Author Archives: Mark Archer

Grass Snakes at Stanley Ferry

It’s still quite early in the year but three large grass snakes (Natrix natrix) were seen recently at Stanley Ferry Flash. These snakes must have emerged from hibernation recently. Grass snakes often live in marshy places or near lakes and … Continue reading

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Curlew still at Altofts Meadow

A visit to Altofts Meadow to check if the curlews were still present, as Pauline had previously reported, reaped rewards with 44 curlew, 66 lapwing, 3 common buzzards in the air together then the highlight of the morning, a pair … Continue reading

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Birding notes from Stanley Ferry

On Sunday 24/8/14 two common redstarts on the re-claimed Parkhill Pit restored area just above Stanley Ferry Flash along with southern hawker. On Monday 25/8/14 in the rain at Birkwood Farm three late swifts over south-east, Two spotted flycatchers and … Continue reading

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Stanley Ferry Flash records

Stanley Ferry Flash produced some good records, including lime hawk moth on a metal gatepost early in the evening of 16th May while on 23rd grasshopper warbler and cuckoo were present with a peregrine flying over (cathedral bird?) and four … Continue reading

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