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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
In light of what happened to a Roe Deer on site last year I’m not convinced it’s a very good idea advertising their whereabouts on here.
Comment by Dave Hunton — January 14, 2017 @ 7:29 pm
Single Roe Deer in the field to the left of Fleakingley Beck.
Comment by Paul Morris — January 2, 2017 @ 10:10 pm
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
Brown Hare on r&f @ 1130
Comment by Julian Keeble — November 24, 2016 @ 1:58 pm
I know its just outside the recording area, but European Hornets showing well hunting Hoverflies, Bees & Wasps! In the herb area (mainly over the alliums) in the Walled Gardens at Temple Newsam.
Comment by Mark S. D — September 29, 2016 @ 8:31 pm
A fresh Merveille du Jour in the moth trap at Little Preston last night is the 350 sp recorded this year.
Comment by John Martin — September 29, 2016 @ 8:20 pm
Fox at Skelton Marsh by the Dragonfly Pond this morning
Comment by Paul Morris — September 11, 2016 @ 9:33 pm
A black and orange coloured Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus investigator) was under one of the shelter boards by the Balance Reservoir on Monday.
Comment by Paul Morris — September 3, 2016 @ 7:50 pm
Brown Hare spotted several times on the ridge & furrow early evening (18.00-19.30) Wed 31st August.
Comment by Paul Scholes — September 1, 2016 @ 8:26 am
Another reasonable catch last night in the moth traps at Little Preston. The high light being The Chevron another new species for our recording area, primarily a moorland sp but thinly distributed at lower levels. Year total now 332
Comment by John Martin — August 27, 2016 @ 3:22 pm
Holly Blue and Small Copper at Little Preston this afternoon.
Comment by John Martin — August 26, 2016 @ 8:27 pm
Large Yellow Underwings continue to increase with 168 caught last night. Bulrush Wainscot and Frosted Orange take the year total to 328 sp
Comment by John Martin — August 25, 2016 @ 8:42 pm
2 mink spotted around 18.15 Wed night (24th). on corner of ERB and the Balance res. both ran out from reedbed towards me. 1 straight across the path and right past my feet (thought it was gunna run up my trouser leg) towards the reservoir, the 2nd held back for a while waiting for me to walk on but was just on edge of path giving excellent views. 100% ID. If you require a description to confirm ID i can can provide that and also the exact location.
Comment by Paul Scholes — August 25, 2016 @ 9:23 am
Copied from bird sightings page GR
Comment by Gordon — August 25, 2016 @ 6:56 pm
Striped Stink Bug (Graphosoma Italicum) found in garden in Little Preston. Not native to UK and not recorded outside of London as far as I know…
Comment by Dale Goodwin — August 25, 2016 @ 4:33 pm
Some good moth catches of late with some (common) species in increasing numbers, eg Large yellow Underwing with day totals 108,133 &154 in the last three days. Year total now a record 326 sp.
Comment by John Martin — August 24, 2016 @ 7:42 pm
Brown Argus old lock area 200m back from methley bridge path, 50m up middle path on hillside. 8 male common blues 3 female, 2 of which so worn probably 1st brood. 2 Painted lady 3 small skipper.
Comment by julian — August 15, 2016 @ 6:37 pm
Holly Blue in Little Preston garden again yesterday morning.
Comment by John Martin — August 14, 2016 @ 10:37 am
Two new moths for our recording area last night, both scarce in Yorkshire, Agriphila latistria and Wax Moth the later a honey comb feeder along with two Twin spotted Wainscot take our year total up to 319 sp.
Comment by John Martin — August 13, 2016 @ 7:44 pm
Saturday also yielded a Male Ruddy Darter on flowers on north side of Lowther .
Comment by julian — August 8, 2016 @ 5:52 pm
Saturday yielded 9 Purple hairstreaks in temple newsam, any sheltered oak in sun seemed to yield one if you gave it time. Highly mobile and seen going up rows of exposed oaks and across quite wide paths. This was at 1400-1500hrs so they often alighted to feed. The same oak as last time had Comma, Red Admiral, wasp, Flies and Hornet coming in to feed on leaking sap on a regular basis. Fleet plantation had a Southern Hawker flying up the path and in amongst the trees. Painted lady on the hillside.
Comment by julian — August 8, 2016 @ 5:40 pm
Two Holly Blue butterflies at Little Preston again this morning. Dark Sword-grass becomes the 312 sp of moth for the year
Comment by John Martin — August 7, 2016 @ 10:52 am
Holly Blue 1 to 2 and Red Admiral at Little Preston today.
Comment by John Martin — August 6, 2016 @ 4:52 pm
Unsurprisingly Purple hairstreaks found in Temple Newsam woods, but it has taken time to find them 30/7. 3 different trees, 4 butterflies in sheltered positions on a sunny and windy day from Bullerthorpe lane end to the fields at the other end of the avenue. Also 2 HORNETs on a tree’s base in one of the sunny clearings. 27/7 dragonfly ditch had 20+ emerald damselfly and 3 migrant hawkers were seen with one on the hillside perched and maturing.
Comment by julian — July 31, 2016 @ 12:22 pm
Plenty more butterflies out this morning, couldn’t find the white letter haistreaks again, highlights were my first large skipper, speckled wood and green veined white of the year.
Comment by Jim Welford — July 30, 2016 @ 3:15 pm
Dusk on 28th, Hedgehog spent some 20 mins under our bird feeders cleaning up all the meal worms.
Comment by John Martin — July 29, 2016 @ 8:24 pm
4 red admiral, 1 painted lady 4comma 1 small tortoiseshell all fresh so it looks like 2nd broods are emerging. Any red fescue on the hillside where you and I have seen marbled whites Gordon? Saturday evening 1800hrs+ in fleet plantation, overcast but still had 6 purple hairstreak, one flew over the horse paddock at the top of the hill, a male.
Comment by julian — July 26, 2016 @ 4:27 pm
Not noticed the grass but see where you are going – are they breeding and not just visiting?
Comment by Gordon — July 28, 2016 @ 9:14 am
John has it as a common grass but I can’t find it on the hillside and it’s supposed to be necessary, with the increase in sightings either their breeding site is getting nearer or they might have started a small colony.
Comment by julian — July 31, 2016 @ 12:15 pm
The Fern moth NEW to Yorkshire two at light Little Preston 22nd July, det JM conf Charles Fletcher.
Feeds on Travellers Joy and maybe garden Clematis.
Red Admiral at Little Preston 20/7
Comment by John Martin — July 24, 2016 @ 6:12 pm
Another busy night in the moth traps at Beck Cottage. Some 397 moths of 95+ sp. Inc possible NEW species to Yorkshire. More news to follow.
Comment by John Martin — July 24, 2016 @ 4:31 pm
Two Marbled White this morning at northern end of hillside path (near first Brown Argus site)
Comment by Gordon — July 23, 2016 @ 6:59 pm
Fantastic nights moth trapping at Beck Cottage, some 354 moths of 82 sp identified. New sp for recording area inc Barred Red and Small Goldenrod Plume Moth. Year list currently stands at 260 sp with many still to check through.
Comment by John Martin — July 22, 2016 @ 8:59 pm
Purple hairstreaks on path up hill in fleet plantation anywhere from 2 to 5 depending on how mobile they are, too windy to look elsewhere, also Comma’s high on the oaks with one holding 4 male Banded demoiselle within 0.5 m of each other
Comment by julian — July 22, 2016 @ 3:18 pm
White Letter Hairstreak again today on Astley old lane near the large elm tree. Photo in the Gallery.
Comment by Gyl — July 21, 2016 @ 9:44 pm
Marbled white again today but still no sigh or brown argus on hillside, plenty of small skippers, meadow brown and gatekeepers which seem to like the small oaks. Common blue male missing all orange scales from under hindwing.
Comment by julian — July 19, 2016 @ 1:32 pm
Two possibly three White Letter Hairstreaks high in the canopy too high to photograph. Six Gatekeepers near the balance reservoir.
Comment by Gyl — July 18, 2016 @ 8:54 pm
Single Ringlet seen in garden, Swillington Lane.
Comment by Phil Walton — July 17, 2016 @ 3:47 pm
After trying without success for the last couple of years I finally caught up with White-letter Hairstreak this morning, with one insect at eye-level on the low Elm suckers next to the main tree. It was present for over 5 minutes and allowed views down to about 6 inches. Anyone with a camera would have obtained some excellent photos.
Comment by Paul Morris — July 17, 2016 @ 3:39 pm
Marbled white flew down the path to the seat above the dragline 14/7. could only see one WL hairstreak in elm on sunny/windy day high in canopy on lee side and not flying. 8 S tortoiseshell, 6 Comma and 9 Brown Hawkers round Lowther with profusions of the more common insects. Comma’s also in fleet plantation but no sign of P hairstreak.
Comment by julian — July 15, 2016 @ 11:12 am
The female Emperor Dragonfly was ovipositing in the top end of Dragonfly Ditch 4 July, also present in same area two Brown Hawkers, several Four Spotted Chasers, a mating pair of Black Tailed Skimmers plus several individuals on the path from Bowers towards New Sluice. Bottom end of the Ox-bow (New Sluice), one ovipositing Brown Hawker, and one female Emperor, three Banded Demoiselles; two Brown Hawkers (males) patrolling the embankment in that area.Two Emerald Damselfly in the rough below the hillside, a single Brown Hawker patrolling the trees by the Astley Lane parking area and a good number of Common, Azure and Bluetail Damselfly in the area between Astley Lane and the Ox-bow
Comment by Julian Keeble — July 13, 2016 @ 4:15 pm
A couple of WL Hairstreaks at top of elm on Old Astley Lane this pm but really need a bit of sunshine to get them more active
Comment by Gordon — July 12, 2016 @ 6:01 pm
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle at Little Preston today. An impressive new comer from t’South. First recorded in Yorkshire 1999.
Comment by John Martin — June 26, 2016 @ 10:12 pm
Whilst doing the breeding bird survey round Lowther Lake this morning there were at least 500 Common Blue Damselflies (e.g. c100 along the hedge across the ‘Goose Fields’ and 5 to 10 in each yard along most paths, most within a couple of feet of the path). Given the areas I didn’t cover I wouldn’t have been surprised if the numbers in that area were at least twice my estimate, with more at St. Aidan’s. Also in the Lowther area only about 15-20 Blue-tailed Damselflies but at least three Red-eyed Damselflies on lilypads at the west end, and my first Ringlets of the year. Around the Visitor Centre and on the hillside my first Large Skippers and Burnet moths of the year. On the top of the hillside one group of 12 Bee Orchids with 100s of other orchids. A Fox on the ridge and furrow area.
Comment by Paul Morris — June 25, 2016 @ 7:28 pm
Better morning for Dragonflies, pair of Emperors (female egg laying) in Dragonfly Ditch, a further male patrolling ditch below hillside, a good number of 4 Spots and Skimmers around; Banded Demoiselles in Warbler alley plus two Emeralds by the car park noticeboard.
Comment by Julian Keeble — June 23, 2016 @ 2:08 pm
Tuesday on the hillside came across an aberration of meadow brown possibly a male Radiata, couldn’t get a photo.http://www.britishbutterflyaberrations.co.uk/species/maniola-jurtina/aberrations
Comment by julian — June 23, 2016 @ 12:41 pm
Brown Hare @ Skelton am 21 June plus Brown Hawker in Temple Newsam
Comment by Julian Keeble — June 23, 2016 @ 9:14 am
A new sp of moth for our list and one to watch out for, Firethorn Leaf miner. Only our second new sp this year. Year total 138 sp
Comment by John Martin — June 19, 2016 @ 12:26 pm
Seven Noctules and one Pipistrelle near Fishponds Lock at 10.15pm
Comment by petegriff — June 18, 2016 @ 11:25 pm
Some Brittlegill fungi by Bee Orchids
Comment by Julian Keeble — June 13, 2016 @ 7:51 pm
At least ten Bee Orchids seen around the Old Lock area today .
Terrapin still present, photos taken.
Comment by Gyl — June 10, 2016 @ 7:12 pm
Banded Demoiselle present by Lemonroyd Bridge, the Warren and the Ox-Bow last couple of days
Comment by Julian Keeble — June 9, 2016 @ 9:49 pm
A Terrapin (Emydidae family) possibly Red Eared Pond Slider was found this afternoon in the Old lock area by (JP).
Plenty of Four Spot Chasers now around the site.
Comment by Gyl — June 9, 2016 @ 8:09 pm
The influx of Diamond backed Moths continues, with fluctuating numbers from single figures to 74 last night.
Comment by John Martin — June 8, 2016 @ 9:36 pm
No Skippers seen in Old Lock area this morning but Common Blue butterflies out and lots of Blue-tailed Damselflies in same area.
Comment by Gordon — June 8, 2016 @ 4:34 pm
While digi-scoping a Red-eyed Damselfly today (on a Broad-leaved Pondweed leaf in the Dragonfly ditch) a Water Scorpion started to pull itself out of the water onto the same leaf. Picture in the gallery.
Comment by Dave Hunton — June 7, 2016 @ 8:50 pm
Red Admiral main causeway.
Comment by Gyl — June 7, 2016 @ 1:52 pm
Large accumulation of Daphne where the outlet from Bowers enters Dragonfly Ditch.
Comment by Julian Keeble — June 6, 2016 @ 10:10 pm
Several Red-eyed Damselflies in Dragonfly ditch this morning – about 30 yds from bench on dragline side.
Comment by Gordon — June 6, 2016 @ 1:30 pm
Painted lady on hillside at lunchtime today
Comment by Paul Green — June 5, 2016 @ 9:03 pm
A decent day for weather brought a good number of dragonflies out. Common Blue, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies and Four-spotted Chasers all evident around the Dragonfly Ditch.
Comment by Gordon — June 5, 2016 @ 3:38 pm
Painted lady butterfly near hide 1100 bst
Comment by Mick Noble — June 4, 2016 @ 7:21 pm
In common with areas of the South and East (at least) of England we are getting exceptional numbers of the highly migratory Diamond-backed Moths in our traps at Little Preston. Normally low single figures at best, recent counts inc 32 on 1st and 45 last night. Many also are being seen through the day.
Comment by John Martin — June 4, 2016 @ 10:36 am
Common Shrew dead on the track down to Lowther Lake on Friday (27th), also Common Blue Damselfly round the lake.
Comment by Paul Morris — May 29, 2016 @ 8:49 pm
Banded Demoiselle (Male) near hide
Comment by Mick Noble — May 28, 2016 @ 5:01 am
Stoat hunting a rabbit on Fleet Lane lunch time!
Comment by Julian Keeble — May 13, 2016 @ 2:39 pm
First Speckled Wood of the year yesterday at Methley Copse
Comment by sibgchairman — May 12, 2016 @ 8:58 pm
2-3 Holly Blue in garden at Little Preston this aft.
Comment by John Martin — May 8, 2016 @ 9:37 pm
Holly Blue in garden at Little Preston late morning.
Comment by John Martin — May 7, 2016 @ 9:51 pm
I looked under a dozen shelters today – no mammals and no signs (runs, nests, etc.). Toads (5, 5, 2) under three, a frog under a fourth and ant nest under all of the remaining eight.
Comment by Paul Morris — May 7, 2016 @ 9:01 pm
Two Roe Deer on hillside, three frogs(various sizes) and one small Toad under ‘shelter’.
Comment by petegriff — April 24, 2016 @ 9:31 pm
Green-veined White, 5 Orange Tip, 1Brimstone, 2 Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood. All at Lowther Lake Area.
Comment by pgcoates — April 20, 2016 @ 1:54 pm
2 Orange Tip, 7 Peacock, 2 Green-veined White Lowther A.M.
Comment by Rob Leighton — April 20, 2016 @ 11:31 am
Very dark fox on ridge and furrow mid afternoon.
Comment by Mike Pullan — April 20, 2016 @ 12:00 am
Walk from Newsam Green to Skelton Lake, just got into double-figures of Peacocks, two Green-veined Whites, single Brimstone, Orange Tip and Small Tortoiseshell. Three more Orange Tips in Temple Newsam.
Just about other wildlife (with parental guidance warning), a very naked rambler on Leventhorpe plateau (obviously mixing up naturalist with naturist).
Road casualty Hedgehogs in Great Preston on 17th and on Bullerthorpe Lane below the Vineyard on 18th.
Comment by Paul Morris — April 19, 2016 @ 4:48 pm
“white” butterfly sp in a Little Preston garden 11th April. Small White freshly emerged on polly tunnel at Beck cottage this after noon.
Comment by John Martin — April 17, 2016 @ 9:30 pm
Speckled Wood and Weasel at Lowther Lake this morning.
Comment by Paul Morris — April 17, 2016 @ 7:48 pm
Two Brimstones in Pegasus Wood, Temple Newsam this am.
Comment by Julian Keeble — April 17, 2016 @ 4:47 pm
Walking round site today count of 11 Toads under boards. One Smooth Newt .
Comment by pgcoates — April 16, 2016 @ 5:36 pm
Smooth Newt found under wooden board by my Grandson near Balance Reservoir today plus one Toad.
Comment by pgcoates — April 10, 2016 @ 6:20 pm
Yesterday evening Brown Hare near the Warren
Comment by Julian Keeble — April 8, 2016 @ 9:04 am
Sunday large bat over reedbeds 1230 ish probably noctule second appearance on a warmish day.
Comment by julian — April 4, 2016 @ 5:45 pm
Holly Blue in garden at Little Preston this aft prob earliest ever.
Comment by John Martin — April 3, 2016 @ 5:13 pm
Two Small Tortoiseshell and single Peacock in garden at Little Preston 25th March.
Comment by John Martin — March 28, 2016 @ 11:08 am
A second wave of breeding Frogs in garden pond Little Preston. Nearly a month after the first arrivals.
Comment by John Martin — March 27, 2016 @ 8:09 pm
Mink opposite hide on weir wall, entered river below bird feeder and swam slowly upstream clearly inspecting the bank.
Comment by Mike Pullan — March 20, 2016 @ 10:50 pm
Small Tort near Rabbit Warren this morning
Comment by John Martin — March 20, 2016 @ 8:01 pm
Several clumps of frog spawn in the ditch running from balance reservoir towards trailer gate. No deer though, did the police/RSPB remove it?
Comment by Rob Hunton — March 20, 2016 @ 3:37 pm
Comma butterfly early Sunday afternoon (13th March) by Woodlesford Lock. Settled briefly on my arm !
Comment by Geoff Brunton — March 14, 2016 @ 11:36 pm
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly this afternoon at the canal at Woodlesford , in the small park by the gas pipe bridge .
Comment by John and Lynda Condon — March 14, 2016 @ 5:44 pm
At least five dead Common Toads on the track down to Skelton Lake – squashed by illegal 4 x 4s.
Comment by Paul Morris — March 13, 2016 @ 8:25 pm
A mining bee prospecting around the Warren at 1400, about 10mm long, furry and golden brown. It was flying slowly close to disturbed earth and slighted often but no photo unfortunately. Possibly Andrena vulva (small mining bee) but there are 1300 species in the genus. Any help in I.d. would be welcome and photos?
Comment by petegriff — March 13, 2016 @ 5:24 pm
Seven Roe deer (at least one buck) behind the balance reservoir plus a further two on the hillside this morning 0720
Comment by Julian Keeble — March 7, 2016 @ 3:59 pm
First Common Frog of the year 29th Feb, in garden at Little Preston. As last year caught (and released) by our deadly pet sniffer duck. Today much Frog activity and first spawn among the snow.
Comment by John Martin — March 4, 2016 @ 2:52 pm
An update on Zak Mitchell’s dragonfly study — The project may have experienced some success – but mostly through laboratory studies and but waiting for software issues to be fixed before the outcomes are more certain. The mark release re-capture study produced limited results due to lack of recapture of any of the individuals initially marked (with one possible exception), possibly due to the size of the site and the population on site, rather than all the marked individuals moving elsewhere – needs further study. The results from the radio-tagging study were mixed, with some individuals flying well with tags attached and others struggling – further tests to be hopefully carried out this year to examine the protocol for tag attachment, placement and design.
Comment by Gordon — February 7, 2016 @ 12:26 pm
Dead Mole (presumably drowned) on the path round Lowther Lake. Yesterday Brown Hare on Leventhorpe plateau fleeing from unrestrained (poacher’s?) dogs. Last Sunday Brown Hare by path next to Pontefract Lane.
Comment by Paul Morris — January 24, 2016 @ 7:48 pm
Yesterday Lawrie and I met a grad student from Leeds University called Zak on patch. As part of his PhD he is conducting a study of how Dragonflies disperse over an area and he needs our help. Here’s some details he emailed me :
• The study will be carried out over a period of approx. 3 weeks
• Surveyors will visit the site daily (weather dependent) over the 3 weeks
• During each visit surveyors will catch as many Libellulids (Libellula sp., Orthetrum sp. Sympetrum sp.) as possible
• After capturing an insect, the insect will be marked with a unique alpha-numeric code and a number of statistics will be recorded such as: species, sex, time of capture GPS co-ordinates of capture and wing length. Once this is done the insect will be released
• When a marked individual is sighted again after release the identifier of the individual, the time and its position will be recorded – preferably without recapturing the insect
• Some insects will have small antenna attached using super glue (up to 2 in a day depending on how many are re-located each day, and the ease of relocating a specific individual when multiple antenna are present)
• Each hour, a pair of surveyors will attempt to re-locate the individuals with antenna using a RECCO R9 portable harmonic radar device – and record the same statistics as with the insects without antenna (UPDATE: This will now be carried out continuously by a single recorder or pair of recorders due to the risk of an individual flying out of range and/or tag damage. Recordings will be made every 15 minutes and/or whenever the individual moves – whichever is more feasible)
• The cost of carrying the antenna involved will be quantified this summer in our biomechanics laboratory – but is unlikely to have a significant effect at such a low weight
And an overview of our sightings on site so far (we’ve made 2 visits so far 12/06/2015 and 15/06/2015):
31 dragonflies marked – 8 Libellula quadrimaculata (Four-spotted chasers), 23 Orthetrum cancellatum (Black tailed skimmers). No re-sightings yet and no antenna attached.
The marks are C1 through to C31. All the marks have been applied to the top of the right fore-wing (seen from underneath they may read differently…).
(It’s worth noting that we have also marked 16 Chasers and 2 Skimmers over at Swillington Organic Farm – these insects are marked A1 through to A18. A7 has an antenna attached)
List of species observed:
Enallagma cyathigerum (Common blue damselfly)
Coenagrion puella (Azure damselfly)
Libellula quadrimaculata (Four-spotted chaser)
Orthetrum cancellatum (Black tailed skimmer)
It’d be great to hear if any of your group see any marked dragonflies over the next few weeks and if so where/when.
If you do see any marked dragonflies, please let him know at email@example.com He’s going to update me on progress, so I’ll add details here.
Comment by Phil Walton — June 16, 2015 @ 9:23 am
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