There's a substantial margin of flowering water mint (Mentha aquatica) along the Mon and Brecon canal at South Sebastopol at the moment that's attracting a good variety of invertebrate interest. Common hoverflies along with other assorted diptera are augmented by a few butterflies. This clouded yellow was found along with a small copper and green veined white. Diptera of note included this Tachina fera.
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Not much to shout home about at Llandegfedd Reservoir yesterday. A little egret close to the Green Pool hide was confiding and at least three common sandpiper were very focal. Also calling well were many dark bush cricket. The receding water levels had also exposed many thousands of freshwater molluscs, these were ear pond snail Lymnaea auricularia.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
A few hardy souls turned out for the South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBReC) Bioblitz at Llantarnam Abbey today. The Abbey and its grounds has until recently been a bit of an unknown quantity hitherto only known for its lesser horseshoe bat colony. The aim of the assembled recorders was to put the site firmly on the biological recording map.
Long winged conehead
It was unfortunate that the weather was not conducive to recording invertebrates but in my capacity as County Recorder for Orthoptera I chalked up a fair list of long and short winged conehead, speckled and dark bush cricket, common green, meadow and field grasshoppers and common earwig.
Sunday, 11 August 2013
As mentioned in my previous posting the muddy margins of Llandgefedd Reservoir are ideal for passage waders etc. at the moment. August is always good for little erget at this site and there were at least four birds on offer yesterday feeding close to the waters edge. Five oystercatcher were something of a surprise, supported by singles of common and green sandpiper and ringed plover. Other notable birds included a reed warbler, kingfisher, two little grebe, at least two great black backed gull, and the black swan continues to hang around closely associating with a pair of mutes. It was interesting to note that almost all of the Canada geese left due south at about 7pm suggesting that they roost elsewhere.
The liverwort Ricca cavernosa was plentiful around Green Pool bay.