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Old Tuesday 30th June 2015, 22:03   #1101
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Any sign of the glowworms ?

We recorded them in Neath, South Wales last night whilst doing bat surveys.

It may be much warmer over there though, it is overseas after all!

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None so far but I haven't checked extensively. Will start my late night patrols in the next few evenings.
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Old Wednesday 1st July 2015, 08:19   #1102
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A Barnacle Goose flew over with 4 Canadas this morning.

Also recorded: 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warbler, juvenile Goldcrests, Coal tits, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Common Whitethroats, Kingfisher, Heron, 2 Grey Wagtails, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warbler, juvenile Blackcaps, Swifts, House Martins, Reed Buntings, Sparrowhawk.

3 Marbled Whites.
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Old Wednesday 1st July 2015, 08:30   #1103
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A Barnacle Goose flew over with 4 Canadas this morning.

Also recorded: 2 Lesser Whitethroats, Willow Warbler, juvenile Goldcrests, Coal tits, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Common Whitethroats, Kingfisher, Heron, 2 Grey Wagtails, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warbler, juvenile Blackcaps, Swifts, House Martins, Reed Buntings, Sparrowhawk.

3 Marbled Whites.
Possibly the bird that was at Upton on Sunday and Monday continuing it's journey south from Svalbard?
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Very quiet over the weekend.

Insect highlights: Emperor Dragonfly, Broad-bodied Chaser, Brown Hawker, Small Skippers, Large Skippers, Painted Lady, Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns and Ringlets.

2 Lesser Whitethroats amongst the usual warblers. Seems like the Cuckoos may have departed early.
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FINALLY found a little owl!!!!!
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Old Thursday 9th July 2015, 23:06   #1106
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FINALLY found a little owl!!!!!
Nice shot, Sarah - did you take it at Ladywood?

2 Glow-worms together on Gorsey Bank this evening (my first for the year) - pic below:

AND a nice 'Brucie Bonus' - a hunting Barn Owl over Gorsey Bank at 22:20 - it perched briefly in a tree then flew back towards the canal.
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Old Friday 10th July 2015, 08:11   #1107
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A Siskin flew over Salwarpe calling this morning - there seems to be a light passage of these at the moment - it's the third I've recorded in Worcestershire this week.

A dead Water Shrew was on one of the paths - the first I've recorded on the patch - I'll post a photo of it later.

Other species recorded in 1 hour walk from ~05:45 - Lesser whitethroat, Common Whitethroats, Skylarks (4), Linnets, Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings, Stock Doves, Goldfinches (inc juvs) Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, 2 juvenile Goldcrests, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, G S Woodpecker, 12 Collared Doves, 2 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 30+ Swifts.
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Old Friday 10th July 2015, 15:23   #1108
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Some impressive wildife pictures

Some awesome photos on the forum recently.

Thought I'd add to this with a picture from my recent nocturnal encounter with a badger. I'm considering entering the Wildlife Photographer of the year.

Enjoy!

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Old Friday 10th July 2015, 17:13   #1109
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Some awesome photos on the forum recently.

Thought I'd add to this with a picture from my recent nocturnal encounter with a badger. I'm considering entering the Wildlife Photographer of the year.

Enjoy!

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Them's not badger eyes, woz you holding the camera the right way round???
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Old Friday 10th July 2015, 19:45   #1110
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This is an ex-Water Shrew!!......
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Old Sunday 12th July 2015, 19:28   #1111
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Them's not badger eyes, woz you holding the camera the right way round???
mmmmm, fair point it was quite dark at the time!
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Nice shot, Sarah - did you take it at Ladywood?

2 Glow-worms together on Gorsey Bank this evening (my first for the year) - pic below:

AND a nice 'Brucie Bonus' - a hunting Barn Owl over Gorsey Bank at 22:20 - it perched briefly in a tree then flew back towards the canal.
Yeah :) So pleased I finally found them! Goes nice with my Tawny!
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Highlights from this weekend:

Female Cuckoo at Porter's Mill yesterday.
Hobby hunting over High Park this evening.
Coney hirundine roost c 150 - mainly Swallows and about 10 Sand Martins.

Also: 2 Kingfishers, Grey Wagtail, House Martins, 2 Ravens, 30+ Swifts, Skylarks, Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Linnets, Green and G S Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Mistle Thrushes, Reed Buntings, Goldcrests and the usual Warblers.

A Grass Snake swam across the canal this afternoon - west of Salwarpe.

My first Gatekeepers and Essex Skippers (lots) of the year amongst the butterflies which included Red Admiral, Commas, Marbled Whites (5), Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Ringlets, Whites, Small Tortoiseshells and Peacock. Lots of Burnet Moths now emerged. Dragonflies: Broad-bodied Chasers, Emperor, Brown Hawker. Azure and Blue-tailed Damsels plus Banded Demoiselles

A record single-count of Glow-worms this evening - an amazing 22 in total - 3 on Gorsey Bank, 1 along the railway track and 18 between the allotments and the Roman Way.
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Old Monday 13th July 2015, 13:36   #1114
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Glow Worm Distribution

Approximate distribution of the Glow-worms yesterday evening:
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Old Thursday 16th July 2015, 08:28   #1115
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A Hobby flew in again to try its chances with the hirundines yesterday evening. 100 -150 Swallows and Sand Martins roosted.

A total of 21 Glow-worms counted last night - including at least 1 new one.
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Old Thursday 16th July 2015, 22:40   #1116
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enjoyable evening, sightings BHG, LBBG & Herring gull, lots of goldfinch a few green and a Bullfinch. Similar amount of Swallows to last night, 14 pied wag in roost, green and greater spotted woodpeckers heard. church area best, grey wagtail on the way in and juvy Tawny Owls on the way out.
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Got him again 😃😃😃😃
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Highlights from this weekend:

A Hobby and 3 singing Yellowhammers around Porter's Mill on Saturday.

The Coney hirundine roost has now increased to ~250 (80%+ Swallows).

Common Darter, Southern Hawkers, Brown Hawkers amongst the Odonata. Essex Skippers and Gatekeepers are now abundant. Just one each of Marbled White and Painted Lady.

A whopping 35 Glow-worms counted last night - by far the greatest ever total and including at least 16 new ones.
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Highlights from this weekend:

A Hobby and 3 singing Yellowhammers around Porter's Mill on Saturday.

The Coney hirundine roost has now increased to ~250 (80%+ Swallows).

Common Darter, Southern Hawkers, Brown Hawkers amongst the Odonata. Essex Skippers and Gatekeepers are now abundant. Just one each of Marbled White and Painted Lady.

A whopping 35 Glow-worms counted last night - by far the greatest ever total and including at least 16 new ones.
It's great to read the glow-worms are increasing. Is their habitat there fairly safe? Or at least, as safe as anywhere is these days!
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It's great to read the glow-worms are increasing. Is their habitat there fairly safe? Or at least, as safe as anywhere is these days!
Hi Mary,

Although the Glow-worm habitat isn't directly threatened at present, I am concerned that nearby housing developments (currently being built) could have adverse long-term effects on the future of this colony. When the developments are completed, there will undoubtedly be greater levels of artificial illumination as well as increased human disturbance (and antisocial activities) in the area. Just this Saturday afternoon there was an incident that I had to report to the police - a group of youths were riding motorbikes around Gorsey Bank - which, apart from anything else, presented a potential hazard to anyone walking in the area. They left a load of rubbish / beer cans in their wake. Sadly, I can't see this kind of thing reducing in frequency when 1000+ more people take up residence nearby.

I can only hope that the colony starts to spread to areas on the other side of the canal where it is generally quieter.
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Juvenile Redstart along canal between Salwarpe and Ladywood this morning.
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[quote=Woodchat;3251647]Hi Mary,

Although the Glow-worm habitat isn't directly threatened at present, I am concerned that nearby housing developments (currently being built) could have adverse long-term effects on the future of this colony. When the developments are completed, there will undoubtedly be greater levels of artificial illumination as well as increased human disturbance (and antisocial activities) in the area. Just this Saturday afternoon there was an incident that I had to report to the police - a group of youths were riding motorbikes around Gorsey Bank - which, apart from anything else, presented a potential hazard to anyone walking in the area. They left a load of rubbish / beer cans in their wake. Sadly, I can't see this kind of thing reducing in frequency when 1000+ more people take up residence nearby.

I can only hope that the colony starts to spread to areas on the other side of the canal where it is generally quieter.[/QUOTE

Sounds like it's another all too frequent situation.
Would the Canal Trust, assisted perhaps by Worcs WT, consider relocating some of them before it's too late?
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Hi Mary,

Although the Glow-worm habitat isn't directly threatened at present, I am concerned that nearby housing developments (currently being built) could have adverse long-term effects on the future of this colony. When the developments are completed, there will undoubtedly be greater levels of artificial illumination as well as increased human disturbance (and antisocial activities) in the area. Just this Saturday afternoon there was an incident that I had to report to the police - a group of youths were riding motorbikes around Gorsey Bank - which, apart from anything else, presented a potential hazard to anyone walking in the area. They left a load of rubbish / beer cans in their wake. Sadly, I can't see this kind of thing reducing in frequency when 1000+ more people take up residence nearby.

I can only hope that the colony starts to spread to areas on the other side of the canal where it is generally quieter.[/QUOTE

Sounds like it's another all too frequent situation.
Would the Canal Trust, assisted perhaps by Worcs WT, consider relocating some of them before it's too late?
Interesting point, I highlighted this in my objection letter to the Chawson Lane development. As follows:

Invertebrates - No appraisal of the potential invertebrate assemblage of the area has been undertaken and as such no assessment of impacts has been made. It is documented publicly that a colony of glow worms (Lampyris noctiluca), are present in the entrance area to Droitwich community woods a currently un-illuminated area close to the site entrance. Glow worms are limited in their distribution in the county and are reported to be in decline. The effect of artificial lighting on glow worm populations is not clearly understood but there is evidence that males are attracted to artificial lighting and therefore may become less efficient at detecting females. Females may not begin to glow if the background light levels are too high as they would consider it to still be ‘daylight’, or may decrease the amount of time they spend glowing and therefore decrease their chance of attracting a mate. These scenarios could decrease the population size due to decreased mating success/opportunities or make areas of otherwise suitable habitat unsuitable. No consideration has been given to invertebrates and impacts upon them.

The reality is that glowworms have no special status other than they are a bit more charismatic than a genuinely rare midge.

The key will be to get a number of sites in the locality in suitable condition and to manage them. My gut feel is that there are various areas that are suitable locally, maybe they are under recorded? or the population is just very localised.

As for translocation very little has been done on this in the past, however I was involved in a scheme in Buckinghamshire which is being monitored this year so watch this space for results. Females are easy to catch, they glow and they don't fly away, males however do not glow but the do fly. To ensure we caught males and females we cobbled together some green LED lights with some watch batteries (all from Maplins) to act as alluring females in a funnel trap (to the untrained eye this looks like a lemonade bottle), and yes, the male glowworm, when he is in the mood for love really does fall for this cunning plan.

We shall have an article on this in the next Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management magazine so i'll see if I can post a copy here. Until this is published the is no definitive guide on this process.

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Interesting point, I highlighted this in my objection letter to the Chawson Lane development. As follows:

Invertebrates - No appraisal of the potential invertebrate assemblage of the area has been undertaken and as such no assessment of impacts has been made. It is documented publicly that a colony of glow worms (Lampyris noctiluca), are present in the entrance area to Droitwich community woods a currently un-illuminated area close to the site entrance. Glow worms are limited in their distribution in the county and are reported to be in decline. The effect of artificial lighting on glow worm populations is not clearly understood but there is evidence that males are attracted to artificial lighting and therefore may become less efficient at detecting females. Females may not begin to glow if the background light levels are too high as they would consider it to still be ‘daylight’, or may decrease the amount of time they spend glowing and therefore decrease their chance of attracting a mate. These scenarios could decrease the population size due to decreased mating success/opportunities or make areas of otherwise suitable habitat unsuitable. No consideration has been given to invertebrates and impacts upon them.

The reality is that glowworms have no special status other than they are a bit more charismatic than a genuinely rare midge.

The key will be to get a number of sites in the locality in suitable condition and to manage them. My gut feel is that there are various areas that are suitable locally, maybe they are under recorded? or the population is just very localised.

As for translocation very little has been done on this in the past, however I was involved in a scheme in Buckinghamshire which is being monitored this year so watch this space for results. Females are easy to catch, they glow and they don't fly away, males however do not glow but the do fly. To ensure we caught males and females we cobbled together some green LED lights with some watch batteries (all from Maplins) to act as alluring females in a funnel trap (to the untrained eye this looks like a lemonade bottle), and yes, the male glowworm, when he is in the mood for love really does fall for this cunning plan.

We shall have an article on this in the next Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management magazine so i'll see if I can post a copy here. Until this is published the is no definitive guide on this process.

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Many thanks for your reply, Triturus. Fascinating work! Would love to read the outcome when available.
It's the old story that the Tigers and Pandas etc, whilst very much in need of help, get all the headlines and the humble insects just get squashed. I say that because when we were outside Morrisons in Stratford yesterday, there was a trodden-on Hawk-moth on the path, too flat to id, but the colours of Poplar maybe. Education, education, education - from nursery school age.
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33 Glow-worms counted last night (5 new ones).

120 Swallows roosted plus a few Sand Martins.

Noctule Bat and close views of a Badger.
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