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June 2016 Diary
Sightings, news and photos from Chasewater and surrounding areas.
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 Wed 1st Springwatch had a feature on the 'urban' Red Deer on what used to be the wonderful Church Street Open Space, now the developing and provocatively named Holly Blue Meadows housing estate.
Thurs 2nd No records
Fri 3rd No records
Sat 4th A Hobby was at Norton Bog (RD).
Sun 5th A buck Muntjac was on Norton Bog hill (RD).
Mon 6th The monthly WeBS count produced 76 Mute Swans, 37 Canada Geese, 104 Mallard, 1 drake Pochard, 9 Tufted Ducks, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Herons, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Moorhens, 120 Coot, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Lapwings and 10 Common Terns. A family of Willow Tits was feeding around the old overflow south of the canal. Despite apparently losing their first clutch of eggs the Little Ringed Plovers are again on territory within the Sailing Club compound and were actively mating and causing a dilemma for the organisers of the Ironman Triathlon as they hoped to use the territory as a car-park.
The large Yellow-bellied Slider variety of Red-eared Terrapin has reappeared on the canal; almost certainy the same specimen that used to frequent the Nine-foot Pool as they can live for over 30 years. Only small numbers of orchids are in flower and are rather inconspicuous at the moment. Two small clumps of Deergrass still survive south of the canal. Red-eyed Damselflies were on the canal and several Four-spotted Chasers, 3 male Broad-bodied Chasers and a male Black-tailed Skimmer were around the various bog pools (GE).

Little Ringed Plovers (GE)

Juvenile Willow Tit (GE)

Terrapin (GE)

Bee Orchid (GE)

Broad-bodied Chaser (GE)

Four-spotted Chaser (GE)
Tues 7th Eight Common Terns were present but sadly an apparently shot bird was found dead recently.
The local 'heronry' appears to have two nests and three juveniles.

It's a great pity that the Church Street Open Space should have been included in the housing development undertaken by both Barratt (Holly Blue Meadows) and Taylor Wimpey (Burntwood Manor). It was such a rich habitat with species such as the thousands of Adder's-tongue ferns indicating that it had been undisturbed for many years. It would have been a fine addition to the SSSI but it strangely lost its SBI (Site of Biological Importance) status and all but a narrow corridor along Church Street is now being 'developed'. The newt fencing implies the presence of Great Crested Newts and just a brief walk produced carpets of Adder's-tongue, marsh orchids, Dingy Skipper, Common Blue and Buzzard. A great loss only only to be exacerbated by naming the development after what had been destroyed (GE).


Adder's-tongue (GE)

Dingy Skipper (GE)




Church Street Open Space uprooted and shredded.
Wed 8th No records
Thurs 9th No records
Fri 10th No records
Sat 11th No records
Sun 12th The Ironman 70.3 Triathlon involving an early morning swim in the lake and bike transition at Chasewater.
Mon 13th No records
Tues 14th No records
Wed 15th No records
Thurs 16th 20 Common Terns and a juvenile Black-headed Gull were present but there appears to be only one Little Ringed Plover remaining. A Kingfisher was at Jeffrey's Swag. Greater care with grass cutting operations than last year has resulted in at least 15 Bee Orchids flowering on the South Shore but at Norton Bog, last year's colonies of 7 and 89 are reduced to 1 and 8 this year. Numbers of marsh orchids also appear to be reduced. It was hardly conducive weather but Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Small Heath and Meadow Brown butterflies were noted and a female Black-tailed Skimmer was seen (GE).
Fri 17th
A single Little Ringed Plover was still present (KW).
Sat 18th No records
Sun 19th Two Kingfishers were by the Swag (GR).
Mon 20th No records
Tues 21st No records
Wed 22nd A Kingfisher was at Fly Pool (KW).
Thurs 23rd 39 Tufted Ducks and a Pochard were present along with 13 Common Terns, 5 Reed Warblers and a Willow Tit. 30 Bee Orchids are in flower on the South Shore but no new specimens were found at Norton Bog. One or two Ringlets, Large Skippers and Small Heaths were on the wing (GE).

Anglesey Basin (GE)

Cranberry (GE)

Round-leaved Sundew (GE)
A few images of some of the many plants in the rich Anglesey Basin area (GE).
Black Spleenwort (GE)
 
Fri 24th No records
Sat 25th No records
Sun 26th No records
Mon 27th 6 Common Terns were present (GE).
Tues 28th No records
Wed 29th No records
Thurs 30th No records