Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy new year!!!!

Well it's here at last, 2012. The party season is over and already the shops are sticking easter eggs on the shelves. But I'm not here to harp on about the rights or wrongs in society, there's enough people to do that. I'm here to share with you my experiences with nature in Suffolk or wherever I can find it. I've set myself a challenge for the year 2012 with me having to record 1000 species in the year. Now I know that only equates to 3 species a day, which is not a lot. However, I'm away driving most of the week, which only leaves me with weekends and not every weekend can I devote to wildlife watching (I'm married). So, it's not going to be as easy as it seems, me thinks
I know that in the beginning, it's gonna be pretty easy with me spotting all the common ones, but once they're done, things will start to get hard. Roll on Spring!
So, went for a walk on Purdis Heath today and managed to kick start my list off with the first three:

Name Latin Where Date spotted
Wood pigeon Columba palumbus Purdis Heath 01/01/2012
Blue tit Parus caeruleus Purdis Heath 01/01/2012
Phyllotopsis nidulans Phyllotopsis nidulans Purdis Heath 01/01/2012

P nidulans.

So, day one, 3 down 997 to go.
Happy new year


  1. Phyllotopsis nidulans is a little recorded species in the UK and records from Suffolk are very dubious. I have no confirmed records on my database for this species and because I am unable to bring up your photo to have any idea of what it is you saw, could you kindly email me the photo to: (prevention of spam - please replace the letters 'at' for @) ... eg fungi@ or else obtain the Suffolk Fungus Recorders email address from the Suffolk Naturalists Society at Ipswich museum. PLEASE DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE because there is conservation work currently (always ?) taking place on Purdis and therefor the possibility what tree/shrub the fungus was growing on, will be cut down to restore the heathland.
    If your identification turns out to be correct, then this will be the first confirmed record for Suffolk.

    1. Hi (sorry, I don’t know your name)

      Unfortunately, this was 3 years ago and the photo was most likely taken with my phone, for which I do not keep due to phone storage problems and alas it would seem that the Blogger platform does not keep photos in its archive, alas.

      Also, as this was 3 years ago, there have been several Megabashes there as well as the regular work parties too, so the likelihood that the fungi wasn’t touched is minimal. However, all is not lost. If I was correct with my ID, which is not always the case, it might be prudent for you to go over to the heath and take a look. It’s a SSSI site and needs protection. Last year (2014) I found a species of cuckoo bee Nomada signata (confirmed), which is listed as being rare. I was advised to inform Natural England of this as it adds to the SSSI designation, which in turn helps protect this valuable piece of heathland.

    2. Thanks for getting back to me. In the meantime I have read all your most interesting blogs and now realise you must know Purdis like the back of your hand ! (I only know it like the back of my right foot - it seems to look different everytime I go there.)
      Keep up the great work, especially getting fresh faces to become interested in our great wildlife.