Category: Barrie Tyrer

First signs of nesting

We had the bird ringers visit yesterday, unfortunately increasing wind cut short the session but notable was a Siskin with a brood patch (an area of naked skin which would be in contact with the eggs) looking a the weather today hope the nest is somewhere sheltered. The Pied wagtails are regularly going in and … Continue reading “First signs of nesting”

Sexton Beetles

A recent moth trap caught some black Sexton Beetles Nicrophorus humator, we normally get the black and orange ones N vespillo. By lucky coincidence the cat caught a young rat, so we put them together in a tub and watched the result see below. I was trying to get a time lapse sequence but they did most … Continue reading “Sexton Beetles”

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Spring Wood Whalley plus a close encounter with some mining bees

Interesting chat yesterday with Jayne Elizabeth Ashe the assistant development officer on the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership project and a few others about how to kick start some wildlife recording in Spring Wood Whalley and possibly having a bioblitz or other wildlife events there. One thing that did come out was the realisation that probably … Continue reading “Spring Wood Whalley plus a close encounter with some mining bees”

Too much going on!

Big things have been hapening with the Clitheroe Naturalists, they now have a facebook page and they have revived the Clitheroe Wildlife facebook group they will also be sending out email newsletters if you would like to be included email and if that’s not enough they have published their summer outings programme as a pdf It has … Continue reading “Too much going on!”

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A wonderful weekend

Two important first in the garden, first butterfly a Comma so not the one I was expecting, which confused my poor brain no end. Also first Bee fly which I have to admit I find more exciting presumably Dark-edged Bee-fly, Bombylius major. Both of them on Primula denticulata one of the best early flowers you … Continue reading “A wonderful weekend”

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Saw a Wren collecting moss with Wrens the male makes several nests and then tries to temp a female, and a pair of Kestrels looking round the outside of the barn possibly prospecting for nest sites. More flowers are now out in particular Dogs mercury plus the leaves of wild garlic are starting to show. … Continue reading “Value”

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Should we stop placing such high value on rare species?

Attended an interesting talk by Martin Colledge on Gisburn Forest Past Present and Future organised by the Friends of Bowland. One of the things he highlighted was a meadow restoration project at the Gisburn Forest Hub. This meadow now has an abundance of common meadow species but he said apologetically no “rare species”. I think … Continue reading “Should we stop placing such high value on rare species?”


On the 9th a Gray wagtail singing at the back of the house. Yesterday loud chattering in the trees and when we went indoors about 30 Siskins descended on the feeders. Today we are back down to 6 or 7 Siskins so presume we have seen migration in action. Regularly hearing and seeing at least one pair … Continue reading “March”

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Spring thick and fast

In the last week so much is happening have had no time to record it. 26 Feb. the first lump of frogspawn in the pond followed by a new clump on each of the following two days. Then a break until this morning with one more clump. Blue tits are exploring the nest boxes and … Continue reading “Spring thick and fast”

Is February the most annoying month?

The weather is horrible I hate and love February one day there can be sunshine and warmth enough to make us feel Spring has arrived the next can plunge us back into an arctic winter. Gamy wing the starling is still with us and I now wonder if it might become a permanent fixture. I should … Continue reading “Is February the most annoying month?”

Sparrowhawk wins a meal and a surprise visitor

Witnessed a Sparrowhawk take a Starling, I was outside changing the gas bottle when I heard a noise behind me, which sounded like a very muffled explosion. In the field behind me was a compact ball of Starlings the ball was much denser than the ball the form when moving around feeding and the sound was … Continue reading “Sparrowhawk wins a meal and a surprise visitor”

Getting ready for Spring

Decided to revamp the pond before any frogs turned up. Last year we had a single male take up residence and over about a week, five lots of spawn appeared. So dug out the waders baled out some of the water into water butts along with some of the pond weed and algae. Then waded in … Continue reading “Getting ready for Spring”

Big Garden Birdwatch

Highest number seen in the garden at one time backbirds 4 Blue tit 5 Chaffinch 6 Coal tit 12 Dunnock 2 Great tit 4 Long-tailed tit 10 Robin 4 Starling 1 (this is the injured bird which looks to be getting better it can now fly up into the trees but the wing is still … Continue reading “Big Garden Birdwatch”

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Return of the Lapwing

16th Jan on the way to Clitheroe saw a flock of about 60 Lapwing presumably on one of their reconnaissance  flights from the coast. 17th Jan the Great spotted woodpecker is drumming on the tin plate capping a telegraph pole. Raked all the leaves off the gravel meadow and gave it a quick mow to knock … Continue reading “Return of the Lapwing”

A talk prompts a rediscovery

Went to a talk on Cross hill and Salt Hill nature reserves Clitheroe by Phil Dykes. The rich diversity of wildflower species was an eye opener  and now a firm promise to myself to pay these two sites much more attention. The talk was hosted by Clitheroe Naturalists and there hopefully will be a guided … Continue reading “A talk prompts a rediscovery”

Looking forward to the Big Garden Birdwatch

Very simple to do sometime between 28-30 January watch the birds in your garden for an hour and record what you see. You can get full details and a free pack from by post or you can download it. Currently in our garden we are getting Blue and Great tits, Coal tits, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Longtailed tit, Robin, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, … Continue reading “Looking forward to the Big Garden Birdwatch”

New Year at Crow Wood Farm

Had a quick look around for wild flowers in bloom yesterday and found none. A look round the garden found the following garden plants in flower Dame’s Violet (Hesperis matronalis) Primrose and Wallflower both garden varieties. Over the last couple of weeks a male Sparrowhawk has been a regular visitor sitting on the bird table, in a … Continue reading “New Year at Crow Wood Farm”

Fancy a new year plant hunt?

Need an excuse to get out in the fresh air after festive excesses? take part in the annual New Year Plant Hunt organised by the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland. It is very simple between the 1st and 4th on Jan go out looking for wild plants in flower. full details at

Sustainable Tourism

Went to the Forest of Bowland Sustainable Tourism Forum last night. This is an annual event for Tourism businesses who support the aims of the AONB and want to be more environmentally friendly. The night was also the venue for the annual meetings of two organisations. Bowland Experience a business support network of which I am a Director … Continue reading “Sustainable Tourism”

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