Nature Notes from Ackworth School

At Ackworth School, the long-tailed tits that were building a nest have now completed the task. This morning, nuthatches were carrying mud to a beech tree, where they are modifying an old woodpecker nest-hole. Nearby, treecreepers chased each other at high speed round and round the trunk of a tree, only centimetres from the trunk. Whilst there were winter visitors – redwings – in some trees, a summer visitor – a chiffchaff – was singing nearby. Kingfishers were busy on the River Went and a hare was feeding in an uncultivated field.

long-tailed tit nest building at Ackwoerth School (©John Gardner)

long-tailed tit nest building at Ackwoerth School (©John Gardner)

Field Meeting: Anglers to Walton species list

A good turnout for the first meeting of the summer(!) and the group took a steady circular walk from Anglers down to Walton Hall and back pausing to look at the flowers and insects en route and an even longer pause at the golfer’s tea shack :¬) Here is a list of the species noted as we walked round and a picture of the crew at the pit stop.

  • Insects noted
    Green Longhorn (Adela reaumurella)
    10-Spot Ladybird (Adalia 10-punctata)
  • Spring warblers noted
    Willow Warbler

Sue Gaynor was species recorder on the meeting and we will upload a full list shortly. Here are a few more pictures to be going on with.

red campion

Bulbous Buttercup
Bush Vetch
Cow Parsley
Creeping Buttercup
Cuckoo Pint
Cut-leaved Cranesbill
Dog’s Mercury
Germander Speedwell
Greater Stitchwort
Green Alkanet
Common Comfrey
Ground Ivy
Hairy Bittercress
Hairy Chickweed
Hedge Mustard
Herb Robert
Pignut (tasty)
Red Campion
Shepherd’s Purse
Smooth Sow-thistle
Great Spotted Woodpecker
St Mark’s Fly
Adela reaumurella (type of long horned moth)
Solitary Wasp
Cream streaked ladybird
Peacock Butterfly
Green Veined White
Speckled Wood
Orange Tip