The first sightings of 2020 have been sent in to us by a member. Have you seen some wildlife in our area that you would like us to know about? Please state the locations and date of any sightings you send in and if you would like it posted on the website, let us know anything you wish posted with it, such as your name or some text.
Talk on Wednesday 18th March
Whales, Dolphins and Seabirds off the South West Coast
by Tom Brereton of Marine Life
Coffee & cake from 7.30 pm, talk 8 pm
Members £2 (non-members £3)
Contact details: Judy on 07460 278311 (phone or text)
Moth trapping with Chris Iles on Haydon Batch
Three-hour session starting at 6 .00 pm
Chris hopes that the event will coincide with the opening of the Spring Sallow blossom
The entrance to Haydon Batch is next to the Haydon Allotments and Haydon Village Hall (Haydon Cue & Social Club), Kilmersdon Rd, Haydon, Radstock, BA3 2DQ.
Contact: Chris, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01761 239092
Red kite seen in Radstock, Holly Blue butterflies on the wing in Carlingcott and Radstock, and those Green-winged orchids at Edford Meadows (see the Sightings page)
Phil Gait reports, “Lots of green winged orchids flowering in the four Edford Meadows fields – have been for over a week – earlier than last year!”
You might want to check out the Sightings page for updates about local sightings of skylarks, swallows, sparrowhawk, Barn owl, solitary and social bees and bee-flies. The sightings page now has photos alongside some of the entries.
Recent sightings by Judy Hampshire:
Sunday 26 March, 5.30pm above White City, Welton: skylarks fluttering and singing.
Monday 27 March: between 8.30 and 9am: Pair of grey wagtails, and dipper on Wellow Brook at Welton. (One morning last week, I saw a pair of dippers there but usually only see one at a time.) A wren accompanied me up the footpath at back of MN leisure centre car park, then on the broadwalk at back of Sun Chemical I saw a female goldcrest. ( A few weeks ago I saw a male goldcrest at the same spot, who actually hopped towards me along the metal fence, until it was level with my head! A magical moment!)
I saw my first Hairy-footed flower bee of the year today, a male. He nectared at Lungwort and then settled on a nearby dandelion plant.
On the afternoon of 24th February, Stephen and I saw a pair of Marsh tits calling and displaying in woodland to the north of the bridleway between Radstock Sewage Works bridge and Lower Writhlington. The male was calling strongly and displaying to the female, who twittered and shook in food-begging mode.
New sightings, 16.02.2017 – see Sightings page
New February sightings posted on the Sightings page
The first sightings reports have come in! Andre has sent in some interesting ones, which are posted on the Sightings page. This is an interim measure while we look at setting up a system that members can use to post information themselves, by category. If you are interested in posting info and/or have suggestions for categories (e.g. Sightings!), please let us know via the Contact page.
If you have seen or heard wildlife that you would like to let people know about, please consider leaving a comment via the link below or sending us a message. You can message via the contacts page, or direct to email@example.com, and we can post it for you! Alternatively, Continue reading “Any wildlife sightings to report?” →
A winter flock of Pied Wagtails has congregated, as it does every winter, in and around the Radstock Sewage Works next to the Colliers Way Cycle path (NCN 24) near Lower Whitelands, Radstock. Continue reading “Winter flock of Pied Wagtails at Radstock Sewage Works” →