Archive for September 1st, 2008

1st September 2008, Monday

More damp sand beetles

I was very interested to see Sam’s picture of the beetle Elaphrus riparius (see lower on Read the rest). This species is also regularly encountered on the damp sand margins of the gravel pits here at Dungeness RSPB Reserve. Another species inhabiting the same habitat is Omophron limbatum (RDB1) (upper) – this is a much scarcer beast found in very few places in Britain – Rye Harbour and Dungeness being top sites. Maintaining these damp sand habitats free of encroaching vegetation is of high priority and it is a major challenge to stop natural succession. Both species are pictured here and were taken at Dungeness RSPB reserve by Bob Gomes.

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1st September 2008, Monday

A Curious Fly

This rather strange fly was found in the garden at Lime Kiln Cottage yesterday. It is Mintho rufiventris, a nationally notable species whose larvae are internal parasitoids of micro-moth caterpillars. This is a new record for the reserve and RXland, and while there are apparently old records for Sussex it does not seem to have been recorded here recently.

1st September 2008, Monday

Beach Reserve

Yellow Wagtail numbers are increasing now, at least 300 were present along Shore Ridges and Harbour Farm this morning. This amount of bird activity has of course attracted Sparrowhawks, four birds were seen this morning at various locations on the Beach Reserve, also a Merlin on Harbour Farm.

1st September 2008, Monday

RX website visitors

In the last few months the number of unique monthly visitors to this website has remained level. August – 9252, July – 9232, June – 9918, May – 9828.