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17th February, 2019
Been interested in natural history since my childhood where I built up my bird list biking around my local sites in Warwickshire.
Now I tend to look down rather than up, especially since doing a PhD on British eyebrights, working for the British Dragonfly Society and helping out with beetle surveys for my local wildlife trust.
My day job now involves sitting in front of a computer all week, so I like to get out at weekends with my family and slowly build up my pan species list, with evenings spent looking down the microsope and tackling identification keys.
My bogey species:
Plenty of birds including Hawfinch, Snowy Owl (missed it whilst I was on Shetland) and Capercaillie (one flew behind me, apparently), and plants including Fly orchid as I am always too late in the season to see it flowering.
My most wanted:
Plenty of common species left to see though currently top of my list of species I would like to see would be Stag Beetle
Lucky enough to see a Pine Martin run out in front of me whilst driving in Perthshire and visit populations of some British endemic plants, including British eyebrights, especially Euphrasia cambrica in Snowdonia, Euphrasia campbelliae in the Outer Hebrides, Euphrasia heslop-harrisonii north Scotland, Euphrasia rivularis in the Lake District and Euphrasia vigursii in Cornwall.
Formica exsecta (Narrow-headed wood ant), Colletes hederae (Ivy bee), Leptoglossus occidentalis (Western Conifer Seed Bug)
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