Posted by: lensweb | July 17, 2016

Trent Lock Wildlife Wander

Wildlife Walk with LENS Wildlife Group supported by The Canal and River Trust

Sunday 17 July  10.15am-11.30 am

Meeting place:  Trent Lock Education Centre NG10 2FY(near the Steamboat)

A short walk to see wildlife on and near the canal

 

Look and wonder at flowers, birds and insects. You will also have a chance to look at some moths caught the night before. The walk is less than 1 mile but there are 2 stiles and if it has rained you may need Wellington Boots

The Wildlife Walk at Trent Lock is one of my favourites and this is the best time of the year to see the wildflowers. We really were spoilt with sunshine and a temperature of 25 degrees Centigrade. Hemp agrimony, great hairy willowherb and meadowsweet were attracting honeybees by the canal where the lilac spires of marsh woundwort delighted. White bryony and wild hops trailed along the hawthorn hedge by the path where the garlic mustard seeds were popping. Swallows skimmed the water and a common tern plunged to catch the many small fry. Avoiding the cows, meadow brown, ringlet and gatekeeper butterflies kept us guessing. Ady spied a bright yellow brimstone.

Fletcher’s pond was a dragonfly dell with black tailed skimmers, brown hawkers and red darters on the huge flat water-lily pads. Past ridge and furrow pocked with anthills to the blue bricked railway bridge where greater celandine exuded an orange milk showing it is really a poppy. The flood banks were a mass of colour as the spiny restharrow pinky purple pea flowers burst out in abundance. Nodding thistle and spear thistle intermingled by Cranfleet cut and soft cranesbill hybridised with round leaved cranesbill. A leaf cutter bee rested on the wooden fence and we saw a large skipper sipping nectar from a bramble flower.

Sightings

Bufo bufo Common Toad 1
Rana temporaria Common Frog 1
Bombus (Melanobombus) lapidarius Large Red-tailed Bumblebee 2
Bombus (Bombus) terrestris Buff-tailed Bumblebee 1
Rhagonycha fulva Common Red Soldier Beetle 4
Harpalus rufipes Strawberry seed beetle 20
Cyanistes caeruleus Blue Tit 1
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 1
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron 1
Fulica atra Coot 1
Turdus philomelos Song Thrush 1
Pica pica Magpie 1
Falco tinnunculus Kestrel 2
Cygnus olor Mute Swan 6
Gallinula chloropus Moorhen 7
Hirundo rustica Swallow 3
Deraeocoris (Deraeocoris) ruber Mirid 1
Ochlodes sylvanus Large Skipper 1
Pyronia tithonus Gatekeeper 4
Polygonia c-album Comma 1
Pieris napi Green-veined White 3
Maniola jurtina Meadow Brown 11
Gonepteryx rhamni Brimstone 1
Aphantopus hyperantus Ringlet 5
Vanessa atalanta Red Admiral 1
Aglais urticae Small Tortoiseshell 4
Pieris brassicae Large White 11
Aeshna grandis Brown Hawker 3
Orthetrum cancellatum Black-tailed Skimmer 1
Sympetrum striolatum Common Darter 4
Calopteryx splendens Banded Demoiselle 3
Enallagma cyathigerum Common Blue Damselfly 20
Aeshna cyanea Southern Hawker 1
Ischnura elegans Blue-tailed Damselfly 10
Bryonia dioica White Bryony
Populus alba White Poplar
Populus canescens Grey poplar
Fraxinus excelsior Ash
Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet
Eupatorium cannabinum Hemp-agrimony
Ononis spinosa Spiny Restharrow
Oryctolagus cuniculus European Rabbit 1
Talpa europaea European Mole 3
Cepaea (Cepaea) nemoralis Brown-lipped Snail 1
Arion ater agg. Black slug 1

Well done chaps, ice-creams all round!

The next wildlife wander is in August.

Marion Bryce 17 July 2016

Photographs: Brown hawker, moorhen, spiny restharrow, nodding thistle, LENS Wildlife Group, yellow water-lily, long-headed poppy by Cranfleet Cut


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