Updated: Jun 28
Spring is an excellent time to spot wildlife, as many species who hide away over winter will be emerging to reproduce. You have probably seen birds gathering nest material, perhaps found insect eggs on leaves while gardening, or have even heard male frogs croaking at night – all are positive signs of an active ecosystem.
The FLOW team would usually be going out with volunteers to record as much of this activity as possible, but instead are recording alone at home and on site. Due to social distancing measures, we called upon our followers to send us wildlife recordings, in place of attending our regular recording events – and they were quick to respond!
Here are the records we received, throughout April:
Brown-tail moth caterpillars: 500
Buff-tailed Bumblebee: 22
Centipede (Necrophloeophagus longicornis): 1
Great tit: 2
Green-veined white butterfly: 1
Ground beetle (Poecilus variety): 1
Honey bee: 17
Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii): 3
Hoverfly (Other): 5
Mining Bee (Yellow-legged): 3
Mining Bee (Other): 3
Rove beetle (Sepedophilus marshami): 1
Small White butterfly: 2
Tree Slug: 1
2-spot ladybird: 2
We also received these fantastic photos:
Keep sending in your submissions, and if you haven’t taken part already, please share your sightings with us – every record received helps us build a more accurate picture of the Manhood Peninsula*.
How can I get involved with this survey?
Sending us a record of your wildlife sightings is simple, just make a note of the date and location of the sighting, and use these notes to fill out a wildlife recording sheet. To download a wildlife recording sheet and see full details on how to submit records and photos, visit our Find Wildlife From Home survey page.
*This survey is specifically receiving submissions of wildlife sightings seen on the Manhood Peninsula, below Chichester, which includes the parishes of Apuldram, Donnington, Earnley, East Wittering & Bracklesham, Hunston, North (and South) Mundham, Selsey, Sidlesham, West Wittering, West Itchenor and Birdham.