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by paul b
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Amphibians
Topic: Frogs and Spawn Coppull garden
Replies: 1
Views: 575

Re: Frogs and Spawn Coppull garden

Frog spawn in our garden pond this morning which is very pleasing as it's only been in place for two years.

Also black, melanistic rabbit in neighbouring cutting.
[IMO would be good to have a "mammals" recording section on the forum too]
by paul b
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Toads on Roads
Replies: 12
Views: 2193

Re: Toads on Roads

Paul Excellent news -so far I have applied for registration by Froglife.org for Ward's Reservoir -alternatively named the Blue Lagoon-and contacted the toad patrol manager at Hoddlesden near Darwen for some help principally when toads are moving in the West Pennine SSI area (maybe wrong but I presum...
by paul b
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Toads on Roads
Replies: 12
Views: 2193

Toads on Roads

In the next few weeks Common Toads will be making their annual migration back to their breeding ponds -but a distressingly large number won't make it because they will be killed on roads that they have to cross. Just like the hedgehog they are very vulnerable to this mortality-and just like the hedg...
by paul b
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Whins Lane, Wheelton
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Re: Whins Lane, Wheelton

Several pairs of rabbits venturing out as the temperatures rise; also 20+ redwings with a few blackbirds in fields off A674
by paul b
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Amphibians
Topic: Freshwater Habitats Trust
Replies: 1
Views: 547

Re: Freshwater Habitats Trust

Those with ponds in gardens and/or nearby could be one the lookout for spawn as soon as the weather warms up (!!) because the Spawn Survey map of 28/02/2018 show loads of records in the South and West but also one from Lancs -looks like Ribble Valley -and they've even had records of toad spawn!
by paul b
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Redwings
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: Redwings

Redwings back today but only 3 this time
by paul b
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Redwings
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Redwings

A party of 15+ foraging in Gt Knowley cutting for a couple of hours this morning -also c. 30 wood pigeons
by paul b
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Greenfinches
Replies: 10
Views: 1437

Re: Greenfinches

Interesting thread. Our garden is right next to the long disused and now quite thickly wooded "Cherry Tree" line so probably "semi urban". We have two feeding areas- one quite open and not as popular as the other which has shrubs and apple trees as shelter. We don't thankfully have predatory cats ar...
by paul b
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Flocks
Replies: 0
Views: 279

Flocks

30+ jackdaws in tree on Blackburn Brow; 50+ wood pigeons in tree in Gt Knowley field
by paul b
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Whins Lane, Wheelton
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Whins Lane, Wheelton

Six Rook's nests being used -one being constructed about half way up from village; GSW drumming.
by paul b
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Botany Bay
Replies: 0
Views: 235

Botany Bay

Pairs of Canada geese, mute swan and mallard -with another mallard m on his own (female nesting?); greenfinch and chaffinch singing; kestrel; buzzard; about twenty wood pigeons.

Later at Aldi, Buckshaw, pair of oyster catchers circling and calling.
by paul b
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Greenfinches
Replies: 10
Views: 1437

Greenfinches

A couple singing in Great Knowley this a.m. -noted because they have been infrequent, almost rare, visitors to my garden feeding stations this winter
by paul b
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Butterfly Species and other insects - First Dates
Topic: Queen Tree Bumblebee
Replies: 2
Views: 702

Queen Tree Bumblebee

One in sunlit conservatory yesterday -presumably had been hibernating in there-set free to hopefully find a nesting hole (or birdbox!)
by paul b
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Amphibians
Topic: Toad crossing
Replies: 0
Views: 443

Toad crossing

According to Froglife.org there is no toad crossing in our area. However, does anyone know of one? If there are none, is anyone prepared to join me in trying to organise some? Are there any roads where toad mortalities are such that setting up a crossing would help? Toads have declined by 68% in the...
by paul b
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Recent Sightings
Topic: Song thrush
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Song thrush

Apparently due to a 50% decline in 38 years -and possibly this is mainly in monoculture SE England -and with loss of hedgerows too, ST are much less common nationally. Amazing but I read somewhere that they were once more common than blackbirds!

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