at least 20 years! Elsewhere Lesser Cockroach was noted along the Dune Ridge and Great Green Bush Cricket are vocal in any area of low scrub.

 

 

Tuesday 24th:

 

The brief spell of fine weather today allowed a few butterfly counts these included six Small Skipper, five Common Blue, four Large Skipper and Small Copper and three Brown Argus. Also seen were at least five Silver Y and three Six Spot Burnet.

 

 

Wednesday 18th:

 

A female Black-tailed Skimmer was in Greenland Lake and the first Jersey Tiger of the year was on the wing.
 

 

Monday 9th:

 

A Beautiful Demoiselle, again only the second for the reserve following one last year, was seen near the First Pond.

 

 

Sunday 8th:

 

A White Admiral,  only the second for the reserve following one last year, was seen flying along the Dune Ridge.

 

 

Sunday 1st:

 

A Large Tortoiseshell, the first for the reserve, was seen and photographed near the First Pond this afternoon. This was the 31st species of butterfly recorded on the Warren.  Also on site at least a dozen Red Admiral and a Ruddy Darter.

 

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