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29 May 2018

Darkhill Ironworks Nature Reserve - Wildlife Survey

Grid Ref SO588087


It was an overcast day but there was plenty to see and record for our survey today at Dark Hill Iron Works which is a conservation area.. We went round as one group as we had various experts on flora and fauna with us!


The full report of species recorded can be seen here and there are more photos of the species found on the report.





Dave Dewsbury had laid out his newt traps the night before and here he is retrieving them. Although the newts had been too shy to investigate the traps, we did see some in the Titanic pond.




This photo of a Full Bodied Chaser Dragonfly was taken at the Titanic pond. It is still changing to blue so must be quite fresh.






This is actually the 24 Spot Ladybird Subcoccinella 24-punctata, which is the only plant feeder among the British conspicuous ladybirds. It feeds mainly on grass and is the first for the species in the county this year. There seem to be very few ladybirds around at present.


The relics of the Iron Works are covered in various forms of flora.