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

Wildlife Sightings 2015

Last updated at 23:00pm on Tuesday 1st September 2015. 

Thursday 27th August

Idle Valley NR - This hoverfly species Myathropa florea is quite abundant and a very attractive species. The 'batman' pattern on the thorax is very distinctive and helps in identification, although not all are as well marked as this particular one. This is a female. (P.Bradford)

 (Above) Hoverfly sp Myathropa florea -  ©Pauline Bradford

Friday 7th August

Idle Valley NR - Two species of hoverfly were recorded today by Pauline Bradford. Here are the photo's below:-

 (Above) Hoverfly sp Scaeva pyrastri - Quite a conspicuous hoverfly. This is a migratory species and 2015 seems to be a bumper year for them. Last recorded by me at Lound August 2013. ©Pauline Bradford

(Above) Hoverfly sp Chrysotoxum festivum - Though not scarce is far from common. A very attractive hoverfly - one of the so called wasp mimics. It was nice to record it from Lound again my last record from here for this hoverfly was in July 2013. ©Pauline Bradford


Thursday 30th July

Neatholme Fen - Single Fox noted here today. Neatholme Scrape - Single male Roe Deer noted here today. Chainbridge NR Scrape (East) - Single female Roe Deer noted here today. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson, V.Giles)

Friday 24th July
Neatholme Fen - Single Fox. Neatholme Pit - Single male Roe Deer. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)

Saturday 18th July

Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus - These were everywhere today. ©Pauline Bradford

Six-spot Burnet Moth Zygaena filipendulae on Knapweed, Parish Park. ©Pauline Bradford 

Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus - Hawthorne Lane. ©Pauline Bradford

Tuesday 14th July

Hawthorn Lane - Tony Tomlinson photographed Purple Loosestrife here today. (T.Tomlinson, K.Wilson)


 Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria - Hawthorn Lane, Idle Valley NR, 14th July 2015. ©Tony Tomlinson

Sunday 12th July

Lound Village - Visitors at the Lound Bird Club summer BBQ at Mike & Larisa Vickers garden in the village saw this Southern Hawker Dragonfly which was drying after emerging from its nymph skin casing. (C.Booth)

 Southern Hawker Dragonfly - Drying after emerging from its Nymph casing, 12th July 2015. ©Christine Booth 

Friday 22nd May

Tiln North (Restoration Area) - Possible MARSH FROG calling in SW corner this am. (I.Cowgill)


Exotic - The marsh frog has been deliberately introduced to the UK. It is by far the most successful introduction, thought to occupy an ecological niche; they choose breeding sites such as dykes and ditches not generally chosen by our native amphibians. However, the marsh frog is a voracious predator and further spread of this species in the UK is inadvisable due to unknown impact on native herpetofauna, and illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. See link here

Thursday 21st May 

Parish Park - Single Roe Deer noted here today. (D.Mannifield, V.Mannifield)

Thursday 7th May

Neatholme Scrape - Single OTTER seen here at 9:40am. (I.Hunt) Neatholme Pit - Singe American Mink noted in margins feeding on an eel. (D.Housman, D.Parmenter)

Sunday 4th May

Clayworth Common - Single 'buck' Roe Deer noted here today. (C.Booth)

Roe Deer - Clayworth Common, Sunday 4th May 2015. ©Christine Booth 

Tuesday 28th April

Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - Single Fox was noted here today. (D.Mannifield)

Tuesday 7th April

IVNR - A single Roe Deer was reported today.

Monday 6th April

River Idle (Neatholme Bridge) - Single American Mink noted on riverbank. Cross Lane - Single Roe Deer noted today. (P.J.Freeman)

Tuesday 17th March

Neatholme Pit - Single 'large' American Mink loitering on western shoreline. (D.Housman)

Sunday 8th March

Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - In the small pool by the bend along the access road to the centre there was roughly c150+ maybe more Common Frogs in a spawning frenzy throughout the day. Chainbridge NR Scrape (West) - Two Roe Deer noted here this afternoon. (C.Booth, D. Mannifield, V.Mannifield, K.Wilson, M.Holgate, G.Hobson)


  Common Frogs - Bellmoor Lake (Rural Learning Centre) - Sunday 8th March 2015. ©Christine Booth

Sunday 8th February

Chainbridge NR Scrape - Single 'lame' Fox noted today. Neatholme Lane - Single Roe Deer along lane. Cross LaneSingle Roe Deer along lane. Clayworth Common - Single Fox noted today. (R.Scott, P.Cottam)