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News 2016

North York Moors Weekend

On Saturday morning we walked from Ellerburn Church through the edge of Dalby Forest to Ellerburn Bank nature reserve. As expected there was a wide variety of plants with Dropwort, Salad Burnet, and a selection of orchids on the reserve itself and a thriving patch of Monk's-hood in the woods above Ellerburn. The morning had started sunny, but a slow-moving shower pursued us after lunch so we stopped off for a cup of tea before continuing to Fen Bog. The highlights here were a very co-operative Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, and at least one pair of breeding whinchats. There was a range of bog plants including Common Butterwort, Bogbean, and Round-leaved Sundew. We finished the day with a very enjoyable meal in the George & Dragon in Kirkbymoorside.

On Sunday, fortified by full English breakfasts, we had a circular walk along part of Newton Dale. Again plenty of plants with some very good boggy patches in the bottom of the dale with Ragged Robin, Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil, Bog Stitchwort, Marsh Bedstraw and the very attractive Wood Club-rush.

Below is a selection of images from the weekend.

Andrew Chadwick, June 2016

Filipendula vulgaris

Dropwort, Ellerburn Bank (AJC)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Fen Bog (AJC)

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, underside (AJC)

Pinguicula vulgaris

Common Butterwort, Fen Bog (AJC)

Blechnum spicant

Hard Fern, Fen Bog (AJC)

Nomada goodeniana

Nomada goodeniana See Africa Gómez's album on Flickr for more pictures of our May excursion to Brockadale.

A new East Yorkshire planthopper

Planthopper While at Kilnsea Wetlands last weekend I potted a planthopper, assuming it would be unidentifiable. It turns out it is Athysanus argentarius, which is the first record for VC61, and I believe the most northernly record in the UK at the moment.

Rob Jaques, 9 October 2016

Crowle Moor, 3 September 2016

Galled acorn

Knopper Galls on acorns (DS)

Ivy Broomrape in Cottingham

Flowering spikes and dissection I spotted this colony of over 40 spikes of Orobanche hederae against the ivy-covered front wall of a house on Thwaite Street while waiting for a lift to the North Cave Wetlands meeting. Andrew Ashworth dissected and photographed a floret to be sure of the identification but there was no other possible host. Are these plants somehow connected with the Ivy Broomrape known to grow in a garden beyond the railway line - could there be more plants as yet undiscovered in the area? [Picture - flowering spike RM, dissection AA]

Gabrielle Jarvis, 18 August 2016

North Cave Wetlands, 2 August 2016

Speckled Bush Cricket

Speckled Bush Cricket (DS)

High Eske, 21 June 2016

Calopteryx splendens

Male Banded Demoiselle (HK)

High Eske

Oenanthe crocata

Hemlock Water-dropwort (HK)

West Carr industrial estate, Hull

Ophrys apifera

Bee Orchid, 14 June 2016 (RM)

Broomfleet, 7 June 2016

Early Marsh Orchid spike A female Hairy Dragonfly was observed egg laying into a floating piece of vegetation and Variable Damselflies were still flying about in tall grass at 8 pm.
A wide variety of birds were seen and heard throughout the evening.
Early Marsh Orchids were found flowering in an area where they had been seen in a previous year (left). No invasive non-native aquatic species were found.

Photo RS

Migrant Hawker, East Park, Hull


Andrew Ashworth, 4 October 2016

Crowle Moor, 3 September 2016


Black Darter (DS)

Wool Carder Bee

Wool Carder Bee I grew Lamb's-ear for first time this year and it is being visited by this wonderful bee I hadn't seen before. The females nectar and also gather "wool" to make a felt plug for their nest holes. Males [one in flight I think] defend the plants against all intruders !

Andrew Ashworth, 12 August 2016

Goodmanham Wold


Yellowhammer, 5 July 2016 (AA)

Waterdale trip

Horseshoe Vetch

Horseshoe Vetch, 5 June 2016 (AJC)

The Acklam "Booted Kiwi"

Chalk scree formation A long-distance view of the Acklam Booted Kiwi, showing well on Wooing Nab Hill. From a photograph taken by Africa Gómez on our Scrayingham-Howsham field meeting.

24 April 2016

Scrayingham - Kirkham

Lamprey and Omphaloides A long-deceased River Lamprey and Blue-eyed-Mary (Omphalodes verna)

Howsham, 24 April 2016 (RM)