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Dr Phil Smith – April 2024 Wildlife Notes

An unusual April – no drought! Rachael Parks tells me there were 19 days with measurable rainfall in Formby, totalling about 55mm, which is around average for the month. Nationally, there was about 55% more rain than usual, including a named storm from 6th to 9th. The latter coincided with very high spring tides (10.2m…

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Dr Phil Smith, March 2024 – Wildlife Notes

The Met Office tells us that March was “unsettled wet and dull”, with a succession of Atlantic fronts bringing wind and rain. The resulting rainfall total recorded by Rachael Parks in her Formby garden was 91.5 mm, which is about 50% more than average. My measurements at the Devil’s Hole suggest that the sand-dune water-table…

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Dr Phil Smith – February Wildlife Notes

Ainsdale LNR Scrub Removal Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) Erosion at Hightown Gorse Shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus) Spotted Thintail (Meliscaeva auricollis) Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) With deep puddles everywhere, it was obvious that the month was much wetter than normal. Rachael Parks recorded 19 rain-days with a total of 129 mm which is nearly twice the February…

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FUNGUS MATTERS  by Anthony Carter

End of Year 2023 September to November should be the peak time for fungi. This year we had rain followed by rain and rain again. Because the weather was also warm, the undergrowth in woods remained in full leaf so searching for fungi was difficult, fungi relying on dead material.I paid a number of visits…

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Dr Phil Smith – November Wildlife Notes

Aspen – Wicks Lane Common Clubtail (Sphaerophoria scripta male) Female Earwig – Wicks Lake Green Shieldbug – Hesketh Road Italian Arum (Arum italicum) – Hawksworth Drive Scotch Smudge (Rhigognostis incarnatella) – Ainsdale NNR With measureable rainfall on 22 days and a total precipitation of 152 mm, November 2023 was a wet one. In fact, Rachael…

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BTO – New records chart remarkable lives

In July 1997, a Black Guillemot chick was ringed in Orkney. This bird successfully fledged from its nest and lived for nearly 25 years without being seen again. In May 2022, the bird was recaptured, still in Orkney, making it the oldest-known Black Guillemot in Britain and Ireland! This is one of the new records (see…

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