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Birds, Moths & Other Wildlife sightings for 2022 Qtr 3 up to 16 Sep (September 18, 2022, 05:57:22 PM) quote  
2022 Bird List - first reported date.
Great Crested Grebe (28th Jan 2022), Little Grebe (2nd Jan 2022), Cormorant (2nd Jan 2022), Bittern (Not yet recorded in 2022), Grey Heron (2nd Jan 2022), White Stork (Not yet recorded in 2022), Little Egret (2nd Mar 2022), Great White Egret (17th Jan 2022), Mute Swan (1st Jan 2022), Black Swan (Not yet recorded in 2022), Greylag Goose (20th Jan 2022), Canada Goose (12th Jan 2022), Barnacle Goose (3rd Apr 2022), Egyptian Goose (5th Jan 2022), Shelduck (Not yet recorded in 2022), Mandarin (11th Mar 2022), Wigeon (17th Jan 2022), Goosander (Not yet recorded in 2022), Pintail (Not yet recorded in 2022), Teal (2nd Jan 2022), Gadwall (2nd Jan 2022), Garganey (7th Sep 2022), Mallard (2nd Jan 2022), Shoveler (2nd Jan 2022), Pochard (29th Jan 2022), Red-crested Pochard (26th Feb 2022), Tufted Duck (2nd Jan 2022), Goldeneye (30th Mar 2022), Red Kite (19th Feb 2022), Sparrowhawk (30th Jan 2022), Buzzard (2nd Jan 2022), Kestrel (20th Jan 2022), Hobby (14th May 2022), Peregrine Falcon (Not yet recorded in 2022), Osprey (Not yet recorded in 2022), Pheasant (21st Jan 2022), Water Rail (2nd Jan 2022), Moorhen (2nd Jan 2022), Coot (2nd Jan 2022), Oystercatcher (15th Feb 2022), Little Ringed Plover (Not yet recorded in 2022), Golden Plover (Not yet recorded in 2022), Lapwing (29th May 2022), Ruff (Not yet recorded in 2022), Snipe (2nd Jan 2022), Jack Snipe (Not yet recorded in 2022), Redshank (Not yet recorded in 2022), Greenshank (Not yet recorded in 2022), Green Sandpiper (12th Jan 2022), Common Sandpiper (25th Jul 2022), Mediterranean Gull (3rd Apr 2022), Common Gull (16th Jan 2022), Black-headed Gull (2nd Jan 2022), Herring Gull (16th Jan 2022), Lesser Black-backed Gull (16th Jan 2022), Greater Black-backed Gull (Not yet recorded in 2022), Common Tern (27th Apr 2022), Arctic Tern (Not yet recorded in 2022), Stock Dove (12th Jan 2022), Collared Dove (6th May 2022), Woodpigeon (2nd Jan 2022), Feral Pigeon (Feral Rock Dove) (19th Feb 2022), Ring-necked Parakeet (2nd Jan 2022), Cuckoo (6th May 2022), Barn Owl (Not yet recorded in 2022), Tawny Owl (Not yet recorded in 2022), Swift (4th May 2022), Kingfisher (4th Jan 2022), Green Woodpecker (12th Jan 2022), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1st Jan 2022), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Not yet recorded in 2022), Skylark (24th Apr 2022), Swallow (24th Apr 2022), House Martin (Not yet recorded in 2022), Sand Martin (Not yet recorded in 2022), Meadow Pipit (Not yet recorded in 2022), Yellow Wagtail (Not yet recorded in 2022), Grey Wagtail (2nd Mar 2022), Pied Wagtail (12th Jan 2022), Wren (9th Jan 2022), Dunnock (11th Jan 2022), Robin (1st Jan 2022), Blackbird (11th Jan 2022), Fieldfare (Not yet recorded in 2022), Song Thrush (6th Jan 2022), Redwing (2nd Jan 2022), Mistle Thrush (19th Feb 2022), Cetti's Warbler (11th Jan 2022), Sedge Warbler (5th Sep 2022), Reed Warbler (24th Apr 2022), Garden Warbler (22nd Apr 2022), Whitethroat (Not yet recorded in 2022), Lesser Whitethroat (Not yet recorded in 2022), Blackcap (20th Mar 2022), Chiffchaff (20th Mar 2022), Willow Warbler (22nd Apr 2022), Goldcrest (26th Jan 2022), Firecrest (Not yet recorded in 2022), Spotted Flycatcher (26th Aug 2022), Stonechat (Not yet recorded in 2022), Long-tailed Tit (1st Jan 2022), Coal Tit (7th Mar 2022), Blue Tit (1st Jan 2022), Great Tit (2nd Jan 2022), Nuthatch (11th Jan 2022), Treecreeper (5th Jan 2022), Magpie (2nd Jan 2022), Jackdaw (2nd Jan 2022), Rook (15th Apr 2022), Carrion Crow (12th Jan 2022), Raven (2nd Jan 2022), Jay (2nd Jan 2022), Starling (26th Jun 2022), House Sparrow (Not yet recorded in 2022), Chaffinch (2nd Jan 2022), Brambling (13th Feb 2022), Greenfinch (27th Jan 2022), Goldfinch (3rd Jan 2022), Siskin (2nd Jan 2022), Lesser Redpoll (Not yet recorded in 2022), Bullfinch (Not yet recorded in 2022), Hawfinch (Not yet recorded in 2022) and Reed Bunting (11th Feb 2022).

Sep 1st - Sep 16th 2022 (LF = Lynsters Farm)
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Kingfisher (1st, 8th - 9th (1), 14th (1) Sep), Moorhen (1st, , 3rd (9), 8th Sep), Woodpigeon (1st Sep), Mallard (1st, 8th Sep), Blue Tit (1st Sep), Great Tit (1st, 8th Sep), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1st (2) Sep), Jay (1st, 8th Sep), Teal (1st (c20), 11th (69), 14th (56) Sep), Lapwing (1st (1) Sep), Stock Dove (1st Sep), Goldfinch (1st (4) Sep), Robin (1st (2), 8th Sep), Blackbird (1st (2) Sep), Magpie (1st, 8th Sep), Chiffchaff (1st (4), 8th - 9th (2), 10th - 11th (1), 12th (2) Sep), Dunnock (1st Sep), Ring-necked Parakeet (1st (3), 2nd Sep), Teal (3rd (30) Sep), Green Sandpiper (3rd, 7th (3), 8th , 10th (4), 11th (1), 12th (2), 14th (1) Sep), Tawny Owl (3rd (calling) Sep), Raven (5th (2 over), 10th (2 over) Sep), Sedge Warbler (5th (in front of Shell Hide) Sep), Garganey (7th - 8th Sep), Cetti’s Warbler (7th (m), 8th (heard in 2 places), 10th (heard), 12th (heard), 14th (heard in 2 places) Sep), Grey Heron (8th Sep), Song Thrush (8th Sep), Chaffinch (8th Sep), Nuthatch (8th Sep), Grey Wagtail (8th , 9th (2) Sep), Willow Warbler (8th (1) Sep), Blackcap (9th (1) Sep), Goldcrest (9th (3) Sep), Long-tailed Tit (9th Sep), House Martin (9th (2 maybe 3) Sep), Common Sandpiper (10th - 12th (1), 14th (2) Sep), Hobby (1 overhead) Sep), Shoveler (11th (5) Sep), Little Egret (14th (1) Sep), Black-headed Gull (14th (46) Sep),

Red Admiral (1st Sep), Comma (1st, 14th (1) Sep), Speckled Wood (12th (1) Sep), Green-veined White (14th (1) Sep),

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 3 Sep 2022. This morning’s catch certainly had an autumnal feel to it with a definite bias towards species of orange and brown colours. The micro moth Scrobipalpa ocellatella - Beet Moth was recorded for the first time on the reserve (four individuals) and is part of what seems to be a national invasion. Until a couple of weeks ago, this was a very rare moth in our area, but since then, they seem to be appearing in good numbers at localities across the country. 235 moths of 60 species were recorded.

Migrant Hawker (1st Sep), Southern Hawker (1st Sep), Willow Emerald (14th (pair in Tandem) Sep), Common Darter (14th (ovipositing in front of Sanctuary Hide) Sep),

Honey Bee (1st Sep),

Soprano Pipistrelle (3rd (Bat Night) (many) Sep), Common Pipistrelle (3rd (Bat Night) (a couple) Sep), Nathusius’ Pipistrelle (3rd (Bat Night) (a couple) Sep), Grey Squirrel (10th (1) Sep),

Aug 1st - Aug 31st 2022 (LF = Lynsters Farm)
Lapwing (1st (2), 2nd - 3rd (1), 4th (15), 5th, (2), 7th (8), 8th, (c15), 9th (20), 10th (21), 11th (10), 14th - 15th , 18th (1), 20th (12), 21st, 22nd (4) Aug), Snipe (1st , 18th (1) Aug), Grey Heron (1st , 4th (9), 5th (3), 6th , 7th (18), 9th - 10th (7), 13th - 15th (with large fish), 18th (2), 20th (2 juvs), 25th, 29th Aug), Little Egret (1st (7 from Teal Hide, 9 at Shell Hide), 2nd (12), 3rd (3), 4th (12 from Shell, 2 from Rotunda), 5th (8), 6th (9), 7th (19), 8th (25), 9th (8), 10th (37 catching Perch, Rudd, Tench and Sticklebacks)), 11th (14), 13th (8+), 15th, 18th (3), 25th Aug), Stock Dove (2nd (2), 25th Aug), Ring-necked Parakeet (2nd , 4th (3), 5th, 15th, 18th (3), 20th , 25th, 29th Aug), Nuthatch (2nd , 4th , 15th , 18th (heard), 22nd , 25th (1), 29th Aug), Green Sandpiper (2nd (2), 3rd (3 or 4), 4th - 6th (2), 8th (2), 9th (1), 10th (2), 11th (1), 13th (1), 18th (2), 20th , 22nd - 23rd (2), 26th Aug), Common Sandpiper (2nd - 4th (1), 5th (2), 6th (1), 10th - 11th (1) Aug), Snipe (2nd (1) Aug), Kingfisher (2nd (2), 4th - 6th (1), 18th (at new Pond), 21st, 22nd (2), 23rd (1), 25th (2), 26th , 29th (m&f) Aug), Canada Goose (3rd - 4th (2) Aug), Egyptian Goose (3rd, 4th - 5th (3) Aug), Black-headed Gull (3rd, 4th (50+), 5th - 6th , 10th, 13th (3), 18th (98), 25th (2) Aug), Little Grebe (4th (6), 6th (5), 13th (4), 22nd (1), 25th Aug), Dunnock (4th , 25th Aug), Robin (4th (3), 25th (1) Aug), Woodpigeon (4th , 10th, 18th Aug), Chiffchaff (4th , 21st, 22nd (13) Aug), Blackcap (4th , 22nd (4) Aug), Magpie (4th , 15th , 18th , 25th Aug), Blackbird (4th Aug), Wren (4th Aug), Jay (4th (2), 14th, 16th, 18th, 20th , 22nd (2), 25th Aug), Red Kite (4th - 5th Aug), Buzzard (4th , 18th , 21st Aug), Goldfinch (4th (3+), 5th, 15th , 18th (1), 29th Aug), Egyptian Goose (3rd, 4th (3) Aug), Teal (4th (2), 13th (7), 18th (19), 21st, 26th (35) Aug), Mallard (4th , 10th (10+) Aug), Shoveler (4th (1) Aug), Moorhen (4th - 5th , 10th (6), 18th , 20th (20), 25th (2) Aug), Coot (4th , 10th (3), 18th Aug), Common Tern (4th - 5th (1), 16th (1), 25th (1) Aug), Great Tit (4th (5+ including young), 6th , 18th Aug), Chaffinch (4th (1m&3f), 15th , 18th (3), 25th Aug), Tufted Duck (4th Aug), Robin (5th , 14th, 18th (2), 20th Aug), Grey Wagtail (5th, 6th (2), 8th (3), 13th , 16th , 18th (1), 21st , 25th Aug), Sparrowhawk (6th Aug), Gadwall (10th), Willow Warbler (13th , 20th , 22nd (2) Aug), Great Spotted Woodpecker (16th (f), 18th , 21st, 22nd (2) Aug), Pied Wagtail (18th (1), 22nd , 26th (1) Aug), Green Woodpecker (22nd , 25th Aug), Cetti’s Warbler (22nd (1) Aug), Tawny Owl (26th (2m&1f heard calling around 9pm) Aug), Spotted Flycatcher (26th Aug), Blue Tit (29th Aug), Pheasant (29th (2) Aug) and Song Thrush (29th (1) Aug).

Green-veined White (1st, 4th, 6th, 16th, 18th Aug), Red Admiral (4th (2), 18th (1) Aug), Comma (4th (4), 8th - 9th, 18th Aug), Speckled Wood (4th, 18th (2), 28th (4) Aug), Small White (4th, 18th Aug), Large White (18th Aug) and Small Copper (26th Aug).

Dingy Footman (3rd Aug), Scarce Footman (Eilerma complana) (5th Aug), Yellow Shell (5th Aug), Poplar Hawk-moth (6th Aug), Buff-tip (18th (caterpillar) Aug) and Light Emerald (22nd Aug).

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 5 Aug 2022. With a colder night, the moth catch had a more autumnal feel about it. 440 moths of 93 species were recorded. The highlights were Dark Spinach (Pelurga comitata) which is a new moth for me for the reserve, although one was recorded in the 1980s. Red Underwing was new for the year.

Simon Buckingham reports on 10 Aug 2022. I’ve just had confirmation from the county moth recorder of a micro moth Cydia illutana - Larch Piercer trapped at the reserve on 22nd May. This is new for the reserve and the fourth record for Herts.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 13 Aug 2022. 1159 moths of 88 species from the reserve were boosted by a total of 595 Argyresthia goedartella - Golden Argent. The highlight was a Mocha (Cyclophora annularia) which is new for the reserve and seems to be turning up in increasing regularity in our area.

Simon Buckingham reports on 19 Aug 2022. The moth catches are starting to have a distinctly autumnal feel to them. 329 moths of 65 species were recorded at the reserve. Cochylis dubitana - Little Conch and Pyrausta aurata - Small Purple & Gold (Mint Moth) were new for the year.

Simon Buckingham reports on 20 Aug 2022. 289 moths of 62 species from the reserve. Mompha propinquella - Marbled Mompha and Orange Swift (Triodia sylvina) were new for the year, whilst Hoary Footman was amongst the less common visitors.

Common Blue Damselfly (4th, 8th Aug), Azure Damselfly (4th Aug), Blue-tailed Damselfly (4th , 8th , 18th Aug), Small Red-eyed damselfly (4th , 6th (lots), 8th (several) Aug), Banded Demoiselle (4th (m) Aug), Common Darter (4th , 6th (4), 8th , 23rd , 26th , 28th (2) Aug), Black-tailed Skimmer (5th Aug), Willow Emerald Damselfly (6th (10+ and 2 mating pairs), 8th (2), 9th - 10th (2), 16th (2), 18th (3+ pairs), 23rd (6), 26th (3), 28th (10+ including 2 mating pairs) Aug), Brown Hawker (6th (2), 8th , 18th (3), 26th Aug), Migrant Hawker (8th , 16th (rescued from pond but later died - on display under Clubhouse Microscope), 18th (pair mating), 22nd (lots), 28th (6) Aug), Southern Hawker (8th , 23rd , 26th , 28th (m) Aug), Ruddy Darter (18th Aug), Ruddy Darter (18th Aug) and Emperor (25th Aug).

Hoverfly (Xylota sylvarum) (Early Aug), Fruit Fly sp (Terellia tussilaginis) - Gall Fly (Early Aug), Picture-winged Fly sp (Tephritis bardanae) (Early Aug), Cluster Fly (Pollenia rudis) (aka Attic Fly or Loft Fly) likely (Early Aug), Leaf Beetle (Chrysomela populi) - Red Poplar Leaf Beetle (1st (new to ML Species List), 3rd Aug), Aphid sp. (Tuberolachnus salignus) - Giant Willow Aphid (4th - 5th (lots on tree towards Rotunda Hide), 11th, 13th , 16th Aug), Myathropa florea (Batman Hoverfly) (5th Aug), Green Tortoise Beetle (Cassida viridis) (8th Aug), Figwort Sawfly (9th Aug), Red-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) (6th Aug), Speckled Bush-cricket (14th Aug), Hornet (18th (taking bee) Aug), Lacewing sp (Nineta vittata) (20th (new to the ML Species List) Aug), Ground Beetle sp Dromius quadrimaculatus (20th Aug), Wasp (20th Aug), Bee (22nd (at pond) Aug) and Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) - Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (28th (4) Aug).

Wasp Spider (9th, 13th Aug) and Harvestman - Opilio canestrinii (20th (new to the ML Species List) Aug).

Ramshorn Snail (1st Aug) and Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) (16th Aug).

Weasel (3rd Aug), Bat droppings (4th (DD Hide - under Bat boxes 9a and 10 and front Maternity Bat Box) Aug), Brown Rat (4th, 18th (2), 25th (Adult or juv, 3 young and 1 older young one), 29th Aug), Muntjac (4th Aug), Red Fox (11th (Long Hedge) Aug), Grey Squirrel (18th (1), 25th (1) Aug), Noctule Bat (22nd (near Clubhouse), 26th Aug), Badger (22nd (young one in Woodland Walk) Aug), Soprano Pipistrelle (22nd (by Woodsheds), 26th Aug), Common Pipistrelle (22nd (towards Double-decker) Aug), Brown Long-eared Bat (22nd (by T-Junction) Aug) and Rabbit (25th Aug).

Guelder Rose (8th Aug) and Lords and Ladies (8th Aug).

Jul 1st - Jul 31st 2022 (LF = Lynsters Farm)
Reed Warbler (1st , 3rd (+ 4 fledglings), 7th (4+), 11th (many) Jul), Tufted Duck (2nd (with 2 & 6 young), 15th Jul), Pochard (2nd (+ 2 young), Jul), Garden Warbler (2nd Jul), Common Tern (2nd , 11th Jul), Great Crested Grebe (2nd (on nest), 7th Jul), Little Grebe (2nd (2), 7th (2), 20th, 25th (adult and young), 29th (2), 31st (2) Jul), Canada Goose (2nd (7, including 3 young), 14th (2), 28th (1), 29th (c6 swimming in single file) Jul), Great Spotted Woodpecker (2nd , 3rd (3), 11th, 14th (3 on feeder), 17th, 20th (3), 21st, 24th - 25th , 28th (1) Jul), Chaffinch (2nd (4), 27th, 28th (10) Jul), Kingfisher (3rd (3), 7th (2), 11th (2), 13th, 16th - 17th, 19th (male and young), 21st (2 including juv), 28th (1), 29th (2), 31st (2) Jul), Green Sandpiper (3rd , 5th , 6th (2), 7th , 12th, 16th (2), 19th, 21st (2), 23rd , 25th, 26th (1), 27th (2), 29th , 31st (3) Jul), Little Egret (7th , 12th, 14th (2), 20th (1), 21st (5), 23rd , 24th (3), 25th (6 from Shell Hide), 27th (1), 29th (1), 31st (1) Jul), Grey Heron (7th , 14th, 16th , 18th , 24th, 27th, 28th , 29th (3), 31st (5) Jul), Cormorant (7th Jul), Robin (7th (young), 27th, 28th (adult and young), 29th Jul), Treecreeper (11th, 16th (4) Jul), Nuthatch (11th , 27th (heard), 30th Jul), Moorhen (14th (sub-adult), 28th (juvs) Jul), Buzzard (14th , 29th (2) Jul), Jay (14th, 24th - 25th , 28th Jul), Common Tern (14th), Coot (14th Jul), Ring-necked Parakeet (17th, 21st (2), 26th, 27th , 28th (2) Jul), Shoveler (19th Jul), Lapwing (20th, 25th , 27th (14), 28th (2), 29th (1), 31st (5) Jul), Blackbird (20th Jul), Dunnock (21st , 27th, 28th (2) Jul), Great Tit (24th (young), 28th (4) Jul), Common Sandpiper (25th , 31st Jul), Song Thrush (26th (2) Jul), Mistle Thrush (26th Jul), Blue Tit (26th , 28th Jul), Hobby (27th (2 - one holding small bird) Jul), Egyptian Goose (27th (2) Jul), Grey Wagtail (28th Jul), Stock Dove (28th (2) Jul), Long-tailed Tit (28th (4) Jul), Blackbird (28th (m) Jul), Mallard (27th - 28th) Jul), Magpie (28th Jul), Woodpigeon (28th (2) Jul), Black-headed Gull (29th (adults and juv) Jul), Red Kite (29th (drinking on an island) Jul), Tawny Owl (29th (heard calling around 4.20 am) Jul), Green Woodpecker (29th Jul), Goldfinch (29th (2) Jul) and Snipe (31st Jul).

Comma (2nd (3), 7th (6+), 12th (4), 15th , 14th , 28th (4) Jul), Small White (2nd (1), 7th , 28th Jul), Large White (2nd (1) Jul), Red Admiral (2nd, 7th , 14th Jul), Small Tortoiseshell (7th, 13th Jul), Meadow Brown (7th , 28th Jul), Ringlet (12th, 14th Jul), Gatekeeper (12th (4), 24th Jul), Peacock (12th, 14th Jul), Speckled Wood (12th (2), 14th , 18th Jul), Brimstone (14th , 23rd , 28th (m) Jul), Green-veined While (15th , 24th Jul), Purple Hairstreak (16th (suspected id but not close enough to confirm) Jul), Silver Washed Fritillary (23rd (opposite Puddingstone) Jul) and Holly Blue (28th Jul).

Common Footman (6th (2) Jul), Small Magpie (7th Jul), Orange Footman (8th Jul), Single-dotted Wave (8th Jul), Riband Wave (11th Jul) and Jersey Tiger Moth (30th Jul).

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 2 Jul 2022. The evening rain capped moth activity at the reserve but 134 moths of 55 species were recorded. Ghost Moth, Oak Nycteoline, Heart and Club, Lime Hawk-moth, Bird's Wing and Euzophera pinguis were all new for the year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 7 Jul 2022. 346 moths of 92 species from the reserve. Borkhausenia fuscescens - Small Dingy Tubic and Acrocerops brongniardella - Brown Oak Slender were both new for the reserve list.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 8 Jul 2022. 652 moths of 135 species from the reserve. The Blackneck (Lygephila pastinum) (made for the hills as soon as I pointed my camera towards it), Clay Triple-lines (Cyclophora linearia) and Marasmarcha lunaedactyla - Crescent Plume were all new for the reserve list.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 9 Jul 2022. 650 moths of 135 species from the reserve. Coleophora mayrella - Meadow Case-bearer and Parectopa ononidis - Clover Slender were new species for the reserve.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 10 Jul 2022. 814 moths of 135 species from the reserve last night. 334 species recorded so far this year.

Simon Buckingham and Paul Williams used pheromone lures 10 Jul 2022. They managed to catch Red-belted, Red-tipped and Sallow Clearwing (Synanthedon flaviventris) [new to the ML Species List].

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 15 Jul 2022. 607 moths of 130 species from the reserve. Caloptilia rufipennella - Small Red Slender and Eucosma conterminana - Pale Lettuce Bell were new for the reserve.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 16 Jul 2022. 1050 moths of 146 species from the reserve in excellent trapping conditions. Sycamore (Acronicta aceris), Campion (Sideridis rivularis) and Ancylis badiana - Common Roller were all new moths for the reserve. Dot Moth was my first record, although there is an old record from the 1980s.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 22 Jul 2022. 555 moths of 101 species from the reserve. Yponomeuta rorrella - Willow Ermine was new for the reserve list, whilst Bulrush Wainscot, Suspected, Acrobasis suavella, Rosy Rustic, Jersey Tiger, Udea ferrugalis and Roeslerstammia erxlebella were all new for the year.

Update from Simon Buckingham received on 22 Jul 2022. Late news from the traps at the reserve on 15th July. This micro moth has been confirmed by the county recorder as Phyllonorycter comparella - Winter Poplar Midget, a new species for the reserve.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 23 Jul 2022. 799 moths of 111 species from the reserve. Stenoptilia pterodactyla, Scalloped Oak, Nomophila noctuella, Ypsolopha scabrella, Twin-spotted Wainscot, Bucculatrix bechsteinella and Eudonia truncicolella were all new for the year.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 29 Jul 2022. 943 moths of 127 species from the reserve. The (potential) highlight was a possible False Mocha which I am getting checked out (later confirmed as Jersey Mocha (Cyclophora ruficiliaria) - new to the ML Species List). Oak Processionary, Gypsy Moth, Small Phoenix, Copper Underwing, Chilo phragmitella, Phyllocnistis unipunctella and Cochylimorpha straminea were all new for the year.

Simon Buckingham reports - The unusual Mocha type trapped at the reserve on 29th July 2022 has been confirmed as Jersey Mocha (Cyclophora ruficiliaria), new for the reserve and just the second record for Herts.

Simon Buckingham ran traps at the reserve on 30 Jul 2022. 872 moths of 120 species from the reserve. Lesser-spotted Pinion (Cosmia affinis) and Agonopterix ocellana - Red-letter Flat-body were new for the reserve list.

Simon Buckingham reports on 31 Jul 2022 - I have had a few identification confirmations back from the county moth recorder which include three new moths for the reserve list. Zelleria hepariella - Brown Ash Ermine and Ephestia woodiella -False Cacao Moth were both trapped on 16th July [and Endothenia gentianaeana - Teasel Marble was trapped on 29th July] - recorded 2016 -> (Dave Simms adds - 'Endothenia gentianaeana (Micro - 2016) moth by Martin Parr 19 May 2016' was previously posted on the ML Web site in 2016 and entered onto the ML Species List. Please check - thanks).

Brown Hawker (2nd, 5th, 7th (3), 12th, 14th (5), 23rd , 28th (2) Jul), Small Red-eyed damselfly (5th (1), 7th (1), 14th (lots on new pond), 23rd Jul), Emperor (7th , 8th, 12th, 14th (ovipositing), 23rd , 24th Jul), Black-tailed Skimmer (7th Jul), Emerald Damselfly sp (12th (2) Jul), Azure Damselfly (14th Jul), Banded Demoiselle (14th (m), 15th (f), 23rd Jul), Blue-tailed Damselfly (14th, 23rd Jul), Common Blue Damselfly (15th , 23rd Jul), Southern Hawker (23rd (f ovipositing in moss) Jul), Red-eyed Damselfly (23rd , 28th Jul), Common Darter (23rd Jul) and Willow Emerald Damselfly (31st Jul).

Common Awl Robberfly (Neoitamus cyanurus) (1st (mating pair) Jul), Figwort Sawfly (Tenthredo scrophulariae) (1st Jul), Longhorn Beetle sp (Rutpela maculate (2nd, 7th (2) Jul), Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina polita) - Knotgrass Leaf Beetle (2nd (pair) Jul), Caddisfly (Agraylea multipunctata) (3rd (new to ML Species List) Jul), Common Stiletto Fly (Thereva nobilitata) (3rd (new to ML Species List) Jul), Red-headed Cardinal Beetle (8th Jul), Ichneumon Wasp sp (Stauropoctonus bombycivorus) (8th (new to the ML Species List) Jul), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (14th Jul), Pond Skater (14th Jul), Leaf-cutter Bee (15th Jul), Aphid sp. (Uroleucon aeneum) - Dark-tailed Thistle Aphid (23rd (new to ML Species List) Jul), Beetle sp (Olibrus corticalis) (23rd (new to the ML Species List) Jul), Bee-wolf (Philanthus triangulum) Wasp (24th (new to ML Species List) Jul), Stilt-legged (Rainieria antennaepes) Fly (27th (new to ML Species List) Jul), Black and Yellow Longhorn Beetle (Rutpela maculata) (28th Jul), Water Scavenger beetle sp (Enochrus testaceus) (30th (new to ML Species List) Jul), Caddisfly (Agrypnia varia) (30th (new to ML Species List) Jul), Mirid Bug sp (Phytocoris longipennis) (30th (new to the ML Species List) Jul), Miridae sp. (Trigonotylus caelestialum) (30th (new to ML Species List) Jul), Mirid Bug sp (Orthotylus flavosparsus) (30th (new to ML Species List) Jul), Caddisfly (Hydropsyche sp) (one of about 80 sub-species) (30th (new to the ML Species List) Jul) and Water Measurer (30th Jul).

Funnel-web spider sp - Agelena labyrinthica (Labyrinth Spider) (11th (New to the ML Species List) Jul).

Ramshorn Snail (14th Jul).

Grey Squirrel (7th (1), 26th, 28th Jul), Brown Rat (7th (2), 14th (Adult and 2 young), 26th , 28th (1 large, 2 medium sized) Jul), Red Fox (7th (3), 16th (catching Mallard) Jul) and Rabbit (14th , 28th Jul).

Southern Bracket Fungus (14th Jul).

Black Horehound (14th Jul), Fen or Stingless Nettles (14th Jul), St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum) (14th Jul), Weld (14th Jul), Enchanters Nightshade (14th Jul) and Purple Loosestrife (14th Jul).

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