Tuesday 18 July 2023

Tuesday 18th July

A low tide visit saw just a four Dunlin in the Bight and a juvenile Little Ringed Plover with six Mediterranean Gull and four Sandwich Tern offshore.

Other Wildlife: The site never ceases to surprise with today's highlight a Dune Villa V. modesta found on the Dune Ridge  at Warren Point. The first record of this scarce beefly for over 20 years, although it is known from the Maer, Exmouth. Another highlight was a large-headed wasp Bethylus cephalotes, the first since 2011.

Dune Villa - Alan Keatley

Other hymenoptera included the first Patchwork Leafcutter Megachile centuncularis of the year by the Railway Station and Coastal Leafcutter M. maritima around Greenland Lake.

Coastal Leafcutter - Alan Keatley

A Silvery Leafcutter M. leachella was keeping a close eye on it's cuckoo Large Sharp-tail Coelioxys conoidea along the Back Path.

Large Sharp-tail (above) & Silvery Leafcutter - Alan Keatley

A good selection of 11 butterfly species including a Comma, very scarce this year, with at least six Red Admiral and four Peacock on the Buddleia by the railway.

Comma - Alan Keatley

Also seen, Small Red-eyed Damselfly at the Main Pond, a Golden-ringed Dragonfly in the Back Meadow and another Dune Jumper Marpissa nivoyi on the Dune Ridge.

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