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New Entry For The 12th May - 15th May

12th May - The Red Starfish has been seen again today. There were lots of live stranded starfish so we set about getting as many as we could back in the sea.
Not as many razor shells today. Once again,lots of various types of debris removed from the beach. We saw 5 Oyster Catchers. Heavy rain in the afternoon but the birds began to chirp again at 9pm-very odd..
13th May - Had a good look around my area yesterday. So many different types of trees and the chestnut trees are now in flower.
I have redesigned the garden basket for a local business using plants to encourage wildlife.
14th May - Its a warmer day today. We have seen common starfish on the beach. In the afternoon we went to Chapel Point nature reserve to do some pond dipping with the local wildlife ranger.We managed to find dragonfly larvae,water mites,nymphs of various types,a water slater(a VERY unusual creature) Mayfly larvae,damselfly larvae and more including spotting a duck.. Several butterfly types were seen including whites,holly blue,brimstone and peacocks. A YellowHammer [bird type] was seen on the branch of a tree. We also visited Chapel Six Marshes on the way home. Loads of invasive slipper limpets and starfish were spotted there. We also a Kestrel and a Marsh Harrier,Sparrows and lots of Magpies on the way home. We also saw a lot of wildflowers today-trefoil,vetch,cow parsley,clover and daises. Having looked up water slaters they are a relative of the garden woodlouse. There are only 2 types in Britain. It is classed as a crustacean and spends all its time underwater.
15th May - Today it is rainy,overcast and mild. At Gibraltar Point we saw magpies,ducks and geese flying overhead. Cowslips,vetch and trefoil as well as other wildflowers are in bloom. The new sutton on sea and skegness wildlife watch group now has a launch date!

New Entry For The 8th May - 11th May

8th May - Today we saw Blue tits,Wood Pigeons,Goldfinches,some blackbirds and a white-tailed bee.
On the beach the waves were rough-More debris was found and removed safely. Not many shells today..
9th May - Lots of bees and hoverflies around including another white-tailed bee and tree bumblebees too! Blue tits,blackbirds and goldfinches were seen again today.
10th May - Today the weather was warmer. Seen today were hoverfiles,white butterflies and more bees.
We also put out seeds and water for the birds. We also went on the beach again where we saw lots of dead edible crabs,non-edible crabs including shore crabs. Several dead starfish and a small plaice [fish] We also saw hundreds of Razor Shells scattered across the beach. There have been heavy winds,heavy tides and lincshore dredging.
11th May - Really warm today. We saw lots of Butterflies[Great White] Worker bees and hoverflies were also spotted. There are now 13 tubes in use at Buzzys the bee hotel.
On the beach today we saw 1000s of Razor Shells and hundreds of stranded starfish again Including a rare five-legged one now identified. We also found a sea mouse.(also known as an Aphrodita) It is a genus of marine polychaeta worms usually found in the med sea(so how it got to England really is a mystery to me) It can also be found in the eastern and western Atlantic oceans. They feed primarily on small crabs. The species is recognized by the world register of marine species. Their habitat is the marine seabed. The Red Starfish- Fromia Milleporella. Phyllum Echinodermata is usually found in Indo-West Pacific as far South as Madagascar and as far North as The Red Sea. It lives at a depth of 0.73m and belongs to the family Gonaisteridae. Normally native to the Indian Ocean. Most of the recent finds belong on the seabed-so some kind of disturbance must be responsible.
Also seen today the first Mayfly of the season.

This weeks update 3rd May - 7th May

3rd May- We have checked our bee hotel for activity - 10 of the tubes are being used. I am putting a lot of bee and butterfly friendly plants in my garden. We have also checked our wildlife area for activity.
4th May - We have seen great white butterflies and woodlice around the garden. There was a lot of bird activity today.
5th May - There are still 10 tubes in use at the bee hotel (nicknamed "Buzzy's!") The weather is warmer. We are visiting Lincolnshire Wildlife Park Today. We saw 1000's of parrots,Bengal Tigers,Macaws,Rheas(Emu-like birds)Tortoises,Peacocks,A Puma(Called..Nigel!) and plenty more including Meerkats too! In the walkthrough area Bullfinches and parrots were flying about and one even landed on dads shoulder(and refused to let go!)
We also saw ring-tailed lemurs(like the ones Gerald Durrell had) the latin name for them is - Lemur Catta. They are 45cm long. Their IUCN Rating is Near Threatened and CiTES Rating is Appendix 1. They eat Fruits,Leaves,Rice,Pasta and vegetables. They are one of the most vocal primates. They have several different alarm calls with distinct meanings to alert members of their group to potential danger.
Another one of the various animals/mammals there was a puma called Nigel. We also saw a Yemen Chameleon - Known as Veiled or coned head Chameleons They have 360 degree vision and can focus on 2 different things at the same time.
On the way home we saw Feral Wood pigeons,White Butterflies,Sparrows,Blackbirds and various types of Gulls.
6th May - We spent some time watching birds in the garden today.
7th May - There are now 12 tubes in use at the bee hotel. The weather today was quite breezy and overcast. Today we also had a walk to the beach where we found and disposed of debris including pipes,ropes,fishing stuff (fishing net, rope etc - I have highlighted this on my Facebook page-Jordans Stranded Mammals Campaign) We also saw lots of shells including Razorshells,Angel Wing Shells and Seaweed. We also saw Cow Parsley growing in the Broadway. We also saw some more Wood Pigeons.

This weeks updates 29th April- 2nd May

29th April- Another BDMLR Callout-seal-There were lots of dog whelk eggs cases and lots of dead starfish.. No shark cases were found..
30th April- Today we've seen a small tortoise shell butterfly. Lots of pigeons and starlings in the garden and we also saw our first swallow of the year!There are now lots of bluebells in flower.
1st May- Another visit to Gibraltar Point-Listed are some of the birds seen: A Spoonbill,A Spotted RedShank,A Turnstone,8 Common Terns,2 Adult Mediterranean Gulls, A Cuckoo,3 Whitethroats As well as an Egret,A Pied Wagtail and various warblers. We also got to see Roe Deer and a Saint Marks fly. On the way home we saw magpies and woodpigeons.
2nd May- Today we went to Claythorpe Watermill and we saw lots of ducks including Mallards. We also saw a Pink-Footed Goose,various types of pheasants,otters,geese,black-tufted ear marmosets-they were fun to watch. We also saw Meerkats, Black Swans,Mandarin Ducks,White Storks,A Flamingo,Woodpigeons,Greenfinches and a Goldcrest that had a lovely little nest that was hanging over the river. It was on the branch of a Yew tree. We also saw brown and rainbow trout in the river/chalk stream. It was a great place to visit and would happily go again.

This weeks updates 19th-26th April

This weeks entry starts with the 19th April- Today we saw 2 young collared doves,blackbirds,numerous magpies and small white butterflies.
20th/21st- over the past two days we have seen more blackbirds and sparrows as well as our 2 collared doves again.
22nd- Seen a peregrine falcon over our local field looking for prey. We also saw an unusual butterfly-white,dainty,small with a blue body. It has been reported to the Lincolnshire recorder.
23rd- Plenty of takers for the seed and water today. All our usual visitors have been seen.
24th- Seed and water put out again due to cold weather. Millipedes,Centipedes and woodlice have been seen in the greenhouse. We have put up a bee hotel that has 36 tubes.
25th- Attended a meeting at Gibraltar Point about surveying our coastline. The meeting was held by the coastal warden. On the entrance of the reserve we saw 2 goldfinches. Our usual blackbirds and woodpigeons have been seen in the garden this afternoon. The wasp-like insect sent for identification is thought to be...A European Hornet.
I have also been transplanting tree saplings from the woodland trust.