A Grey Seal was offshore.
Sand Lizard 27/03/11 © Lee Collins
A pod of at least 20 Bottle-nosed Dolphin were offshore midmorning.
A Large Tortoiseshell, only the third site record, was in the Buffer Zone.
Several Sand Lizard showed well along the Dune Ridge, with the warm spring weather also producing the first Red Admiral of the year along with several Comma. Elsewhere good numbers of Warren Crocus leaves are visible but no flowers as yet.
Two Comma were by the First Pond the first of the year.
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore, only the fourth site record.
A large piece of driftwood about 2 metres long was found lodged in rocks at Langstone Rock, it was completely riddled with the burrows of the Shipworm Teredo norvegica, and many more smaller holes made by Gribbles Limnoria lignorum. The wood seems to be some sort of tropical hardwood as it is very dense and heavy with a rich red colouration. The shipworm burrows are lined with a chalky deposit and slightly larger than the diameter of a pencil, but up to 30 cm long. Also visible at low tide several colonies of the Honeycomb Worm Sabellaria alveolata, a UK BAP priority habitat.
Honeycomb Worm 28/02/11 © Andrew Cleave
Shipworm 28/02/11 © Andrew Cleave
The warmest day of the year brought out two Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell around the Entrance Bushes, but the butterfly highlight was a Brimstone in Greenland Lake, this species is barely annual on the Warren.
The semi-resident Common Seal was again on Bull Hill.
A Grey Seal offshore was the first piece of wildlife news reported for 2011, with a Common Seal on Bull Hill the second!