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

Wildlife Sightings 2012


Saturday 29th December
Bellmoor Lake - Single FOX noted in poor weather. (P.J.Freeman)

Wednesday 14th November 
Sutton-cum-Lound - Single 'unidentified' Bat species photographed here at 1.15pm this afternoon. (D.Mannifield)
  Can you identify this bat species photographed today? ©Dave Mannifield

Wednesday 17 October

Lycosidae Alopecosa barbipes - Sandy Hills, October 2012. © Pauline Bradford

Monday 27th August 

Comma Polygonia c-album - Larva, Lound, August 2012. © Pauline Bradford

Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni - Male, Lound, 27th August 2012. ©Pauline Bradford

Wednesday 15th August

Quite a lot of Peacock, Meadow Browns and one Small Copper butterfly noted today. (P.C.Harrison)

Wednesday 11th July
Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single GRASS SNAKE was noted here today. (P.Bradford,A.Bradford,D.Mannifield)
 Scorpion Fly Panorpa communis - Female, Lound, July 2012. ©Pauline Bradford 

Tuesday 3rd July
Parish Park - A good number of orchids noted here today including; Bee Orchid 20+, Marsh Orchid 30+, Common Spotted Orchid 30+ including a few Common Spotted/Marsh hybrids. Also a good showing of Yellow Bartsia, some Grass Vetchling, Rough Chervil & Black Horehound amongst some 50 flower spiecies recorded. Good numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlets and a few Small Heaths. Many Common Blue & Azure Damselflies and a few Blue-tailed Damselflies. Single female Black-tailed Skimmer and 1 male Emperor Dragonfly. (Bernard & Maureen Featherstone)

Monday 11th June
Bellmoor Lake - A single YELLOW LONGHORN beetle was photographed here today. (M.Warne)
 Yellow Longhorn Beetle Rutpela maculata - Bellmoor Lake, 11th June 2012. ©Martin Warne
Neatholme Scrape - A Single ROE DEER was here today. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single FOX noted here today. (T.Tonlinson,K.Wilson)
 Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus - Neatholme Scrape, 11th June 2012. ©Tony Tomlinson

Wednesday 6th May
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Bee Orchid noted. Butterflies of note on the reserve today were, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Small Heath and Small Copper. Also two Cinnabar moths and a pair of Banded Demoiselles. (P.Bradford,A.Bradford)

Friday 1st May
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single male ROE DEER drinking from waters edge. (D.Mannifield)

Saturday 26th May
Lound Village - A single HORNET was seen twice in Mike Vickers garden. (M.Vickers) Linghurst Pool - Single DINGY SKIPPER seen and photographed below. (P.Cadman)
 (Above) 1532 Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages - Linghurst Pool, 26th May 2012 ©Phil Cadman

Thursday 24th May
Cross Lane Fishery - Single SMALL YELLOW UNDERWING moth noted on one of its main food plants, Common Mouse-ear Cerastium holosteoides. Another was noted in Linghurst Wood. (Phil Cadman)
(Above) 2397 Small Yellow Underwing Panemeria tenebrata - Cross Lane Fishery, 24th May 2012 ©Phil Cadman 

Sunday 20th May
Neatholme Lane - Single STOAT crossed the path from Neatholme Pit side, also single Peacock butterfly. Chainbridge Pit - Single Cinnabar moth. Walters Lane - Single Orange-tip butterfly. (P.Bradford,A.Bradford)

Friday 18th May
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single FOX noted. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Four HARE. Neatholme Scrape - Two ROE DEER. Neatholme Lane - Single STOAT with one youngter. Blaco - Up to 6 HARE. (T.Tomlinson)
Neatholme Pit (Grassland) - A pair of HARE copulating. Neatholme Scrape - Four Orange-tip, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Peacock butterflies. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Wednesday 16th May
Chainbridge Wood NR - Up to 12 Orange-tip and 3 Green-veined White butterflies. Cross Lane - Single Peacock butterfly. Neatholme Lane - Up to 4 Orange-tip, 3 Green-veined White and 3 Peacock butterflies. Clayworth Common - Single Comma and 1 Peacock buterfly. River Idle - Single Peacock butterfly. Chainbridge Lane - Single STOAT noted. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Monday 14th May
Hawthorne Lane - Single STOAT running along the lane being dive bombed by a Black-headed Gull.
Butterflies recorded by Alan & Pauline Bradford
Walters Lane - Single Peacock. Neatholme Fen - Up to 11 Orange-tip, 4 Green-veined White and 1 Peacock. Parish Park - 3 Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood, 4 Orange-tip and 2 Peacock. Clayworth Common - 3 Orange-tip and 1 Peacock. Chainbridge Wood NR - 2 Speckled Wood, 7 Green-veined White and 13 Orange-tip. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Sunday 13th May
 (Above) Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula - Just one of the 15+ at Bellmoor Ponds this afternoon.

Saturday 12th May
Neatholme Scrape/Water Ski Pit area - Single ROE DEER with a newly born fawn seen twice during the day. Neatholme Lane - Single Small Copper butterfly noted this morning. (B.Hurst,G.Hobson,S.Davenport,A.Nicholson,M.Richards)
(Above) Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac  - Bellmoor, 12th May 2012. ©Phil Cadman
Butterflies recorded by Alan & Pauline Bradford
Chainbridge Scrape - 1 Orange-tip. Chainbridge Lane - 2 Green-veined White. Chainbridge Pit (by the River Idle) - 14 Orange-tip, 2 Peacock, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Copper. Clayworth Common - 3 Orange-tip and 1 Peacock. Chainbridge Wood NR - 9 Orange-tip, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Common Blue. Neatholme Pit - 1 Brimstone and 3 Orange-tip.

Friday 11th May
Martin Warne and Phil Cadman and others surveyed the site today and produced the following images.
(Below) Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis - Chainbridge NR Scrape, 11th May 2012. ©Martin Warne

Tuesday 8th May
Linghurst Wood - Single Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense seen and photographed in wood today. (P.Cadman)

 Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense - Linghurst Wood, 8th May 2012. ©Phil Cadman
Butterflies seen at Lound today - 24 Orange-tip, 10 Brimstone and 8 Peacock. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Monday 7th May
Chainbridge Lane - Single FOX noted. Neatholme Lane - Single STOAT noted. Blaco - Up to 11 HARES present. (T.Tomlinson)

Friday 4th May
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single FIELD VOLE noted at vewpoint. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Monday 30th April
Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL again. (P.Bradford,A.Bradford) Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single FOX noted here today. Neatholme Fen - 9 Peacock, 8 Brimstone, 1 Holly Blue and 1 Comma butterflies noted plus a single Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly. Neatholme Pit - 8 Orange-tip and 6 Green-veined White butterflies noted. (T.Tomlinson)
Pauline and Alan Bradford recorded the following butterflies on the reserve today - 18 Orange-tip, 1 Brimstone, 6 Green-veined White, 8 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Comma and 1 Common Blue.

Friday 27th April
Neatholme Scrape - Single WEASEL on first island to left looking from seat on Neatholme Lane. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Thursday 26th April 
Clayworth Common - 3 female Orange-tip butterflies. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Tuesday 24th April
Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Green-veined White, 3 Orange-tip, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Peacock butterflies noted here today. Clayworth Common - Three Peacock and 4 Orange-tip butterflies noted here today. Neatholme Scrape - Two Orange-tip butterfly and a single FOX noted walking in front of viewing screens today. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford,D.Mannifield)

Monday 23rd April 
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Peacock and Orange-tip buterflies noted here. (M.Warne)

Sunday 22nd April
Neatholme Scrape - Two Green-veined White butterfly. Clayworth Common - Single Green-veined White, Peacock and Orange-tip Butterfly. Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Single HARE noted. Chainbridge Pit - Single Orange-tip butterfly. Neatholme Lane - Two insect species, a bee sp Nomada marshamella and a tachinid fly sp Gymnocheta viridis were photographed here today (see images below). (M.Warne,D.Mannifield)
 (Above) Anthophorinae Bee Sp Nomada marshamella - Neatholme Lane, 22nd April 2012. ©Martin Warne
(Below) Tachinid Fly Sp Gymnocheta viridis - Neatholme Lane, 22nd April 2012. ©Martin Warne
Club member Mike Vickers has shared with us the following images of one of the many SMOOTH NEWTS Lissotriton vulgaris that currently reside in his garden pond in Lound. No newts were harmed whilst obtaining these fantastic images which were in fact taken through the side of a large glass jar.
  Smooth Newt Lissotriton vulgaris - Lound Village, 22nd April 2012. ©Mike Vickers

Friday 20th April
Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Peacock and a male Orange-tip butterflies. River Idle (Bank) - Single Peacock butterfly. Clayworth Common - Single Comma Butterfly. Neatholme Scrape - Two male Orange-tip butterfly. Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL noted. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Tuesday 17th April
The Willows - An hoverfly species was photographed here today and has now been identified as Syrphus ribesii (Please see image below but check out the minute rain drop on the body). A special thanks to Martin Warne who recorded and photographed it and to Trevor Pendleton at http://www.eakringbirds.com/ for his help with the identification. 
 Hoverfly Sp Syrphus ribesii - The Willows, 17th April 2012. ©Martin Warne

Monday 16th April
Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Speckled Wood butterfly. Clayworth Common - Two Green-veined White and 1 Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. Neatholme Lane - Two ROE DEER crossing lane and entering the Parish Park woodland. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford,M.Warne)
 Orange-tip Anthocharis cardamines - Male, Chainbridge Wood NR, 16th April 2012. ©Martin Warne

Sunday 15th April
Neatholme Pit (North Bank) - A single FOX at 11.45am, also Green-veined White butterfly feeding on Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea). Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Green-veined White butterfly. Walters Lane - Single WEASEL at 4.45pm. Parish Park - Single Orange-tip. Neatholme Scrape - Single HARE behind the fence.

Thursday 12th April
Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL present on Chainbridge Bridge. Neatholme Lane - Three Brimstone butterfly. Linghurst Wood - Three Speckled Wood butterfly. (S.Davenport)

Wednesday 11th April
Hawthorne Lane - Single Peacock.
Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single Peacock.
Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Green-veined White, 5 Orange-tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma.
Clayworth Common - Single Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock.
Neatholme Lane - Three Orange-tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Specckled Wood and 1 Peacock.
Neatholme Scrape - Two Orange-tip.

Tuesday 10th April
Cross Lane Fishery - Single Speckled Wood. Linghurst Wood - Single Peacock and Specked Wood. Neatholme Pit - Single Orange-tip. The Willows - Single Speckled Wood. River Idle - Single Green-veined White and Small Tortoishell. (M.Warne) Neatholme Lane - A Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva was photographed here today (See image Below). (M.Warne)
 Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva - Neatholme Lane, 10th April 2012. ©Martin Warne

Monday 9th April 
Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL noted. (D.Mannifield)

Sunday 8th April
Chainbridge NR Scrape - Up to three ROE DEER present this morning. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford,P.Cottam,R.Stevens)

Monday 2nd April
Chainbridge Wood NR - Single Speckled Wood butterfly. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford,M.Warne)

Sunday 1st April
Chainbridge Lane - Two Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Peacock.
Clayworth Common - Two Comma and 1 Small Tortoishell.
Chainbridge Wood NR - Two Speckled Wood, 3 Peacock, 2 Orange-tip, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Comma. River Idle - Three Green-veined White, 3 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoishell.
Neatholme Pit - Single Orange-tip and 1 Green-veined White.
Neatholme Scrape - Single Orange-tip and 1 Green-veined White.
Neatholme Fen - Single Specked Wood and 1 Peacock.
Linghurst Wood - Single Peacock.
Parish Park - Single Green-veined White and 1 Comma.

Friday 30th March

Hawthorne Lane - Up to 5 Peacock and 1 Comma butterfly. Chainbridge Lane - Up to 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Peacock and 2 Orange-tip butterflies present. Hayton Common - Two HARES noted. Neatholme Lane - 1 Brimstone nectaring on Ground Ivy flowers. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford,C.Cornish)

Thursday 29th March

Bunker Wood - Single Comma and Small Tortoishell and 2 Peacock butterfles noted. Tiln Fishery - Three Brimstone, 7 Orange-tip and 6 Peacock butterflies noted. Chainbridge Pit - Three Peacock, 1 Small Tortoishell and 1 Common Blue Butterfly noted. Bellmoor - Wood Anemone noted in flower here today (see image below). (M.Warne et al)

Wood Anemone Anemone nemorosa - Bellmoor, 29th March 2012. ©Martin Warne

Wednesday 28th March

Hawthorn Lane - Up to 4 Peacock butterflies. Chainbridge Lane - Up to 3 Peacock butterflies. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single HARE noted. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Monday 26th March

Hawthorn Lane - Up to 3 Peacock butterflies feeding on Willow. Chainbridge Lane - Single Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. Chainbridge Wood NR - Up to 3 Peacock Butterflies, again feeding on Willow. Neatholme Lane - Two Speckled Wood and 4 Peacock butterflies. Neatholme Pit - Single HARE on grassland. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Saturday 24th March
Chainbridge Lane - Single STOAT noted. Clayworth Common - Single HARE noted. River Idle Banks - Single Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford) Chainbridge Pit - Single Peacock butterfly. (M.Warne)

Friday 23rd March

Sheep Field (Lower) - A total of five 1661 Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias moths were observed flying around the tops of nearby Silver Birch at 15.45pm. (M.Warne,P.Cadman)

Thursday 22nd March 

Neatholme Lane - Single Comma butterfly. Neatholme Pit - Single Peacock butterfly. Neatholme Fen - Single Peacock and 2 Comma butterflies. Neatholme Scrape - Single Bee-Fly Bombilinus major noted. Linghurst Wood - Single Bee-Fly Bombilinus major noted. Linghurst Pool - Single Peacock butterfly. (M.Warne,P.Cadman,I.Hunt)

Tuesday 20th March 

Hawthorn Lane - Single Peacock and 2 Brimstone butterflies. The Willows - Single HARE noted here. Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL noted here. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Monday 19th March 

A moth trapping session was done by Colin Watkin today but I still cannot access the results file.

Sunday 18th March

Chainbridge Bridge - An unidentified 'small rodent' was seen running accross bare ground near to the River Idle banks. (D.Mannifield)

Saturday 17th March

Bunker Wood - Single Comma butterfly here. (M.Warne)

Friday 16th March

Blaco - Up to 7 HARES present. Chainbridge NR Scrape - Three ROE DEER present here today. Hayton Common - Single STOAT present here. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson,V.Giles)

Wednesday 14th March

Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL present. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Monday 12th March

Blaco - Up to 9 HARES present.  Neatholme Scrape - Single STOAT present. (T.Tomlinson,K.Wilson)

Sunday 11th March

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single ROE DEER early morning. River Idle - Single Comma butterfly on brambles. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Saturday 10th March 

Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL noted. (A.Nicholson)

Friday 9th March

Chainbridge Pit - Single WEASEL noted on path between here and river. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)Linghurst Wood - Single Comma butterfly note. (M.Warne,P.Cadman) Bittern Pool - A moth trapping session went ahead here this evening and the following species were noted. (P.Lee,P.Cadman,M.Warne,I.Hunt,S.Moakes)

688      09/03/2012    Common Flat-body    Agonopterix heracliana         2/agg
689      09/03/2012    Large Carrot Flat-body    Agonopterix ciliella          3/agg
1025    09/03/2012    **No Common Name**    Tortricodes alternella    1
1659    09/03/2012    Yellow Horned    Achlya flavicornis                        8
1663    09/03/2012    March Moth    Alsophila aescularia                        7
1746    09/03/2012    Shoulder Stripe    Anticlea badiata                        4
1930    09/03/2012    Oak Beauty    Biston strataria                                1
2182    09/03/2012    Small Quaker    Orthosia cruda                             1
2187    09/03/2012    Common Quaker    Orthosia cerasi                        4
2190    09/03/2012    Hebrew Character    Orthosia gothica                    2
2258    09/03/2012    Chestnut    Conistra vaccinii                                  3

 March Moth Alsophila aescularia - Bittern Pool, 9th March 2012. ©Martin Warne

Tuesday 6th March

Linghurst Wood - Single Comma (possibly two) in wood and on Parish Park. (P.Cadman,M.Warne)

Friday 2nd March

Hayton Common  - Up to 6 HARES. Blaco - Up to 4 HARES. (P.Bradford,A.Bradford)

Thursday 1st March

Chainbridge Pit - Single Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. Hawthorne Walk - Single Peacock butterfly and 1 Brimstone butterfly. (M.Warne)

Wednesday 29th February

Linghurst Pool - Single 'Ermine' STOAT in partial  colour. Blaco - Up to 8 HARES present.  (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Monday 27th February

Neatholme Lane - Single Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. Blaco - Up to 7 HARES present. Chainbridge NR Scape (West) - Single FOX present today. (T.Tomlinson)

Sunday 26th February 

Wildgoose Farm - Single worn adult Peacock butterfly on the wing in sunshine at midday. (G.Hobson,P.Hobson,R.Scott)

Friday 24th February

Wildgoose Farm - The first 'Leveret' young HARES were seen here today. (A.Lee per K.Wilson)

Tuesday 21st February

Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Single Peacock butterfly on the wing here at 12.15pm enjoying the sunshine. (A.Bradford,P.Bradford)

Friday 17th February

Cross Lane - Single 'Ermine' STOAT and almost completely white at new vehicle access gate near Neatholme Scrape. (K.Wilson)

Tuesday 14th February

Chainbridge Wood NR - A specimen of SCARLET ELF CUP fungus was noted here today. See image below. (M.Warne)

 Scarlet Elf Cup Sarcoscypha coccinea - Chainbridge Wood NR, 14th February 2012. ©Martin Warne

Saturday 11th February

Poplar Walk - Single FIELD VOLE noted today. (P.Bradford,A.Bradford) Hayton Common - Single ROE DEER noted crossing field and entering wood near village. (M.Warne)

Sunday 6th February

Neatholme Pit - Single FOX noted today. (M.Warne)

Saturday 5th February

The Willows - Single WATER VOLE noted in dyke on eastern side. (M.Warne) Clayworth Common - Three HARES noted. (M.Warne)

Thursday 2nd February

River Idle (Near Neatholme Scrape) - Single STOAT in partial winter coat. (M.Warne,P.Cadman)

Wedneasday 1st February

Sheep Fields - Single FOX noted here today. (T.Tomlinson,V.Giles)

Sunday 29th January

Blaco - Single HARE noted today. (G.Hobson)

Saturday 28th January

Linghurst Wood - A male SPRING USHER moth (the females are actually wingless) was photographed here today (see image below). Their foodplant is oak and they are on the wing from January until March so its in right woodland habitat at the right time of year. Also, up to 11 Ladybird were noted in the woodland. (M.Warne)

 Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia - Male, Linghurst Wood, 28th January 2012. ©Martin Warne

Saturday 21st January

Chainbridge Lane (Willow Plantation) - Two ROE DEER present here today (M.Warne). Chainbridge Lane - Single WEASEL note here today (P.J.Freeman).

Tuesday 17th January

Chainbridge Lane (Works) - Two FOX were noted here with one later seen walking on Ice on a pit nearby. (P.J.Freeman)

Friday 13th January

Neatholme Lane - Single WEASEL noted today. (P.Cottam,M.B.Vickers)

Wednesday 11th January

Blaco - Two HARES noted today. (M.Warne)

Monday 2nd January 

Blaco (Fields) - Two HARES noted today. (M.Warne)