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Hopton Quarry Trip Sunday 31st July

July 30, 2011 in Latest Patch Sightings by PaulS

A bit short notice but does anyone fancy a trip to hopton quarry tomorrow morning. Lots of butterflies, moths and wildflowers around with no doubt a few choice insects to go with them.

This is a DWT reserve up on the Via Gelia road which needs a permit to enter (ie membership). I’m a member so that’s that sorted!

Drop a reply if you’re interested and we’ll sort the finites out.

Oh, and bring your camera. It might be a chance to get some shots like the ones below.



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St Chads

July 26, 2011 in Holiday and Trip Reports by lammie

Took the grandson and his mum for a walk round St Chads lake today, as it’s not far from where they live. It’s not a place I’ve visited before but found it a lovely place and will go there again sometime. Took the camera with me and managed just a few shots.

My first Comma of the year.

The Others


ID on this please

Thanks for looking


Introducing the EVW Biopedia

July 25, 2011 in Latest News by ChrisLuv

To celebrate our 10,000 post (edit: well we’re nearly at 3,00 published posts but 10,000 database entities) we’ve decided to launch a new section to the website – the “Biopedia” – an encyclopedia of photos and information on some of our species across the valley area. We hope it will grow to show good places to find our regular species, photos of species you might not come across yourself – e.g. insects, and photos and information of and on rare migrants.

It will take some time to grow, but we’re sure it will be of use to people visiting the Valley, and useful information to those of us who are local and looking for information – or just somewhere to share our photos and expertise.

For more information check out the new menu page at the top menu bar.

Thanks and well done everyone on so many posts in a year and a half. When we started I don’t think anyone expected the site to grow and attract such a following and such talented contributors.

Lilac Beauty

July 25, 2011 in Moths by ChrisLuv

A moth not often recorded in the area but Marion Bryce trapped this in her garden moth trap in early June 2011, within 0.5 miles of the River Erewash, Long Eaton area.

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Shipley Lake Proposals.

July 25, 2011 in Latest News by PaulS

I don’t know if anyone else has heard the rumours but it appears someone has put in an application to open a retail park on the old American Adventure site. The site already has retail consent so Amber Vally don’t think they can contest it. I’m not sure if it’s going to be a full on retail park or some sort of craft village. I did here though there may be plans to build bird watching hides.

Any thoughts anyone?


Wollaton Hall

July 25, 2011 in Photo Posts by davejsblog

Grey Squirrel

July 25, 2011 in Photo Posts by davejsblog

Harlequin Ladybird

July 25, 2011 in Photo Posts by davejsblog

Strolling around Wollaton Park, with a camera

July 25, 2011 in Read Posts, Sightings by davejsblog

An appointment in Nottingham gave me the opportunity to have a look around Wollaton park.

I didn’t expect anything special and I was right, I did have a half-hearted look for Lesser-spotted Woodpecker, but no joy, so I just went “happy snappy” for a couple of hours and to be honest I was quite pleased with what I actually did find !

Birds. Cotmanhay. 18 Swift [bus stop] Wollaton Park. 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 25 Black Black-backed Gull.

Insects On The Wing. Butterflies. Small Whites, Large Whites, Gate Keepers, Meadow Brown, Peacock. Plus. Brown Hawker Dragonfly, Common Blue Damselflies, Harlequin Lady Bird. Mammals. Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Squirrel.

Fallow and Red Deer at Wollaton Park

July 25, 2011 in Photo Posts by davejsblog