Friday, 17 March 2017

Kicking off

After yesterday's morning post things certainly moved along a bit. A few species added at lunchtime including a lovely Palmate Newt thanks to Dick and his garden pond, a lichen I had forgotten I saw in the morning and a crustacean from the 2nd March saw the total make a small leap forward. The crustacean, Gammarus locusta, was taken from a rock pool where pairs were swimming about, the male spooning the female protectively. This is so remarkable that the Collins seashore guide prints two separate images of the same thing, which I always find a bit odd - helpful though. Keying out in Fish & Fish as a cross-check was thankfully straightforward.

Stinking Hellebore

Lesser Celandine

Palmate Newt

Some numbers:

Class Jan Feb 17-Mar
Algae 8 13 13
Lichens 37 41 42
Fungi 28 31 37
Vert - Birds 38 50 54
Vert - Other 2 4 6
Lepidoptera 1 2 2
Diptera 4 7 7
Arachnida 4 13 14
Coleoptera 6 17 17
Mollusc 9 24 25
Collembola 8 10 11
Invert - Other 22 33 40
Plants - Vascular 47 63 67
Plants - Bryo 22 29 30

236 337 365

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