NORTHWEST ENGLAND WILDLIFE BREAK

Mon 4th - Fri 8th Jul 2022

This was a new tour aimed at seeing some of the wildlife specialities of Northwest England and boy, did it deliver!

The birding was rather good with great sightings of EURASIAN BITTERN, WESTERN OSPREYS seen on three of the five days, LESSER REDPOLLS, COMMON REDSTARTS, SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS, RED KITES, WESTERN MARSH HARRIERS, PEREGRINE FALCON, GREY WAGTAILS and WILLOW PTARMIGAN.

But it was the butterflies that were enjoyed most with new species for the group including the MOUNTAIN RINGLET that only occurs on the highest peaks of the Lake District plus the diminutive NORTHERN BROWN ARGUS of which we had great views and LARGE HEATH which loves the boggy areas here and finally the HIGH BROWN FRITILLARY which is a rare and declining species in the UK.

Other species of note included DARK GREEN & SMALL PEARL-BORDERED FRITILLARIES, GRAYLING, COMMON BLUE, GATEKEEPERS, RINGLETS and many more.

There were plenty of other species to enjoy such as GOLDEN-RINGED DRAGONFLY, BLACK DARTER, SMALL WHITE ORCHID, DARK RED HELLEBORINE, BROAD-LEAVED HELLEBORINE, LESSER TWAYBLADE, RED SQUIRREL, ROUND-LEAVED SUNDEW, FAIRY FOXGLOVE, MARSH CRANESBILL and many more North-west specialities which everyone loved to see!

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