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Mary Wednesday 17th July 2013 17:21

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Originally Posted by Woodchat (Post 2775384)
I took a photo of this small Moth sp. (below). I'll try and work out what it is - my initial guess is a geometrid / wave of some sort. Any suggestions as to the i.d. are welcome. :t:

Riband Wave abb remutata?

Woodchat Wednesday 17th July 2013 22:28

Another Colony of Glow Worms
 
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This evening, I visited the Harford Hill site (SO8665661954), as suggested by the feedback from Robin Scagell, and BINGO!! There were two glowing female Glow worms in the grass on the side of the farm access track (just after 10pm)

Amazing to think there are at least 2 Glow worm colonies on my regular birding patch!

My photos are rubbish but I can't resist trying to capture these ephemeral, charismatic little beauties.

As the crow flies, this colony is 1.58 kilometers from the colony at Droitwich Community Woods (as measured on Google Earth).

How many more colonies are out there?? B (:

Woodchat Thursday 18th July 2013 22:02

A close encounter with a Badger this evening.

Birds included 2 juv Green Woodpeckers, Raven and 9 Mistle Thrushes plus the normal spectacle of the hirundine roost.

Noctule and Pipistrelles at dusk.

Glow worm count: 6 total (only 1 Gorsey Bank, 4 between allotments and Roman Way and, most remarkably, 1 actually right next to the main road on the short grass verge).

Woodchat Sunday 21st July 2013 21:58

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The Hobby showed very well this evening. Kestrel and Sparrowhawk also.

Plenty of insect activity this weekend - Gatekeepers have emerged in good numbers and Essex Skippers (photo below) are now abundant. Also seen were Peacocks, Commas, Small Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Speckled Woods, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Marbled Whites and Green-veined Whites.

Moths included Silver Y and the very striking Magpie Moth (photo below).

Only a few Dragon- / damselflies around at the moment - Southern Hawker and Beautiful Demoiselles.

2 Glow worms this evening: 1 Gorsey Bank, 1 by allotments.

Woodchat Tuesday 23rd July 2013 21:54

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Birds this evening: 2 adult Common Gulls over, Raven, Kestrel, Buzzard, 3 Grey Herons, 200+ Swallows, 100+ Sand Martins, c50 Swifts, 3 freshly fledged Reed Buntings, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warblers, Willow Warbler. Yesterday evening: 2 Water Rails calling from reedbed.

Bats: 3 Noctules

Butterflies: Purple Hairstreak (in tops of trees, Gorsey Bank), Marbled Whites, Essex Skippers, Ringlets.

Dragonflies: Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker.

Glow Worm count: 7 total (2 Gorsey Bank, 1 Hopyard Wood, 4 between Roman way and allotments).

Attached - Glow Worm with flash / modified exposure - not great but getting better - at least some detail of the insect's body can be seen.

Mary Wednesday 24th July 2013 17:39

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Originally Posted by Woodchat (Post 2780766)
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Glow Worm count: 7 total (2 Gorsey Bank, 1 Hopyard Wood, 4 between Roman way and allotments).

Attached - Glow Worm with flash / modified exposure - not great but getting better - at least some detail of the insect's body can be seen.

Fabulous photo, Woodchat. My hubby once had a bet with his dentist to see who would be first to photo a Glow Worm, but as we never go out after dark, he doesn't stand much chance! I'm enjoying your accounts instead!

Woodchat Thursday 25th July 2013 07:37

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Originally Posted by Mary (Post 2781381)
Fabulous photo, Woodchat. My hubby once had a bet with his dentist to see who would be first to photo a Glow Worm, but as we never go out after dark, he doesn't stand much chance! I'm enjoying your accounts instead!

Thanks Mary.

I note that you are in Warwickshire - a few records from your county this year below:

Birdingbury, Warks (SP420684), 2 females
Greenway car park, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks, 1 females
Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve, Coventry (SP389756) 7 females
Oxford Canal, Brinklow, Warwickshire (SP442799), 1 females

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Mary Thursday 25th July 2013 17:18

Cheers, Woodchat. The Greenway car park is a surprise, but perhaps it's a historic site for them where they're hanging on. Don't think I'll be going there after dark, though!

Woodchat Thursday 25th July 2013 21:19

The hirundine roost continues to grow - getting closer to 500 birds now.
All that flying protein inevitably attracts predators - both Hobby and Sparrowhawk tried their luck this evening - both failed.

Kestrel and Buzzard made up the quartet of raptors.

Insects included 2 Southern Hawkers and two Glow Worms (one Gorsey Bank and one Hopyard Wood).

Woodchat Sunday 28th July 2013 21:54

Still quiet for birds - Lesser Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Ravens, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and juvenile Willow Warbler, juvenile Sedge Warblers, Reed Buntings, Great Spot and Green Woodpeckers.

Butterflies included Brimstones, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Peacocks, lots of Large Whites, Green veined and Small Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Commas, Essex Skippers, Gatekeepers, Ringlers, Meadow Browns and Marbled Whites.

Dragonflies included Emperor, Southern Hawkers, Brown Hawkers plus Blue-tailed Damselflies and Banded Demoiselles.

Just 2 Glow Worms this evening - both along the Roman Way after dark.

Woodchat Monday 29th July 2013 21:42

A Little Owl called at dusk from over towards Copcut Lane (heard from the back of Droitwich Woods). A Hobby again this evening over Coney Meadow - flying through the hirundines. Green Woodpeckers calling and 2 Ravens roosted.

Two Glow Worms again - same place as yesterday evening.

Birder Gladys Monday 29th July 2013 22:10

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just some pics from tonight following Mr Walker

Birder Gladys Monday 29th July 2013 22:13

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some a little early

Woodchat Wednesday 31st July 2013 21:53

66 bird species recorded on the patch during July, as follows:

1 Mute Swan 23 Great Spotted Woodpecker 45 Goldcrest
2 Mallard 24 Common Swift 46 Spotted Flycatcher
3 Tufted Duck 25 Kingfisher 47 Wren
4 Pheasant 26 Skylark 48 Great Tit
5 Grey Heron 27 Swallow 49 Coal Tit
6 Common Buzzard 28 House Martin 50 Blue Tit
7 Sparrowhawk 29 Sand Martin 51 Long-tailed Tit
8 Kestrel 30 Grey Wagtail 52 Nuthatch
9 Hobby 31 Pied Wagtail 53 Treecreeper
10 Water Rail 32 Yellow Wagtail 54 Magpie
11 Coot 33 Dunnock 55 Jay
12 Moorhen 34 Robin 56 Jackdaw
13 Black-headed Gull 35 Song Thrush 57 Rook
14 Common Gull 36 Mistle Thrush 58 Carrion Crow
15 Herring Gull 37 Blackbird 59 Raven
16 Lesser Black-backed Gull 38 Blackcap 60 Starling
17 Stock Dove 39 Common Whitethroat 61 House Sparrow
18 Wood Pigeon 40 Lesser Whitethroat 62 Chaffinch
19 Collared Dove 41 Reed Warbler 63 Goldfinch
20 Common Cuckoo 42 Sedge Warbler 64 Greenfinch
21 Little Owl 43 Chiffchaff 65 Bullfinch
22 Green Woodpecker 44 Willow Warbler 66 Reed Bunting

Woodchat Thursday 1st August 2013 21:36

Bird highlights this evening:

1 male Gadwall flew over
1 Hobby
1 Sparrowhawk
Water Rail calling from reedbed
Buzzard
7 Mistle Thrush (family party)
juv Bullfinch
Raven
Sand Martins and Swallow roost smaller than of late (maybe ~100 birds)
plenty of Swifts

Insects included Southern and Brown Hawkers and masses of Silver Y moths.

Only one Glow Worm this evening (by the allotments). Unfortunately, one of the main areas (Gorsey Bank) seems to have been the subject of non-sympathetic management - the grass has been mown down and scrub removed - which is frustrating as the Worcs Wildlife Trust were made aware of their presence in that exact spot (10-figure grid ref provided). It remains to be seen if they persist in that area but, at present, it doesn't look promising.

Woodchat Tuesday 6th August 2013 21:16

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A Common Tern flew over heading due north this evening. Also, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard. Lots of juvenile passerines earlier, especially Chiffchaffs, Reed Warblers and at least 3 juv Goldcrests being fed by parents. Also seen were Blackcap, Whitethroat, House Martin, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Raven. The hirundine roost has dwindled further and only about 40 odd collected before moving off to roost elsewhere. Good numbers of Swifts still in the area though.

Up to 12 Mistle Thrushes were seen over the weekend.

Below is a photo of a Tree Bumblebee - they are nesting in an old nest box in my garden - although I've not yet recorded them on 'the patch' they must occur as the 'boundary' is only a few yards away from my garden.

Woodchat Thursday 8th August 2013 20:46

One Glow Worm by the gates of the allotments this evening.

Very quiet bird-wise. Two Ravens roosted.

Birder Gladys Thursday 8th August 2013 21:09

small walk tonight 7.30 -9pm, very quiet on the bird front no swifts only a few gulls.high-light of the evening Mary had a Grasssnake about 50cm long under the tin.low point seeing how much has been cut down in the community woods Mary wonders how much would of survived ie glow worm eggs or her little frogs?

Phil Andrews Thursday 8th August 2013 21:22

Hi Tim - have you got any photos of the "management work" to give us an idea of the scale of the loss?

Woodchat Thursday 8th August 2013 21:30

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Originally Posted by Birder Gladys (Post 2794412)
small walk tonight 7.30 -9pm, very quiet on the bird front no swifts only a few gulls.high-light of the evening Mary had a Grasssnake about 50cm long under the tin.low point seeing how much has been cut down in the community woods Mary wonders how much would of survived ie glow worm eggs or her little frogs?

My thoughts also - I will ask the Worcs Wildlife Trust what they are playing at - it's not like I didn't inform them of their presence. I'm afraid that many years of experience of the way the Trust operates leads me to the sorry conclusion that they are not a 'safe pair of hands' (in my opinion) when it comes to the safeguarding of scarce wildlife - even when it is on their own reserves! I cite Trench Wood as an example of how things have deteriorated - it is now a shadow of its former glory (bird-wise) since they took it over in the mid 80's. One of the reasons I'm no longer a member (joined the Somerset Trust instead).:C

Still - good to know a few Glow Worms should survive around the allotments at least.

Woodchat Friday 9th August 2013 08:14

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Originally Posted by Birder Gladys (Post 2794412)
small walk tonight 7.30 -9pm, very quiet on the bird front no swifts only a few gulls.high-light of the evening Mary had a Grasssnake about 50cm long under the tin.low point seeing how much has been cut down in the community woods Mary wonders how much would of survived ie glow worm eggs or her little frogs?

This is from the Glow Worm survey site - giving some details about management of Glow worm sites:

"Management of sites
Some people have asked about the conditions for encouraging glow worms or breeding them. We still do not know why some colonies die out even though there are no obvious factors such as destruction of habitat, use of pesticides or herbicides, or strong artificial lighting of the site. Glow worms need a supply of small snails as food and therefore a patch of vegetation where they can find the snails. They also need a comparatively open area where the females can display to attract a male in June, July and August. As they retire into the ground during the day, high mowing does not appear to affect them unduly and very long grass may actually not be very suitable.
However, my feeling (in discussion with a keen observer, Linda Worrall of Barrowden, Rutland) is that the best cutting regime is not to cut at all during the glowing season from the beginning of June till the middle or end of August. If cuts are vital they should be restricted to high cutting, so as not to get down to the insects which will be down in the understorey. A certain amount of hay lying on the top is preferable to raking it up, which would probably disturb the glow worms, but what you have to avoid is cutting in wet weather which will produce a thick mat of clippings that even the most determined glow worm will find it difficult to climb through at night.

The females may appear on footpaths and there is therefore a danger period during summer if the path is heavily used in the late evening while they are emerging to glow. There is not much that can be done about this other than getting people to walk in single file.

As for breeding them, this has been done with varying results. Even under favourable conditions there may be a high mortality. Do not carry home glowing females hoping that they will lay eggs, or even catch a female that has apparently been mated in the hope of hatching a brood. It is better to leave them in the wild. "

Woodchat Friday 9th August 2013 13:19

Apparently, a Moth-trapping session is taking place at Coney Meadow this evening. It will be very interesting to see what species they discover (as the site has never been 'mothed' before).

Birder Gladys Friday 9th August 2013 19:50

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Originally Posted by Phil Andrews (Post 2794426)
Hi Tim - have you got any photos of the "management work" to give us an idea of the scale of the loss?

some photos of " management work" .I can understand that there maybe a possibilty of a fire risk this area judging by some of the trees from previous years which could be alot worse for wood .If I'm correct the grassy area has been cut the previous year maybe this could of helped the return of the Gloworns? But if it is just for cosmetic perposes then timing could be better for the wildlife.
pics 1 to 4 are the areas where Dave first saw the gloworms ,5th pic where Mary found her little frogs all around the seat for metres in all direction.

Birder Gladys Friday 9th August 2013 19:53

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Phil Andrews Friday 9th August 2013 20:00

Thanks Tim - I wish they would do such a thorough job in mowing the sewage meadow at the Flashes!


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