Striving to record, monitor and conserve birds & wildlife found on the Sutton & Lound GP's SSSI (Idle Valley NR) since 1990.

Wildlife Sightings 2011


Sunday 18th December

Blaco Fields - Two HARES present. (M.Warne) Boat Inn Fishery - Single FOX noted (M.Warne)

The following information has been supplied by James Simpson (IVNR Reserve Officer for inclusion in this page. A huge thanks to James for sharing this interesting find with our members. 

Mining Bee Sp Colletes cunicularius - A new addition to the Nottinghamshire fauna!

A new species of Mining Bee (Colletinea) has recently been recorded on the site and has now been confirmed as a New Addition to the Nottinghamshire Fauna

Posted on Wednesday 30th November 2011 at 01.10am.

The following information and images have been submitted by Nottinghamshire Birder and wildlife enthusiast John Szczur for inclusion in this page. A huge thanks to John for sharing this interesting find with our members. 

Round-leaved Wintergreen Pyrola rotundifolia - A new addition to the Nottinghamshire flora!

On April 11th 2011 I decided to spend some time around the older areas of the Lound Gravel Pits in order to look for spring invertebrates, especially bees. I had some success doing this, but the most interesting find of the day proved to be a plant. At SK701863 within an area south of Neatholme Lane and west of Cross Lane Scrape, ironically labelled "Rank Vegetation" on the Idle Valley NR map, I found 21 non-flowering rosettes of a Pyrola Wintergreen. I initially thought the species would be Common Wintergreen (Pyrola minor), simply because this is the commonest British species and the only one to have been recorded in Notts before, albeit back in the 17th Centaury. I decided a return visit was required to confirm the ID. A visit on May 13th after watching the Broad-billed Sandpiper revealed little change, there were still 21 non-flowering rosettes. The dry summer delayed flowering and the few plants that eventually flowered did so from mid July through to October. The photos were taken on October 2nd. Flowering showed the plants to be Round-leaved Wintergreen (Pyrola rotundifolia). The long styles (over 6mm long), non-orbicular leaves and pedicel length point to sub-species rotundifolia. Pyrola rotundifolia ssp rotundifolia is a native plant and in England grows in damp, calcareous sites including fens, disused chalk-pits and dune-slacks. It is a very scarce, local plant that has undergone a marked decline since 1930. The most serious declines, such as its near extinction in East Anglia, result from changes in fen management. The Lound plants occupy a small area (c.10 sq m) within a transitional zone between birch/willow scrub and a dry Phragmites reedbed. A large colony of Southern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa) occur within this habitat and elsewhere in the marsh Common Twayblade (Neottia ovata) can be found. I understand the marsh where the Wintergreen grows does not lie within the Idle Valley Nature Reserve boundary, and is therefore vulnerable to "development". Other potential threats include changes to the hydrology of the site, succession and grazing by Roe Deer.

John Szczur

   Round-leaved Wintergreen Pyrola rotundifolia - Lound, 2nd October 2011. ©John Szczur.

Having received this record via the club James Simpson (IVNR Reserve Officer) has now submitted this record onto the Nottinghamshire county recorder Dave Wood who has confirmed that this is a New Addition to the Nottinghamshire Flora which is excellent news.

Posted on Sunday 27th November 

Thursday 24th November

Linghurst Wood - Single very un-seasonal record of a RED ADMIRAL butterfly here today indicating just how mild it has been this month so far. (M.Warne)

Sunday 6th November

Blaco - Up to 11 HARES present here today. (G.Hobson)

Sunday 25th October

Blaco - Up to 7 HARES present this afternoon. (T.Tomlinson)

Monday 24th October

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three ROE DEER still present. (M.Warne)

Sunday 16th October

Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two ROE DEER spent all day here. (G.Hobson)

Saturday 15th October

Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL noted. (D.Mannifield)

Thursday 13th October

A nice stag ROE DEER was photographed this morning. See Image below. (D.Housman)

Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus - Lound, 13th October 2011. ©Darren Housman

Friday 7th October 

Chainbridge Lane - Single FOX noted. (P.Cottam)

Friday 23rd September

Windsurf Pool - Single STOAT by the caravans. (R.Bird,S.Bird) Bellmoor Lake - Single CLOUDED YELLOW butterfly noted along River Idle here. (P.Hobson)

Thursday 22nd September

Linghurst Wood - Single THE SNOUT moth noted and up to 14 MIGRANT HAWKERS and 8 COMMON DARTERS present over the site. (M.Warne)

Tuesday 20th September

Single STOAT noted and photographed swimming from the main island to the shore on Neatholme Scrape. (G.Richardson) 

Sunday 18th September

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Female (Doe) ROE DEER with two nearly full grown fauns. (R.Scott)

Saturday 17th September

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Female (Doe) ROE DEER with two nearly full grown fauns. (G.Hobson)

Thursday 15th September

Neatholme Pit - Single STOAT swam to island and observed hunting. (A.Bradford) Clayworth Common - Single CLOUDED YELLOW noted. (A.Bradford)

Sunday 11th September

Blaco - Again a single WEASEL ran accross the road to the pits. (M.Warne) 

Saturday 10th September

Blaco - Single WEASEL noted ran accross the road to the pits. (M.Warne)

Friday 9th September

River Idle (Track) - Single PAINTED LADY and 1 WEASEL both noted along the riverbank track. (P.Cottam)

Thursday 8th September


Hawthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale - Lound, 8th September 2011. ©Martin Warne

Saturday 3rd September

Grassland between Walters Lane Pit and Chainbridge Pit - Single female LONG-WINGED CONEHEAD Conocephalus dorsalis bush-cricket was found and photographed here by David Read. The following image and information on its current UK and county status was supplied by David.

 Long-winged Conehead Conocephalus dorsalis - female (it has a dark red sword-like ovipositor projecting from its abdomen, used to lay its eggs), Lound, 3rd September 2011. ©David Read

"Reading up on the species on the web I found that it was first recorded in the UK in 1945 near Plymouth. It was confined to the south coast until the 1980's when it began to move north, reaching Leicestershire by 2006. In 2007 the first report in Notts came from Clifton but from what i can see, I don't think it has ever been seen this far north. I have sent the record to Roy Frost who is county recorder for orthoptera, and hopefully he will be able to shed more light on it"  ©David Read

Monday 29th August

Blaco - Single STOAT and up to 5 HARES present. (T.Tomlinson,V.Giles,K.Wilson)

Painted Lady Cynthia cardui - Male, Lound, 29th August 2011. ©Martin Warne

Sunday 28th August

The Willows - Single BROWN ARGUS butterfly noted.  Linghurst Wood - Moths including Longhorn Moth (2), The Vapourer (2), Mother of Pearl and Straw Dot noted here today. (M.Warne) Butterfly numbers totalling Common Blue 1, Red Admiral 1, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Large White 5, Peacock 2 and Speckled Wood 5. Dragonfly numbers totalling Common Darter 11, Migrant Hawker 3 and Brown Hawker 3. (M.Warne)

Green Shieldbug (Nymph) Palomena prasina - Linghurst Wood, 28th August 2011. ©Martin Warne

Saturday 27th August

Neatholme Fen - Single STOAT present today. (A.Bell)

Friday 26th August

Blaco - A count of 15 HARES here today. (T.Tomlinson)

Saturday 20th August

 Hoverfly Eristalis tenax - Lound, 20th August 2011. ©Martin Warne

Friday 19th August

Moths - Straw Dot, Mother of Pearl and Green Carpet all present. (M.Warne)

Forest Bug Pentatoma rufipes - Parsh Park,19th August 2011 ©Martin Warne

Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina - Lound, 19th August 2011. ©Martin Warne

Friday 12th August

Blaco - Single STOAT and up to 5 HARES. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Tuesday 9th August  

Noted in Chainbridge Nature Reserve and the areas East of Walters Lane Pit and South of Chainbridge Pit today. 
Emperor Dragonfly (1), Migrant Hawker (2), Common Darter (20+) Brown Hawker (10+), Common Blue Damselfly (Large Numbers), Blue Tailed Damselfly (2) and Banded Demiselle (5).
Silver Y (2), Shaded Broad-Bar (5), Mother of Pearl (4) and Straw Dot (1)
Red Admiral, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Comma (2), Gatekeeper, Peacock, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Large White, Small White and Speckled Wood (P.Cadman)

Sunday 7th August

Cross Lane Pit - Single GRASS SNAKE crossed over the path at the east end. (P.Cadman) Parish Park - Single EMERALD DAMSELFLY photographed here today. (P.Cadman)

 Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa - Single at Parish Park, 7th August 2011. ©PhilCadman

Friday 29th July

Neatholme Lane - Up to 4 PURPLE HAIRSTREAK butterflies noted today along with a SOUTHERN HAWKER DRAGONFLY and an EMPORER DRAGONFLY. (M.Warne,T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Thursday 28th July

Great North Road (Nr Rural Learning Centre) - A single BADGER was found as a 'road kill' victim. (Mike Vickers)

Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis - Lound, 28th July 2011. ©Martin Warne

Sunday 24th July

Lound Village - Single HOLLY BLUE noted on Wild Marjoram. (M.Vickers)

Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus - Lound Village, 24th July 2011. ©Mike Vickers

Thursday 21st July

Tiln Works Pit - Single HOLLY BLUE butterfly present. (M.Warne) Chainbridge Pit - Single PURPLE HAIRSTREAK butterly in smalll Oak tree on river side of pit. (M.Warne) Moths noted were SILVER Y and SILVER GROUND CARPET. (M.Warne)

Purple Hairstreak Neozephyrus quercus - Chainbridge Pit, 21st July 2011. ©Martin Warne

Sunday 17th July

Neatholme Scrape - Single WEASEL noted. (A.Bradford,N.Braund)

Tuesday 12th July

Cross Lane - Up to 3 PURPLE HAIRSTREAK butterfly noted mainly in Oaks A single male and two females including the one shown below. (M.Warne)

Purple Hairstreak Neozephyrus quercus - Female, Cross Lane, 12th July 2011. ©Martin Warne

Monday 11th July

Neatholme Scrape - Single Doe ROE DEER seen again with two large Fawns. (P.J.Freeman) 

Sunday 10th July

Parish Park - Single CLOUDED YELLOW Butterfly present. (D.Roberts)

Clouded Yellow Colias croceus - Parish Park, 10th July 2011. ©Des Roberts

Tuesday 5th July

Windsurf Pit - Single ROE DEER present. (P.J.Freeman) 

Sunday 26th June

Neatholme Scrape - Single female ROE DEER still attending two fauns and a CLOUDED BORDER moth present. Neatholme Fen - Two EMPERER DRAGONFLY present. Chainbridge Wood NR - Single PAINTED LADY butterfly and 3 LONGHORN BEETLE present. (M.Warne)


 Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus - Male, Lound, 26th June 2011. ©Martin Warne

Sunday 19th June


 The Blackneck Lygephila pastinum - Lound, 19th June 2011. ©Martin Warne


 Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum - Lound, 19th June 2011. ©Martin Warne


 Lunar Hornet Moth Sesia bembeciformis - Lound, 19th June 2011. ©Martin Warne

Saturday 18th June


White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album - Nr WaterSki Pit, 18th June 2011. ©Martin Warne

Thursday 16th June

 Black-tailed Skimmer Orthotrum cancellatum - Female, Lound, 16th June 2011. ©Martin Warne


Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus - Female, Lound, 16th June 2011. ©Martin Warne

Sunday 12th June

 Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii - Lound, 12th June 2011. ©Daz Housman

Friday 10th June

Common Awl Robber-Fly Neoitamus cyanurus - Walters Lane Sheep Fields, 10th June 2011. ©Martin Warne

Thank you to Stephanie Kiel for identifying this species for us.

Tuesday 7th June

The Willows - A single LABYRINTH SPIDER Agelena labyrinthica was observed and photographed in its 'funnel web' home. (Photo's courtesy of Daz Housman) 


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Saturday 4th June


Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa - A male, Lound village garden pond, 4th June 2011. ©Mike Vickers

Tuesday 31st May

Bee Orchid - Lound, 31st May 2011. ©Martin Warne


Golden-Bloomed Grey Longhorn Beetle Agapanthia villosoviridescens - Lound, 31st May 2011. This species is a occasional visitor to the UK from the continent. ©Martin Warne 

Thursday 26th May

Neatholme Scrape - Two ROE DEER present. (D.Mannifield)

Wednesday 25th May

Female (Doe) Roe Deer with one of two 'fawns', Cross Lane Marsh, 25th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Daz Housman)

 Female (Doe) Roe Deer with its two 'fawns', Cross Lane Marsh, 25th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Daz Housman)

Tuesday 24th May

Neatholme Scrape - Single BROWN HARE in front of viewing screen. Neatholme Lane - Single FOX noted along the lane. (N.Braund) Clayworth Common (New Workings) - Single FOX noted hunting in two areas. Chainbridge Wood NR - Blood-vein Moth (See image below), Magpie Moth, Scorpion Fly were noted. Water Ski Pit - Four-spot Chaser noted. Wildgoose Farm - Brimstone Butterfly noted (M.Warne)

 Blood-vein Timandra comae - Chainbridge Wood NR, 24th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Martin Warne)

Wednesday 18th May 

Hayton Common - A single ROE DEER was noted today along the river this evening (P.J.Freeman).

Sunday 15th May

Brown Argus Butterflies noted, also Green Carpet Moths, Scorpion Fly, Saw Fly and a Garden Tiger Moth catterpillar. In the river a shoal of 7 large Chub (4lb each?) were noted with small numbers of Roach and Gudgeon.  (M.Warne)

Friday 13th May

A few Green Carpet Moths were noted today. (C.King)

Monday 9th May

Chainbridge Wood NR - In the area today were BROWN ARGUS BUTTERFLY (MW), Common Blue, Small Copper, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Banded Damoiselle, Four-spot Chaser, Carpet Moth and Cinnabar Moth. (M.Warne)

 Brown Argus Aricia agestis - Chainbridge Wood NR, 9th May 2011 (Photo courtesy of Martin Warne)

Saturday 7th May 

Chainbridge Wood NR - Four BANDED DAMOISELLE (MW) noted near here, also single Bee-Fly, Cinnabar Moth, 2 Common Blue Butterfly, 20 Blue-tailed Damselfly and large numbers of Cardinal Beetles. (M.Warne) 

 Hoverfly sp Helophilus pendulus - A common species throughout the UK. (Photo courtesy of Martin Warne)

Monday 2nd May

Cross Lane - A single DINGY SKIPPER (DC,SC) butterfly was noted opposite the entrance to the Water Ski Pit. (Chainbridge Lane (Tarmac Works) - Single ROE DEER noted twice today. Neatholme Lane - Single FOUR-SPOT CHASER (TT) dragonfly and a LARGE RED DAMSELFLY (MW) (see image below) was noted with many Common Blue Damselfly. Blaco - Two ROE DEER and 12 HARES. River Idle - A shoal of 10 GUDGEON were again present under Neatholme Footbridge. The Willows - BURNET MOTHS were noted here today. Other insect species noted were Bee-Fly and Froghopper Bug in river bank vegetation. (T.Tomlinson,M.Warne,D.Came,S.Came)

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula - Neatholme Lane, 2nd May 2011. (Photo courtesy of Martin Warne)

Saturday 30th April

Amongst the more common butterfly species noted today were Small Copper, Common Blue and Red Admiral. Also today a few Common Blue Damselflies noted (M.Warne). River Idle - A shoal of 20 GUDGEON were present under Neatholme Footbridge (M.Warne). 

Saturday 23rd April

 Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni  - Lound, 23rd April 2011. (Photo courtesy of Martin Warne)

Friday 22nd April

River Idle - The single circa 8 lb BARBEL was still in the river today underneath Neatholme Footbridge. (G.Hobson,A.Bradford)

Thursday 21st April

River Idle - A single circa 8 lb BARBEL was found dead in the river today. The fish looked intact and may have died due to spawning? (P.Hobson,G.Hobson) Blaco - Three HARES noted here today. Butterfly species noted today include 1 Comma, 3 Peacock and 3 Brimstone. (M.Warne)

Monday 18th April

Blaco - Up to 20 HARES were noted here today with some 'boxing' noted. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Sunday 17th April

Cross Lane - Single STOAT present. (R.Scott,P.Cottam)

Saturday 16th April

Large numbers of Butterflies in the northern half of the site today including the first?, an early male Common Blue (see image below), 20 Small White, 12 Orange Tip, 9 Speckled Wood, 9 Peacock, 3 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoishell and 1 Green-veined White. (M.Warne)

Common Blue Polyommatus icarus - Male, Neatholme Lane, 16th April 2011 (Photo courtesy of Martin Warne)

Friday 15th April

Clayworth Common - Two ROE DEER noted. (P.J.Freeman) Good numbers of butterfly noted today including Orange Tip, Peacock, Small White, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White. (M.Warne)

Wednesday 13th April 

River Idle - Single STOAT hunting riverbanks near to Neatholme footbridge. The Willows - A single 'Jack' PIKE of around 2lb was present in the dyke here today. (M.Warne,J.King)

Thursday 7th April

An unusual bee-like insect with a long probing mouth parts was photographed (see image below) by Martin Warne who asked if either James Simpson or Gary Hobson could help identify it for him. Not sure on the status and await James's reply to see if he can add anything further.

Bee-Fly Bombylius major - Lound, 7th April 2011 (Photo courtesy of Martin Warne)
Gary Hobson writes in reply:-
A quick look at the insect image and a wizz through my Collins Field Guide to the Insects of Britain and Northern Europe finds this insect to be a type of True Flies under the order Diptera and sub order Brachycera and family Bombyliidae and is one of 12 species commonly known as a Bee-Flies. The one in the guide is identical to the one in your photo and has the latin name Bombylius major and is according to the guide notes the best known species. They are also parasitic to other insects, especially solitary bees and wasps.  

Monday 28th March

Neatholme Lane - Single WEASEL noted crossing lane. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single STOAT swimming from island to the mainland. Butterfy species noted were 4 Tortoisehell and 1 Peacock. (M.Warne) 

Sunday 27th March

Single STOAT noted. (R.Scott,P.Cottam) 

Thursday 24th March

A good day for early species of Butterfly with several Peacocks seen across the site, 2 Commas (Bellmoor to Bunker Wood), 2 Small Tortoisehells (near Bunker Wood) and a Brimstone (near Bunker Wood). (C.Cornish)

Wednesday 23rd March

Butterfly recorded today were single Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock. (M.Warne)

Tuesday 22nd March

Butterfly recorded today were 2 Comma, 3 Peacock and 2 Brimstone Butterflies. (T.Tomlinson)
Friday 18th March
Linghurst Wood - Single Brimstone buterfly noted here. (T.Tomlinson)

Monday 14th March

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two ROE DEER present again. (K.Wilson,T.Tomlinson)

Sunday 13th March

Cross Lane - Two ROE DEER present. (R.Scott) 

Sunday 6th March 

River Idle - Single white 'Ermine' STOAT was seen hunting in reeds along the river between Chainbridge Bridge and Neatholme Footbridge. (M.Warne) 

Sunday 27th February

Cross Lane Marsh - Single white 'Ermine' STOAT was seen here today. (P.Cottam)

Thursday 24th February

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to 4 ROE DEER (one stag with antlers) on rough grass in centre of scrape. (P.Cadmam,M.Warne,J.King,C.King)

Wednesday 16th February

Lound Low Road - Single BADGER was observed at 10.00pm crossing the Low Road as you approach Lound Village. (M.Vickers) 

Tuesday 8th February 

Mattersey Common - Two HARE present today. (D.Read)

Thursday 28th January

Wildgoose Farm - Single STOAT observed with prey. Blaco - Up to 3 HARES present. (P.Cottam)

Wednesday 27th January

Blaco - up to 5 HARES present. (D.Read)

Saturday 15th January

Neatholme Scrape - The single white 'Ermine' STOAT was seen frantically racing around in front of the western viewpoint trying to snare a Rabbit. After several munutes it caught the Rabbit but after a few minutes of wrestling with it the Rabbit broke free and got away. Some tweny minutes later presumably the same white STOAT was seen briefly running around on the main island where the pigs are so it must have swan over from the shore unoticed. (G.Hobson)

Thursday 13th January

Neatholme/Linghurst area - Two FOX noted today. Blaco - Up to 5 HARE noted here today. (P.Cottam)

Thursday 6th January

A completly white 'Ermine' STOAT ran across the path between the Water Ski Pit and Neatholme Scape and then up the west bank of Neatholme Scape. (D.Read)

Tuesday 4th January

Water Ski Pit - Single FOX on ice being harassed by Carrion Crows. (P.J.Freeman)

Monday 3rd January

Linghurst Pit (Neatholme Fen) - Single FOX on ice. (T.Tomlinson)

Saturday 1st January 2011

Cross Lane Pit - Single FOX noted here today. (P.J.Freeman)

Friday 31st December 

Blaco - Single HARE present. (G.Hobson,T.Carter) 

Sunday 19th December 

The Willows - Single FOX noted here today (I.Sexton)

Tuesday 16th November

Blaco - Single FOX, 5 HARE and 1 STOAT noted today. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Saturday 6th November

Neatholme Scrape - Single STOAT near southern viewpoint. (G.Hobson)

Wednesday 22nd September

Neatholme Lane - Single GRASS SNAKE (approx 60-70cm) noted along the lane. (R.Stevens)

Friday 10th September

Cross Lane Marsh - Single ROE DEER present. (P.J.Freeman)

Sunday 22nd August

Neatholme Scrape - Single ROE DEER on track between here and the Water Ski Pit. (R.Scott).

Sunday 15th August 

Cross Lane Marsh - Two ROE DEER present. (P.Cottam) Neatholme Lane - Single GRASS SNAKE noted. (R.Scott)

Sunday 8th August

Chainbridge Wood NR - Single HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTH and two BROWN ARGUS butterfly on Buddleia adjacent to the river. (R.Stevens)

The Willows - Single BROWN ARGUS noted here today. (R.Stevens)

Saturday 7th August

Butterflies noted today:
Painted Lady (On buddleia near Chainbridge, West viewpoint), 7 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, 13 Large White, 5 Gatekeeper, 3 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 5 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue (with a very pale underwing on Ragwort near Crosslane Scrape), 4 Small Copper (On Ragwort near Crosslane Scrape), 1 Comma (The Willows), 3 Meadow Brown and 1 Small Skipper (The Willows) 
Odonata noted today:

Six Banded Demoiselle (River Idle), 2
Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Emperor and 2 Ruddy Darter.


Sunday 1st August

Neatholme Lane - Single OAK EGGAR moth found on the track (see image below, also a HORNET was seen chasing a large Dragonfly. Single BROWN ARGUS and a WHITE-LETTER HAIRSTREAK butterfly reported here today. (S.Davenport,T.Critchley,J.Czczur)

 Oak Egger Lasiocampa quercus - Neatholme Lane, 1st August 2010 (Photo coutesy of Stuart Davenport)

Monday 26th July

Chainbridge Wood NR - Two HUMMINGBIRD HAWKMOTHS were noted feeding on the buddleia in the car park and 13 species of butterfly were noted around the site today. (R.Stevens)

Sunday 25th July

Neatholme Lane - Large numbers of butterfly on the wing especially along Neatholme Lane with at least 6 Comma and 2 Brimstones noted feeding on thistle heads. (G.Hobson) River Idle - At least a dozen Banded Damoiselle and 2 Brown Hawkers along the short stretch of the river either side of the footbridge. Also a STOAT was seen to run into bankside grasses. (G.Hobson,D.Askew)

Tuesday 20th July

Bellmoor Lake - A single presumed GOLDEN ORFE fish of about a foot long was seen basking in the shallows in the SE corner this evening. Anyone know where this chap came from? (A.Bradford,G.Hobson)

Sunday 11th July

Bellmoor & Tiln - 12 Comma butterfly, 6 Black-tailed Skimmer and 3 Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly. (R.Revill,M.Revill) 

Saturday 10th July

The Willows - Single adult PUSS MOTH found on the parched earth here today and photographed below. Also several Comma butterfly along Neatholme Lane. (G.Hobson)


 Puss Moth Cerura vinula - The Willows, 11th July 2010. (Photo's courtesy of Gary Hobson)

Tuesday 18th May 

Cross Lane Pit (Willow Plantation) - Two female ROE DEER around SSSI area. (Many Observers)

Sunday 16th May

Blaco - Single ROE DEER along the river bank. (K.Wilson)

Saturday 15th May 

Neatholme Lane - Many adult RABBITS around in the sunshine but no young noted. Also a small short tailed rodent (mouse or vole sp) ran accross Cross Lane towards the Water Ski Pit. (G.Hobson)

Friday 14th May

Neatholme Viewpoint - Single STOAT on path to viewpoint. (K.Wilson)

Wednesday 5th May

Chainbridge Lane - Single STOAT noted today. (P.Cottam)

Friday 30th April

Blaco - Single WEASEL noted. (P.J.Freeman)

Sunday 25th April

Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL noted again crossing old conveyor bridge. (S.Davenport) Neatholme Lane - Two Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood and a few Peacock and Orange Tip Butterfly noted.Many types of Bumble Bee in evidence and many Rabbit seen around the site today.

Saturday 24th April

Chainbridge Pit - Single ROE DEER noted swimming across the length of the pit. (I.Cowgill) 

Friday 23rd April

Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL noted. (P.Cottam)

Wednesday 21st April

Neatholme Fen - Three FOX noted including a single vixen with two pups. (R.Revill,M.Revill)

Sunday 18th April

Blaco - Up to 10 HARE present aroundthe pits today. (K.Wilson) Neatholme Fen - Single FOX noted. (R.Scott)

Saturday 17th April 

Blaco - Single Brimstone butterly along river here. (K.Wilson) Also several Orange Tip butterfly noted in various locations. (D.Nicholson)

Friday 16th April 

A very good day for Butterflies today with the heat with the following noted:- 
Orange Tip (2 Chainbridge Wood NR , 1 Neatholme Lane), 7 Peacock ( the majority on river idle banks), 4 Small Tortoiseshell (2 Chainbridge Wood NR, 2 Neatholme Lane) and 1 Small White (Chainbridge Wood NR). (R.Doan)

Thursday 15th April

Cross Lane Marsh - Three ROE DEER noted here today. (R.Stevens)

Sunday 11th April

Neatholme Pit - Single STOAT on track between here and Neatholme Scrape. (R.Revill,M.Revill)

Tuesday 6th April 

Blaco - Single HARE present on fields near River Idle. Neatholme Lane - Single GREY SQUIRREL present in oak along the lane. (G.Hobson,S.Davenport)

Sunday 4th April 

Clayworth Common - Single FOX noted today. (P.Cottam)

Saturday 27th March

Chainbridge Lane - Single BROWN RAT hurried accross the lane at dusk. (G.Hobson,A.Bradford) 

Tuesday 23rd March

Neatholme Lane – Butterfly species noted here today included 2 Comma's, 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. (C.Cornish)

Tuesday 16th March

Walter's Farm - Single (probable Buff-tailed) BUMBLE-BEE recorded here today. (D.Nicholson)

Saturday 13th March 

Cross Lane Marsh - A single ROE DEER was feeding along the edge of the pit this moring. (G.Hobson)

Thursday 11th March

Rural Learning Centre - A single WATER VOLE is being seen in the moat around the centre building and was recently photographed by one of the NWT staff members. (C.Cornish,Ann-Marie Edwards)

 Water Vole Arvicola amphibius - Rural Learning Centre, 11th March 2010, (Photo courtesy of Ann-Marie Edwards)

Thursday 4th March

Neatholme Scrape - Three ROE DEER were unfortunately flushed from the main island here during the Ruddy Duck cull. (C.Langtree)

Saturday 13th February

Neatholme Pit - Single dog FOX walking the whole length of the northern edge of the pit where it also flushed out a single HARE. (G.Hobson,S.Davenport)

Friday 12th February

Neatholme Scrape - 3 ROE DEER present. (P.J.Freeman)

Saturday 23rd January

Wildgoose Farm - Two 'barking' FOX chasing each other. (P.J.Freeman)

Wednesday 20th January

Neatholme Scrape - Single ROE DEER present (P.Cottam)

Thursday 7th January

Fox Vulpes vulpes - Neatholme Scrape, photographed being harrassed by a Carrion Crow near the northern viewpoint. (Photo courtesy of Ian Sexton)

Tuesday 5th January

Single WEASEL noted in the deep snow. (P.J.Freeman)

Saturday 2nd January

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Two ROE DEER (including a male with large antlers) feeding and showing well late morning on middle section between northern and southern scrapes (I.Cowgill et al)

Friday 1st January 

Chainbridge NR Scrape - A single male FOX was noted alongside the scrape and also along Cross Lane today and was also 'nervously' very close to a Bittern that was noted in the same area. (P.Cottam, A.Ollerenshaw,C.Ollerenshaw)


Sunday 22nd November

Windsurf Pit area - Single STOAT noted between Windsurf Pit and Chainbridge NR Scrape (R.Scott)

Sunday 25th October

Neatholme Lane - Single STOAT noted (P.Cottam)

Thursday 22nd October

Neatholme Scrape - Single doe ROE DEER again today. (P.J.Freeman)

Monday 19th October 

Butterfly Sightings - Single PAINTED LADY along Neatholme Lane, a Small White and a Small Copper (R.Bird,S.Bird)

Wednesday 13th October

Chainbridge NR Scrape - 2 ROE DEER present here again today. (T.Tomlinson,V.Giles)

Wednesday 7th October

Neatholme Scrape - Three ROE DEER noted here today. (P.Cottam)

Saturday 26th September 

Several HORNETS were noted roving up and down Neatholme Lane today. A note in the bird log mentions a HORNET nest near the Water Ski Pit? Several Rabbits were visible along the Lane here today as well.

Sunday 20th September

Single ROE DEER noted again on Chainbridge NR Scrape (R.Scott)

Tuesday 15th September

Single ROE DEER noted today on both Cross Lane Fen and Chainbridge NR Scrape. (T.Tomlinson)

Saturday 5th September

A WEASEL was watched and photographed checking out both woodpecker and natural holes in a broken Ash Tree stump along Neatholme Lane today. (G.Hobson) Another WEASEL was also observed carrying 'prey' along the Chainbridge Scrape viewpoint access track then noted again with a baby BROWN RAT in the ditch along Chainbridge Lane. (per S.Davenport)

Friday 15th August

Stuart Davenport has commented that the caterpillar in the photo below is a VAPOURER MOTH or possibly even a Scarce Vapourer Moth and was noted along the riverbank.  

Vapourer Moth Orgyia antiqua  (Photo courtesy of Jason & Callum King)

Wednesday 12th August

Single BLACK-TAILED SKIMMER noted at Bellmoor Lake. (P.Palmer)

Sunday 2nd August

BROWN ARGUS butterfly noted at the Parish Park (Linghurst Lakes. (D.Nicholson)

Friday 31st July

12 species of Butterfly noted today including PURPLE HAIRSTREAK along track by Neatholme Scrape in Ash Tree, also BROWN ARGUS. (P.Cottam)

Sunday 14th June

A single FOX was noted on Chainbridge NR Scrape. (R.Scott)

Saturday 13th June

A PYGMY SHREW was noted at the bottom of the Neatholme Scrape viewpoint access track. (M.B.Vickers)

Wednesday 8th June

Single ROE DEER noted on Neatholme Scrape and Chainbridge NR Scrape. (P.Cottam,T.Tomlinson)

Sunday 31st May

A single GRASS SNAKE was observed crossing Chainbridge Lane. (S.Davenport)

Saturday 25th April 2009

Single STOAT photographed below in Linghurst Wood. (Photo courtesy of Ian Sexton)


Camberwell Beauty in Nottinghamshire

This CAMBERWELL BEAUTY butterly was found by Paul Naylor at Annesley Pit Top on Saturday 19th September. An exellent find in the county and the envy of many who didn't manage to see it. 


 (Photo's courtesy of Nigel Davis)