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Work parties usually run 2pm - 4pm. For more details contact Derek Fox: 01522 754 214 or 07724 999 287.
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Flora & Fauna of Snakeholme Pit

View Snakeholme Pit Blog 2018

Snakeholme Pit Blog 2019

13th August: 

A bit of a wind but not too bad a morning.

Small Tortoiseshell at Snakeholme (John Davison) 130819
Small Tortoiseshell (John Davison) 130819

13 species of butterfly on the wing - All 3 Whites, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral. Colin Pumfrett also saw 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries.

Meadow Brown at Snakeholme (John Davison) 130819
Meadow Brown (John Davison) 130819
Small Copper at Snakeholme (John Davison) 130819
Small Copper (John Davison) 130819

There was a Latticed Heath Moth on the Hemp Agrimony and larvae of Elephant Hawk-moth, Pebble Prominent and Buff-tip.

Buff-tip Larvae at Snakeholme (John Davison) 130819
Buff-tip Larvae (John Davison) 130819
Elephant Hawk-moth Larva at Snakeholme (John Davison) 130819
Elephant Hawk-moth Larva (John Davison) 130819
Pebble Prominent Larva at Snakeholme (John Davison) 130819
Pebble Prominent Larva (John Davison) 130819

Other Fauna........

Small Red-eyed Damselfly at Snakeholme (Colin Pumfrett) 130819
Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Colin Pumfrett) 130819
Patchwork Leaf-cutter Bee - Megachile centuncularis at Snakeholme (John Davison) 130819
Patchwork Leaf-cutter Bee - Megachile centuncularis (John Davison) 130819
Migrant Hawker just emerged at Snakeholme (Colin Pumfrett) 130819
Migrant Hawker just emerged (Colin Pumfrett) 130819
Brown Hawker - demise at Snakeholme (Colin Pumfrett) 130819
Brown Hawker - demise (Colin Pumfrett) 130819

August 3rd: Derek Fox reports........."A day to remember for me with 18 species being recorded. The first time ever I have seen three White-letter Hairstreaks all busy nectaring on Hemp Agrimony and four Silver-washed Fritillaries at the Stainfield end of the reserve, all flitting around the Betony and Knapweeds. Fresh Brimstone, Brown Argus and Common Blue starting to show again, found one pair mating and another male trying to force them apart, which I found that rather unusual. Still good numbers of Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown but Ringlet and Small Skipper very low in number.       Lots of Whites still about, they seemed to favour the Purple Loosestrife on section 4. Other species seen were 15 Painted Lady, over 40 Peacock, mostly on the Buddleia. There with some really fresh Red Admiral on there as well as 6 Comma.
As I said earlier, a day I will remember for many years. How rewarding it as been seeing the amount of butterflies nectaring on the Hemp Agrimony we planted a few years ago."

30th July:

Derek at Snakeholme Workparty (John Davison) 300719
Derek at Snakeholme Workparty (John Davison) 300719

Managed to get the paths cut and some more of the hedge cut back before the showers came.

Stolen Sign Backboard at Snakeholme (John Davison) 300719
Stolen Sign Backboard at Snakeholme (John Davison) 300719

Vandals stole the Reserve sign....again!!!!

Must be coincidence that the school holidays have just started the same time as it was stolen last year.

 

 

On a brighter note, lots of butterflies about today. The list includes all the Whites & Browns plus Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Comma, Small Skipper, Holly Blue, Peacock & Brown Argus.

The best butterflies though were 5 Silver-washed Fritillary and a White-letter Hairstreak on the Hemp Agrimony.

Silver-washed Fritillary at Snakeholme (John Davison) 300719
Silver-washed Fritillary (John Davison) 300719
White-letter Hairstreak at Snakeholme (John Davison) 300719
White-letter Hairstreak (John Davison) 300719

Other Fauna....

Sawfly larva Arge pagana at Snakeholme (John Davison) 300719
Sawfly larva Arge pagana (John Davison) 300719

26th July: Derek Fox reports........"It was great to record 65 Peacocks after only seeing 2 the week before. There were over 116 assorted Whites with Small White being the most in number. I counted 36 Gatekeepers, including a mating pair, 22 Meadow Browns and 20 Ringlets (the week before Ringlets were three times more common). Other species recorded were 1 Brown Argus, 1 White Admiral, a rare visitor from the nearby Stainfield Wood, 4 Red Admiral, 1 Comma and a Speckled Wood - all on the Buddleia. It being partially cloudy, not many Skippers recorded - 6 in total (2 Small, 1 Large and 1 Essex)."

White Admiral at Snakeholme (Derek Fox) 260719
White Admiral (Derek Fox) 260719
Brown Argus at Snakeholme (Derek Fox) 260719
Brown Argus (Derek Fox) 260719
Mating Gatekeepers at Snakeholme (Derek Fox) 260719
Mating Gatekeepers (Derek Fox) 260719

23rd July:

Warm weather and sunshine bringing out lots of insects. Butterflies included Large, Small & Green-veined White, Brimstone, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small Skipper, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet & Gatekeeper.
It was really the day of the true Dragonflies with lots of them egg-laying.

Brown Hawker egg-laying at Snakeholme (John Davison) 230719
Brown Hawker egg-laying (John Davison) 230719
Broad-bodied Chaser at Snakeholme (John Davison) 230719
Broad-bodied Chaser (John Davison) 230719
Common Darter imm. male at Snakeholme (John Davison) 230719
Common Darter imm. male (John Davison) 230719
Ruddy Darter at Snakeholme (John Davison) 230719
Ruddy Darter (John Davison) 230719

21st July:

Brown Argus - Aricia agestis at Snakeholme (Alan Woodward) 210719
Brown Argus - Aricia agestis (Alan Woodward) 210719
Brimstone - Gonepteryx rhamni at Snakeholme (Alan Woodward) 210719.
Brimstone - Gonepteryx rhamni (Alan Woodward) 210719.
Mating Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum at Snakeholme (Alan Woodward) 210719.
Mating Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum (Alan Woodward) 210719.
Puss Moth Caterpillar at Snakeholme (Alan Woodward) 210719
Puss Moth Caterpillar (Alan Woodward) 210719

20th July 2019:

Southern Hawker at Snakeholme (John Davison) 20719
Southern Hawker (John Davison) 20719

9th July: Cloudy start but sun came out eventually. Managed to get the paths cut and a bit more of the hedge trimmed.
Quite a lot of Whites on the wing, mostly Green-veined but the odd Large & Small. Also saw my first Gatekeeper of the season together with a few Meadow Brown and lots of Ringlet. Speckled Wood, Comma, Painted Lady and Small Skipper also put in an appearance.

Gatekeeper at Snakeholme (John Davison) 090719
Gatekeeper (John Davison) 090719
Small Skipper at Snakeholme (John Davison) 090719
Small Skipper (John Davison) 090719
Comma at Snakeholme (John Davison) 090719
Comma (John Davison) 090719

A few female Ruddy Darter and male Banded Demoiselle were flying, together with Six-spot Burnet. The Buddleia was in full bloom.
 

Buddleia at Snakeholme (John Davison) 090719
Buddleia (John Davison) 090719

Other Fauna.......
 

Tiger Cranefly - Nephrotoma flavescens at Snakeholme (John Davison) 090719
Tiger Cranefly - Nephrotoma flavescens (John Davison) 090719
Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus at Snakeholme (John Davison) 090719
Marmalade Hoverfly - Episyrphus balteatus (John Davison) 090719

2nd July: Nice afternoon with Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Brimstone, Purple Hairstreak, Painted Lady, Large, Small & Green-veined White on the wing. A lot of Six-spot Burnet about and a Clouded Border aberration.

Moth Clouded Border (abberation) at Snakeholme 020719 (2)
Moth Clouded Border aberration (John Davison) 020719
Six-spot Burnet - Zygaena filipendulae at Snakeholme (Alan Woodward) 020719
Six-spot Burnet - Zygaena filipendulae (Alan Woodward) 020719

Other Fauna..........

Immature Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatum at Snakeholme Alan Woodward) 020719
Immature Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatum (Alan Woodward) 020719
Black-tailed Skimmer at Snakeholme (John Davison) 020719
Black-tailed Skimmer (John Davison) 020719
Blue-tailed Damselfly at Snakeholme (John Davison) 020719
Blue-tailed Damselfly (John Davison) 020719
Puss Moth Caterpillar - Cerura vinula at Snakeholme (Alan Woodward) 020719
Puss Moth Caterpillar - Cerura vinula (Alan Woodward) 020719.
Common Lizard at Snakeholme (John Davison) 020719
Common Lizard (John Davison) 020719
Box Bug at Snakeholme (John Davison) 020719
Box Bug (John Davison) 020719
Cranefly Nephrotoma anilis at Snakeholme (John Davison) 020719
Cranefly Nephrotoma anilis (John Davison) 020719

June 26th:

Louth U3A visit Snakeholme (Ray Woodcock) 260619
Louth U3A visit Snakeholme (Ray Woodcock) 260619

LOUTH U3A FAUNA, FLORA AND ORNITHOLOGY FIELD TRIP 26 JUNE 2019

On a dull, chilly day in June ten of us visited the lush, wildflower areas that bound the sides of Snakeholme Pit. Amongst the many species that were coming into bloom and blooming we were excited to find Bee Orchids whilst a number of 6-Spot Burnet moths’ black and red colouring provided a good contrast to the yellow and greens of the flowers and grasses. 

Six-spot Burnet Moth at Snakeholme (Ray Woodcock) 260619
Six-spot Burnet Moth (Ray Woodcock) 260619

June 18th: Brief respite before the next rain session enabled us to get the paths cut and clear around the seat. A few butterflies on the wing included Brimstone, Large Skipper, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown.

Large Skipper at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619
Large Skipper (John Davison) 180619
Meadow Brown at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619
Meadow Brown (John Davison) 180619

Flora
A couple of Orchid species have popped up.......
 

Common Spotted-orchid at Snakeholme (John Davison)180619
Common Spotted-orchid (John Davison)180619
Bee Orchid at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619
Bee Orchid (John Davison) 180619

Fauna

A few Dragonflies on the wing - Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies. Also a male Banded Demoiselle, Southern Hawker and lots of Four-spotted Chasers.

Four-spotted Chaser at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619
Four-spotted Chaser (John Davison) 180619
Banded Demoiselle at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619)
Banded Demoiselle (John Davison) 180619)

Both Dark and Roesel's Bush-cricket were present.

Roesel's Bush-cricket at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619
Roesel's Bush-cricket (John Davison) 180619

A good selection of Long-horn Beetles........

Beetle Phytoecia cylindrica at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619
Beetle Phytoecia cylindrica (John Davison) 180619
Beetle Rhagium mordax at Snakeholme (John Davison)180619
Beetle Rhagium mordax (John Davison)180619
Beetle Rutpela maculata at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619
Beetle Rutpela maculata (John Davison) 180619
Beetle Stenocorus meridianus at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619)
Beetle Stenocorus meridianus (John Davison) 180619)
Beetle Stenurella melanura at Snakeholme (John Davison) 180619
Beetle Stenurella melanura (John Davison) 180619

June 16th: Contrasting shots by Derek Fox of the Reserve after the rains. The Bridge end is flooded but the Ox-eye Daisy Bank looks magnificent.

Snakeholme Pit Flood & Ox-eye Daisy Bank (Derek Fox) 160619
Flood & Ox-eye Daisy Bank (Derek Fox) 160619


June 11th: Workparty had to be cancelled due to the rain

May 20th: Philip Johnson reports seeing a Marsh Fritillary.

May 14th:

Snakeholme Workparty 140519 (1)
Snakeholme Workparty (John Davison) 140519 (1)

 

 

 

 

Lovely sunny day, too warm to work really but Derek cut the hedge, Ken trimmed the top of the Buddleia and I mowed the paths.

Snakeholme Workparty 140519 (2)
Snakeholme Workparty (John Davison) 140519 (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Copper at Snakeholme 140519
Small Copper (John Davison) 140519

Surprisingly few Butterflies on the wing considering the weather. A lot of male & female Orange-tips, Brimstones, Peacocks, Holly Blues, Common Blue and a Small Copper.
 

Brimstone at Snakeholme 140519
Brimstone (John Davison) 140519
Common Blue at Snakeholme 140519
Common Blue (John Davison) 140519
Orange-tip female at Smakeholme 140519
Orange-tip female (John Davison) 140519

Moths seen included Cinnabar and Blood-vein. Still quite a lot of tadpoles in the pool together with dozens of small fry. Expected more damselflies but only came across Large Red.

Large Red Damselfly at Snakeholme 140519
Large Red Damselfly (John Davison) 140519
Tadpoles at Snakeholme 140519
Tadpoles (John Davison) 140519

Other Fauna........
 

Hairy Shieldbug at Snakeholme 140519
Hairy Shieldbug (John Davison) 140519
Oak Leaf-roller - Attelabus nitens at Snakeholme 140519
Oak Leaf-roller - Attelabus nitens (John Davison) 140519
Red and Black Froghopper at Snakeholme 140519
Red and Black Froghopper (John Davison) 140519
Wasp Beetle at Snakeholme 140519
Wasp Beetle (John Davison) 140519

30th April: Day started cool but a few butterflies came out once the sun got going. These included Orange-tip, Green-veined White and Peacock.

Other Fauna..........
 

Chaffinch 300419
Chaffinch (John Davison) 300419
Tortoise Beetle - Cassida vibex 300419
Tortoise Beetle - Cassida vibex (John Davison) 300419
Alder Fly 300419
Alder Fly (John Davison) 300419
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornis preparing to fly 300419
Red-headed Cardinal Beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornis preparing to fly (John Davison) 300419


23rd April: 

Snakeholme Workparty 230419 (1)
Snakeholme Workparty (Derek Fox) 230419 (1)

Nice sunny day but only Peter, Derek & myself were there for the workparty.
Still, we managed to get the paths cut, part of the hedge trimmed and raked together with an assortment of smaller jobs.

Snakeholme Workparty 230419 (2)
Snakeholme Workparty (Derek Fox) 230419 (2)

 

 

 

 

Lots of Common Bugle on the bank. Usual pair of Mallard on the water and Great Spotted Woodpecker across the road in Stainfield Wood.

Butterflies on the wing included Peacock, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Orange-tip and Comma. The Brimstones have also started laying eggs on the Buckthorn.

 

 

Orange-tip at Snakeholme 230419
Orange-tip male (John Davison) 230419
Speckled Wood at Snakeholme 230419
Speckled Wood (John Davison) 230419
Brimstone Egg at Snakeholme 230419
Brimstone Egg (John Davison) 230419

Other fauna seen....................

Hazel Leaf-roller Weevil Apoderus coryli  at Snakeholme 230419
Hazel Leaf-roller Weevil Apoderus coryli (John Davison) 230419
Vetch Piercer - Grapholita jungiella at Snakeholme 230419
Vetch Piercer - Grapholita jungiella (John Davison) 230419
Mating Thistle Tortoise Beetles Cassida rubiginosa at Snakeholme 230419
Mating Thistle Tortoise Beetles Cassida rubiginosa (John Davison) 230419
Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasina at Snakeholme 230419
Green Shieldbug - Palomena prasina (John Davison) 230419
Latticed Heath at Snakeholme 230419
Latticed Heath (John Davison) 230419

29th March: Phil Lee reports.....Large Tortoiseshell seen again. We saw it several times but never in a position where we could photo it. It was always high up on Blackthorn blossom and by the time we had located it and made sure it was it, it would change position or fly up sparring with other butterflies.
Also came across a Snake's-head Fritillary in the meadow.

Snake's-head Fritillary at Snakeholme 290319
Snake's-head Fritillary at Snakeholme 290319

Butterflies at Snakeholme were, 4 Peacock, 3 Brimstone, 3 Small White, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 LARGE TORTOISESHELL. Also a day-flying Streamer.

Streamer at Snakeholme 290319
Streamer at Snakeholme 290319

28th March: Seems to be all happening there now. Got an e-mail from Graeme Baker.......
I am a member of the North East Branch of BC and travel a number of times each year to visit your reserves with my brother in law Denis Tyler who is one of your branch members. We visited Chambers and after a successful couple of hours photographing the Spring butterflies ( including my first of the season Orange Tip) we went to Snakeholme Pit Reserve.

Arriving at 3pm our attention was drawn to what appeared to be a large, faded “over wintered “ Small Tortoiseshell basking on the bank side adjacent to the pool. On closer inspection we were both of the opinion that this butterfly may be something a lot more special and took a number of photographs (attached).

Turns out to be a Large Tortoiseshell

Large Tortoiseshell at Snakeholme 280319
Large Tortoiseshell at Snakeholme 280319
Large Tortoiseshell at Snakeholme (underside) 280319
Large Tortoiseshell at Snakeholme (underside) 280319

 

Blossoming at Snakeholme
Blossoming at Snakeholme

 

Spring starting to arrive

Primrose at Snakeholme
Primrose at Snakeholme

March 18th: Derek & I finished the work started by Peter and gave the buddleia a trim.

Snakeholme Pit Workparty - Rockery - Before
Snakeholme Pit Workparty - Rockery - Before
Snakeholme Pit Workparty - Rockery - After
Snakeholme Pit Workparty - Rockery - After
Snakeholme Pit Workparty - Seat Bank - Before
Snakeholme Pit Workparty - Seat Bank - Before
Snakeholme Pit Workparty -  Seat Bank - After
Snakeholme Pit Workparty - Seat Bank - After
Snakeholme Pit Workparty - Far Bridge Bank - After
Snakeholme Pit Workparty - Far Bridge Bank - After

March 16th: The rain wasn't as bad as expected so Peter made a start on clearing the banks.