The average November rainfall for Formby is 89mm or 3.5 inches. We just about got that, with 16 rain-
The stalwart Buckthorn Bashers had five sessions during the month, with usually 10 or 11 volunteers clearing a huge amount of Sea Buckthorn regrowth north of Sands Lake, Ainsdale. The Gems in the Dunes project kindly provided spare loppers, while Sefton Coast & Countryside also helped us conserve energy by taking us along the beach by Landrover for the final event.
I called in at Haskayne Cutting Nature Reserve on 4th, mainly to record mosses and liverworts (bryophytes), finding 11 common species without trying too hard. I was also entertained by a delightful noisy flock of Long-
The botanical highlight of the month came on 5th when I visited Birkdale Common with Joshua Styles and Natalie Hunt. Our aim was to look for the Annual Knawel which I found there back in November 2010 but have rarely seen since. This species has declined so much in Britain that is now Red-
On 7th, I attended an interesting talk by John Dempsey describing the Sandwich Tern survey in August on Ainsdale/Birkdale beach. The maximum count was 1500, an impressive number but much lower than the remarkable total of 2800 roosting in early September 2016. This year’s internationally important gathering included a pure-
One of the great wildlife spectacles of our region is the annual influx of wintering Pink-
I always look forward to receiving the Lancashire Bird Report edited by Steve White. The 2016 report is as good as ever, including Pallid Harrier, a first for Lancashire, and two new species for Britain – a Cackling Goose in 1976 (which I saw with the Pinkfeet) and a Caspian Reed Warbler found dead at Silverdale in 2011 and determined by DNA analysis of its feathers. An article describes the remarkable travels of “Larry”, a Cuckoo fitted with a satellite tag in the Forest of Bowland in June 2015. It has made two successful trips to Africa and back, wintering as far south as Angola, and is now on its way south through Africa again.
Also from the Lancashire & Cheshire Fauna Society is their latest publication The Vertebrates of Lancashire, 142 pages describing the freshwater fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals of Lancashire and north Merseyside. Many species are illustrated with high quality colour photos, while most have a distribution map showing occurrence in 2 x 2km (tetrad) National Grid squares. Members were sent it free and, at only £12 from NHBS, this is a real bargain.