Trip reports

TRIP TO WHIXALL MOSS AND PREES HEATH

TRIP TO WHIXALL MOSS AND PREES HEATH

Sunday, 7 July 2019

The day started at Whixall Moss with a walk across part of the moss returning alongside the Llangollen canal in time for lunch. The nearby flooded fields were also scanned before we left for Prees Heath.

31 species of bird were seen or heard:

Robin, Great tit, Garden warbler (h), Mallard, Swallow, Blue tit, Willow warbler (h), Moorhen, Swift, House sparrow, Sedge warbler (h) Canada goose, Stonechat, Dunnock, Blackcap (h) Little grebe, Pied wagtail Magpie, Chiffchaff (h) Heron, Wood pigeon, Carrion crow, Whitethroat, Oystercatcher, Collared dove, Black-headed gull, Coot, Buzzard, Reed bunting, Goldfinch and Curlew


Butterflies:

Red Admiral
Meadow Brown
Ringlet
Speckled Wood
Large White
Painted Lady
Large Skipper

Dragonflies:

Four-spotted Chaser
Emperor Dragonfly
White-faced Darter
Brown Hawker
Common Blue Damselfly
Emerald Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Banded Demoiselle

Others:

Common lizard
Unidentified grasshopper


After lunch the party drove to Prees Heath and walked across the heath to the pond. The heath was a riot of colour from all the wild flowers.

A few birds were observed, including Robin, Linnet, Yellowhammer and Goldfinch.



The following butterflies and moths were also identified:

Silver-studded Blue (photograph attached)
Small Heath
Red Admiral
Small Skipper
Painted Lady
Meadow Brown
Burnet Moth
Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars

Dragonflies:

Emperor Dragonfly: males and female laying eggs
Azure Damselfly

Flowers:


Bell Heather
St John's Wort
Common Mallow
Evening Primrose
Birdsfoot Trefoil
Hemlock
Musk Thistle
Ragwort
Common Centaury
Common Hemp-nettle