I thought I would start the post by putting North west Biodiversity on the Map If you are an active recorder please post
Nice to see someone has shown the flag for the North west. What do you mean by active recorder? I post the odd sighting on here am just about to start a long term (Amature)study of a site local to me (Rochdale). Not yet decided on what I will do with the data.
I record accross Yorks when time allows . Record - should have said anyone interested in natural History Hopefully this thread mighty coalese accross the region so people can share outings events observations or other resourxes or things relevant to the North West
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Well I certainly fit the bill for that. Some of my posting were taken in the Leeds area (Thats where I work)most of the others in Rochdale (Where I live).
I live in Liverpool but travel all over, camera in hand, and record what i can. I also post pictures on Flikr.
Hi Welcome Aboard
It might be a good idea to tab in a few species on the thread to indicate whats around in the region
At the Moment in Calderdale / Yorkshire
Wild Carrot andf Upright Hedge Parsley are prominent wuith still a good spread of Hover and Sawflies . Particularly Abundant the Marmalade Hover . Commas and Red Admirals also around feeding Knapweed but the admirals wiill also feed on Ivy up to end of Oct / Nov
Thought I would add a quick update on whats going on in the Rochdale area.
Lots of birds beginning to flock on the local farmland and lakes. Mallards, wood pigeons, crow, canada geese and tits. Also an early arrival of Teal. Swallows and house martins appear to have diappeared.
Still lots of wasps with a few bees and butterflies.
Thanks Dave For Update in Rochdale
Things are settiling down for Autumn in Calderdale / Bradford. but a few tips for --spotters toward the end of the year start looking under stones for Millipedes Centipedes and Earwigs , of Course quite a few Fungi around and after a windy day and tree falls etc Check out any normally upper branches for Lichens
Had an influx of Long Tailed Tit over the weekend. Lots of fungi begining to aprear and the wild grasses etc are starting to die back.Also seen a few Roe Deer about. These seem to be grouping togther. I usually see them on their own during the summer.
All our small birds will be suffering this week end I think How they survice is beyomd me - I am a shivering jelly just emptying the dust bin. A quiet time of year have noticed some Lesser Periwinkle flowering last week
Its fairly quiet around Rochdale to.
Birds are back on the garden feeders. There has been plenty of food in the natural environment for them up to now but the cold snap has driven them back to the gardens. Even had Redwing in my trees.Also had an influx of Cormorant and Goosander on local ponds over the last couple of weeks
Seen a few Roe deer in the area recently but they have been to quick to photograph. There were also lots of fox tracks in the snow on the Rochdale canal last night.
Wish the nights were lighter so I could get out after work.
For those of you in North Merseyside i work at the Local Record Centre, and we are always happy to help an active naturalists/wildlife recorder. We have some resources available such as various survey equipment, guides and reference books and are pretty well networked if you need help locally.
We also have an active naturalist group which is free to join and offers a free course on 'Foundations in Biological Recording', the second round of which starts next week!
For anyone interested in the technical side we also allow use of GIS for relevant work and provide species data free of charge to non-commercial requests.
The naturalists homepage is here: http://www.merseysidebiobank.org.uk/index.aspx?Mod=Article&ArticleID=MBA... for anyone that's interested!
I'm sorry this has turned into a bit of a sales pitch, but all the best to anyone out recording in the North West! There seems to be a strong core of naturalists about, so at the very least it's nice to know you're out there!
Please make the most of us while we're still here!
I just thought I would introduce myself. I am the new ispot biodiversity mentor for the North West.
I see that there are a number of you actively recording across the north west and ispot is being well used including this forum. I have lived and worked in the North West all my life so this is a great opportunity for me. My main haunts are across West Lancs and Merseyside. I have a wide interest in wildlife but especially botany, bats and mammals.
I am keen to develop the North West forum further to include, interesting species spots, North West wildlife issues as well as publicising events, training opportunities So please carry on posting on the forum including details of events or groups that might be of interest.
Having just introduced myself though I would add a post about the sound that marks the begining of Autumn for me - the sounds of the Pink-footed geese flying over as they travel between the estuary, Martin Mere and the surroundng farmland. Its a sound I have heard since I was a small child and it always marks the begining of Autumn for me. I have heard them for the last couple of weeks now although I wonder what they thought of last weeks weather, they must have thought they had flown too far south!!
Welcome to the forum Rachael.
Yes Hello There welcome to the North West Look forward to your posts on finds in our region
We met yesterday at the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre launch day. It was good to see you there and indeed great to see so many other people actively involved in collecting records in Cumbria!
To itroduce myself - I am Chair of Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group, heavily involved in the Cumberland Bat Group, a Director at Watchtree Nature Reserve (http://www.watchtree.co.uk/)and member of Carlisle Natural History Society. I've been using ISpot for a while and think its a great resource.
If anyone else in this forum gets out and about in Cumbria and would like to get involved in any Amphibian and/or Reptile work please get in touch. I'm also going to push a BioBlitz we are orgainising for 17th June 2012 at Watchtree. We intend to make this a really big event and everyone and anyone is welcome to attend. I'd be really keen to hear from anyone who would like to help out on the day. If you have not heard of Watchtree Nature Reserve, please check out the website or find us on Facebook. We developed the nature reserve on the foot and mouth burial site in North Cumbria and in the 10 years since F&M a fantastic site has developed and continues to develop. Obviously there are many challanges with such a site, but this makes it all the more interesting! If anyone is ever passing - please pop in! Free entry, open every day (except Christmas and New Year - unless you are a member, when you can get 24h access 365 days).
Good to meet you too. Hope your post drums up more interest in your groups, keep posting with any information on surveys, events or interesting find.
Thought I'd say hello as its good to see that there are a few other "ispoters" from the Northwest on here too. I've a keen interest in natural history (but only as an amateur) and have found ispot really helpful in identifying the many invertebrates which visit, feed and breed on my "wildlife garden" balcony in Hulme, inner-city Manchester
(which I blog about at http://valiantveggie.wordpress.com/)
Would be very interested to get involved with any "bioblitzes" planned around the Northwest, if anybody is organising any, as well as any local training events (or workshops) on species identification (bats and invertebrates being of particular interest)
There is a great Northern Diver in Summer plumage at Ringstone Edge Reservoir which is near Huddesfield if anyone is interested. Not seen it myself see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24940353@N03/6257503523/in/photostream/
Thanks for posting Thats very useful . Great idea to add sitings , natural history meeting s Moth Nights and any thing else that is relevant to us hardy Northerners
In that respect anyone interested in Bat related events in Merseyside or West lancs may do well checking here: http://www.merseysidebiobank.org.uk/batgrp.aspx?Mod=Article&ArticleID=Ba...
There's nothing coming up at the moment but the group will keep it updated as and when activities arise so it may well be worth keeping an eye on.
Hi , I go by the nickname Galatas and I'm based in Wigan but travel to various nature reserves within about a 40 mile radius of home. I enjoy taking photos of anything from birds to insects and plants. I don't have any specialised knowledge about things that I find so I am grateful to iSpot and the nice people at Merseyside BioBank for helping me out.
Thanks for chipping in. There is now a good number of people on the NW Scene which is great for sharing information Welcome on board and Happy snapping
Great to see you on here Dave! Some fantastic pictures you're putting up!
It was great to meet you at the ispot BioBank event. Great photos, look forward to seeing more on iSpot.
Biodiversity mentor North West
Thought anyone anyone who lives or visits Cumbria might be interested in this.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre is currently co-ordinating a Waxcap Fungi survey and are asking for any sightings to be submitted to their website.
Waxcaps are grassland fungi which can be indicators of ancient grassland.
Details of the website are below.
There is also a photographic identification leaflet available for downoload off the website which provides a good guide to the commoner species, which is a great beginners guide.
Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre website is:
Thought I might add some further details of other North West wide surveys that might be of interest.
North West lowlands water vole project
It is now possible to enter any sightings online on the Lancs Wildlife Trust website.
The North West is a Water vole hot spot with Water vole populations fairing better in than in other parts of the UK. Although its not the best time of year to see Water voles the burrows can be visible and these can be recorded on the website.
North West Brown Hare project
This project is running across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and North Merseyside. This project also allows sightings to be entered onto its website.
There are also details of Hare walks with one coming up on 12th December at RSPB Dovestones Estate.
For more information and to record sightings go to: http://www.brownhare.org.uk/
VOLUNTEERS WANTED to participate in beach surveys!
Want to learn more about marine wildlife and what you can find along your local stretch of beach? Want to get outdoors regularly and collect data which will help conserve our marine environment?
The Wildlife Trust of Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside are setting up a local volunteer group to help monitor Sefton’s coastline, and would like YOU to get involved. The group will conduct regular beach surveys at many of Sefton’s coastal hotspots and help us discover what marine life is living just under the waves.
Find out all about it here: http://www.merseysidebiobank.org.uk/downloads/Volunteers%20wanted%2016-1...
Where are our HEDGEHOGS?
Did you know that the Hedgehog has been a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species since 2007 because of declines in its numbers? Like lots of other so called 'common' mammals in Merseyside & West Lancashire, Hedgehogs are under-recorded and we do not have a complete picture of their distribution in our area. Now is a great time of year to look for squashed Hedgehogs on our roads as they are moving around making their last preparations for hibernation.
If you see a Hedgehog (dead or alive) when you are out and about please take a moment to send us the record on http://www.MolePatrol.org.uk - it's really easy to do and your records can help us understand how the Hedgehog is faring in our area.
A mountain hare talk and walk is being held at Dove Stones Reservoir for the RSPB in December if anyone fancies coming along and try and spot some mountain hares.
1pm to Sunset
To book please call/email Rachel Downham Dove Stone Community Engagement Officer
Tel: Mob:078250226360 / 01457 899614
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy visiting ISpot, I love to ID my photos mainly the fungi, lichen etc., I just love taking photos but my hands are not are steady as they use to be so please be patient with me as I am still finding all the ins and outs of the site so it's a learning curve for me - my main object is to name my finds. Any way enough of my rambling and once again thank you to all on the site, oh I nearly forgot A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS :)
Merry Xmas Carol and keep posting your interesting Finds - We are all never done learning and something new happens every day
Best Wishes & Merry Xmas to All on i-spot
Hello and happy new year!
Just thought you would like to know about these up coming brown hare events.
The next one is on 6th February in Warrington and is a hare survey training day.
Click on the link below for more details
Biodiversity mentor - North West
All the best for Christmas and the New Year - Happy hunting (with the camera) for next year.
I know I am North East but still north I too am looking forward to all the new finds of 2013 hopefully a drier year too.I have enjoyed looking at everyone finds especially fungi
Hello and a Happy New Year and good spotting to all in 2013
This one sounds like it's starting early with reports from Butterfly Conservation that the mild weather (down South) has brought out Brimstones, Red Admirals and Peacocks!
Not much joy is there in these regional posts?
I am on a crusade to make them live again.
My idea is to persuade people to make a Sighting, or short Summary, of the Month.
I don't mean Mentors should do this but Members.
See Scotland for my start.
C'mon 'northerners' ha!
... and get an idea how many species can be recorded in a day at this time of year, and recorded 139 species of plant, but would anyone be interested in a list like that.
Now that would be good - but I am not for competitions, still preferring a short anecdotal paragraph of what went down last month on my little patch. Should we look forward to dozens of these next week? I really hope so.
the wildflower society does a first hunt and last day hunt - all flowers have to be in flower, each area has one and they can be quite good fun :) you would be surprised what turns up. There are no prizes for the amount found. Our group meets up 4 or 5 times a year and of coarse we can go on any of the other groups field trips.
Now, that sounds good Carol - last day (of the Year) is it?. An eye-opening summary here would be brilliant.
Maybe others would do this - we should be out and about more often than most.
our group has to take in the working folk so our group leader arranges some meets that most can attend, other groups have different days some are really late in the season, same with the first day hunt ours was the first week in March this year and I was away so missed it. The beauty of it is we meet in various locations, usually a member lives nearby so we get a guided tour of the local plants and often find something new. We have done the yarrow & duxbury countless times in years past and we have never failed to find something unusual, all the plants are recorded and reported to the county recorders, I always send any thing unusual we find on our local walks to our county recorder and he sends them on to the BSBI. As to numbers of finds I think one year we had 7 and another 112 it all depends on mother nature :) we still enjoyed the company and common interests. Waffled on again, walking & wild flowers & of course the camera my favourite things.
Yes I see there is a fair presence of WFS March forays on the web.
Of course, I'm not in the North West, so it's not my patch. So well done for livening UP this Forum.
I DO hope others come here!
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Will be hosting a host of Field Events and Talks this year to widen awareness of our Biodiversity Work watch this space