Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Lizard (7th Febraury)

 The Lizard

An afternoon down on the Lizard for my Conservation module with some of my lecturers and fellow students.  We spent most of the day kicking about in streams that run down to the sea, hoping to catch some good aquatic insects (this brought us all back to the thought of the good old days as we used to do this as kids).  Very excitedly I found all three of my personal highlights for the day, the first being a leech species!  It had it's fair share of scrutiny under the hand lens before we returned it to the water.  Next up was a Lesser Water Boatman, another new species for me and finally another self found (and definitely the days highlight for us all) a newt larvae (most probably a Palmate)!  Not too bad in bird terms either with 4 Choughs flying past the car park seconds after getting out of the minibus!  The ever present Ravens were also good company and a Snipe flew ahead of us on our way across the heathland.  Sadly, 1 dead Badger at the side of the road between Helston and Falmouth.

leech species

newt larvae

something for later ID

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