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19 August 2016: Updated Flora record GO

21st July 2018: Fairchilds meadow : 1 Turtle dove heard, Butterflies - 2 White letter Hairstreaks, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Large and Small Whites, and Speckled  Woods. Sheila Dickerson
7th July – Red Kite reported low over Station Road
8th July – Turtle Dove and a couple of White-letter Hairstreaks at Fairchild’s Meadow
17th July 2018: A Red Kite low over the garden about 1pm today

'Trying our hand at moth-trapping, many moths unknown but these two photos are, 3 of 5 Elephant Hawk Moths and a Buff Tip which looks like a twig on a tree in the daytime.Fantastic camouflage!! We had 50+ that night, so very pleased with the results.' Ian and Sheila Dickerson

25th June 2018: 2 images from Simon's garden this weekend –  Goldfinch nest with eggs in a Berberis – quickly taken after accidentally disturbing the sitting bird while gardening; and Ringlet butterfly – plenty flying, but my first decent photograph Simon.

17th June 2018: Sightings yesterday afternoon from Stephen B:

A Hobby was hunting around Doghouse Field (just south-west of Doghouse Grove yesterday at 3:15 p.m.  The grid reference is TL478743 (Click to view map).  A couple of times it dove into the trees sending Woodpigeons clattering out, although I assume it was chasing smaller prey.

There was also a Lesser Whitethroat singing along the Fen Side track, around about TL 4705 7412 (Click to view map).
6th June 2018: Early morning walk from Aldreth to the Pumping Station noting all bird and dragonfly sightings. 
Cormorant 1 or 2, LITTLE EGRET 1, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan pair, Greylag 10, Mallard 4, Gadwall 1, Tufted Duck pair and female, Grey Partridge, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Lapwing 2 pairs, MARSH HARRIER 1 male, Black-headed Gull 4, Common Tern 1, BARN OWL, KINGFISHER, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Collared Dove, Yellow Wagtail, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, TREE CREEPER 2 singing, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Reed Warbler 4 or 5 singing along Causeway with others along the river, Sedge Warbler 1, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie, Starling, House Sparrow, Linnet 25 (flock), Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting
No Kestrel, Buzzard or Chiffchaff.
Scarce Chaser 2, Azure Damselfly many, Blue-tailed Damselfly many, Large Red Damselfly 1, Red-eyed Damselfly Simon.

22nd May 2018: Common Tern, Short-eared Owl and a spider’s web covered with dew which were all taken near Aldreth in the past week. Recent other sightings include a pair of Gadwall, 2 pairs of SHOVELER, a SHORT-EARED OWL and an Oystercatcher over Aldreth.  In addition, a Red Kite over Aldreth a week or so ago was mentioned to me. Simon.

In Memorium: Paul Mason GO
12th May 2018: 10th May there was a Hobby flying low over Dam Bank Drove which then soared and finally headed off in the direction of Aldreth High Bridge.

Singing Sedge Warbler taken near Aldreth this morning. Simon.

10th May 2018: Recent report from Simon Stirrup:
4th May – Wheatear 2, Long Drove
6th May – Swift 1, over Aldreth
Photograph - male Grey Partridge taken locally.

8th May 2018: In our garden this morning,she had eleven chicks.

7th May 2018: Summary of trip around the droves, including  Dambank, Long Drove, Claytons and Back Drove:-2 Kestrel,  Skylarks(singing),  min.12 Corn Buntings,many Reed buntings(in the Rape),  many Whitethroats , Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2+ Yellow Wagtails, 1 Reed warbler, 3 Gadwell, 2+ Mallard,  1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mute swans f/overs. BUTTERFLIES –Orange Tip, Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Peacock, and many unidentified whites., also 2 Swallows on the wires down West End!  Sheila and Ian D.6th May – Swift 1, over Aldreth
15th April 2018: First in the garden this year,we also had peacock and small tortoiseshell but I could'nt get them. Ian D.

14th April 2018: Out this morning, doing our best without the boss:-
Dambank, Long Drove, New Cut Drove and Hogs Hill Drove, totals of wildlife seen,4 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 8+ Mallard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Lapwings, 96 Mute Swans on Long Drove Corner, (probably because of the flooding down at Earith) 5 Corn Buntings, 12+ Skylarks and 6 + Linnets. Probably more, but very muddy and still wet.Attached is an image of a male Grey Partridge taken locally.
14th April 2018: We have Siskins in the garden again male and female, I managed to get a shot of the female. Because of sunshine and warmer conditions, in our garden this afternoon:- 2 Siskins (M and F) 1 Red Kite f/o, with 1 Peregrine harassing him/her. Butterflies – Peacock, 2 Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma and 1 Brimstone. So Spring at last!! Sheila and Ian D.

13th April 2018: Something to cheer us all up! Our first 2 swallows have arrived over the garden this morning!! Hooray!! Sheila and Ian D.

25th March 2018: Red Kite flying over the junction of Dam Bank Drove and Long Drove.  I wonder whether the recent records refer to a bird that is hanging around? Simon.
18th March 2018: We have just had a Red Kite fly low over our garden and the Village Centre here in Aldreth. Simon.
17th March 2018: Yesterday, 16th March, we had a Brimstone in our Aldreth garden and an unusual stand-off between 2 female Great Spotted Woodpeckers on a feeder.

7th March 2018: Attached is an image of a flock of Linnets with a single Lesser Redpoll taken near Aldreth on 25th February. Simon.

4th March 2018: Image of a Fieldfare defending an apple on our lawn taken on 3rd March.  Plenty of Badger tracks in the snow along almost the entire length of Aldreth Causeway.  The Old West River was almost entirely frozen apart from small ‘holes’ near the High Bridge which were occupied by a Little Grebe.
This morning (4th March) a Redshank feeding in drain along Dam Bank Drove and also Long Drove. Simon.

1st March 2018: 4 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing (our own mini flock!!) in the garden today, warding off all Blackbirds from the apples. Ian and Sheila D.

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