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09 Jun 2009 18:46 #213 by Harvey Carruthers
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First results from the pitfall trapping. All thanks to Adam.
Lots more results to come!


Carabidae (Ground Beetles)

Carabus problematicus
Pterostichus madidus
Pterostichus melanarius
Nebria brevicollis
Amara aenea
Paranchus albipes
Harpalus latus
Notiophilus palustris/quadripunctatus?? (need to
check this, as palustris is quite widespread but
quadripunctatus is nationally scarce.)

Staphylinidae (Rove Beetles)

Oxytelus sculpturatus?
Tachyporus dispar?
Tachinus rufipes
Staphylinus aeneocephalus
Philonthus decorus?
Stenus nigritulus/brunnipes?
Xantholinus linearis?

Elateridae (Click Beetles)

Agriotes obscurus
Agriotes pallidulus


Barry C

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30 Jul 2009 20:46 - 31 Jul 2009 08:56 #225 by Gordon
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Some different Glebe sightings. Lovely display of wild flowers snapped on the evening of Thursday 30th July. Photos of the flowers here:

www.abernyte.org/index.php/Wildlife/wildflowers.html

Noted:
Red campion, red dead nettle, field scabious, vetch,white campion, wild raspberry, corn marigold, pimpernel, wild poppy,ragged robin, bindweed, field forget-me-not, fox glove and mallow.
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10 Aug 2009 11:49 - 10 Aug 2009 12:17 #229 by Hamish Carr
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Thanks for the flower photographs Gordon. We have added some of the plants to the list produced as part of the "Breating Spaces" report.

Plants useful to butterflies include Sheep Sorrel and Common Sorrel, which are the food plants for the Small Copper Butterfly. We saw a small copper on the Glebe near a "Sorrel patch" on 30/7/09. Watch out for it if you're walking up there. I didn't manage to photograph it but this one was at Barry Budden yesterday 6/8/09.

The numbers of small coppers have suffered massive declines as they cannot survive on fertilised grassland and it also suffers in cool wet summers. It likes unimproved heathy grassland and hot sunny places.

Other butterflies seen on the Glebe at the same time were:

Small tortoiseshell 1
Green veined white 1
Meadow Brown 1

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08 Feb 2010 13:50 - 08 Feb 2010 17:01 #292 by Harvey Carruthers
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Seen on the Glebe this morning, Feb 8th, both a Kestrel and a sparrow hawk. My attention was attracted by a heated raptor conversation at ground level and then both birds took of from the same area of scrub. Make of that what you can!

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23 Feb 2010 19:34 #306 by Harvey Carruthers
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A first for the Glebe, I flushed a woodcock this afternoon, very occasionally we have had them in the garden. Also around this week, the kestrel was seen defining a territory, it was driving off a Buzzard. It was very enjoyable to watch the two birds in aerial combat, and no damage was sustained by either, pride may have been damaged!
I have also seen on a number of occasions now a pair of long tailed tits in the same area, so we could have some house prospecting going on. Male hedge sparrow and yellowhammer have been singing. So it looks as if the birds sense spring not far away!

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27 Feb 2010 21:00 #309 by Harvey Carruthers
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I was up on the Glebe today Feb 27th and had the pleasure of watching a flock of ca. 40 fieldfare looking for a roost site for the night.

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