News > 2015
Meadow Pipit (IAA)
Round-leaved Wintergreen (AJC)
Purple Milk-vetch (RM)
Early Marsh-orchid (AJC)
Bloody Crane's-bill (AJC)
Andrew Chadwick, 14 January 2015
Andrew Ashworth, 24 January 2015
Andrew Chadwick, 17 August 2015
Field Woundwort, 16 August 2015 (AJC)
Marbled White and Ringlet on Spear Thistle (IAA)
Small Skipper on Tufted Vetch (IAA)
Whilst relaxing in the garden I noticed what looked like a few bees circling round an old overflow pipe that leads into the rear loft of our house. Closer observation through binoculars showed that they were indeed bees, and that there were others going in and out of the pipe into the loft. I suspected they were Tree Bumblebees Bombus hypnorum, and after a brave sortie into the loft to obtain a photo, I confirmed this. Tree bumblebees came from Europe to this country about 10 years ago and have spread rapidly northwards. Apparently the circling bees at the entrance are males waiting to mate with any newly emerging queens. Only a few days later I spotted what must be another nest in the eaves of a house opposite!
Andrew Chadwick, 30 June 2015
Despite the strong wind and unseasonably cool weather, a small band of members assembled for a bracing walk from North Sea Landing to the lighthouse. We were presented with magnificent views of the nesting sea birds and carpets of Primroses on the upper slopes of the cliffs. On returning, via Old Fall Plantation, we noted a fine show of naturalised Wallflowers on the south-facing cliffs. Picture - Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum at the lighthouse.
Richard Middleton, 9 May 2015
Heartened by the sunshine, ten members braved the low temperature and brisk southerly wind for what has become the traditional first evening field meeting of the year. We were rewarded with our longest ever bird list - 47 in all if the two races of Pied Wagtail are differentiated!
Richard Middleton, 6 May 2015
Our intention with this visit was to search for Adders, basking in the spring sunshine. Unfortunately, the day was mostly cloudy but with just enough sunshine to bring out a couple of Common Lizards. The only other herps. we encountered came in the form of frogspawn in a ditch.
Nearly forty bird species were seen. Highlights were a Woodcock and the calls of Green Woodpecker as well as the first Chiffchaff most of us had heard this year. Buzzard and Kestrel were also seen.
It was a bit early for plant ID but it is always good to practice ones basal rosette and dead seed head skills, not to mention twigs! Goat Willow was well in flower, but few other plants showed much sign of activity. Conifers were almost the only green things. All four species are introduced here, with only Scots Pine being native, though surprisingly, alien Lodgepole Pine is by far the most successful at regenerating.
Some members commentated on the deteriorating condition of the site overall. Despite efforts to restore tree planted areas, some of the rarer plant species like Bog Pimpernel had not been seen by anyone for several years.
John Killingbeck, 25 March 2015
Picture - fungi on a tree stump, Kath Middleton
Roesel's Bush-cricket, 19 September 2015 (AJC)
Rob Jaques, 26 June 2015
image Andrew Chadwick
As we stepped out of the car, the people already there were watching Gyrfalcon. Someone then recalled the falconry centre at nearby Duncombe Park ...
We took a circular walk and personal highlights were the two Dippers on a gravel bar in the river, which stayed and performed for us for a while, Townhall Clock, an insignificant but delightful little plant which I always enjoy finding, and an abundance of Toothwort (above) growing on Hazel roots.
Some of us finished the day off with tea/coffee and cake in the Rievaulx visitor centre café. We arrived just as most of the cake had sold out so the choice wasn't great but it was good to sit outside and talk over our findings.
Kath Middleton, 19 April 2015
Richard Middleton, 22 February 2015
Image by Africa Gómez
Whilst searching under rocks in a Park Avenue garden, an apparently thriving colony of landhoppers Arcitalitrus dorrieni was found under one particular large slab. These crustaceans are amphipods, along with the more familiar Gammarus pulex, but differs from most amphipods in being entirely adapted to land. These are a non-native species, introduced from eastern Australia but they seem to be having little impact on native species.
The record seems to be a first for the Hull area, and quite possibly for Yorkshire with most records centered around Cornwall and the west coast. It is likely that it is massively under-recorded although it is distinctive when found in the field as they erupt into life when disturbed and look remarkably like over-sized fleas.
Rob Jaques, 18 March 2015
In the same garden as the landhoppers, a night time walk on the 8th of March around a large pond had 108 common frogs Rana temporaria in various stages of courtship. Also counted were 8 smooth newts Lissotriton vulgaris whose numbers will increase greatly as the weather improves.
Rob Jaques, 18 March 2015
Andrew Chadwick, 15 February 2015