Sunday, 27 November 2016

2016 Flora and Fauna Sightings

Anyone who has seen a blog page on here will probably be aware that I have been taking a long service  sabbatical .  I don't normally bother keeping written records of nature sightings (the only thing I do is to try and see at least twenty bird species whenever I go on a trip somewhere) but I decided to keep a record of all birds seen during 2016  that I saw, not just from the start of the sabbatical in May but from new year's day. I then thought soon after that as this is a one off I'll go for it and record all flora and fauna to the best of my ability.

This is the town where I live and I'm fortuitous on that I'm as close to open country as I am the town centre and have a winding old road through countryside to the North, open fields to the West and a spring fed SSSI nature reserve sprawling to the South just over a river and a navigation channel which takes fresh water to London. I've also taken this Urban Botany blog by Paul Kirtley and expanded on it.

It proved to be hard, there are 240 solitary bee species alone, let alone moths and hybrids and whilst I can't guarantee that I've recorded everything I saw (especially the bugs) I've given it my best shot and will add anything I find that I've missed. 

I've put all the list in alphabetical order and used the following codes:-
(c) Indicates captive or cultivated
(g) Indicates that they were seen over or in our garden (they may have been seen out and about as well though). 
(s) Is for sightings on our family holiday in Switzerland 
(h) Is for for heard
Italic denotes sightings within the 'nature zone' around where I live 

 I've added some 2016 pictures to liven it up a bit and whilst I've kept like with like the sightings won't necessarily correspond with the pictures above them (so for example the Nuthatch recording certainly isn't the Grebe above it). So here is my self indulgent/ hard work list for 2016.


Avocet, Aylesbury Duck escapee


Barn owl (h)(c), Bearded Tit, Blackbird (g), Bar-Tailed Godwit, Blackcap, Bittern, Black Headed Gull (g), Black Tailed Godwit, Blue Tit (g), Buzzard (g)

Canada Goose, Chaffinch (g), Chiff-Chaff, Coal Tit (g), Collared Dove (g), Common Tern, Coot, Cormorant, Crow (g), Curlew.


Dunnock (g)

Egyptian Goose, Eider


Feral Dove, Fulmar


Gadwell, Goldcrest (g), Goldfinch (g), Goosander, (Great Crested Grebe, Greater Black Backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Goshawk (c), Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron (g), Greylag Goose (g), Grey Wagtail, Golden Eagle (c)


Herring Gull (g), House Sparrow

Jackdaw, Jay


Kestrel, Kingfisher

Lapwing, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Linnet, Little Egret, Little Grebe, Long Tailed Tit (g)

Magpie (g), Mandarin Duck,  Marsh Harrier, Martin, Moorhen




Pheasant (Common), Pheasant (Ring Necked 'Vicar'), Pochard

Red Kite (g), Reed Bunting, Raven, Ring Necked Parakeet (g), Robin (g), Rook, Roseate Tern


Sand Martin, Shelduck, Shoveler, Siskin(g), Spotted Redshank, Song Thrush (g), Skylark, Starling (g)


Tawny Owl (h)(c), Teal, Tree PipitTufted Duck


Wigeon, Wood Pigeon (g), Wren (g), Willow Tit




Animals/ Reptiles/ Amphibians


Adder, Deer (Muntjac, Roe, Red, Fallow, Sika), Fox, Grey Squirrel (g), Red Squirrel, Hare 


Rabbit, Wood Mouse, Rat (g), Stoat


Trees/ Shrubs

Alder, Ash, Aspen, Sea Buckthorn, Snowberry, Beech, Elder (g), Field Maple,  White Willow, Monterey Pine, Guelder Rose, Hawthorn (g), Hazel, Hornbeam, Horse Chestnut, Larch


 Lime, Pendunculate Oak, Poplar, Scots Pine, Rowan, Silver Birch (g), Sycamore, Sallow, Sweet Chestnut, Spruce, Spindle, Weeping Willow, Wild Service, Wych Elm, Yew, Douglas Fir, Osier

Plants/ Flowers

Alexanders, Angelica, Alpine Aster (s), Alpine Rock Rose (s), Alpine Avens (s), Alpine Water Avens (s)Alpine Aster (s), Alpine Willowherb (s)Amphious Bistort , Arum


Blackberry (g), Blackcurrant, Bluebell, Bristly Ox-tongue, Broad-Leaved Willowherb, Broom, Buddleia, Blackcurrant, Black Vanilla Orchid (s), Buttercup (Bulbous and Creeping), Brown Clover (s), Barren Strawberry, Black Bryony, Buckshorn Plantain, Bladder Campion, Broad Leaved Dock, Brooklime, Bugle, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Bistort, Biting Stonecrop, Broadleaf Plantain (g) 

Campion (Red and White), Cat Tail (Lesser and Greater), Chamois Ragwort (s), Chickweed (g), Cleavers, Common Mallow, Cobweb Houseleek (s), Coltsfoot, Centuary, Cowslip, Cow Parsley, Comfrey, Common Whitlow Grass, Creeping Cinquefoil, Corncockle, Common Figwort, Common Ragwort


Daisy, Dewberry, Dandelion (g), Dogs Mercury, Dog Rose, Edelweiss (s), Enchanters Nightshade, Evening Primose, English Stonecrop

Few Flowered Leek, Feverfew, Field Pepperwort (s), Fennel, Fat Hen, Fools Watercress, Foxglove, Field Bindweed


Germander Speedwell, Gypsywort, Gorse, Great BladderwortGreat Burnett (s), Ground Ivy, Gentian (s), Gooseberry, Ground Elder, Giant Hogweed, Green Alkanet, Grounsel, Greater Stitchwort

Hairy Bittercress (g), Hazel, Heather, Hemlock, Hemlock Water Dropwort, Herb Robert, Hogweed, Honeysuckle, Henbane, Hogweed,  Hedge Bindweed, Hoary CressHounds Tongue, Hops, Hedge Bedstraw, Hymalian Balsam  


Ivy (g), Ivy leaved Toadflax

Jack-by-the-Hedge, Japanese Knotweed



Lesser Celandine, London Bur-Marigold, Lady's Smock, Lemon Balm


Marsh Marigold, Mistletoe, Monks Rhubarb (s), Martagon Lily (s), Mayweed, Meadow Vetchling, Milkwort, Marsh Samphire, Marsh Sow Thistle, Meadowsweet

Nettle, Nipplewort


Old Man's Beard (g), Orange Hawkweed, Orange Balsam, Orache, Ox-eye Daisy

Parsnip, Prickly Lettuce, Perrenial Rocket ,Pignut, Purple Saxifrage, PansyPale Perisca, Primrose, Pirri-pirri Burr, Perforate St. Johns Wort, Pineappleweed


Ragged Robin, Ramson, Red Sorrel, Red Campion, Redshanks, Raspberry, Redcurrant, Red Dead Nettle, Red Clover, Rocket (g), Red Poppy, Ribwort Plantain

Shepherds Purse, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood,  Sea Spurry, Strawberry, Spear Thistle, Sea Lavender, SneezewortSea PurslaneSoapwort, Sea Beet, Sheep's Bit Scabious, SorrelSolomans Seal, Spotted Medick, Skullcap, Sundew, Speedwell, Sea Purslane, Silverweed, Scarlett Pimpernel, Sea Kale, Sow Thistle, Self Heal


Three Cornered Leek, Toadflax, Voilet, Thrift, Teasel, Vervain, Vipers Bugloss

White Dead Nettle, Wood Speedwell, Water Mint, Wood Spurge, White Campion, Woodruff, Water Pepper, Wood Sorrel, White Clover, White Bryony, Wood Sage, Windflower, Wood Avens, Watercress, Wayfaring Bush, Woody Nightshade, Wild Mignonette, Water Figwort, Water crowfoot, Water Plantain


Yarrow, Yellow Pimpernel, Yellow Rattle, Yellow Archangel


Artists Bracket Fungus, Cramp Ball, Jelly Ear, Fly Agaric, Honey Fungus, Sulphur Tuft, Birch Polypore
Sea life

Hermit Crab, Limpet, Mussel, Periwinkle, Bottle Nosed Dolphin, Porpoise

River Life

Lily, Roach, Water Boatman, Rudd, Perch, Pond Skater, Whirligig Beetle, Black Ramshorn

Insects etc


Bluebottle (g), Fleshfly (g), Greenbottle (g), Blue-Tailed Damselfly, Brimstone, Crane Fly, Comma, Common Hawker Dragonfly, Peacock, Emperor Butterfly


Damsel Fly (Banded), Holly Blue (g)Flesh fly (g), Large Red Damselfly, Humming bird HawknothOrange Tip 


Peacock, Red Admiral (g), Red Tailed Bumblebee (g)Scorpion Fly, Ladybird (g), Small Tortoiseshell, Woodlice (g), Earwig (g), Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Edible SnailYellow Lipped Snail

 Garden Spider (g), Garden snail (g)Tortoiseshell (Small), Hornet, Wasp (common or garden). White-Tailed Bumblebee, Clouded Yellow


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