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Recent content by nicklittlewood

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    Kuhl’s Pipistrelle at Dungeness

    The recent UK Mammal Atlas says there are eight since 2000, with four on Isle of White, two near Colchester, one in Thames Valley and one in Bourne. However, it curiously also says that the species is "regularly recorded along the coast in parts of south-east England in acoustic surveys" Nick
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    Bird watching spots north east Scotland

    Hi Kenny, Great resources for birding sites in the North-East include Birding Guide to North-East Scotland: https://www.nhbs.com/title?slug=birding-guide-to-north-east-scotland-book and the free SOC birding app: https://www.the-soc.org.uk/about-us/app Most folks will be reluctant to give...
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    Goshawk camera trap footage

    We got some interesting camera trap footage of a juvenile Goshawk in Aberdeenshire in recent weeks. It reappeared three times over ten days, seemingly engaged in some form of play-hunting. Note this was not at or especially close to a known (to us) nest site. One clip can be viewed on the...
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    UK bug ID help please

    Western Conifer Seed Bug, a recent non-native arrival in the UK https://www.britishbugs.org.uk/heteroptera/Coreidae/leptoglossus_occidentalis.html Cheers Nick
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    Cheap Camera traps

    Hi Tom, I've no direct experience of the models that you link to, so can't comment on them directly, but my experience with some of the cheaper models (such as those one might find in a flash-sale in Aldi, for example) is that the biggest drawback is they are less reliable in terms of actually...
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    Pine Martin seen in Northumberland for first time in 90 years.

    Of interest, report on southern Scotland Pine Marten surveys: https://www.pine-marten-recovery-project.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/croose-e-et-al-2014-distribution-of-the-pine-marten-in-southern-scotland-in-2013.pdf This gives a useful historical perspective too and the map on p.16 shows...
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    Pine Martin seen in Northumberland for first time in 90 years.

    There is a well-established population in Scottish Borders (different from D&G animals) that arose from less clear origins (some, seemingly, were animals released following care in wildlife treatment centres). These have been there for some time and it is one of the study areas for ongoing Pine...
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    Pheasants in the UK

    I'd not exactly suggest a twitch for them, but... They have been self-supporting with no new introductions (and presumably next to no immigration) for several decades on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire. From memory, maybe a dozen or so territorial males in late 1990s. Quick check of Skomer Bird...
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    Uk bird I.d please

    e.g. some invertebrates: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/icad.12106 (though full paper not available to those without institutional subscription, unfortunately).
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    Longest twitch by public transport?

    Norwich to Wick for Harlequin (1991 or thereabouts). There was a National Express student offer at the time for £9 return anywhere in the country. Four intrepid (stingy) students set off from Norwich one afternoon with Birdline last reporting the bird to have swum out through the harbour...
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    Escaped Lynx killed - UK

    From afar, the shooting of the Lynx certainly does appear to be an overreaction. Surely, though, Borth Wild Animal Kingdom must face a high proportion of the responsibility for what happend, give that the animal was kept in what was evidently an inadequate enclosure. They have stated that they...
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    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    Hi Phil, Many thanks for replying here. If vismigging is a significant part of your birding, then I'd suggest that it is well worthwhile getting involved with Trektellen if you haven't already done so. See: http://www.trektellen.nl/?language=english&. There's lots of UK involvement and it is...
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    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    Hi Phil, Did you ask why the record was not used and did you get a response? I'm guessing it was 2004, perhaps, but can't see anything that strikes me as sarcastic in the Bird Report for that year. It is unfortunate if this has caused you to withold records for the 13 years since. Nobody is...
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    Bushnell Trophy Cam HD Aggressor (119877) Issues

    I've used lots of Bushnells but not the Agressors. If it is taking two images when set to take three then it sounds like it is faulty. They generally have a 2 year warrenty and we have exchanged cameras under this on a couple of occasions (just by dealing direct with Bushnell in America - but I...
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    John's Mammals 2017

    Thanks for the comments, folks, and very many thanks indeed for allowing use of your photos. I was particularly embarrassed when I realised I'd misspelled Mark's name, as I'd been corresponding with him about mammal watching in Israel just prior to the atlas going to press. The other major...
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