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Great excitement came in July with the confirmation of two new butterflies for the coast. Earlier reports of Ringlets in Ainsdale National Nature Reserve proved well-
More unexpected was an Essex Skipper caught by Richard Walker in the Ainsdale reserve. Although it is also on the move northwards, this tiny butterfly’s nearest known locality is over 30 miles to the south-
Like some butterflies, dragonflies were also thin on the ground, my annual guided walk at Mere Sands Wood producing only six species. Mind you, the mainly cloudy conditions were less than ideal for these sun-
As usual in July our coastal wildflowers had plenty to offer, two friends from Bradford coming over specially to see a population of Evening-
Anthony Da Silva of the Biodiverse Society project is organising a volunteer survey of Sandwich Tern roosts along the Sefton Coast. In late summer, these birds gather here in nationally significant numbers before heading south to winter off West Africa. We had a successful training event on 20th when the Ainsdale roost already held 87 Sandwich Terns. However, this was trumped six days later when I counted 800, together with 375 Common Terns on Cabin Hill beach south of Formby Point. This may be the largest number of Sandwich Terns ever recorded in North Merseyside and Lancashire; it augers well for the rest of the migration season.