Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Mull of Galloway RSPB

Here is a few photos of the Mull of Galloway RSPB on a lovely sunny day!
Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

                Mull of Galloway fog horn (Good for looking for  Black Guilemots and Puffins!)
Mull of Galloway headland looking towards Luce Bay!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Dumfries and Galloway trip

Just over a week ago I was in Dumfries and Galloway visiting my brother Tim's family and enjoying the scenery of this very under rated part of Scotland.
The village me and my dad were based at was Garliestonhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/landscapes/garlieston/, famous for building the Mulberry Harbours for the D-Day landing in WW2 and my brother house/shop is in Whithorn, famous for the location of the cult British Horror movie "The Wicker Man"http://www.whithorn.info/history/index.asp.
Wildlife highlights over the week included seeing Minke Whales and the usual seabirds (Black Guilemots,Puffins,Guilemots,Kittewakes etc...) off Mull of Galloway RSPBhttp://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/mullofgalloway/index.aspx.
A wild Osprey over the Silver Flowe NNRhttp://www.welcometoscotland.com/things-to-do/attractions/nature-reserves/dumfries-galloway/silver-flowe-national-nature-reserve-snh whilst looking for Azure Hawker! and british butterfly ticks in the form of Scotch Argus, Large Heath and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary at Cairnsmore of Fleet NNRhttp://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/cairnsmore-of-fleet/ and Silver Flows.
It was also nice to see breeding Pied Flycatchers and Wood Warblers at Wood of Cree RSPBhttp://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/w/woodofcree/.
So if you have the chance to go to Dumfries and Galloway, I would go as the wildlife and culture of the place is great!

Knapweed Broomrape in Leicestershire!

Knapweed Broomrape
1st for Leicestershire!
Cheers to Mark Skevington http://skevsblog.blogspot.com/ for finding these plants at Narborough Bog last week.
Although these Broomrapes do occur at a few sites in Rutland, this is a MEGA plant for Leicestershire (1st record?).
Knapweed Broomrape

Saturday, 9 July 2011

City Challenge update: Black-tailed Godwits

Day off from work yesterday and I checked out a few sites in Rutland for some orchids and unusual flowers for most of the day (See the next post).
However in the evening I found 6 Black-tailed Godwits feeding at Birstall Meadows!GET IN!!another tick for the city list. With these birds I am now on 106 for the year.