September 2016

Sighted: Speckled Bush-cricket

Speckled Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)

This little lady was brought into the office yesterday (26/09/2016) by Jed Lloyd a ranger of in neighbouring Halton. It's a Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima). Predominantly a species of south and middle England and Wales and one which, while noted to occur over a wider area, we have had very few records for Merseyside. In fact on checking the database we have zero records! However, we're pretty sure in the office that someone has mentioned this seeing this species on or near the Sefton Coast so we'll be looking into that.

Sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Asian Hornet

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK.

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.

Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, which includes:

Mothin' at Court Hey Park

Orange Sallow - Tiliacea citrago (Damian Young)

For a week or two we'd had superb moth conditions. Warm days followed by warm evenings, low wind and just the right amount of cloud!

So when the moth night arrived on Friday 9th September we had great expectations! As a public event hosted by the National Wildflower Centre we started slightly earlier than usual to give people an introduction. Giving time to set up and have a little chat with families and interested members of the public. Stylishly later several MBAN members also joined the fray with the welcome addition of the Lancashire Moth Groups Colin Daly.

Bats at Ten Acres

The annual follow up to Court Hey Park just down the road at the island woodland of Ten Acre Pits was just as enticing as the walk a few days earlier. The turn out was also good with a similar number of people arriving. Many regulars and returnees from the previous years along with Brian from the Friends checking in for most of the night to keep us in check!

Bats at Court Hey Park

Every year we undertake a public bat walk at Court Hey Park. Promoted by the Knowsley Ranger Service (Karen Brady) and kindly hosted by the National Wildflower Centre. I wear both my Merseyside BioBank and Merseyside & West Lancashire Bat Group hats! The night kicked off with the traditional quiz.

This years having some mean twists just to keep people on their toes.

Do you know which direction a bat always goes when it leaves roost?

MCS Big Beach Clean

My name is Andy Laverick; I am a local Marine Conservation Society Sea Champion

There is a big beach clean event at on Monday 19th of September from 09.45 am. It will be at Freshfield beach again (on the national trust property).

The previous national event in June this year 91 kg of waste was collected by 86 volunteers in 90 minutes. This total included 648 separate items of plastic and unfortunately, a sizeable number of wet wipes and cotton bud sticks were found.