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Idle musings over a New Year breakfast about which species I would like to find locally to me in 2013...
Amphibians and Reptiles ...Grass Snake
Birds ...Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Invertebrates ...Zodion/Thecophora sp
Plants ...Fly Orchid
Grass Snake is a long shot, as my main site is rather dry heathland, but it seems to be getting wetter and wetter and is alive with frogs...it's also close to extensive wetlands.
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is harder and harder to find and a real rarity locally, but I have a couple of sites in mind...damp birch/alder woodland which should be suitable
Zodion/Thecophora are two small genera of Thick-headed flies which were recorded on my local site over 80 years ago and it would be great to prove they are still around.
Otters are around, but I need to get up a bit earlier and make the effort! Not seen any for a few years, now.
Fly Orchids must be around on the chalk of the Wolds, where there is Beech woodland...must remember to go and look this year.
There you go...nice to look forward to sunnier days and exciting finds. Anyone else got anything good on their 'to find' list for 2013...