Southern Counties June 2009 - Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Sussex, Surrey & Somerset
The main aim of the holiday was to search out the dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies of the south of England. Therefore, I have listed these first. I have also included the birds and mammals we saw plus anything else of interest.|
Damselflies and Dragonflies:
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) - Found along rivers such as near Stopham Bridge and at the pond at Thursley Common.
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) - Seen in the New Forest at locations such as Crockford Bridge and Latchmore Brook.
Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) - A common damselfly seen at many locations including by woodland ponds, along streams and river banks
Scarce Blue Tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio) - Found only at Latchmore Brook along the southern side of the brook.
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) - Common found at many locations even away from water.
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella) - Another common species found at many locations.
Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale) - This species was only found at Itchen Valley Country Park. It was searched for at other locations but we may have been a little early in the season for this damselfly.
Red Eyed Damselfly (Erythroma najas) - A teneral example was found at Stopham Bridge and others were seen on the pond at Thursley Common.
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) - Possibly the most frequently seen species.
Small Red Damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) - Seen only at Thursley Common in small numbers towards the back of the board walk.
White Legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) - A single female type found along the fishermans path at Stopham Bridge. This was an unexpected find as it was early in the year for this species.
Brown Hawker (Aesshna grandis) - Only one discovered at Radipole Lake.
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) - Several were seen at Thursley Common including egg laying females and a single male was surprisingly noted at Noar Hill.
Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) - A single specimen was found hawking along the river at Stopham Bridge on our first visit.
Club Tailed Dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus) - Found on both visits to Stopham Bridge with two during our initial visit and one on the second visit. Two possibles were also noted at New Bridge but were not confirmed due to poor sightings.
Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulogaster boltonii) - Fleeting glimpses of one at Thursley Common in the bushes around the pond and excellent perched views of one at Stopham Bridge.
Downy Emerald (Cordulia aena) - Four or five seen patrolling the edge of the pond at Thursley Common.
Four Spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) - Found at two sites, one at Latchmore Brook and hundreds at Thursley Common.
Broad Bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) - Fairly common seen mainly singly at a good number of locations.
Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva) - This species was found only at Stopham Bridge in good numbers along the heavily vegetated riverside.
Black Tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) - One male was found at Thursley Common close to the car park and occasional single females were found along woodland rides such as at Oaken Wood.
Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) - Very common at Thursley from the board walk and also good numbers along the stream at Crockford Bridge.
Large White (Pieris brassicae) - Fairly common seen most days.
Small White (Artogeia rapae) - Not as common as the above but seen on numerous occasions.
Green Veined White (Artogeia napi) - Viewed on a daily basis.
Orange Tip (Anthocaris cardamines) - Fairly common seen along woodland rides and hedgerows.
Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea) - Three specimens seen in flight at Fontmell Down, one alighting for a few seconds.
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) - Seen mainly earlier in the holiday at locations such as Martin Down and Fontmell Down.
Wood White (Leptidea sinapis) - Two individuals seen at Oaken Wood.
Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi) - Several found at Noar Hill and a single specimen at Haddon Hill.
Little Blue (Cupido minimus) - Two or three individuals found at Martin Down and Fontmell Down.
Large Blue (Maculinea arion) - Seen on the three occasions we visited Collard Hill, initially in ones and twos but up to tweleve seen on our last visit on 12th June.
Silver Studded Blue (Plebejus argus) - A surprise find at Holmsley Ridge in the New Forest as two individuals were noted flying quite early in the year.
Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) - Low numbers found across Fontmell Down.
Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus) - Seen in large numbers on chalk downlands such as Fontmell Down where numbers were well into the hundreds.
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) - Very common seen almost every day.
Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina) - Late in the flight period only two individuals were found at Noar Hill with a further two at Bentley Wood.
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) - Sighted on a good number of occasions.
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) - Surprisingly uncommon with sightings at Collard Hill and Hordle Cliff only.
Peacock (Inachis io) - Infrequent sightings such as at Fontmell Down.
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - Extremely common due to the large influx into the country. All individuals were extremely worn.
Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) - Two or three fast flying individuals noted on Martin Down during the final weekend of the holiday.
Pearl Bordered Fritillary (Clossiana euphrosyne) - Two very worn specimens found at Bentley Wood.
Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary (Clossiana selene) - At least thirty seen at Bentley Wood in the eastern clearing on both visits there.
Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia) - Two butterflies seen only once at Hurst Castle.
Heath Fritillary (Mellicta athalia) - Three freshly emerged specimens found late evening on the slopes of Dunkery Hill.
Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) - Up to five very fresh specimens observed at Fontmell Down.
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) - Seen during the final visit to Collard Hill with up to six individuals seen.
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) - The first sighting was a single butterfly at Oaken Wood with greater numbers seen on each visit to Collard Hill.
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) - Very common seen almost daily at a variety of locations.
Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Another common species seen almost everywhere there were trees or bushes.
Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) - Found in reasonable numbers on downland such as Martin Down and Fontmell Down.
Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages) - Quite common on grassland sites such as on the downs and Collard Hill.
Large Skipper (Ochlodes venatus) - Only found at Fontmell Down.
The following short list of moths are those I was able to identify without my ID guide.
Argent and Sable: Bentley Wood
Broad Bordered Bee Hawkmoth: Bentley Wood
Brown Silverline: Bentley Wood
Four Dotted Footman: Bentley Wood
Speckled Yellow: Bentley Wood
Yellow Shell: Hurst Castle
Cream Spot Tiger: Hurst Castle
Yellow Legged Clearwing: Collard Hill
Burnet Companion: Fontmell Down
Silver Y: Fontmell Down
Five Spot Burnet: Common
Six Spot Burnet: Common
Cinnabar Moth: Common
Viviparous Lizard: Thursley Common
Slow Worm: Two under some corrugated Iron at Martin Down
The following list of birds were seen during the holiday. I have only included site details for the ones seen on only a few occasions or once.
Great Crested Grebe: Radipole Lake
Little Grebe: Radipole Lake
Fulmar: Durlston Country Park
Shag: Hurst Castle
Cormorant: Radipole Lake
Little Egret: En Route
Canada Goose: Stopham Bridge
Shelduck: Radipole Lake
Gadwall: Radipole Lake
Shoveler: Radipole Lake
Tufted Duck: Thursley Common & Radipole Lake
Pochard: Radipole Lake
Hooded Merganser: Radipole Lake
Sparrowhawk: Radipole Lake
Goshawk: Stubhampton Bottom
Marsh Harrier: Radipole Lake
Peregrine: Collard Hill
Hobby: Martin Down, Fontmell Down and Thursley Common
Red Legged Partridge
Oystercatcher: Coastal sites and Hatchet Pond
Ringed Plover: Hurst Castle
Dunlin: Hurst Castle
Redshank: Costal sites and Hatchet Pond
Curlew: Thursley Common
Snipe: Crockford Bridge
Black Headed Gull
Herring Gull: Hurst Castle
Lesser Black Backed Gull: Hurst Castle
Great Black Backed Gull: Durlston Country Park
Common Gull: Hurst Castle
Sandwich Tern: Hurst Castle
Common Tern: Hurst Castle
Little Tern: Hurst Castle
Razorbill: Durlston Country Park
Guillemot: Durlston Country Park
Stock Dove: Stopham Bridge
Turtle Dove: Martin Down
Cuckoo: Heard at Bentley Wood
Tawny Owl: Heard most nights around the campsite
Green Woodpecker: Collard Hill
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Skylark: On downland
Woodlark: Thursley Common
Sand Martin: Hordle Cliff
Tree Pipit: Fontmell Down
Grey Wagtail: Dunkery Hill woods
Reed Warbler: Radipole Lake
Sedge Warbler: En Route
Cetti's Warbler: Radipole Lake
Wood Warbler: Dunkery Hill woods
Stonechat: Hordle Cliff and the New Forest
Redstart: Latchmore Brook
Nightingale: Oaken Wood
Long Tailed Tit
Nuthatch: Oaken Wood
Treecreeper: Collard Hill
Corn Bunting: Martin Down
Redpoll: Haddon Hill
Raven: Stubhampton Bottom