March 2007

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Saturday 31st:


Up to three Pine Ladybird were found on the same Gorse bush as last weekend, so presumably an overlooked resident species. Small Adders-tongue has emerged in Greenland Lake. Warren Crocus is still in flower with several hundred open in the afternoon sun.



Wednesday 28th:


The first Speckled Wood of the year was on the wing along with Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Upright Chickweed is now in flower along with hundreds of Warren Crocus.



Sunday 25th:


A single Pine Ladybird Exochumus 4-pustulatus was found on a south facing Gorse bush on the edge of Greenland Lake along with several Gorse Shieldbug. This is probably only the second record for the reserve and the first since 1977.



Saturday 24th:


Despite the cool conditions well over 100 Warren Crocus flowers were present  behind the Visitor Centre, they did not however remain open for long in the weak sunshine



Thursday 15th:


The first Sand Lizard of the year was seen today. Cut-leaved Deadnettle is in flower along the back path. 



Wednesday 14th:


The first Warren Crocus flowers of the year were seen in today's warm sunshine behind the Visitor Centre. This is probably the earliest ever emergence date for the crocus.



Tuesday 13th:


A Painted Lady in Greenland Lake was the first of the year



Sunday 11th:


The long-staying Grey Seal was again seen in the estuary.



Saturday 10th:


The warm sunshine brought out the several Seven Spot Ladybird, the first of the year, also a Common Lizard on the Dune Ridge, with Peacock and Comma butterflies also on the wing. Flowering plants included Sea Mouseear, Common Whitlow Grass and Summer Snowflake whilst Early Meadow Grass is particularly obvious this year and masses of Warren Crocus leaves were visible behind the visitor centre.


Comma 10/03/07 Andrew Cunningham



Wednesday 7th:


The first Comma butterfly of the year was on the wing and a Grey Seal was in the estuary.



Thursday 1st:


The first Frog spawn was noticed in flooded scrapes in the Buffer Zone.


February 2007


Sunday 25th:


Further erosion during the week of the Dune Ridge.  These photos show the section between groynes 10 and 11, the foredunes here were previously favoured by Sand Lizards.  Presumably, any individuals hibernating here have been lost.  The remnants of sand dune balanced on the groyne in the bottom image show how much sand was washed away in one evening.


Erosion February 2007



Sunday 18th:


A Grey Seal was in the estuary. The first Toad spawn was noticed in the Main Pond.



Sunday 11th:


A Red Admiral was by the First Pond.  



Thursday 8th:


A Grey Seal was offshore for much of the morning.



Monday 5th:


The first Common Lizard of the year was seen today.  



Sunday 4th:


At least three Red Admiral were on the wing today.  



Saturday 3rd:


At least two Red Admiral were on the wing today.  



Friday 2nd:


Grey Seal was hauled out on Bull Hill at low tide.




January 2007

Saturday 20th:


Red Admiral was in Greenland Lake.



Thursday 18th:


A Grey Seal was in the estuary off Bull Hill.



Sunday 14th:


A Small Tortoiseshell along the Back Path was the third butterfly species of the month, at least one Red Admiral was also present.



Sunday 7th:


A Peacock in flight behind the hide was the second butterfly record of the year.



Monday 1st:


A Silver Y was disturbed from vegetation in Greenland Lake and a Red Admiral was on the wing by the First Pond.





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