Monthly Archives: June 2012

Found at Lightcliffe

Mike Sykes took these pictures today near the golf club at Lightcliffe of Bee Orchid and Common Spotted Orchid
Many thanks for the Post Michael.

Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid

Common Spotted

2012-06-27T14:47:00+01:00June 27th, 2012|0 Comments

Soil Hill Insects

I found this Moth at 1335hrs today on the N slope havin a kip; it’s approx 2.5 cms long and I have never seen this species before.
Prior to this I had my third run-in in about as many years on the top field with a fleeting glimpse of a Fritillary type species. This time was the briefest encounter ever so it’s perhaps prudent to pretend I haven’t typed this.
The pool at the end of the track where the mounds are has matured; let’s hope it don’t dry up. The best indicator of this was a male Broad Bodied Chaser which wouldn’t allow for a photo unfortunately. Also seen were two Pond Skaters and a Water Beetle.
Other species: young Roe Deer bottom of N slope.
2012-06-26T16:19:00+01:00June 26th, 2012|0 Comments

New threat to our Woodland

Not again! There are worrying signs that the government might be trying to revive plans to sell off England’s woodlands. We may have less than a week to stop them and keep our forests safe for future generations.

Next week, the government panel will publish a new report on the future of our woodlands. [DEFRA] Insiders have started warning that the government is trying last minute lobbying to convince the panel to back another sell-off. We’ve got a few days to persuade them resist the pressure and stand up for our beautiful woodlands.

Please add your name to the urgent petition now, and then forward this email to your family and friends. We’ll do an emergency delivery to each of the panel members before next Wednesday: LINK to petition

2012-06-26T08:57:00+01:00June 26th, 2012|0 Comments

Fairy Ring





Marasmius oreades


Seen and photographed at Aachan way, King Cross St, Halifax, today 24/6/2012 by Michael Sykes.





This mushroom is often called the “fairy ring mushroom”, since it frequently fruits in rings on lawns, in meadows, and in other grassy places, although other species such as Chlorophyllum molybdites, (which is poisonous and unlikely to be encountered in the UK) and Agaricus campestris, (field mushroom) can also form rings.

2012-06-24T19:28:00+01:00June 24th, 2012|0 Comments

MOTH NIGHT CANCELLED TONIGHT SAT 23 06 12.although the Floods have abated rain is expected to come in this evening,with heavy showers predicted .we are hoping to try maybe next Sat,we will keep you posted,regards Brian/Andy and team.

2012-06-23T14:59:00+01:00June 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Garden Carpet

Seen in the potting shed this morning, Holmfield.

Garden Carpet, Xanthorhoe fluctuata. Thanks for confirming the ID Brian.

2012-06-19T17:58:00+01:00June 19th, 2012|0 Comments

WOOD TIGER MOTH 18 06 12

This superb Wood Tiger Moth emerged today 18 06 12 from a Caterpillar found on Whiteholme Drain on 05 05 12,very few recent records for Calderdale,watch out for these fast day flying   moths,hopefully a few more will be seen.regards Brian Leecy

2012-06-18T15:49:00+01:00June 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Orchid ??

Today I was up at batings dam on the road that goes over the res and up over towards Rishworth.In the roadside verge lots of Pignut and one Orchid sp.?never seen one before this high up any one know what it might  be .?..

2012-06-17T09:22:00+01:00June 17th, 2012|0 Comments
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