… Latest Sightings

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  1. Two Red Admirals and singles of Common Darter and Migrant Hawker in the sheltered areas.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 17, 2017 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  2. 2 Comma and a small copper were sheltering from the wind, a Red Admiral went south. A few migrant hawker braved the wind, a lot more common darter loitered in sunny locations.

    Comment by Julian — October 15, 2017 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  3. Noctule bat high over r&f flew directly towards the sewage works, about WSW(30deg south of West) occasionally deviating to take prey! It stayed high and kept going and looked like migration.

    Comment by Julian — October 14, 2017 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  4. Large White and Migrant Hawker by Methley Copse, Comma and Speckled Wood in Warbler Alley.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 13, 2017 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  5. Four Comma butterflies, two Common Darters and a Migrant Hawker in riverside vegetation up from Fleet Plantation.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 12, 2017 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  6. Two Roe Deer by the path down to Skelton Lake this morning. Five Grey Squirrels in riverside trees between Lemonroyd and Caroline Bridge (one to three on each visit recently whilst looking for the Yellow-browed Warbler).
    Painted Lady at north end of Methley Bridge. Red Admiral by the crossroads at the north end of the causeway. A few each of Common Darter and Migrant Hawker. Quite a few (30+) small pale brown moths on the wing, none perching to allow identification.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 9, 2017 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  7. Vapourer Moth by the Canal halfway towards Swillington bridge from the Oil depot this afternoon.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — October 8, 2017 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

  8. 6 Red Admiral, 5 nectaring 1 moving south. 4 Comma. 3 Small Copper, 2 of which were above 1.5m and being blown in a southerly direction! 10+ of both Common Darter and Migrant Hawker.

    Comment by Julian — October 6, 2017 @ 9:42 pm | Reply

  9. Despite the wind still 20+ Migrant Hawkers, 10+ Common Darters, several Red Admirals, two Commas and a fly-past white sp.

    Comment by Paul Morris — October 2, 2017 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  10. Dark Brown animal seen very briefly near the ditch on R&F 2:15pm. Suspect an Otter but didn’t get a good enough view and couldn’t locate it again, I was having enough trouble standing up in the gale force wind!

    Comment by Andy Hopkinson — October 2, 2017 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

    • If just a brief view it could have been either Mink or Otter but as Julian and Paul noted the recent sightings near Fleet Weir was of an Otter swimming underwater most of the time. Mink often swim with heads up. To my knowledge we have only had one Otter sighting away from the river, but many Mink sightings. Personally, I would look for lines of bubbles and a really thick tail and of course the large size cw Mink. Hope that helps.

      Comment by petegriff — October 6, 2017 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

  11. 28th September x3 smooth (common) newt under boards near balance res.

    Comment by Paul Scholes — October 2, 2017 @ 11:34 am | Reply

  12. Brown hare on hillside near trailer gate 6:25pm

    Comment by Andy Hopkinson — October 1, 2017 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  13. A scraggy Mink ran left along the concrete opposite the hide, followed closely by a darker, sleeker individual. Both dropped into vegetation above the weir where they were heard calling for a couple of minutes. When an animal was then seeing swimming upstream from that area it was expected to be one of the Mink, but when seen well it was an Otter. It swam upriver, mostly underwater but could be followed by the stream of bubbles. I thought Otters were supposed not to tolerate Mink in their territories, so lets hope that’s the case.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 29, 2017 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

    • A study by Oxford University showed an approx. 50% decline in Mink populations where otters are established. Similar numbers have been presented elsewhere.

      Comment by Rob P — October 1, 2017 @ 9:23 am | Reply

  14. Astley spillway plateau, 2 small copper(one with blue spot on Hindwing) red admiral, meadow brown and large white. 6 more red admiral seen moving south. Common Darter and migrant hawker seen regularly, numbers down.

    Comment by Julian — September 28, 2017 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  15. At least 2 noctule bats over the reedbeds at dusk tonight

    Comment by Rob Hunton — September 28, 2017 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  16. Otter 1220 hrs dived just above the weir and swam upstream near the far bank at the hide. Surfaced and dived 3 more times as it moved upriver before disappearing, perhaps resting up under the large willow. Always swam underwater!
    Spillway plateau produced 2red admiral, Comma, common blue and small copper.

    Comment by Julian — September 24, 2017 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  17. A Vapourer Moth by the northern-most Gorse bush on the eastern reedbed path on Friday.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 24, 2017 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

    • Also one on Coach Road on Friday.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 24, 2017 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  18. Afternoon through evening saw at least five Common Darter near Lemonroyd Bridge. Migrant Hawkers very active around site, lost count but well in excess of twenty.
    Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Comma also still present in good numbers.Two late Common Blues near Metlhey Copse.

    Comment by Rob P — September 19, 2017 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  19. A Rabbit on the path to the Rabbit Warren – the first I’ve seen in this area for ages.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 19, 2017 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  20. Grey Squirrel swimming the river just above Lemonroyd Bridge.

    Comment by JK — September 18, 2017 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  21. Roe Deer pair (male and female) in field behind Lemonroyd Plantation, moving from the railway line towards Fleet Lane, on Saturday 16th.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 18, 2017 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  22. Yesterday 4 red admiral, 3 of which seemed to be moving southish. Makes me wonder if the 4-8 I have had on my small buddlia for the last week every time the sun shone were the same ones or migrants!

    Comment by Julian — September 15, 2017 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  23. Female Red-veined Darter still present in same spot between lemonroyed and western reedbeds.

    Comment by Mark Darwell — September 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  24. Painted Lady near the Splitter pond / Balance res area, also 5 Migrant Hawkers (males ) same area. @ noon.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 11, 2017 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  25. Two female Red Veined Darters and possibly a third still present this morning in same area as previously, ( GYL, DN ).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 8, 2017 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

    • A very glossy one looked like a teneral, possibly breeding?

      Comment by Gordon — September 9, 2017 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  26. The water connecting lemonroyd to Astley had a half metre wide band of whirligig beetles just out from the reeds both sides that stretched for 10’s of metres. There must have been 10’s of thousands.

    Comment by Julian — September 7, 2017 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  27. Female Red Veined Darter still present on the western reedbed / Lemonroyd lake path near the bend. 11:00 – 12:00 am.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — September 7, 2017 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

    • Also present in that area – 2 male Ruddy Darters, Several Common Darters & @ least three Migrant Hawkers also a number of mating pairs of Galeruca tenaceti beetles (no common name) and an Angle Shades moth (after removing it from inside my lens hood!)

      Comment by JK — September 7, 2017 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  28. One (possibly 2) female Red-veined Darters on path between Lemonroyd & WRB @1300

    Comment by JK — September 4, 2017 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  29. A Noon Fly (Mesembrina meridian) on riverside vegetation just west of Fleet Plantation.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 3, 2017 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  30. Late report for Saturday 2/9: red-veined darter on path between W reedbed & Lemonroyd Lake / cut. (Photo in gallery.)

    Comment by Dave McMahon — September 3, 2017 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  31. Hillside, 2 Brown Argus, both of which seemed to be on their last legs, one of which was particularly difficult to separate from female blue. 10+ blues all over site. 1 small copper looking fresh, spillway. Migrant Hawker airborne when warm 20+. Common Darter perched on the top of low plants or basking on the ground 30++. Emerald Damselfly ditch r&f/reedbed path 3 in 30m visible section.

    Comment by Julian — September 2, 2017 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  32. Light Southbound passage of Red Admirals this morning. Prob at least one every few mins.

    Comment by John Martin — September 2, 2017 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  33. Male Black Darter Western Reedbed Lemonroyd Lake path; also Black-tailed Skimmer (Central path), Common & Ruddy Darters esp. by Old Lock; Brown & Migrant Hawkers.

    Comment by JK — September 1, 2017 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

  34. Two Foxes on the southern edge of Lemonroyd Lake. Brown Hare on ridge and furrow area.

    Comment by Paul Morris — September 1, 2017 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  35. Astley spillway plateau, small copper, brown argus, meadow brown, 4 common blue 2 of each sex and a white in flight. Good numbers of common darter on sheltered paths and migrant hawker near vegetation with some brown hawker.

    Comment by Julian — September 1, 2017 @ 6:45 am | Reply

  36. Southern Hawker again on fence wire along the track to Skelton Lake, near the Dragonfly Pond (seen there just over a week ago).

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 30, 2017 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  37. Two Mink swam across Eastern channel ERB late morning 26/8

    Comment by John Martin — August 29, 2017 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  38. Southern Hawker resting on fence post by track down to Skelton Lake near the Dragonfly Pond this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 21, 2017 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  39. 3 small copper, brown argus, meadow brown and several common blue with whites all in the small area of crossroads end of Astley spillway.

    Comment by Julian — August 20, 2017 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  40. 5 Brown Argus this morning along hillside path and field, also single Painted Lady by ‘new’ bench.

    Comment by Gordon — August 20, 2017 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  41. Astley crossroads and balance reservoir, 4 small copper, 6 common blue, 2 Brown Argus, seeming to show they are established here, 2 meadow brown and a red admiral. 2 each of the dragonfly.

    Comment by Julian — August 17, 2017 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

    • One of the coppers had a spot of blue on its Hindwing.

      Comment by Julian — August 19, 2017 @ 7:09 am | Reply

  42. Temple newsam, hornet hunting on ‘bridge’ (north side) at back of avenue ponds.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — August 17, 2017 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  43. 1450 Bst Clouded yellow butterfly on track leading up to plantation by dragline

    Comment by Mick Noble — August 17, 2017 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  44. Three Ruddy Darter and a Clouded Yellow on south shore of main lake this afternoon. Migrant Hawker near the Warren. Good numbers of Brown Hawker around site.

    Comment by Rob P — August 14, 2017 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  45. Hillside, record number of Brown Argus, 7 along front path, another up path behind seat and in dip west of kissing gate. Middle path on fleabane a male Clouded Yellow flew into woods. Clouded Yellow, perhaps a male, north end of spillway repeatedly from balance reservoir area. Blues and small copper aswell, also new in this area Brown Argus. The metal footbridge next to balance reservoir had a male Ruddy Darter patrolling.

    Comment by Julian — August 13, 2017 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  46. Brimstone butterfly Eastern end of Lowther this morning. Holly Blue Little Preston
    Still a Hedgehog festival at Beck Cottage, 5 on the patio yesterday evening.

    Comment by John Martin — August 13, 2017 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  47. A Red Underwing moth resting in an empty tenon hole in a fence post along Colton Beck this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 11, 2017 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

  48. Hillside 6 Brown argus spread around,3 small copper front path. Plenty of migrant hawker and common darter with several brown hawker and a couple of common blue butterfly., 3 Clouded Yellow reported on end of Astley spillway could only find 2 late afternoon non present earlier, also seen adjacent to balance reservoir. Blues showed in increased numbers and a couple of small copper. 4 Brown Hawker patrolled near the overflow.

    Comment by Julian — August 10, 2017 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

    • The Clouded Yellow was seen repeatedly for up to an hour at the end of the spillway, at times surprisingly hard to find and follow, before settling on bramble as if to roost, when it was approached to within a foot.

      Comment by Julian — August 10, 2017 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

  49. Clouded Yellow on the hillside near the Dragline again this morning ( GYL, DN).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — August 10, 2017 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  50. A Roe Deer crossed Colton Beck and continued up towards Leventhorpe plateau. A young Brown Rat was caught, drowned and swallowed by a Heron on the left-hand Stint Island. An unidentified vole ran across the path in Warbler Alley just before Lemonroyd Bridge. One Painted Lady in Fleet Plantation.

    Comment by Paul Morris — August 6, 2017 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  51. Two Clouded Yellow seen bottom of hillside by dragline about 11.30am. Another seen fifteen minutes later near same area, but could have been one of the original two.

    Comment by Debbie Nicholson — August 5, 2017 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

  52. Two Holly Blue Wakefield Road end of Home Farm track. Large White nr. Fleakingley Bridge. Four or Five Migrant Hawkers around same area. Lots of other white butterflies seen – prob. mixture of green-veined and small. Also lots of Gatekeepers, several Speckled Wood and a single Red Admiral – all around Fleakingley area.

    Comment by Debbie Nicholson — August 4, 2017 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  53. At least two Painted Ladies back of hillside with Small Copper, Common & Ruddy Darters by Trailer Gate, Brown & Migrant Hawkers behind Warren, Clouded Yellow between Spits this am.

    Comment by JK — July 31, 2017 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

  54. Two Painted Lady’s together on the hillside this morning, (GYL, DN). (Male Ruddy Darter yesterday near the trailer gate Photo on the Gallery).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 30, 2017 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  55. Late report from Saturday: Southern Hawker near Warren. Brown Argus at Lowther near hedgerow – first I’ve seem there. Migrant Hawker also at eastern end.

    Comment by Rob P — July 30, 2017 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  56. Not for the one with white spots unfortunately, but yes for the other two. Of these one had a few small touches of white at the edge of the dark spots on the forewing, on the other these were all dark. Have sent in some photos.

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 30, 2017 @ 9:26 am | Reply

    • Pics now in gallery. YNU Butterfly report says “Brown Argus and Northern Brown Argus are difficult to tell apart and ID is best made by site. NBA now thought to be found only in rock rose habitats in the Pennine Dales, whilst BA is mainly associated with wild geranium species which are more widespread”

      Comment by Dave Hunton — July 30, 2017 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  57. 3 Brown Argus (16:00) in dip in hillside path 30-40m W of kissing gate, one with white spots on forewings. 1 Small Copper here also. 1 Painted Lady (15:40) on path on back of hillside (facing stables).

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 29, 2017 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

  58. 1 pr Banded Dems. by weir; Common Blue damsels (c20) Dragonfly Ditch along with 1 possibly 2 Emperors, the odd Bluetail also, Brown Hawkers dotted around, 1 pr Migrant Hawkers behind the Warren.

    Comment by JK — July 29, 2017 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  59. Checking my photos from yesterday (25/7), a butterfly with damaged hindwings seen on a wild carrot flower near new sluice looks to have been a purple hairstreak – surprised to see one there.

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 26, 2017 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  60. Good number of Brown Hawkers this evening with two Migrant Hawkers back of Warren

    Comment by JK — July 25, 2017 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

    • Had the Migrant Hawkers in same area as Julian, one flew from the oak near the Warren and down onto causeway path, where Brown Hawkers prevalent. Ruddy Darter on edge of Lemonroyd. Emperor by reservoir. Male Black-tailed Skimmer near old lock. Two Brown Hawkers close to hide and three more between Lemonroyd bridge and canal.

      Comment by Rob P — July 25, 2017 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

  61. This afternoon: Clouded Yellow – 2 (seen together) on path on S side of Main Lake near Main Spit, 1 near Caroline Spit, 2 (seen together) hillside near dragline; Small Copper – 1 near Main Spit; Painted Lady – 1 near Caroline Spit; Holly Blue – 1 by path between new sluice and Bowers. Early evening: Purple Hairstreak – 2 Methley Copse oak N side of path.

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 25, 2017 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  62. Clouded Yellow on hillside near dragline.

    Comment by Mark Darwell — July 25, 2017 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  63. 2 clouded yellows this lunchtime. One just east of the main spit on the south of main lake, the second was 100m further on to the west of the main spit

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 23, 2017 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  64. Clouded Yellows today, one on hillside, one at Methley copse and one near main sluice. Painted Lady at dragline and two Small Tortoiseshell on hillside. Comma on causeway and near Warren. Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns and Small Skippers in good numbers around the site.

    Comment by Rob P — July 22, 2017 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

    • Clouded Yellow also near Black Bench on path between trailer gate and the dragline, late morning (PRM).

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 22, 2017 @ 11:47 pm | Reply

  65. Holly Blue Little Preston this after noon (also early evening on 17th)
    Male Banded demoisellle by garden pond Little Preston

    Comment by John Martin — July 22, 2017 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  66. Clouded Yellow again near dragline, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Small Skipper, loads of Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown by the path across the top of the hillside. White letter hairstreak, Speckled wood and red admiral on Astley Lane.

    Comment by Jim Welford — July 22, 2017 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  67. 1 Painted Lady at crossroads 13.30, 1 on hillside path E of kissing gate 16.00. 1 Small Copper on lower path along south of Main Lake 14.30. 1 Common Darter Methley Copse 13.45.

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 19, 2017 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  68. Marbled white hillside and Clouded Yellow hillside near Dragline – lunchtime

    Comment by Pete Haigh — July 19, 2017 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  69. A female Roe Deer with two half-grown fawns by Colton Beck just north of Skelton Lake this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 19, 2017 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  70. 500+ 2-6 inch long fish fry by the metal shutter on the sluice from the eastern reedbed to the Main Lake, probably mostly Perch.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 18, 2017 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  71. Marbled White hillside path just to E of kissing gate (15.15), Holly Blue woodland edge NE goose fields late afternoon, Purple Hairstreak Methley Copse large oak on north side of path (18.00) – all singles.

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 17, 2017 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  72. Purple Hairstreak on large Oak N side of path near The Warren late morning also Holy Blue at Shann house Bridge shortly after.

    Comment by John Martin — July 16, 2017 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  73. 6/7 Brimstone flew N Hall Road Little Preston, 14/7 2 Holly Blues sparring in garden at Beck Cottage.
    Hedgehog news: for at least a month a Hedgehog has been coming to feed on meal worms under our bird feeders, sometimes two similar sized animals prob siblings from last year. Last night the original animal was here at 1930 hrs about average for recent sightings. Later it was joined by an Ad Female and three more or less independent juveniles. Is five a record count for the recording area?

    Comment by John Martin — July 15, 2017 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  74. Purple hairstreaks showing in temple newsam at hazel coppice, photo posted.

    Comment by mike pullan — July 14, 2017 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  75. I’d not seen Holly Blue butterfly anywhere for at least a couple of years so it was nice to find one on the hedge at the back of the Lowther goose fields yesterday. Then, as is often the case, there was another on the path across the causeway this morning (possibly collecting minerals).

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 13, 2017 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

  76. Multiple Purple hairstreak seen on the hillside of Fleet plantation on the north side on a still sunny evening 1730 onwards. The best views were at the gate at the top looking back down the hill and slightly down on the canopy, photos poss..

    Comment by Julian — July 13, 2017 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  77. 4 Purple Hairstreak early evening in same oak at Methley Copse as 8/7. 2 also seen in oak 30m nearer to Warren by split in path but movement of individuals between the two trees seen.

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 12, 2017 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  78. Fleet plantation, 1400-1530, Comma 9, Large skipper 5, lots of ringlet, gatekeeper and meadow brown with some small skipper. 1750 Purple hairstreak 3 occasionally showed in one place, near the bottom metal Gate, even though it was quite breezy.

    Comment by Julian — July 8, 2017 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

    • Three Purple Hairstreak also observed this evening around the oak to the left approaching The Warren.

      Comment by Rob P — July 8, 2017 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

      • Purple Hairstreak (2) in oak near Warren early evening (with Rob P), 1 Marbled White hillside path W of kissing gate this morning, count of 75+ gatekeepers across site (Hillside path, Astley to New Sluice, circuit of Lowther).

        Comment by Dave McMahon — July 8, 2017 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  79. Dead hedgehog on Wakefield road, close to Swillington Organic Farm entrance

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 8, 2017 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  80. Marbled White at the side of the Dragline this morning also Comma , plenty of Ringlets nearby.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 6, 2017 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

    • 2 Marbled Whites in wildflower field west of dragline this afternoon. There was also an Emerald Damselfly alongside the path between the West Reedbed and Channel

      Comment by sibgchairman — July 6, 2017 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

  81. Marbled white showed a couple of times on hillside and surprised me by flying into the trees above the path before reappearing 200m East several minutes later. Plenty of small skipper and gatekeeper numbers are rising.

    Comment by Julian — July 5, 2017 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

  82. Up to 9 gatekeepers – 6-7 along whole length of path between Astley Lake & Caroline Bridge, 1-2 on hillside. Meadow brown, ringlet, small skipper all over site. A few common blues mainly along path S of Main Lake. 2 red admirals (Methley Copse & S of Bowers Lake). Singles of green veined white (by old lock), comma (Warren), small tortoiseshell (hillside) and white letter hairstreak (elm).

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 3, 2017 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

  83. Large numbers of Five and Six Spot Burnet moths late afternoon, mainly old lock area and edges of south shore of main lake. Gatekeepers in same areas. Comma and Red Admiral at Methley copse.

    Comment by Rob P — July 3, 2017 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  84. Two Marbled Whites on the hillside in same location this morning. ( DN, GYL ).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 2, 2017 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  85. Up to 3 gatekeepers late morning on hillside path (250m stretch E of middle footpath sign), also one by Warren early afternoon. Lower numbers of meadow brown and ringlet than recently (presumably due to wind), small skippers all over, a few common blues mainly on path along south of Main Lake, singles of small tortoiseshell (hillside path and perimeter reedbed path), small white (near dragonfly ditch), comma (Methley Copse) and green veined white (near old lock).

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 1, 2017 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

    • White letter hairstreak 4+, as usual exact numbers are not easy to get. 2 large skipper West path hillside. Ant nests seem to be getting larger.

      Comment by Julian — July 1, 2017 @ 10:49 pm | Reply

  86. Roe Buck on river bank opp hide this am, Common Darters (2) Trailer Gate & Top Hillside path, Brown Hawkers, Emperors, 4 Spots & B/T Skimmers dotted about the site.

    Comment by JK — July 1, 2017 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  87. Marbled White (male) on the hillside at noon on the lower path 200 – 300 yards east from the kissing gate. 3 or 4 Gatekeepers in the same area. Several Small Skippers , plenty of Ringlets & Meadow Brown’s. ( DN , GYL ).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 30, 2017 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  88. Yesterday I was just about to examine a dead Mole just off the path by the old lock when a Golden Labrador arrived, looked at it and then started to roll on the corpse. It repeated this several times before its owners appeared and it went off with them. Bizarre behaviour!

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 27, 2017 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  89. This morning Debbie Nicholson photographed a pair Six-belted Clearwing moths mating on site. The picture is now in the gallery. This is a rare moth and I suspect this is quite a unique picture. It’s only the second record for the site and only the 6th record for VC64.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — June 26, 2017 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  90. Marbled white on hillside path seen in same location for at least half an hour. It also ventured onto the more open area down hill of the path between the two more tree’d areas. Only showed when it was warmer or sunny. Small skippers now outnumber large and female blues outnumber males. Meadow brown and Ringlet in abundance. Brown hawker, Emperor, Four-spotted and Black-tailed also in good numbers in the right places and weather.

    Comment by julian — June 26, 2017 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  91. Ruby-tailed Wasp near the Warren – small but possibly one of the best-looking British insects.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 24, 2017 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  92. The wind was keeping most of the insects down but a couple from Lancashire told me that they’d had small skipper. In sheltered areas the usual butterflies could be found plus fresh small Tortoiseshell, red admiral and comma. Marbled white riverside of the fence east of the Warren. On the hillside a golden brown made me consider heaths, only saw underwing which was light brown but still a meadow brown, would be great to see Upper wing photographs as it is possibly a variation such as grisea-aurea.

    Comment by Julian — June 22, 2017 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

    • There were two six-spot burnet moths below the sluice early am, another by Bower’s.

      Comment by Rob P — June 22, 2017 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  93. Emperor (2), black-tailed skimmers (4-all females), four spotted chasers (5), brown hawkers (3) and broad-bodied chaser (2-male) all present this morning along southern edge of main lake and dragonfly ditch. Possible lesser emperor but was at base of thick clump of reeds and partially obscured.
    Marbled white butterfly on hillside close to visitor centre. Cinnabars in good numbers along south shore of main lake along with numerous ringlets and meadow browns. At least ten common blues in same area and solitary red admiral. Ringlet and meadow brown aroumd site.
    In Temple Newsam, ringlets and meadow browns in good numbers and solitary four-spotted chaser on small pond below Shroggs.

    Comment by Rob P — June 21, 2017 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

  94. 2 male small skipper hillside, 3 comma fleet plantation, marbled white reported from the hillside.

    Comment by Julian — June 21, 2017 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  95. 2/3 Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell all of which looked fresh, large white, GV white and a pinkish butterfly that zipped past and I assume was a painted lady. Everywhere there were meadow brown and ringlet, on one stretch of hillside path a dozen lifted off from a one metre section right under my feet. Blues were more sparse and appear to be in decline. Large black and white on the hillside flew across close and fast.

    Comment by Julian — June 19, 2017 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  96. Four White Letter Hairstreak’s this morning in the usual Elm Tree, all very high up, a few Red Admiral’s in the same area, (DN, GYL).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 18, 2017 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

  97. At least 3 Emerald Damsels & 4 Emperor Dragons on Dragonfly Ditch & main ditch below hillside, numbers of Black-tailed Skimmers, 4 Spotted Chasers and Brown Hawkers beginning to appear over the site this am.

    Comment by JK — June 18, 2017 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  98. White letter hairstreak 2 seen but only searched downwind side of the elm, quite breezy today, tomorrow and Monday have been predicted to be less breezy. Red admiral on the causeway, number of other types of butterflies down due to the breeze.

    Comment by Julian — June 17, 2017 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

    • Early there were good numbers of meadow browns and common blues around site. At least six ringlets on hillside. Weasel on Lowther path next to first oxbow.

      Comment by Rob P — June 17, 2017 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  99. Broad-barred White moth on the outside of the hide by the door this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 15, 2017 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

  100. Surprise of the day is Brown Argus that appeared around the bridge on the path bottom near the dragline. Difficult to follow and kept disappearing, fortunately it returned and landed several times in the larger of the two dried out puddles! Painted lady on the path Reedbeds.

    Comment by Julian — June 14, 2017 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  101. 3 Brown hawkers Grassy ridge near Lowther

    Comment by Peter Haigh — June 14, 2017 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  102. Emperor dragonfly on dragonfly ditch. 3 spikes of bee orchid on the middle Path hillside. 13/6

    Comment by Julian — June 14, 2017 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  103. Three Cinnabars on path to old lock and another near causeway. Two Common Blue below warren, along with Little Skipper.

    Comment by Rob P — June 13, 2017 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

  104. 3 or 4 Common Blue around Bowers. A single Brown Argus, 3 Large Skipper and quite a few Meadow Brown on hillside paths plus a newly emerged Ringlet drying its wings.

    Comment by Debbie Nicholson — June 13, 2017 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  105. Four Ringlet on hillside and numerous Meadow Browns. Around Lowther, several Speckled Woods, a Red Admiral and one Ringlet. Female Black-tailed Skimmer between Lowther and oxbow. Also noted one Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle on hillside and two around Lowther.

    Comment by Rob P — June 11, 2017 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  106. Brimstone butterfly (f) in garden at Little Preston on 9th. Red Admirals on 3rd, 8th &10 June at least 2 individuals.

    Comment by John Martin — June 11, 2017 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

  107. 9/6 20 or so large red damselfly Woodlesford goit in area of soft rush, most paired and laying. 40+ Azure again most paired and laying NE end dragonfly ditch. 15 red-eyed damselfly oxbow on floating vegetation.

    Comment by Julian — June 10, 2017 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  108. 2 Ringlet on hillside path with 20+ Meadow Brown, 5 Large Skipper,Brown Argus and Painted Lady.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — June 9, 2017 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  109. Young Fox seen entering Swillington Park from the Coach road this morning.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 9, 2017 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  110. 7 male Banded Dems + 1 female Gropper Corner, Bluetails & Common Blues as well, 21 B/Orchid spikes Old Lock

    Comment by JK — June 7, 2017 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  111. At least 3 spikes of Bee Orchid opp Old Lock

    Comment by JK — June 6, 2017 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  112. At least 33 Rabbits along the railway line at Lemonroyd yesterday. Black-tailed Skimmer on hillside path this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 4, 2017 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

    • A female black-tailed skimmer was on path between Bowers and r+f early morning.

      Comment by Rob P — June 4, 2017 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  113. Hillside, 10+ large skipper, dingy skipper, Brown argus, 2 common blue, 5 meadow brown, 2 painted Lady. Elsewhere 2 more painted lady, small copper, plenty of common blue. Opposite hide below weir a dozen or more mostly male banded demoiselle in 4m. Azures still laying in the dragonfly ditch.

    Comment by Julian — June 3, 2017 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  114. Emperor dragonfly in old lock late afternoon. Greeny-yellow colouration.

    Comment by Dave McMahon — June 3, 2017 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  115. At least two ruby tailed wasps (unsure of exact species) exploring the woodwork at the Warren late morning.

    Comment by Chris Doyle — June 3, 2017 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  116. At the west end of the main hillside path (near a small pink stake) were a large skipper, mother shiptons, meadow brown and a very small fast butterfly which landed for five or six seconds, enough time to see it was clearly finely chequered black and white. According to my books it looked like a grizzled skipper. Unfortunatley too fast for a photo.

    Comment by mike pullan — June 2, 2017 @ 11:14 pm | Reply

    • As far as I can find Grizzled Skipper has not been recorded in Yorkshire. Could it have been a Small Argent and Sable, a day-flying moth that is on the wing at present?

      Comment by Paul Morris — June 3, 2017 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

      • I think the day flying Latticed Heath moth is more likely. Similar pattern to Grizzled Skipper and it does occur in the locality.

        Comment by Dave Hunton — June 3, 2017 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

        • Thanks for the suggestions. I think the L. Heath is the more likely. The wing pattern didn’t have the fairly obvious white banding of the S. Argent, and it was small. Ah well, ‘hope springs eternal’….backed up with a decent photo.

          Comment by mike pullan — June 3, 2017 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

          • Gordon recorded Latticed Heath on the hillside today, Pic in the gallery.

            Comment by Dave Hunton — June 4, 2017 @ 8:33 pm

    • I saw a similar butterfly/moth on May 15 which I thought was Grizzled Skipper. Gordon’s photo of the Latticed Heath looks very like the insect I saw, as you thought.

      Comment by petegriff — June 9, 2017 @ 12:21 am | Reply

  117. Single brown argus West End of the main path hillside, couple of large skipper. Possible clouded yellow reported, no picture.

    Comment by Julian — June 1, 2017 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  118. A tatty Painted lady on the hillside bridle path this morning.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 1, 2017 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  119. Painted Lady on path between Eastern Reed Bed and Ridge and Furrow this afternoon.

    Comment by Jim Welford — May 31, 2017 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  120. Terry pin seen in the old lock again on sunny days.

    Comment by Julian — May 31, 2017 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  121. Male Common blue butterfly all over site. 25 between lemonroyd Bridge and the main causeway. 2 Brown argus middle of the middle path on the hillside, both female, one worn and the other fresh. Whilst sat on the bench a male came and fed on the clover right in front, looked like it was holding a territory it stayed for so long. After a dog walker came past it disappeared! Main path had 4 large skipper.

    Comment by Julian — May 31, 2017 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

    • A small dark butterfly flew erratically a metre above the vegetation evading id o the middle path but was probably a newly emerged brown argus.

      Comment by Julian — May 31, 2017 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  122. Five common blues and a cinnibar moth between the old lock and top of the causeway path this afternoon.

    Comment by Rob P — May 30, 2017 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

  123. Painted Lady eastern reedbed, ridge n furrow path 11:30. ( GYL, DN)

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — May 30, 2017 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  124. My first Bee Orchid of the year by the old lock.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 30, 2017 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  125. Holly Blue at lunchtime in garden at Little Preston

    Comment by John Martin — May 28, 2017 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  126. Holly Blue in garden at Little Preston at lunch time.

    Comment by John Martin — May 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

  127. Holly Blue 1 poss 2 in garden at Little Preston on 26th May.

    Comment by John Martin — May 28, 2017 @ 9:20 am | Reply

  128. Dingy Skipper 150 yds south of the old lock.
    Large Skipper on hillside path.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — May 27, 2017 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  129. Painted Lady by Colton Beck just north of Skelton Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 27, 2017 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  130. Clouded yellow female 13.45 on red clover by path on west of Bowers Lake by cattle pens.

    Comment by Dave McMahon — May 26, 2017 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  131. This morning Clouded Yellow opp. Caroline Pond, Red-eyed Damsels (6) & Banded Dems (4) on Ox Bow, Azure’s egg-laying on Dragon Fly Ditch

    Comment by JK — May 26, 2017 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

  132. Male Large Red Damselfly top end (Oddball) of Dragonfly Ditch, between 0600 & 0800 it was mostly Bluetail activity Azures seemed active later on. No Red-eye activity early doors on Ox-Bow.

    Comment by JK — May 25, 2017 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  133. Brown argus just down from the metal gate towards balance res. Dingy skipper 2. Common blue 7. Dragonfly ditch near the path up to the drag line 10+ Azure damselfly, some paired and laying, my first this year. 95%of the blues were azures here. Oxbow likewise had azures and 4 red-eyed damselfly, again 1 st and laying. 3, 4 spotted chaser.

    Comment by Julian — May 25, 2017 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  134. Lowther Pathway today – Pyrochroa serraticornis Cardinal Beetle , speckled wood 3,Green veined white 2, common blue 1, common blue damselflies 10+ 5 female (Fb), banded demoiselle 1.

    Comment by Peter Haigh — May 25, 2017 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  135. A pair of mating Hornets at Lowther Lake. A Painted Lady by the Rabbit Warren.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 25, 2017 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  136. Mother Shipton moth on hillside path.

    Comment by Debbie Nicholson — May 23, 2017 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

  137. Cinnabar moth by the hide. Male Brown Argus in regular aerial combat with a larger male Common Blue on the hillside path down to the Balance Reservoir, also Small Copper on the back of the hillside. Plenty of tadpoles, fish fry and a few pond skaters and water beetles in the ditch at the base of the hillside.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 23, 2017 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  138. male common blue butterfly and dingy skipper 200m west of methley copse, 3 dingy skipper on hillside path equally spread all along it, one was possibly female 2 mother shiptons at the west end. Brimstone along railway with peacock and large white with a holly blue drinking water from the streams edge.

    Comment by julian — May 22, 2017 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  139. There was a common blue by the path to the old lock from the causeway and a second but different sexton beetle (possibly nicrophorus interruptus) on the long causeway verge.

    Comment by mike pullan — May 21, 2017 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

  140. 18/5 dingy skipper on hillside and another 200m towards old lock from methley copse, small brown fast low flying and difficult to track once airborne.

    Comment by julian — May 19, 2017 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  141. Male 4-spotted Chaser expanding it’s wings by Dragonfly Ditch along with a female Bluetail Damselfly (rufuscens-obsoleta), Common Blue Demselfly with another possible female B/T(r-o) by Ox-Bow, several Banded Dems. in Gropper Corner plus at least 4prs on banking upriver from the hide.

    Comment by JK — May 18, 2017 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  142. Adult Common Frog in hillside plantation yesterday.

    Comment by petegriff — May 15, 2017 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  143. Male Dingy Skipper c100m west of top hillside seat on a Plantain flower in open areas between small Hawthorns, mid afternoon. Photos taken but not good enough for Gallery, but will send to interested parties. Just before finding this lifer for me, a small, fast butterfly with a pale underwing zipped past me as the path bends upwards, c60m from the seat. As it settled I was hoping it was a Dingy Skipper, but instead saw a black and white chequered butterfly with its wings spread, clinging to a grass stem. I have a strong feeling that it was a Grizzled Skipper, a species that was resident at Stourton Marsh, Pontefract Road, in the 1980s before Arla built on the site. Whilst transferring some of the flora, including orchids to Rothwell pastures and Leventhorpe Ash ponds, Leeds City Council may have helped to transfer some butterfly eggs too. I know that they are in serious decline, especially in Yorkshire, and a photo would have been nice, but I hope that one of you enthusiasts might spot this species in the hillside area to confirm its presence?

    Comment by Pete Griff — May 15, 2017 @ 12:44 am | Reply

  144. Hare at Skelton this morning, several other sightings there in the last few week, all of single animals. Squirrel in Fleet Plantation.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 14, 2017 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  145. A walk along Night Heron path 14/5, 11 Banded Demoiselle, 4 Comma, 3 Small White and 1 Large White. 4 Ladybird species, 14 Spot, 7 Spot, Harlequin and 16 Spot. Apparently I’m
    colour blind as my 16 spot was red, all pictures I can find of 16 spot are yellow.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — May 14, 2017 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

  146. Going back a week there was a brimstone butterfly by the viewing screen on the river at Woodlesford on the 5th May.

    Comment by Chris Doyle — May 12, 2017 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  147. Hare south side of Main Lake 11/05 at 07.30

    Comment by Rob Leighton — May 12, 2017 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  148. Brimstone in Little Preston garden yesterday afternoon

    Comment by John Martin — May 12, 2017 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  149. Did u see it Mike, or is it report from the lady? It would be good to have a name to go with the report as snakes are very rare in our area. Thanks.

    Comment by petegriff — May 12, 2017 @ 11:14 am | Reply

  150. Brimstone Butterfly near Warren yesterday

    Comment by sibgchairman — May 11, 2017 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

  151. Dingy skipper up path to the right of seat and 2 further up the path to the left with a small copper. Dingy skipper also 200 m towards old lock from Methley copse, so 4 in all and as far as I can tell all male.

    Comment by Julian — May 11, 2017 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  152. Male Dingy skipper on hillside path ranged over 300m in an hour. 3 mother shipton moths on hilltop, with holly blue and 3 small tortoiseshell. Large Weasel on path between new sluice and gropper corner.

    Comment by julian — May 10, 2017 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

    • mature banded demoiselle near gropper corner and beyond fleet plantation, teneral common blue and blue tailed damselfly also found.

      Comment by julian — May 10, 2017 @ 6:33 pm | Reply

  153. Temple Newsam wood this morning 2 orange tip, 2 speckled wood. Brimstone on Astley this afternoon.

    Comment by pgcoates — May 10, 2017 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  154. Male Brimstone by the Warren and Methley Copse, female Brimstone in hide car park.

    Comment by Paul Morris — May 10, 2017 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

    • Brimstone also goose fields.

      Comment by Julian — May 10, 2017 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  155. Field Vole, Common Shrew & Pygmy Shrew under shelters this morning near balance res. (DN, GYL)

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — May 6, 2017 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  156. Brown argus on the hillside, from the bench 100 m past the split in the path as you go west. Seen 3 times, probably only one. Seen down the hill off the path twice.

    Comment by Julian — May 5, 2017 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

    • as only seen in flight best to not count.

      Comment by julian — May 10, 2017 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  157. Brimstone bottom of hillside pgc/ t fulcher.

    Comment by pgcoates — May 4, 2017 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

  158. I had a brimstone in that area on Monday

    Comment by Rob Hunton — May 3, 2017 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  159. mink along weir and back. cattle eating willow on r&f perhaps we should get them on west reedbed or some wild horses!

    Comment by julian — May 3, 2017 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

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