November was colder than usual with measurable rainfall on 14 days. This lifted the sand-
My month began with a trip to Marshside where there was also plenty of surface water. Distant grey masses proved to be Black-
A later visit to Marshside for a “raptor watch” was rewarded with distant views of Hen and Marsh Harrier and Peregrine, while Merlin and Sparrowhawk were much closer.
Despite the cool conditions, some insects were still active during the month. I visited the Ravenmeols Ivy patches several times, finding four superb Red Admirals on 3rd and a singleton five days later – the latest I can remember. The occasional Common Wasp and a Tree Bumblebee added to the mix. Hoverflies were also gaining sustenance from the few remaining Ivy flowers, at least 20 Drone Flies being present as late as the 18th. It was a calm, sunny day, after early frost. I stood for a while listening to the high-
The damp weather was ideal for finding fungi so Trevor Davenport and I had a walk round Freshfield Dune Heath Nature Reserve on 6th. We spotted two strange club-
Also benefiting from the rain, mosses and liverworts brightened up the fixed-
Skeins of Pink-
The last day of the month saw me at Hightown for the high-