Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Oligolophus hanseni

A harvestman that likes to hang around on tree trunks in January

Friday, 11 January 2019

Hedgehog Slug (Arion intermedius) new to Cullaloe

In the willow Carr. These are very small slugs, which when they are bunched up have a spikey appearance. They're probably about as cute as slugs get.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Cryptocorineum-condensatum- a fungus new for Cullaloe

On willow, though it can also be found on the wood of other deciduous trees.

Ash-black Slug, Limax cinereoniger new to Cullaloe

A couple of these rather fetching slugs were under wood in the woodland compartment on New Year's day. Note the prominent semi-keel extending slightly more than half way from the tail.

Monday, 7 January 2019

2019 - the quest for 1.5k, the first 300!

During 2019 as an extended part of the 1ksq competition (1000 species in a 1k square in one year) I'll be trying to rack up 1500 species at Cullaloe.

A fair old start to the year, with a good morning on 1st Jan and a few 1 hour sessions to do a basic cover of the reserve compartments. 200 came up on day one so got to be happy with that! Also a few additions to the reserve list which is a big part of the target this year. After two years on other locations I find myself coming refreshed to old ground and apparently with some new skills - always a relief. Some recon didn't hurt, either.

Bryophytes 1
Bryophytes 2
Bryophytes 3
There's no way I'm going to try to summarise the list so far so here's the numbers and one of my favourite odd beasts - the linyphiid Savignya frontata. Surreal! And very pleasingly one of three additions to the reserve's already quite decent spider list.

Algae 1
Lichens 29
Fungi 54
Plants - Vascular 91
Plants - Bryo 46
Mollusc 3
Arachnida 11
Collembola 3
Hemiptera 2
Hymenoptera 2
Coleoptera 8
Diptera 2
Lepidoptera 1
Invert - Other 4
Vert - Birds 42
Vert - Other 1
Total 300

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Dixa nebulosa, 15/11/2017

Species: Dixa nebulosa, male
Location: Cullaloe LNR
Gridref: NT1887
Date: 15/11/2017
Notes: On wooden deck beside filter beds

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Update 09/11/2017

Another new fly ID'd last night was Thricops diaphanus, two females of which were taken on the previous muscid outing (22/10?).

Lunchtime visit revealed a Lycoperdon molle beside the spillway, but also that a major branch has come down in the woods. Photos of both below. The branch falling means another route has to be taken into the woods. It's heavy!