Another busy month on the Sefton Coast began with a visit to Cabin Hill National Nature Reserve where I estimated about 5000 flowering plants of Grass-
The highlight, however, was four male Ruddy Darters on three different ponds; I had only seen one before here. Finally, a check of the Sand Lizard release site where baby lizards were introduced in 2010 and 2011 resulted in two sightings, one an adult male showing some green colouration. This, together with other records by Sand Lizard specialist Dave Hardaker, bodes well for the attempt to establish a new breeding colony on the heath.
Patricia Lockwood and I guided a group of 38 members of the national Wildflower Society around the Birkdale and Hightown sand-
Talking of hybrids, some of the Wildflower Society members had found Sticky Groundsel x Oxford Ragwort (Senecio× subnedrodensis) at Southport Marine Lake, so Pat and I went to see it the following day; it was new to both of us and to the Sefton Coast plant inventory.
A well attended conference on dune scrub and woodland organised by Hope University was an opportunity to meet up again with several British and European researchers, including Maike Isermann from Bremen who spent the summer here in 2010. Another all-
Then followed an unprecedented deluge of almost continuous rain from 23rd to 25th, Rachael Parks recording 105mm (four and a quarter inches) in her Formby garden. The dune water-
With sunny days at a premium this month, I took advantage of the weather on 22nd to do some survey work on the southern Green Beach and adjacent slacks. Migrant Hawkers were numerous, a total of 22 being logged, including pairs and egg-