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  1. Mother Shipton moth on hillside path.

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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Adult Common Frog in hillside plantation yesterday.

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

  8. Pete- thanks for the information- away on holiday at moment but will follow up when back next week – Pete Haigh

    Comment by Pete Haigh — May 15, 2017 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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

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

  14. Brimstone in Little Preston garden yesterday afternoon

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

  15. Brimstone Butterfly near Warren yesterday

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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. Brimstone bottom of hillside pgc/ t fulcher.

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

  23. green butterfly reported to me in vicinity of gropper seat

    Comment by julian — May 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  24. 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

  25. Three hares on hillside this evening.

    Comment by Rob P — April 26, 2017 @ 11:49 pm | Reply

  26. Stoat on path at bottom of hillside 09:30

    Comment by sibgchairman — April 26, 2017 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  27. Butterfly’s round Lowther Lake, 2 small white, 3 orange tip, 1 small tortiseshell, 3 speckled wood.

    Comment by pgcoates — April 26, 2017 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  28. Holly Blue at Beck Cottage Little Preston on afternoon of 21st.

    Comment by John Martin — April 23, 2017 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

  29. A grass snake was seen by the waterside near the new sluice. Evidently it slid over a ladies foot. She did not enjoy the encounter.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — April 19, 2017 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

    • 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

      • I didn’t see the snake. The family I spoke to I’d not met before or since but were familiar with both grass snakes and adders.

        Comment by mike pullan — May 18, 2017 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

        • More likely an escaped or released exotic pet. Grass snakes don’t occur anywhere near here

          Comment by Dave Hunton — May 18, 2017 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  30. Chatting to one of the anglers at Lowther this morning, he said that Mink had bred on the island there for the last two or three years. Apparently their diet contains about 30% fish and 70% birds/mammals, so anglers would rather have Mink than Otter (whose diet is about 90% fish), though preferably neither. Also a Stoat in the south-west corner on Easter Monday.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 19, 2017 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  31. On the Alder saplings lining the path to the warren are large numbers of Alder Leaf Beetles (Angelastica alni), iridescent blue/black about 10mm long.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — April 17, 2017 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  32. Weasel crossing path at bottom of Temple Newsam golf course (path runs,parallel to Pontefract Lane)

    Comment by Stewart K-E — April 15, 2017 (moved from birds page GR)

    Comment by Gordon — April 15, 2017 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

  33. 2 Speckled Wood and Orange Tip around Lowther this am. Numerous Garden and Buff-tailed Bumblebees also about.

    Comment by Gordon — April 15, 2017 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  34. Five hares ‘chasing’ on R & F.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — April 13, 2017 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

  35. Weasel old lock area, ran across the path and under some briar. 10/4

    Comment by Julian — April 11, 2017 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  36. Stoat ran across the path at the bottom of the slope down from the dragline.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 8, 2017 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

  37. Three brown hares on r+f at 7pm.

    Comment by Rob P — April 8, 2017 @ 8:07 pm | Reply

  38. Brown Hare feeding on R&F yesterday pm

    Comment by JK — April 7, 2017 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  39. Mammal & Herptiles safari around the Balance res, ERB, WRB, shelters had 40 Toads, 10 Common Frogs, 16 Smooth Newts, with 10 together under one shelter. Two Field Voles and a third unidentified dark furry thing that disappeared rather quickly into the Reeds and was seen entering the water and then out of sight. Also a couple of Ants Nests with one of them covered in eggs, which the Ants were then visibly seen picking up the eggs and disappearing into holes further underground. ( DN, GYL).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — April 7, 2017 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  40. 3 small tortoiseshell butterfly up by dragline today 15.45pm.

    Comment by pgcoates — April 3, 2017 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  41. Temple Newsam, Speckled Wood, Comma, Brimstone, Peacock and Orange Tip butterflies.

    Comment by mike pullan — April 3, 2017 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  42. Small White in the hide car park this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — April 2, 2017 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  43. Speckled Wood Butterfly in Little Preston garden this afternoon.

    Comment by John Martin — March 31, 2017 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  44. Hide windows covered in ladybirds, 17 Spot..? Some flew out more remained

    Comment by Julian — March 30, 2017 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

  45. 2 x Red Admiral at Woodlesford lock. 14.20pm.

    Comment by pgcoates — March 26, 2017 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  46. Hare R&F 25/03

    Comment by Rob Leighton — March 25, 2017 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  47. Comma Shan house bridge 24/03

    Comment by Rob Leighton — March 25, 2017 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  48. Presumably the same Weasel as Julian’s was in the same area this morning around 8.35

    Comment by Rob Hunton — March 17, 2017 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  49. Weasel on east path under gorse past crossroads

    Comment by julian — March 15, 2017 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  50. Comma – east edge of Eshald Lane plantation this am

    Comment by JK — March 13, 2017 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

  51. Stoat running across car park near visitor centre 13.30pm.

    Comment by pgcoates — March 9, 2017 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  52. Frog spawn in a pond at Temple Newsam this morning

    Comment by Dave Hunton — March 5, 2017 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  53. Common Quaker (2) last night are our 10th sp of moth this year.

    Comment by John Martin — March 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  54. 7 Toads & 1 Common Shrew under boards around the site today.

    Comment by pgcoates — February 24, 2017 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  55. Dead badger on side of Wakefield Road too, just uphill from Swillington Farm turning, also looked like roadkill.

    Comment by Dale — February 20, 2017 @ 6:18 pm | Reply

  56. Dead Hedgehog Wakefield Rd just North of Swilly Park, RTA. First Common Frog in garden pond yesterday evening and first Peacock butterfly in garden early afternoon today.

    Comment by John Martin — February 18, 2017 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

  57. Fox on grass bank Lemonroyd Lake watching LT Duck. Common Shrew under wooden board & 2 Toads.

    Comment by pgcoates — February 17, 2017 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  58. A poached deer presumably Roe was found within the last few day at the Southern end of Hall Lane. Report to Police by local dog walkers. The carcass had been jointed and cleaned.
    Please report any suspicious activity to the Police.

    Comment by John Martin — February 17, 2017 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  59. Fox on hillsiide by zig zag fence. Mink walking a long wall top in front of hide 12.45pm.

    Comment by pgcoates — February 9, 2017 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

  60. A herd of 19 cows on the south bank of Astley Lake this morning was a new addition for the mammal list.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 3, 2017 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  61. 5 Hare’s running on R & F this morning.

    Comment by pgcoates — February 1, 2017 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

  62. Fox walking across field coach road.

    Comment by pgcoates — January 17, 2017 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  63. Two Roe Deer in set-aside field at back of Astley on 12 Jan and Three in Temp woods on 13 Jan

    Comment by Gordon — January 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  64. Single Roe Deer in the field to the left of Fleakingley Beck.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 2, 2017 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

  65. A Fox walked across fields at the top of the hillside on New Year’s Eve, also a Squirrel in the copse by Skelton Lake (uncommon there).
    On New Year’s Day, four or five Roe Deer on the hillside, two or three behind Astley Lake and two below the plantation, towards dusk.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 1, 2017 @ 7:44 pm | Reply


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