2016 - The year at Priorslee lake

With fewer overseas trip I made rather more visits to the lake this year

Here is a summary of my 2016 sightings with some additions provided through this web site

As usual we will start with BIRDS

I added (feral) Black Swan, Barnacle Goose, Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher to my personal site list

The breeding Mute Swans did marginally better this year. They had four cygnets and one of these seems destined to fledge successfully. The low success rate may partly due to inbreeding – the pen is a daughter of the cob: and partly inexperience of the pen who is quite young

Autumn and early winter produced a run of daily sightings of dabbling ducks that seemed to be moving around – some of Wigeon, (Common) Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler were present most days

There were very few unusual duck sightings in the first winter period. A duck Goldeneye dropped in during January (another dropped in at the end of November). Best of the year was a 1st winter drake (Greater) Scaup that stayed for 10 days in early Winter. Goosanders were regular overhead, presumably en route to The Flash where over 40 have been seen some days. For whatever reason they usually only stop briefly at the lake

Apart from the annual passage in both Spring and Autumn of Common Sandpipers wader passage was minimal. A Curlew was seen over in Spring; and a (Common) Greenshank was present for a few hours in August. The lack of any muddy edges means this paucity is unlikely to change

Lapwings were noted one day on the SW grass. I have not seen this declining species actually at the lake for a number of year

The Little Ringed Plovers returned for their seventh year. A separate ‘tab’ on the web site is devoted to this species. The Oystercatchers didn’t try this year staying less than a week before moving on

I was present on 11 May when the weather conditions were perfect to bring large numbers of terns inland – easterly winds and drizzle. This resulted in simultaneous sightings for me of Common, Arctic and Black Terns. Later in the day others added both Little and Sandwich Terns to the list – five species of tern in one year is unprecedented, let alone on the same day

Last winter was notable for the lack of gulls. A few years ago it was not unusual to find >5000 gulls loafing on the water on winter afternoons. Last winter 500 was almost noteworthy. Part of the reason was probably the run-down and eventual closure of the nearby Granville rubbish tip (aka Recycling Centre). Replacement sites in the area are probably less easy for gulls to scavenge from. No doubt the lack of cold weather last Winter – the lake never had any significant amount of ice – also contributed as gulls seem to like to stand on the ice. I logged a lone ‘white winged’ gull from the Arctic and that was a very distant Iceland Gull that, on the view I had, was unlikely to have been accepted by the local rarities committee. Caspian Gulls were widely reported: I have difficulty confidently identifying this species so it is not on my list for this year

In spring I noted a record number of passing Kittiwakes – only seven but good for a small inland water. The first was on the rather early date of 08 March

Also early was the arrival of the hirundines with all three species – Sand Martin, Barn Swallow and, most unusually, House Martin all present on 27 March

Spring passage was not exceptional despite the addition of Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher. A single Grasshopper Warbler was heard on one morning. A Yellow Wagtail was seen on the SW grass – my first for many years, all my recent records being of birds heard flying over

All the usual warbler species likely bred this year – Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Reed Warbler. Despite several singing birds I doubt either Willow Warbler or Sedge Warbler bred. The Cetti’s Warbler that had been present intermittently from October 2015, started to sing in mid-March and continued to do so before disappearing at the end of May, presumably having failed to attract a mate

On a less positive note what seemed to be the last lone male Willow Tit – a fast declining species – sang and sang and sang all around the lake for the second year apparently without finding a mate

A Spotted Flycatcher was seen around the Teece Drive houses. A Wheatear stopped on the dam. These were more or less the only passage on autumn

Last winter Siskins were around in higher numbers than in previous years. This winter looks like being just as good

112 Species – in species order
Mute Swan 12 January 2016
Black Swan (feral) 17 January 2016
Greylag Goose 13 January 2016
Greylag x Canada Goose 17 March 2016
Canada Goose 15 January 2016
Lesser Canada Goose ssp. 05 February 2016
Barnacle Goose 01 December 2016
Eurasian Wigeon 22 January 2016
Gadwall 12 January 2016
Teal 16 January 2016
Mallard 12 January 2016
Shoveler 24 January 2016
Pochard 12 January 2016
Tufted Duck 12 January 2016
(Greater) Scaup 14 November 2016
(Common) Goldeneye 15 January 2016
Goosander 10 February 2016
Pheasant 25 February 2016
Cormorant 13 January 2016
Great White Egret 15 January 2016
Grey Heron 12 January 2016
Little Grebe 13 January 2016
Great Crested Grebe 12 January 2016
Sparrowhawk 05 February 2016
Common Buzzard 13 January 2016
(Common) Kestrel 13 February 2016
Hobby 20 May 2016
Peregrine 15 January 2016
Water Rail 15 January 2016
Moorhen 12 January 2016
Coot 12 January 2016
Oystercatcher 11 March 2016
Golden Plover 22 February 2016
Lapwing 16 January 2016
Little Ringed Plover 31 March 2016
Curlew 07 April 2016
Common Sandpiper 12 April 2016
Greenshank 24 August 2016
Black Tern 11 May 2016
Common Tern 11 May 2016
Arctic Tern 11 May 2016
Kittiwake 08 March 2016
Black-headed Gull 12 January 2016
Common Gull 14 January 2016
Lesser Black-backed Gull 12 January 2016
Herring Gull 12 January 2016
Yellow-legged Gull 05 February 2016
Iceland Gull 22 February 2016
Great Black-backed Gull 05 February 2016
Feral Pigeon 13 January 2016
Stock Dove 21 January 2016
Wood Pigeon 13 January 2016
Collared Dove 13 January 2016
Swift 29 April 2016
Kingfisher 13 January 2016
Green Woodpecker 15 March 2016
Great Spotted Woodpecker 13 January 2016
Magpie 13 January 2016
Jay 15 January 2016
Jackdaw 13 January 2016
Rook 13 January 2016
Carrion Crow 13 January 2016
Raven 26 February 2016
Goldcrest 15 January 2016
Blue Tit 13 January 2016
Great Tit 13 January 2016
Coal Tit 13 January 2016
Willow Tit 16 January 2016
Sky Lark 22 February 2016
Sand Martin 26 March 2016
Barn Swallow 26 March 2016
House Martin 26 March 2016
Cetti's Warbler 15 January 2016
Long-tailed Tit parties 13 January 2016
Wood Warbler 27 April 2016
Chiffchaff 17 March 2016
Willow Warbler 01 April 2016
Blackcap 05 April 2016
Garden Warbler 04 May 2016
Lesser Whitethroat 26 April 2016
Common Whitethroat 26 April 2016
Grasshopper Warbler 12 April 2016
Sedge Warbler 12 April 2016
Reed Warbler 26 April 2016
Nuthatch 11 February 2016
Tree Creeper 13 January 2016
Wren 13 January 2016
Starling 13 January 2016
Blackbird 13 January 2016
Fieldfare 13 January 2016
Song Thrush 13 January 2016
Redwing 13 January 2016
Mistle Thrush 23 January 2016
Spotted Flycatcher 16 August 2016
Robin 13 January 2016
Pied Flycatcher 03 May 2016
Wheatear 05 April 2016
Dunnock 13 January 2016
House Sparrow 06 May 2016
Yellow Wagtail 29 April 2016
Grey Wagtail 16 January 2016
Pied Wagtail 15 January 2016
Meadow Pipit 21 March 2016
Chaffinch 13 January 2016
Greenfinch 13 January 2016
Goldfinch 13 January 2016
Siskin 13 January 2016
Linnet 16 February 2016
Lesser Redpoll 21 January 2016
Bullfinch 13 January 2016
Yellowhammer 26 February 2016
Reed Bunting 13 January 2016

Other species reliably reported but not logged by me
Shelduck
Tawny Owl
Little Tern
Sandwich Tern
Caspian Gull


112 Species – in date order of the first record [12 January was my first visit!]
Mute Swan 12 January 2016
Gadwall 12 January 2016
Mallard 12 January 2016
Pochard 12 January 2016
Tufted Duck 12 January 2016
Grey Heron 12 January 2016
Great Crested Grebe 12 January 2016
Moorhen 12 January 2016
Coot 12 January 2016
Black-headed Gull 12 January 2016
Lesser Black-backed Gull 12 January 2016
Herring Gull 12 January 2016
Greylag Goose 13 January 2016
Cormorant 13 January 2016
Little Grebe 13 January 2016
Common Buzzard 13 January 2016
Feral Pigeon 13 January 2016
Wood Pigeon 13 January 2016
Collared Dove 13 January 2016
Kingfisher 13 January 2016
Great Spotted Woodpecker 13 January 2016
Magpie 13 January 2016
Jackdaw 13 January 2016
Rook 13 January 2016
Carrion Crow 13 January 2016
Blue Tit 13 January 2016
Great Tit 13 January 2016
Coal Tit 13 January 2016
Long-tailed Tit parties 13 January 2016
Tree Creeper 13 January 2016
Wren 13 January 2016
Starling 13 January 2016
Blackbird 13 January 2016
Fieldfare 13 January 2016
Song Thrush 13 January 2016
Redwing 13 January 2016
Robin 13 January 2016
Dunnock 13 January 2016
Chaffinch 13 January 2016
Greenfinch 13 January 2016
Goldfinch 13 January 2016
Siskin 13 January 2016
Bullfinch 13 January 2016
Reed Bunting 13 January 2016
Common Gull 14 January 2016
Canada Goose 15 January 2016
(Common) Goldeneye 15 January 2016
Great White Egret 15 January 2016
Peregrine 15 January 2016
Water Rail 15 January 2016
Jay 15 January 2016
Goldcrest 15 January 2016
Cetti's Warbler 15 January 2016
Pied Wagtail 15 January 2016
Teal 16 January 2016
Lapwing 16 January 2016
Willow Tit 16 January 2016
Grey Wagtail 16 January 2016
Black Swan (feral) 17 January 2016
Stock Dove 21 January 2016
Lesser Redpoll 21 January 2016
Eurasian Wigeon 22 January 2016
Mistle Thrush 23 January 2016
Shoveler 24 January 2016
Lesser Canada Goose ssp. 05 February 2016
Sparrowhawk 05 February 2016
Yellow-legged Gull 05 February 2016
Great Black-backed Gull 05 February 2016
Goosander 10 February 2016
Nuthatch 11 February 2016
(Common) Kestrel 13 February 2016
Linnet 16 February 2016
Golden Plover 22 February 2016
Iceland Gull 22 February 2016
Sky Lark 22 February 2016
Pheasant 25 February 2016
Raven 26 February 2016
Yellowhammer 26 February 2016
Kittiwake 08 March 2016
Oystercatcher 11 March 2016
Green Woodpecker 15 March 2016
Greylag x Canada Goose 17 March 2016
Chiffchaff 17 March 2016
Meadow Pipit 21 March 2016
Sand Martin 26 March 2016
Barn Swallow 26 March 2016
House Martin 26 March 2016
Little Ringed Plover 31 March 2016
Willow Warbler 01 April 2016
Blackcap 05 April 2016
Wheatear 05 April 2016
Curlew 07 April 2016
Sedge Warbler 12 April 2016
Common Sandpiper 12 April 2016
Grasshopper Warbler 12 April 2016
Lesser Whitethroat 26 April 2016
Common Whitethroat 26 April 2016
Reed Warbler 26 April 2016
Wood Warbler 27 April 2016
Swift 29 April 2016
Yellow Wagtail 29 April 2016
Pied Flycatcher 03 May 2016
Garden Warbler 04 May 2016
House Sparrow 06 May 2016
Black Tern 11 May 2016
Common Tern 11 May 2016
(Greater) Scaup 14 November 2016
Arctic Tern 11 May 2016
Hobby 20 May 2016
Spotted Flycatcher 16 August 2016
Greenshank 24 August 2016
(Greater) Scaup 14 November 2016
Barnacle Goose 01 December 2016


Next Butterflies: the often very wet spring reduced early sightings more than somewhat. I logged just
16 species. Essex Skipper was new for me: I have only just learned how to identify this species by the black tips to the antenna and it is has almost certainly been present previously

In species order
1526 Small Skipper 18 July 2016
1527 Essex Skipper 18 July 2016
1531 Large Skipper 22 July 2016
1549 Large White 07 June 2016
1550 Small White 26 April 2016
1551 Green-veined White 17 May 2016
1553 Orange-tip 09 May 2016
1574 Common Blue 10 June 2016
1590 Red Admiral 22 July 2016
1591 Painted Lady 09 June 2016
1593 Small Tortoiseshell 18 July 2016
1597 Peacock 30 April 2016
1614 Speckled Wood 17 May 2016
1625 Gatekeeper 21 July 2016
1626 Meadow Brown 16 July 2016
1629 Ringlet 30 June 2016

And in date order of the first record
1550 Small White 26 April 2016
1597 Peacock 30 April 2016
1553 Orange-tip 09 May 2016
1551 Green-veined White 17 May 2016
1614 Speckled Wood 17 May 2016
1549 Large White 07 June 2016
1591 Painted Lady 09 June 2016
1574 Common Blue 10 June 2016
1629 Ringlet 30 June 2016
1626 Meadow Brown 16 July 2016
1526 Small Skipper 18 July 2016
1527 Essex Skipper 18 July 2016
1593 Small Tortoiseshell 18 July 2016
1625 Gatekeeper 21 July 2016
1531 Large Skipper 22 July 2016
1590 Red Admiral 22 July 2016


Now MOTHS: with a generally later start to my visits sightings have been limited. To off-set this work on the Academy finished and the street lights at the W end were reconnected. I logged 56 species

The following species were new for me here, at least over the past four years. None of them is uncommon
Common Swift
Map-winged Swift
Diamond-backed Moth (Plutella xylostella)
Thistle Bell (Epiblema scutulana)
Large Emerald
Phoenix
Juniper Carpet
Northern Winter Moth
Pale Oak Beauty
Early Grey

In Species order
14 Ghost Moth 15 July 2016
17 Common Swift 14 June 2016
18 Map-winged Swift 15 June 2016
148 Yellow-barred Longhorn (Nemophora degeerella) 09 June 2016
152 Meadow Long-horn (Cauchas rufimitrella) 19 May 2016
385 Common Nettle-tap (Anthophila fabriciana) 03 May 2016
464 Diamond-backed Moth (Plutella xylostella) 04 June 2016
726 Meadow Neb (Metzneria metzneriella) 11 June 2016
970 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis cerasana) 15 June 2016
989 Timothy Tortrix (Aphelia paleana) 10 June 2016
1062 Acleris emargana (Notch-wing Button) 31 August 2016
1076 Common Marble (Celypha lacunana) 09 June 2016
1082 Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana) 10 June 2016
1126 Common Roller (Ancylis badiana) 08 June 2016
1184 Thistle Bell (Epiblema scutulana) 27 May 2016
1293 Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) 15 June 2016
1304 Pearl Veneer (Agriphila straminella) 16 July 2016
1305 Common Grass-veneer (Agriphila tristella) 15 August 2016
1309 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer (Agriphila geniculea) 22 August 2016
1330 Common Grey (Scoparia ambigualis) 30 June 2016
1345 Brown China-mark (Elophila nymphaeata) 25 August 2016
1388 Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis) 16 July 2016
1392 Olive Pearl (Udea olivalis) 17 June 2016
1640 Drinker 23 May 2016
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 26 February 2016
1666 Large Emerald 04 July 2016
1669 Common Emerald 15 July 2016
1682 Blood-vein 13 June 2016
1713 Riband Wave 17 June 2016
1727 Silver-ground Carpet 31 May 2016
1732 Shaded Broad-bar 17 May 2016
1747 Streamer 14 May 2016
1754 Phoenix 17 August 2016
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 17 June 2016
1771 Juniper Carpet 27 October 2016
1790 November Moth agg. (Epirrita sp.) [Autumnal, November, Pale November Moths] 21 October 2016
1799 Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata) 23 November 2016
1800 Northern Winter Moth 18 November 2016
1825 Lime-speck Pug 20 May 2016
1834 Common Pug 15 August 2016
1894 Latticed Heath 16 July 2016
1906 Brimstone Moth 04 June 2016
1923 Feathered Thorn 03 November 2016
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) 03 February 2016
1934 Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) 06 February 2016
1935 Mottled Umber (Erranis defoliaria) 14 November 2016
1941 Mottled Beauty 30 June 2016
1944 Pale Oak Beauty 09 June 2016
1957 White-pinion Spotted 27 May 2016
1961 Light Emerald 30 June 2016
2030 Yellow-tail 22 July 2016
2060 White Ermine 15 June 2016
2064 Ruby Tiger 22 July 2016
2243 Early Grey 18 March 2016
2273 Pink-barred Sallow 22 October 2016
2381 Uncertain 30 June 2016

And in date order of the first record
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty (Phigalia pilosaria) 03 February 2016
1934 Dotted Border (Agriopis marginaria) 06 February 2016
1663 March Moth (Alsophila aescularia) 26 February 2016
2243 Early Grey 18 March 2016
385 Common Nettle-tap (Anthophila fabriciana) 03 May 2016
1747 Streamer 14 May 2016
1732 Shaded Broad-bar 17 May 2016
152 Meadow Long-horn (Cauchas rufimitrella) 19 May 2016
1825 Lime-speck Pug 20 May 2016
1640 Drinker 23 May 2016
1184 Thistle Bell (Epiblema scutulana) 27 May 2016
1957 White-pinion Spotted 27 May 2016
1727 Silver-ground Carpet 31 May 2016
464 Diamond-backed Moth (Plutella xylostella) 04 June 2016
1906 Brimstone Moth 04 June 2016
1126 Common Roller (Ancylis badiana) 08 June 2016
148 Yellow-barred Longhorn (Nemophora degeerella) 09 June 2016
1076 Common Marble (Celypha lacunana) 09 June 2016
1944 Pale Oak Beauty 09 June 2016
989 Timothy Tortrix (Aphelia paleana) 10 June 2016
1082 Plum Tortrix (Hedya pruniana) 10 June 2016
726 Meadow Neb (Metzneria metzneriella) 11 June 2016
1682 Blood-vein 13 June 2016
17 Common Swift 14 June 2016
18 Map-winged Swift 15 June 2016
970 Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix (Pandemis cerasana) 15 June 2016
1293 Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella) 15 June 2016
2060 White Ermine 15 June 2016
1392 Olive Pearl (Udea olivalis) 17 June 2016
1713 Riband Wave 17 June 2016
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 17 June 2016
1330 Common Grey (Scoparia ambigualis) 30 June 2016
1941 Mottled Beauty 30 June 2016
1961 Light Emerald 30 June 2016
2381 Uncertain 30 June 2016
1666 Large Emerald 04 July 2016
14 Ghost Moth 15 July 2016
1669 Common Emerald 15 July 2016
1304 Pearl Veneer (Agriphila straminella) 16 July 2016
1388 Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis) 16 July 2016
1894 Latticed Heath 16 July 2016
2030 Yellow-tail 22 July 2016
2064 Ruby Tiger 22 July 2016
1305 Common Grass-veneer (Agriphila tristella) 15 August 2016
1834 Common Pug 15 August 2016
1754 Phoenix 17 August 2016
1309 Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer (Agriphila geniculea) 22 August 2016
1345 Brown China-mark (Elophila nymphaeata) 25 August 2016
1062 Acleris emargana (Notch-wing Button) 31 August 2016
1790 November Moth agg. (Epirrita sp.) [Autumnal, November, Pale November Moths] 21 October 2016
2273 Pink-barred Sallow 22 October 2016
1771 Juniper Carpet 27 October 2016
1923 Feathered Thorn 03 November 2016
1935 Mottled Umber (Erranis defoliaria) 14 November 2016
1800 Northern Winter Moth 18 November 2016
1799 Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata) 23 November 2016


Now we will do DAMSELFLIES and DRAGONFLIES. I know of no published ‘species order’ so we will only do them in date order of the first record. Rather a poor year with no Emperor Dragonfly or only one species of Hawker noted
Blue-tailed Damselfly 20 May 2016
Red-eyed Damselfly 24 May 2016
Common Blue Damselfly 31 May 2016
Azure Damselfly 31 May 2016
Common Darter 04 July 2016
Black-tailed Skimmer 22 July 2016
Brown Hawker 01 September 2016


Next HOVERFLIES also only in date order of the first record. Those marked ** were recorded by me for the first time this year. However I am still very much learning ...

Syrphus vitripennis 07 May 2016
Eristalis pertinax (Tapered Drone-fly) 07 May 2016
Volucella pellucens 17 May 2016
Parahelophilus sp. 24 May 2016
Myathropa florea 31 May 2016
Pipiza sp. poss P. noctiluca 31 May 2016
Episyrphus balteatus (Marmalade hoverfly) 08 June 2016
Melanostoma scalare 04 July 2016
Eristalis arbustorum 04 July 2016
Sphaerophoria sp 04 July 2016
**Cheilosia illustrata 04 July 2016
**Eupeodes corollae 11 July 2016
Helophilus pendulus (The Footballer) 16 July 2016
**Sphaerophoria scripta 18 July 2016
**Chrysotoxum bicinctum 21 July 2016
Eristalis tenax 17 August 2016
**Rhingia campestris (aka the Heineken Fly or Common Snout-hoverfly) 27 August 2016


INSECTS’ next. With many thousands of species in the UK this is not even scratching the surface of what is present and I many species-groups are very difficult to identify. I see now that I failed to record even the very common Garden Spider or any ant sps. With that proviso here is what I logged
wasp sp. ?
bumble bee sp. 01 February 2016
plumed midge sp. 04 April 2016
Cuckoo Wasp (Vespula austriaca) 05 May 2016
Red Wasp (Vespula rufa) 05 May 2016
lacewing sp. probably Chrysoperia carnea 06 May 2016
Common Crane-fly (Tipula oleracea) 17 May 2016
7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata) 20 May 2016
Nettle Weevil (Phyllobius pomaceus) 20 May 2016
Red-and-Black Froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) 21 May 2016
Alder Fly (Sialis lutaria) 23 May 2016
Common Stretch-spider (Tetragnatha extensa) 23 May 2016
Mystacides longicornis (caddis) 26 May 2016
Mason wasp (Ancistrocerus antilope) 27 May 2016
Oedemera nobilis (beetle) 27 May 2016
Phaonia viarum (Muscid fly) 31 May 2016
Black Snipe fly (Chrysopilus cristatus) 04 June 2016
Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) 07 June 2016
Pyrochroa serraticornis (Common or Red-headed Cardinal Beetle) 07 June 2016
Gastrophysa viridula (Dock Green Beetle) 07 June 2016
Spotted Cranefly (Nephrotoma appendiculata) 07 June 2016
Scorpion Fly (Panorpa communis) 08 June 2016
Phylidorea ferruginea (Crane Fly sp.) 08 June 2016
Tenthredo livida (White-tipped (saw) Fly) 10 June 2016
Euleia heraclei (Celery Fly) - poss fruit fly 10 June 2016
Sloe Bug (Dolycoris baccarum) 14 June 2016
Ischnomera cyanea – green beetles 14 June 2016
Lygocoris rugicollis – green myrid bug 14 June 2016
Apion pomonae (weevil) 18 June 2016
Tipula lunata (Crane fly) 18 June 2016
Macrophya sp. (sawfly) 18 June 2016
Eumea linearicornis (Tachinid fly) 11 July 2016
Empis livida (stilt fly) 11 July 2016
Leptura (Strangalia) maculata 11 July 2016
Rhagonycha fulva (Hogweed Bonking-beetle) 16 July 2016
Lucilia caesar (Greenbottle) 18 July 2016
Semaphore fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus) 22 July 2016
Picromerus bidens (Spiked Shieldbug) 24 August 2016
Neuroctena anilis (a red fly) 25 August 2016
Hairy Snail (Trochulus hispidus) 27 August 2016
Limonia nubeculosa? (crane-fly) 29 October 2016
Paroligolophus agrestis? (Harvestman sp.) 31 October 2016


Now PLANTS
The dates are generally associated with flowering – a time when the plant is often easiest to identify. I am aware that it excludes many trees that do not, at lest, obviously, flower. Another learning process!

Daisy (Bellis perennis) almost throughout
Dandelion sp. (probably Taraxacum officinale) almost throughout
Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) 24 January 2016
Red Campion (Silene dioica or Melandrium rubrum) 03 February 2016
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) 03 February 2016
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) 23 March 2016
Red Deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) 23 March 2016
Ramsons (Allium ursinium) 29 April 2016
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) 29 April 2016
flowering Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) 04 May 2016
Hedge Garlic or Jack-by-the-Hedge (Alliaria petiolata) 04 May 2016
Lady's Smock / Cuckooplant / Milkmaid (Cardamine pratensis) 04 May 2016
Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) 04 May 2016
Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon) 05 May 2016
Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) 05 May 2016
White Dead-Nettle (Lamium album) 05 May 2016
Hawthorn flower 05 May 2016
Cowslip (Primula veris) 07 May 2016
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) 13 May 2016
Common Bird's-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) 19 May 2016
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) 19 May 2016
Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) 19 May 2016
Common Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) 19 May 2016
Sun Spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia) 21 May 2016
Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus) 24 May 2016
Common Forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) 25 May 2016
Goat's-beard or Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon (Tragopogon sp.) 27 May 2016
Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula) 28 May 2016
Dog Rose (Rosa canina agg.) 31 May 2016
Horsetail (or Mare's tails) (Equisetum arvense) 03 June 2016
White Clover (Trifolium repens) 04 June 2016
Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor) 04 June 2016
Woody Nightshade or Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara) 08 June 2016
Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) 09 June 2016
Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) 09 June 2016
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) 09 June 2016
Common Spotted Orchid (Orchis (Dactylorhiza) fuchsii) 13 June 2016
Marsh Orchid (Orchis strictifolia) 13 June 2016
Cleavers (Galium aparine) 13 June 2016
Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) 15 June 2016
Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) 17 June 2016
White Mignonette (Reseda alba) 17 June 2016
Meadow Vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) 18 June 2016
Greater Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum) 30 June 2016
Meadowsweet / Mead Wort (Filipendula ulmaria) 04 July 2016
Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris) 04 July 2016
Convolvulus 04 July 2016
Smooth Sow-thistle or Milk Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) 11 July 2016
Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) 11 July 2016
Perforate St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) 11 July 2016
Common (or Black) Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) 14 July 2016
White Campion (Silene latifolia formerly Melandrium album) 14 July 2016
Bistort (Persicaria bistorta) 15 July 2016
Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) 16 August 2016
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) 16 August 2016
Lords and Ladies (Arum maculatum) 20 August 2016
Rosebay Willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) 24 August 2016
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos sp. probably S. albus) 30 August 2016
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) 01 September 2016
Red Stem Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera) 31 October 2016
Spindle (Euonymus europaea) 03 November 2016
?Zigzag Clover (Trifolium medium) 17 November 2016
Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus) [aka dogberry; water elder; cramp bark; snowball tree; European cranberry bush] 18 November 2016
Black Bryony (Tamus communis) 20 November 2016
Hazel 01 December 2016
Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens) 08 December 2016

And a few other things

FISH seen
Mirror Carp
Tench
Pike (Esox lucius)

AMPHIBIANS. Just
Common Toad (Bufo bufo)

FUNGUS
A poor year
Shaggy Inkcap or Lawyer's Wig (Coprinus comatus)
fungus sp. - Psathyrella gracilis?

PLUS
white-lipped snails (Cepaea hortensis) 04 June 2016
and
Slug sps.
Snail sps.
not identified

(Ed Wilson)