Although rain fell in Formby on 17 days, amounts were small. Therefore, November turned out to be much drier than October, with no change in the water-
Sun was at a premium but I could still find some of my beloved insects on the few remaining Ivy flowers at Ravenmeols or on a sheltered, south-
Two days later, Wick’s Path also came good, with three Dock Bugs and two Green Shieldbugs. One of the latter was beginning to turn brown, the other being completely brown so that it matches dead leaves before hibernating. The real highlight, however, was an immature Western Conifer Seedbug, a non-
Pete Kinsella emailed to say that the wintering Mediterranean Gull was back on Southport Marine Lake, so I ventured up the coast road on 9th. It was there, sure enough, but wasn’t tempted to come close by my offerings of stale bread, unlike hoards of Black-
The middle of the month saw a sequence of 10m spring-
On 18th, I met Andrew Brockbank at Ravenmeols dunes to identify patches of invasive Sea Buckthorn for eventual removal. Andrew is shortly to retire after long and distinguished service with the National Trust. Another outdoor, socially distanced meeting was with Natalie Hunt of Natural England. I joined her at the Montagu Road Triangle, Freshfield, to walk over the area of dune-
At this time of year, reports come in of unusual discoveries earlier in the year. Perhaps the most surprising was Tawny Cockroach (Ectobius pallidus) found in two places on Hightown dunes by Tony Hunter of Liverpool Museum. This small, native cockroach is described in the books as very local in southern England, most records being south of the R. Thames. How did it get here?!
Finally, Gary Hedges, also from the Museum, set out on 4th June to search for the Ainsdale Dung Beetle (Ammoecius brevis) a tiny scarab known only from sand-