Category: Bamber Bridge Birder

Bowdown Woods BBOWT – 29th July 2011

I haven’t had much chance to increase my Butterfly list that I started last year so when I knew I was working in Thatcham I couldn’t resist in calling in at Bowdown Woods where 2 of my target species the Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral are c…

Aston Rowant NNR – 26th July 2011

Aston Rowant NNR is a great place for butterflies with 35 species recorded on the site and 20 recorded the day before my vist. The sun wasn’t out and there was a slight wind so hopes of seeing a high species count on my visit were not very high but wit…

Black Redstarts, Preston Town Cente – 27th July 2011

For the second year running (as far as I know) a pair of Black Redstarts have successfully bred in Preston town centre. I was unable to locate them last year on several visits but an hour spent there tonight brought signs of a juvenile and though I did…

Brockholes Nature Reserve LWT – 24th July 2011

I spent 3 hours in the sunshine wandering around the reserve with Howard Prescot looking mainly for the White-letter and Purple Hairstreaks that are seen in small numbers at this time of year. Though the sun was out there was no sign of them on this vi…

Brampton Woods – 11th July 2011

I called in at Brampton Woods with the hope of catching one of the UK’s rarest butterflies the Black Hairstreak. There are 5 known sites in the woods where they can be seen but its at the end of their short flying season so hopes weren’t high. The weat…

Cuerden Valley Park Dragonfly Pond – 3rd July 2011

I spent a sunny couple of hours up at the Dragonfly pond at CVP with plenty of Damselflies around as well as a few species of Dragonfly. The first notisable Dragonfly was a patrolling Emperor Dragonfly which on 2 occasions rested on some reeds at the e…

Nessebar, Bulgaria – 10th – 21st June 2011

Things have been quiet on the blog of late due to problems with my laptop which still infected with viruses and is soon to end up through the window! There have been a few trips out mainly to Brockholes and Stags Lodge but I thought I’d come back with …

Spotted Sandpiper, Brockholes Nature Reserve LWT – 30th May 2011

I was walking the dogs at the local patch in the rain when the text came through that resident birder Bill Aspin had sighted a Spotted Sandpiper on No. 1 pit at Brockholes. No brainer really so a call home to make sure Reece was going to be ready and a…

Local Patch, Warblers & Butterflies – 29th April 2011

I managed a few trips up to the local patch the first being on the way back from an early walk with the dogs at Cuerden Valley Park. On the way up I’d heard a Willow Warbler calling by the top kissing gate and more were heard on Cuerden itself as wel…