I went round Mosleden Quarry, Dean Head, Scammonden today for Marshalls twite monitoring. No public access, unfortunately, but twite records in the vicinity would be welcome. They are happy to start a feeding station, if twite are around.
No twite today, but these species present:
Meadow Pipits – at least 10
Carrion Crow 1
Goldfinches 3 over
Pair Lapwing on sheep land to SW
Partridge (probably grey) 2 together
Pied Wagtail pair
Mammals: Hare 1, moles, vole runs, deer slots in mud.
Twite food – very few dandelions and coltsfoot for early food, but likely to spread.
Much common sorrel and sheep’s sorrel for later in the summer.
Much cats-ear for seed later. Various other ruderal plants, e.g mouse-eared chickweed, common dock.
Much rough, broken land with thick grasses and rushes.
Water supply for twite – a few small ponds still holding water after this very dry spell.
Four clumps of frog spawn.
Breeding sites for twite – no wide area of tall heather or bracken, but much planted gorse (more favoured by linnet) and a few small self-seeded pine.
Other notable plants – small amount of sphagnum and various hair mosses, Polytrichium spp, among the grass.