"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

A new diptera family member for the patch

15th January 2017

    Last Sunday (8th) an unfamiliar fly entered the reserve visitor centre at NWT Holme Dunes, and today after mounting the specimen, and a few tweets of images sent out by Robert Smith the family was revealed to us by Ian Andrews (thanks Ian). Later I spent sometime trying to get to grips with my first diptera key! Anyway to cut a long story short Robert called me later to inform me it had already been identified on line thus putting me out of my misery. It turns out to be Suillia variegata and hopefully a new record for the site and area, for us at least.




A stranding at Holme

Robert Smith, Holme NWT, 15th January 2017 (shown next to jawbone of baleen whale (possibly Fin Whale) to show scale)




Teal, Coot, Heron and Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull, Holme NWT, 8th January 2017 (note the bird bears a black Darvik on its left leg inscribed in white with JC216, indicating it is of Norwegian origin)


Heron, Holme NWT, 14th January 2017


Teal, Holme NWT, 14th January 2017


Coot, Holme NWT, 14th January 2017


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Early natterjack!

9th January 2017


    On arrival back to The Firs in cold conditions (4 degrees) I saw what I thought was a toad in the headlights, sitting still on the track. I thought I better check, and was shocked to find a very cold natterjack toad! We had some winter sightings last year but in very mild conditions (9 degrees or above).

Monday, 9 January 2017

3508 species recorded by us on the patch so far........

We have now recorded 3508 species on the patch since we began recording at the start of 2014. The table below gives the species breakdown by major taxonomic group (revised from earlier years and the figure for beetles is provisional).

Taxonomic Group
New in 2016
New in 2015
New in 2014
Total
Acarina - Mites
1
5
2
8
Algae - Seaweeds
1
0
17
18
Amphibia - Amphibians
0
0
4
4
Annelida - Leeches
0
0
1
1
Annelida - Polychaeta
0
4
3
7
Araneae - Spiders
22
4
27
53
Arthropoda - Crustacea
3
2
17
22
Arthropoda - Diplura
0
1
0
1
Ascidiaceae -Tunicates
1
0
0
1
Aves - Birds
4
14
227
245
Bryophytes - Mosses & Liverworts
0
49
32
81
Bryozoans
0
0
4
4
Chilopoda - Centipedes
5
1
1
7
Cnidarians - Anemonies etc
0
0
8
8
Coleoptera - Beetles
123
124
583
830
Collembola - Sprintails
1
0
1
2
Ctenophora - Sea Gooseberries
0
0
1
1
Dermaptera - Earwigs
0
0
1
1
Diplopoda - Millipedes
8
2
0
10
Diptera - Flies
61
26
116
203
Echinodermata - Urchins, starfish
0
1
3
4
Ephemeroptera - Mayflies
0
3
0
3
Fleas
0
0
1
1
Pisces - Fish
1
6
19
26
Fungi 
7
11
128
146
Hemiptera - True Bugs
35
52
170
257
Hymenoptera - Bees, Wasps, Ants etc
58
21
47
126
Lepidoptera - Butterflies
0
1
29
30
Lepidoptera - Moths
30
48
534
612
Lichens
25
0
1
26
Mammalia - Mammals
1
0
28
29
Mecoptera - Scorpionflies
1
1
0
2
Mollusca - Gastropoda
10
0
43
53
Mollusca - Bivalvia
0
0
17
17
Mollusca - Polyplacophora
1
0
0
1
Mollusca - Cephalopoda
0
0
2
2
Neuroptera - Lacewings
1
1
2
4
Odonata - Dragonflies & Damselflies
0
2
15
17
Opiliones - Harvestmen
0
3
5
8
Orthoptera - Grasshoppers, Crickets & Alies
0
0
12
12
Plecoptera - Stoneflies
0
1
2
3
Psocoptera - Booklice
2
1
5
8
Pseudoscorpionida - Pseudoscorpions
0
0
3
3
Reptilia - Reptiles
0
0
2
2
Zygentoma - SIlverfish
0
0
1
1
Trichoptera - Caddisflies
2
7
1
10
Vascular Plants
8
23
567
598
GRAND TOTAL 
412
414
2682
3508

Saturday, 7 January 2017

2016 Summary. Part 9: other taxa

We recorded 36 other species in 2016 which were new to us since we began recording in 2014 - single algae, collembolans, lacewings, scorpion flies and tunicates, 2 booklice, 2 caddis flies, 3 isopods, 5 centipedes, 8 millipedes and 11 molluscs:

Algae - Rhodophyta Florideophyceae Acrosorium venulosum 10.10.2016 Hunstanton
Ascidiaceae - Tunicates Star Ascidian Botryllus schlosseri 10.10.2016 Hunstanton
Chilopoda - Centipedes Geophilidae Geophilus carpophagus (sensu stricto) 29.02.2016 Holme NWT
Chilopoda - Centipedes Geophilidae Geophilus electricus 17.10.2016 Ringstead Downs
Chilopoda - Centipedes Himantariidae Stigmatogaster subterraneus 17.10.2016 Holme Churchyard
Chilopoda - Centipedes Lithobidae Lithobia melanops 07.11.2016 Holme Churchyard
Chilopoda - Centipedes Lithobidae Lithobius calcaratus 31.10.2016 Holme NWT
Collembola Dicyrtomidae Dicyrtomina saundersi 01.02.2016 Ringstead Downs
Crustacea - Isopoda Armadillididae Armadillidium album 12.09.2016 Gore Point
Crustacea - Isopoda Armadillididae Porcellio spinicornis 07.11.2016 Holme Churchyard
Crustacea - Isopoda Ligiidae Ligea oceanica 10.10.2016 Thornham Harbour
Diplopoda - Millipedes Blaniulidae Proteroiulus fuscus 13.11.2016 Holme NWT
Diplopoda - Millipedes Craspedosomatidae Nanogona polydesmoides 10.10.2016 Hunstanton Cliffs
Diplopoda - Millipedes Diplopoda - Millipedes Polydesmus coriaceus 17.10.2016 Ringstead Downs
Diplopoda - Millipedes Julidae Cylindroiulus caeruleocinctus 19.09.2016 Ringstead Downs
Diplopoda - Millipedes Julidae Cylindroiulus punctatus 19.09.2016 Ringstead Downs
Diplopoda - Millipedes Julidae Ommatoiulus sabulosus 03.10.2016 Holme NWT
Diplopoda - Millipedes Julidae Tachypodoiulus niger 19.09.2016 Holme NWT
Diplopoda - Millipedes Polyxenidae Polyxenus lagurus 07.11.2016 Holme Churchyard
Mecoptera - Scorpionflies Panorpidae Panorpa communis 04.06.2016 Holme NOA
Mollusca - Gastropoda Arionidae Arion intermedius 17.10.2016 Ringstead Downs
Mollusca - Gastropoda Clausiliidae Balea sarsii 17.10.2016 Holme Chrurchyard
Mollusca - Gastropoda Carychiidae Carychium tridentata 17.10.2016 Ringstdea Downs (woods)
Mollusca - Gastropoda Lauriidae Lauria cylindracea 10.10.2016 Hunstanton Cliffs
Mollusca - Gastropoda Ellobiidae Leucophytia bidentata 29.10.2016 Holme NWT
Mollusca - Gastropoda Lymnaeidae Lymnea truncatulata 17.10.2016 Holme NWT (dune slack)
Mollusca - Gastropoda Milacidae Milax sowerbyi 10.10.2016 Hunstanton Cliffs
Mollusca - Gastropoda Helicidae Trochulus hispidus 10.10.2016 Hunstanton
Mollusca - Gastropoda Valloniidae Vallonia costata 19.12.2016 Holme GM
Mollusca - Gastropoda Pristilomatidae Vitrea contracta 17.10.2016 Ringstead Downs
Mollusca - Polyplacophora Chiton Lepidochitona cinereus 10.10.2016 Hunstanton
Neuroptera - Lacewings Hemerobiidae Hemerobius humulinus 13.06.2016 Hunstanton Allotments
Psocoptera - Booklice Peripsocidae Peripsocus milleri 07.11.2016 Holme Churchyard
Psocoptera - Booklice Stenopsocidae Stenopsocus immaculatus 11.07.2016 Redwell Marsh
Trichoptera - Caddisflies Beraeidae Beraea pullata 11.07.2016 Holmhurst Track
Trichoptera - Caddisflies Limnephilidae Grammotaulius nigropunctatus 23.05.2016 Holme Dunes/Pines

Amongst other taxa, we didn't record any new reptiles, amphibians, bryozoans, butterflies, dragonflies, mayflies, stoneflies or bryophytes.