What has been seen so far in November?

Sadaquat Khan

The trees are turning and the starlings are murmuring, Autumn is in its prime and wildlife is rife all over our 250-acres of nature reserve.

From Cormorants to Kingfishers, Robins to Lapwings, the birds seen around the reserve are vast in numbers and species. If you tread carefully along the Guild Wheel path, where the berries are in abundance, you should hear the rustlings of Redwing or Fieldfare, nibbling the berries which have lured them from Skandinavia. You may also find a Buzzard around here, hopping from tree to tree, and bush to bush. Head to our newly created bird feeding area and you’re likely to find a Greater Spotted Woodpecker, along with a variety of tits, and waders and the murmurating Starlings performing in the sky.

Robin Singing

Catherine Ingham

From looking up, to looking down, the ground is a flurry of fungi, magical, mysterious and unusual. Southern Bracket Fungus climbing up the trees, and mushroom shading the path, there’s hundreds of different species to find and now is the time to explore. Head deeper into the woods and keep your eyes and ears open for the pattering of hooves from our family of Roe Deer, wandering around with the hares and mice.

A small collection of butterflies and moths are still able to be seen along with 7-spotted and harlequin ladybirds. Nursery Web Spiders sound more sweet than they look, but along with hornets, wasps and honey-bees, there’s so many creatures, great and small, to find on your adventures through Brockholes.

November Sightings So Far:

Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe Cormorant
Little Egret
Grey Heron
Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
Pink-footed Geese
Greylag Goose
Canada Goose
Mallard
Shoveler
Widgeon
Gadwall
Teal
Pochard
Tufted Duck
Golden Eye
Goosander
Common Buzzard
Sparrowhawk
Common Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Common Pheasant
Water Rail
Moorhen
Coot
Lapwing
Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Curlew
Snipe
Black-headed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Stock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Barn Owl
Swift
Kingfisher
Ringed-necked Parakeet
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Skylark
Sand Martin
Swallow
Meadow Pipit
Tree Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Whinchat
Redstart
Wheatear
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Fieldfare
Blackbird
Blackcap
Sedge Warbler
Cettis Warbler
Chiffchaff
Goldcrest
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Nuthatch
Tree Creeper
Magpie
Jay
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Raven
Starling
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Linnet
Redpoll
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Bullfinch
Reed Bunting

Aster
Buttercup. Creeping, Meadow,
Campion. Red
Clover. Alsike, Red, White
Cranesbill, Meadow, Cut-leaved
Daisy
Hawkweed. Orange
Hemp Agrimony
Herb Bennet
Himalayan Balsam
Hogweed
Mallow
Ox-eyed Daisy
Ragged Robin
Ragwort
Rape
Ribwort Plantain
Teasel
Thistle. Slender, Marsh,
Vetch. Tufted
Water Mint
Woundwort. Hedge, Marsh
Yarrow
Yellow Toadflax

Red Admiral
Small White Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly
Speckled Wood
Common Blue
Small Copper
Meadow Brown
Comma
Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Common Garden Tiger Moth Caterpillar

Common Darter
Migrant Hawker

7 Spot Ladybird
Harlequin Ladybird

Nursery Web Spider

Leaf Hopper

Honey Bee
Common Carder Bee

Wasp

Hornet

Hawthorn Sheildbug

Alder Beetle

Tachina Fera Fly
Yellow Dung Fly
Greenbottle
Noon fly
Hoverfly

Toad
Frog
Newt

Hare
Roe Deer
Grey Squirrel
Weasel
Bank Vole
Wood Mouse