The first half of the month continued the trend set earlier in the winter of repeated low-
Following the wet winter, there was impressive flooding in slacks throughout the dune system. At my Devil’s Hole measuring point, the water was 14 cm deeper than at any time since I began recording in October 2015. It remains to be seen whether this will lead to a good breeding season for Natterjack Toads when they emerge from hibernation in April.
As ever, March is a time when signs of spring appear, while many of our winter wildlife visitors are still around. Thus, the Pink-
Early insects were represented on 11th by the brown over-
The Corona virus ‘lockdown’ towards the end of March restricted my activities somewhat, though a daily exercise walk provided opportunities for some wildlife observations. On 27th, I set off to trek round the playing fields next to my home but didn’t get far before I spotted a Juniper Shieldbug on a Leyland Cypress hedge. This colourful insect was only the third record for Sefton of a species that used to be confined to native Juniper in southern England but has taken to exotic cypresses and junipers grown in gardens and is extending its range. It is certainly worth looking for while people are spending more time in their gardens. Having recently emerged from hibernation, the shieldbug may be found on the sunny, sheltered side of an appropriate conifer. I would be pleased to know of any sightings.