This spider, Araniella curcurbitina was found by the Crocus Compound, a first for the site - and one of only about 15 species ever recorded/reported on the Warren.
Araniella curcurbitina 12/06/10 © Lee Collins
A Green Hairstreak was in Dead Dolphin Wood.
The first Black-tailed Skimmer of the year was on the wing.
Black-tailed Skimmer 06/06/10 © Lee Collins
The first Large Skipper and Emperor dragonfly of the year were on the wing with over 15 Broad-bodied Chaser fighting for territory around the Main Pond.
Large Skipper 09/06/10 © Lee Collins
A Green Hairstreak was in Dead Dolphin Wood and good numbers of Common Blue and other regular butterflies were on the wing.
Green Hairstreak 02/06/10 © Matt Twydell
At least three Bottle-nosed Dolphin were close in offshore.
The first Rush Veneer of the year were in Greenland Lake, with several Large and Small White also on the wing. A Hairy Dragonfly was along the Dune Ridge.
Nemophora degeerella 31/05/10 © Lee Collins
A 'lot' of Silver Y were present around site today and Common Blue and Brown Argus are out in numbers.
Yellow Rattle 27/05/10 © Simon Thurgood
The first Painted Lady of the year was on Warren Point.
Grass Vetchling was rediscovered on the Golf Course - on a bank where it grew previously.
The first Hairy Dragonfly and Large Red Damselfly of the year were at the Main Pond. Butterflies recorded today were Common Blue, Brown Argus, Wall, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White and Small Copper.
The first Common Blue and Brown Argus of the year were on the wing with Wall, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Green-veined White and Small Copper. Also on the wing the first Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselfly.
The first Cinnabar of the year was on the wing.
The nationally scarce solitary bee Andrena humilis was recorded at one of it's only Devon sites.
The first Wall and Orange Tip of the year were on the wing along with Speckled Wood, Peacock, Green-veined White and Small Copper. In Greenland Lake large numbers of Eyelash Fungi Scutellinia scutellata are fruiting and an early Southern Marsh Orchid is in flower.
The first Small Copper and Azure Damselfly of the year were on the wing along with Speckled Wood, Peacock, Green-veined White and Broad-bodied Chaser. Still no reports of Orange Tip this year. The American Mink was seen again on the Main Pond.
Azure Damselfly 13/05/10 © Simon Thurgood
A Vixen was hunting Rabbit on the Golf Course.
Vixen 13/05/10 © Matt Twydell
An American Mink was an unwelcome visitor to the Main Pond, the first sighting since the mid 1990's, it fits with a recent pattern of increased sightings at the north end of the estuary. The first Broad-bodied Chaser of the year was also on the Main Pond and a Puss Moth was on the Dune Ridge.
Puss Moth 10/05/10 © Matt Twydell
The Green-winged Orchid in the Buffer Zone is in flower.
Green-winged Orchid both 09/05/10 © Lee Collins
A large bull Grey Seal was offshore.
A Common Seal was hauled out on Bull Hill at low tide.
At least two bats (species unknown) were feeding over the Main Pond early evening.
The Sand Crocus is finally in flower with at least four on show near the Visitor centre. This is the latest emergence for at least 20 years, but numbers should increase as the week and weather continue. The day also saw the first Speckled Wood and Green-veined White of the year on the wing along with large numbers of Bumblebees nectaring on the sallows. Elsewhere a Water Shrew was at the Main Pond and a Stoat showed well by the First Pond until it was disturbed by a dog.
Sand Crocus 12/04/10 © Simon Thurgood
A male Sand Lizard was showing well along the dune ridge for most of the morning.
Sand Lizard 11/04/10 © Howard Bottrell
Scarlet Elf-cup Sarcoscypha austriaca was discovered growing on fallen wood at the back of the Main Pond - the first for site.
Scarlet Elf-cup 10/04/10 © Howard Bottrell
Despite the sunny spring weather there is still no sign of the Sand Crocus coming into flower. The hoverfly Eristalis intricarius, a bumblebee mimic, was around Greenland Lake. The Narcissus is presumably a reminder of when there were gardens on the Warren, most have now been removed.
Eristalis intricarius 09/04/10 © Howard Bottrell Primrose-Peerless Narcissus x medioluteus 09/04/10 © Howard Bottrell
The first litter of Rabbit have emerged above ground, with nine Sand Lizard, at least one Common Lizard and two Comma also taking advantage of the sunny weather. No news yet on the Sand Crocus...
Kit 06/04/10 © Simon Thurgood