Red fox at Langlands Moss, L.N.R.
I'm given to understand these guys are just 'Greater Pond Snails' - I can't really tell. Anyway, they live in an old, naturalized glass terrarium on my balcony which is filled with water, these, Ramshorn snails and water louse are the three species that have taken up permanent residence. We had a Pond Skater for a day but it left.
In summer you can see lots of tiny little invertebrates scooting around, I presume they are larvae of small flies amongst other things.
Powdered Sunshine Lichen, Vulpicida pinastri.
This little Lichen is a priority species and here at Langlands Moss has presented a few challenges for the team as they replace the wooden boardwalk with a recycled plastic alternative.
A pretty cool looking Broom Moth Caterpillar at Langlands Moss, L.N.R.
The ID for this was between Common & Herring Gull - my choice of Herring Gull is based mostly on the shape of the head and the size of the bird.
Wren at James Hamilton Heritage Park.
Female Common Darter at Coulter's Woods
Sphagnum Mosses at Shields Moss
Most probably ID is 'Large Black Slug' - despite how counter-intuitive that may seem.
ID from a friend as a 'Grey Chi'
Sundews at langlands Moss
Common False-Widow living on a wall.
Female ovipositing at Langlands Moss, L.N.R.
Dead Mole amongst the Sphagnum & Heather.
Masses of bracken.
I don't want to say with absolute certainty, but I believe this to be a female Common Blue?
To borrow a term from our birding friends, it's a 'Little Brown job'!
Murder at Langlands!
2 juveniles and one of the two parent birds.
Note: Deep Bill & ruffled feathers on breast.
There were 2 and this was as close as I could get to them (not allowed on the Golf Course unless you pay!)
They've been hanging around a lot locally, seems they are moving in to the area, hopefully I'll manage to get better photos of them some other time!
First Time I've seen one of these - not 100% sure on the ID, any advice would be grand.
Sitting on a lowland raised peat bog covered with heather.
An invasive, non Native species to the UK, Japanese Knotweed, when growing on the banks of rivers can be very damaging, drowning out native species and causing erosion of the bank.
They have also been known to grow through poured concrete on building sites! Crazy stuff.
Being able to sprout & colonize from just a small part of the stem, they are also exceptionally hard to get rid of!
There's only a few of them on this corner and they appear to have been managed to an extent so don't pose too much of a problem.
Growing on Lowland Raised peat Bog.
It's definitely a Marsh orchid but the species - I'm unsure of, darkest Orchid I've ever seen, wondering if it is perhaps a Northern Marsh Orchid?
Growing with it's base submerged in about 5cm of water.