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June 2013 Diary
All the latest sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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Sun 2nd

Chasewater is currently very quiet, with the following counts noted- 20+ Canada Geese, 3+ Coot, 2 Sand Martins, 1 Swift, 3+Tufted Ducks, Black headed Gulls (JD and KJD).

Wed 5th

Several visitors at and around the feeding station- a single Bullfinch, a Jay and Whitethroats in the vicinity along with the usual species. No Willow Tits were seen on this occasion. On the North heath, Whitethroats, Reed Buntings, Skylarks and Linnets. A large number of Swifts were seen (PS).

Fri 7th

9 Tufted Ducks and 22 Coot were on the Swag and 41 Canada Geese on the Lake (GE).

Sat 8th

"A personal reminder that red deer have their babies around now and will be very protective over their young. Their young will be tucked away in concealed areas whilst the mother feeds nearby. At most times of the year female deer will move away from dogs or people but with a very young baby to protect their behaviour can become much more proactive meaning they will approach, chase and defend against dogs. As a dog owner myself I avoid walking my dog where I know there are red deer at this time of year. Chasewater now has a number of much improved paths which have increased the pressure on the red deer and encounters seem much more likely as a result. I also avoid heathland areas due to the presence of ground nesting birds and the possibility of adders. This is as much about protecting the wildlife as it is keeping my dog safe. I am very selective about where I walk my dog as a result and urge other owners, whilst still enjoying their dogs much needed walks, to be just as careful" Via email (N)

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Sun 9th

Over Cuckoo Bank 5 successful broods of Lapwings, and a red deer fawn was found in long grass (GR).

Mon 10th

An Arctic Tern and 20 Lesser Black-backs (IW).

Tues 11th

A visit to the dam and Anglesey Basin area; the sphagnum lawn really no longer exists as it has dried out and Cross-leaved Heath has taken over. There is no sign of any Round-leaved Sundew but Cranberry is in flower. Lower down into the marsh, a small patch of Bog-bean is just surviving. Fortunately, a 16m long terrace in the overflow channel contains some good patches of Sundew and the patch by the Deergrass is surviving well. The southern side of the canal holds a good population of Shoreweed and Floating Water-plantain and Narrow-leaved Water-plantain is present along the water’s edge. A Common Tern and a Red-eyed Damselfly were also noted (GE).

Fri 14th

2 Little Ringed Plovers (GR)

Wed 19th

27 Mute Swans, 55 Canada Geese, 88 Mallard, 20 Tufted Ducks, 82 Coot, 11 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Common Terns and a Grey Wagtail. Several Southern Marsh and Common Spotted Orchids were in flower, though mainly rather stunted in growth, but there was no sign of any Bee Orchids. (GE) 

Southern Marsh Orchid (GE)

Norton Bog Lagoon (GE)
Mon 24th

Several Small Heaths were present and 3 Common Blues and a Dingy Skipper were around the ‘Newt Pond’ near the main entrance

Weds 26th

Sadly, a long-dead Barn Owl was found at Anglesey Basin, near the patches of Deergrass and 1-2 Red-eyed Damselflies were on the canal where the Floating Water-plantain was showing well, though not flowering. The Sundews are doing well south of the canal with the patch in the overflow extending for 22m.

At Plant Swag there were 8 Red-eyed Damselflies on the Water Lilies.

Anglesey Basin (GE)

Remains of Barn Owl (GE).

Plant Swag (GE)
Sat 29th

Hysteropezizella subvelatavar juncicola Med (PT)
This fungi is a species new to Britain and has been located at Chasewater. See our biodiversity page and follow the link for fungi at Chasewater