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Reports of visits to Ravensroost Wood 2017
White-letter Hairstreak, 21st June (RG)

Bird's Nest Orchid, 7th June 2017 (RG)

Fledgling Tawny Owl, 21st May (Leanne Reddock)

 Please send me your sightings at Ravensroost Wood and Meadows as with Blakehill

21st June: Hobby over meadows
Transect 12: Large Skipper : 4, White Admiral : 5, Red Admiral : 2, Silver-washed Fritillary : 27, Speckled Wood : 7, Meadow Brown : 281, Ringlet : 17  A newly emerged White-letter Hairstreak off transect, plus a Small/Essex Skipper and the usual meadow butterflies & a Scarlet Tiger Moth. Ovipositing Braod-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmers, Four-spotted Chasers, Emperors, Emerald, Blue-tailed, Azure, Common Blue & Large Red Damselflies, 9 or 10 Violet Helleborines (all now with protectors) (RG,GW,JohnD,JC,TS,MC)

14th June: Last bird survey: 9 Chiffchaffs, 7  Wren, 4 Blackbird, Robin, 3 Blue Tit, Blackcap, 2 Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Garden Warbler, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Nuthatch, Wood Pigeon, Great Tit
Transect 11: Large Skipper : 1, Brimstone : 1, Silver-washed Fritillary : 3, Speckled Wood : 13, Meadow Brown : 17  My earliest ever Silver-washed Fritillaries also  Snout, Bloodvein, Brimstone Moth, Light Emerald (RG,GW,MC,JohnD,CM,JC,MN.CG)


10th June: Mothing 4: 18 species including 3 Orange Moths, Gold Swift, Purple Clay, Grey Arches, Mottled Beauty, Marbled White Spot. (RG,SH)

7th June: Bird territory survey 10: 8 Wren, Blackbird, 6 Blackcap (family), Robin, Blue Tit (families) 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Coal Tit, Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Nuthatch, Cuckoo (still!), Long-tailed Tit, Buzzard, Great Tit, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Garden Warbler, Bullfinch, Marsh Tit (family) - in the meadows, Lesser Whitethroat probably visiting nest, Garden Warbler, Reed Bunting. 
Transect 10:
Large Skipper : 1, Large White : 1, Red Admiral : 2, Speckled Wood : 14, Meadow Brown : 1  Also Common Blue and 2 fresh Small Tortoiseshells in the meadow,  2 Brimstone Moths, a Yellowshell and a Little Emerald, and the longhorn Nemaphora degeerella, and in the meadows, 2 Foresters, Straw Dots, a Small Square Spot, and Brown China Mark at the ponds (RG,GW.HS,VM,JaneD,JohnD,JC,MC,CM)

Green Oak Tortrix

Nemophora degeerella

The Forester
Young Violet Helleborine in cage
All by RG

2nd June: Reed Warbler
family at the meadow pond, Tawny Owl, Reed Bunting feeding young, Painted Lady, Ringlet, Meadow Browns (Jane Deacon)

31st May: Bird Survey 9: 11 Chiffchaffs, 8 Blackbirds, Coal Tit, 7 Robins, Blackcaps (juv.) 5 Garden Warblers, 4 Marsh Tit, Blue Tit (Fam), Wood Pigeon 3 Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Great Tit, 2 Wren, Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Dunnock, Long-tailed Tit, Sparrowhawk, Jackdaw, Buzzard, also Kestrel
Transect 9: Green Veined White: 1, Red Admiral : 2, Speckled Wood: 16,
also Large Skipper, Silver Y, Silver-ground Carpet, Nematophora metaxella, Incurvaria masculella, Broad-bodied Chaser, caterpillars: Scarlet Tiger, Comma, Lackey (RG,GW,JaneD,JohnD,TS,MC,JC,Dominic Benton)

Incurvaria oehlmanniella

Nematophora metaxella

Common Blue Damselfly teneral

Large Skipper

Cardinal beetle

Common Spotted Orchid



Small Eggar web in Birch

Notocelia trimaculana sp.

Yellow Tail larva

Scarlet Tiger larva
Lackey larva
All by Trevor Simmonds

24th May: Bird Survey 8: 11 Robin, Blackcap, 9 Wren, 7 Blackbird, 4 Chiffchaff, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, 2 Song Thrush, Garden Warbler, Coal Tit, Tawny Owl
(including one fledgling), 1 Treecreeper, Willow Warbler, Dunnock, Cuckoo, Marsh Tit, Goldfinch plus 2 Jays
Transect 8: Brimstone : 1, Large White : 1, Orange-tip : 1, Speckled Wood : 12 
Off transect were a Large Skipper, Small Copper, Holly & Common Blues, Celypha lacunana, Notocelia cynosbatella & Epinotia bilunana   A Forester moth off transect (RG,HS,GW,JC,JaneD, JohnD,CM)
23rd May: Mothing 3: 26 species including: DEVON CARPET new for VC7!, also Brindled White Spot, Green Silver Lines, Dingy Shell, Grey Pine Carpet & Incurvaria praelatella

21st May: Red Kite, Tawny Owl fledglings, Small Eggar web (Leanne Reddock)
Small Eggar web (Leanne Reddock)

18th May:
Bird Survey 7: 12 Blackbirds, 10 Robins, Chiffchaffs, 8 Wrens, Blackcaps, 4 Great Tits, Song Thrushes, Blue Tits, 3 Garden Warblers, 2 Chaffinches, Wood Pigeons, Goldcrests, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Marsh Tits, Coal Tits, 1 Willow Warbler, Cuckoo, Treecreeper, Long-tailed Tit, Buzzard, Pheasant, Dunnock, Tawny Owl - still with 2 young 
Transect 7: Brimstone : 1, Large White : 1, Green-veined White : 2, Orange-tip : 1, Comma : 1, Speckled Wood : 4
also Drinker caterpillar, Alabonia geoffrella (RG,JaneD)


Drinker caterpillar

Owl a week older
All by RG

10th May: Bird Survey 6: 8 Blackcap, 7 Robin, 6 Wren, Chiffchaff, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackbird, Song Thrush, 2 Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Great Tit, 1 Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Marsh Tit, Tawny Owl - f
emale with 2 fledglings
Transect 6: Brimstone : 1, Large White : 1, Green-veined White : 5, Orange-tip : 3, Holly Blue : 1, Red Admiral : 2, Peacock : 1, Speckled Wood : 3  Holly Blue was ovipositing on Holly. Scarlet Tiger larva, abundant Micropterix calthella (a first for the wood!) & Adela reaumurella moths (RG,GW,HS,JaneD,JohnD,JC,MC,C&PM)
Orange Tip egg on Jack-by-the-Hedge

Micropteryx calthella on Pendulous Sedge




Fledgling Tawny Owls
All above by RG
4th May: Transect 5:
Large White : 1, Green-veined White : 3, Orange-tip : 4, Holly Blue : 1, Speckled Wood : 4 also a Red Admiral and Longhorn moths including Adela reaumurella (RG,JaneD)

3rd May: Bird Survey 5: 8 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Robin, 4 Chaffinch, Blackbird, Wren, Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, Marsh Tit, also 1 Buzzard (

Holly flowers

Speckled Wood

Tree Bee

November Moth sp. caterpillar on Hazel
Pale Tussock on release from last night
All by Trevor Simmonds

2nd May: Mothing 2: in order of trapping/identifying: 3 Nut Tree Tussocks, 4 Brimstones, Scalloped Hooktip, 3 Great Prominent, Ruby Tiger, Iron Prominent, Pale Tussock, 4 Small Phoenix, Pale Prominent, Coxcomb Prominent, Orange Footman, c10 Small White Waves, Little Emerald, Common Quaker, White-spotted Pug, Cream Wave, Square Spot, Bee Moth, 2 V-Pugs, 2 Brindled Pugs - underlined, new for Ravemsroost. (RG,JaneD,SH)

White-spotted Pug

Orange Footman

Little Emerald

Small Phoenix

Coxcomb Prominent

Cream Wave

Scalloped Hooktip

Square Spot
All by RG

28th April: 
Cuckoo, 2 Marsh Tits, Lesser Whitethroat
Transect 4: Large White : 1, Small White : 3, Green-veined White : 8, Orange-tip : 5, Holly Blue : 1, Peacock : 2, Speckled Wood : 3  First definite Small Whites - not particularly common at Ravensroost also Nettle Tap (RG)
Two Orange Tips - when I took the picture I didn't even notice the one with its wings folded (RG)

26th April: Bird survey 4: 11 Chiffchaff, 7 Robin, 5 Wren, 4 Nuthatch, Blackcap, 3 Great Tit, Blue Tit, Garden Warbler, Song Thrush, 1 Cuckoo, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Blackbird, Chaffinch, also 1 Crow, Jay, Pheasant, and in meadows, another 2-3Willow Warblers and another Garden Warbler
Orange Tip (RG,JaneD, JohnD,TS,JC,CM,MC)

False Oxlip
All by Trevor Simmonds

22rd April: Public event bird ringing in the meadows:

I had Jonny, Charlie and Neil to help me out: they managed the nets whilst I performed for the audience.  Nets were set all round the meadow pond and along the hedgerows that line the pond. It started well enough but, once again, the wind got up and the catch was reduced. 

Fortunately, Robin tells me that the guests were more than happy with the birds that we caught and a good time was had by all.  Actually, I had similar feedback from some of the guests.  Although we didn't catch a lot of birds, what we caught was quality: our first two Whitethroat and two Lesser Whitethroat of the year.  These are our earliest records for both species (although the Lesser Whitethroats by only one day).
The list for the session was: Long-tailed Tit 2; Wren 1(1); Dunnock 2; Blackbird 1(1); Blackcap 1; Whitethroat 1(1); Lesser Whitethroat 2; Chiffchaff 2; Willow Warbler 1(1); Bullfinch 1; Reed Bunting 2.  Totals: 16 birds ringed from 11 species, four birds retrapped from four species, making 20 birds processed from 11 species. The retrapped Whitethroat was ringed as an adult on the site last August, whereas the retrapped Willow Warbler was ringed as an adult on Spring migration on the 12th April 2016 in the woodland.  We are pretty certain that the Reed Buntings and the Long-tailed Tits were pairs. Each couple was caught in close proximity to each other, each consisted of a male and a female and each had both birds in breeding condition. (Simon Tucker)

19th April: Bird survey 3: 13 Chiffchaff, 12 Robin, 9 Blackcap, 4 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, Wren, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Coal tit, 1 Dunnock, Song Thrush, Marsh Tit,
also 4 Crows, 3 Jackdaws, 2 displaying Sparrowhawks, 1 Jay, Pheasant also Common & Lesser Whitethroat by meadow pond (RG et al.)
Transect 3: Brimstone : 1, Green-veined White : 2, Orange Tip : 11, Speckled Wood : 11, also Large Red Damselflies at the meadow pond (RG,JaneD, JohnD,TS,JC,CM,SMunden, MC,CG)

Grapholita jungiella

Nematophora swammerdamella




White Pinion Spotted


Large Red Damselfly with prey
All above by Trevor Simmonds

18th April: Marsh Tit
Green-veined White : 1, Orange-tip : 11, Peacock : 1, Comma : 2, Speckled Wood : 10

Orange Tip

Green-veined White
Orange Tip

15th April: Mothing 1: 3 Great Prominents, 1 Lunar Marbled Brown, 2 Nut-tree Tussocks
in just over one hour. (RG,SH)
Lunar Marbled Brown, Great Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock (RG)

12th April: Bird survey 2: Est. territories: 10 Chiffchaff, 9 Blue Tit, Robin, 8 Wren, 6 Blackcap, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Willow Warbler, Great Tit, Blackbird, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Goldcrest,  1 Song Thrush, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit (carrying food), Mistle Thrush, 
Treecreeper, also 3 Crows, 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Jackdaws. Skylark north of the wood and a Snipe flushed from the meadow pond.
Transect 2:
Brimstone : 1, Green-veined White : 2, Orange-tip : 10, Holly Blue : 1, Peacock : 2, Speckled Wood : 4   
Also Orange Underwing, 3 Brown Hairstreak eggs (RG,GW.HS,JC,TS,SH)
Orange Underwing (RG)

Early Purple Orchid

Male Palmate Newt

Speckled Wood
All above by Trevor Simmonds

Ringing session 2 : There were good numbers of Chiffchaff on site and singing. In addition we noted three Willow Warblers singing in the coppice area (and caught two of them).  Blackcaps have arrived but not yet in great numbers and no sign yet of Garden Warbler (although we did get Robin's pulse rate up by playing Garden Warbler song along one of the rides - I play GW because Blackcaps are aggressive towards them so I can, metaphorically, catch two birds with one stone). We caught a new Marsh Tit, which was interesting because we caught it in ride R38 and then retrapped it an hour-and-a-half later in R35. I can't help thinking that it is prospecting for a territory.  There were several Marsh Tits calling in the coppice.
The list for the session was: Blue Tit 4(3); Great Tit 1; Marsh Tit 1; Long-tailed Tit 1; Dunnock (1); Robin 1; Song Thrush 1(1); Blackcap 3(1): Chiffchaff 4; Willow Warbler 2; Goldcrest (1); Bullfinch 1.  Totals: 19 birds ringed from 10 species; seven birds retrapped from five species, making 26 birds processed from 12 species. (Simon Tucker)

9th April:
Possible but unproven Light Orange Underwing - would have been first report from Ravensroost, a nationally scarce B species, closely related to Orange Underwing (Neil George)
Neil George

 Orange Tip
- 6 on my walk from the car park to the meadow pond. 5 male, 1 female. In the car park: 1 Comma, 1 Holly Blue, 1 male Brimstone. At least 2 Willow Warblers singing near the pond. Also 1 singing Chiffchaff in the same area and a singing Blue Tit near the car park. Quite a few tadpoles in the pond. (Peter Sketch)

Ladies' Smock

All by Peter Sketch

5th April: Butterfly transect 1: 2 Orange Tips, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Brimstone off transect
 Bird Survey 1: Estimated pairs/territories: 13 Chiffchaffs, 9 Coal Tits, 8 Blue Tits, Wrens, Robins, Blackbirds, 6 Nuthatches, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Great Tits, 3 Marsh Tits 2 Chaffinches, 1 Goldcrest, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, also 1 Linnet over the wood, 4 Wood Pigeons, Jays, 3 Buzzards, 1 Crow, 1 Jackdaw, 2 Willow Warblers at the meadow ponds. (

Palmate Newt

Orange Tip


All by Trevor Simmonds
29th March:
The team cleared some blackthorn along the bund between the two meadow ponds, and also bramble behind the ponds on the path, then adjourned to the Red Lion for end of season lunch. (GW,RG,JaneD,JC,SH,TS,MC,JohnD,MW,SM,HS,VM)

Toad spawn
Both by Trevor Simmonds

26th March: Raven, Red Kite, lots of Robins, heard Pheasant, also UK's earliest visitor the Chiffchaff.  There was an abundance of Brimstone and Commas (I think), taking  advantage of the early primroses and wood anemones. (Lynne and Maurice Watkins)

22nd March:
3 Marsh Tits in song, including 2 singing simultaneously, plus at least one other bird present,  also 2-3 Chiffchaffs singing
The team did some coppicing in the 25 year rotation area in section A3 (GW,RG,JaneD,JC,SH,KS,TS,MC,JohnD,MW)

15th March: Marsh Tit. Lesser Redpoll, 2-3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Brimstones, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell,
probable Orange Underwing
The team completed the scallop started last week and also another one, a quadrant between two rides (RG,GW,HS,JC,JohnD,SM,TS,JaneD,VM,MC,KS)
Views and sap-soaked birch (Trevor Simmonds)

8th March: 3 Marsh Tits (one singing), Treecreeper, Agonopterix ocellana(2)
The team completed another scallop adjacent to the one with the pond cut earlier in section G, then started another a bit further along. (RG.GW,HS,SH,MC,TS,JaneD,JC,VM,KS)
Agonopterix ocellana & a slug (RG)
Views by Trevor Simmonds

1st March:
The team completed the laying of the hedge adjacent to the new proposed pond area in section P. Trevor completed scything the bridleway, and Hugh and Robin cut away a tree that had fallen across the ride between compartment X and Y. (RG,GW,SM,JC,JaneD,TS,JohnD,HS,SH,MC,KS)
All by Trevor Simmonds

26th February: Late winter bird survey: pairs/territories: 13 Blue Tit, 12 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 6 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch, Wren, 3 Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest,
Song Thrush 1 Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Buzzard, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit.  Individuals: 10 Jackdaws, 3 Redpolls, Jays, Crows, also a Muntjac. In the meadows: displaying Raven, pair Mallards, 20 Meadow Pipits (RG,HS,SH,JaneD,JC)

22nd February:
The team started laying a hedge along the eastern edge of the wood adjacent to the area where the new pond is to be created later in the year. Trevor also cut some larger trees with the chainsaw. (RG,GW,JaneD,MC,JC,TS,SH,KS)
Orange Ladybird (Trevor Simmonds)

16th February: Ringing session 1:
Treecreeper 1(1); Blue Tit 2(5); Great Tit 2(2); Coal Tit (6); Marsh Tit (2); Dunnock (1); Robin 2(6); Blackbird 1(1); Chaffinch 5; Goldfinch 8. Totals: 21 birds ringed from 7 species; 24 retrapped from 8 species, making 45 birds processed from 10 species. The highlights of the Ravensroost session were the Goldfinches and Chaffinches.  It was our best catch of Goldfinches at Ravensroost ever: not all of them were caught at the feeding station, three came to a lure in the open, on ride R38, the feeding station is part way up R28, on the opposite side of the main track.  The Chaffinches are a nice find. In 2012 and 2013 we had excellent numbers of them in the wood. However, in 2014 and 2015 the numbers fell off a cliff. 2016 was better and this is a good start to 2017. (Simon Tucker)

15th February: Singing Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Agonopterix heracliana - new for the wood!
The team finished the coupe! The chain sawyers cut the larger trees and all the others were cut by the rest of the team - tape was put around the Honeysuckle bearing trees to prevent anyone cutting them! (RG,GW,HS,JaneD,JC,TS,MW,JS,KS)

Yellow jelly fungus and the team in the rain -(Trevor Simmonds)

8th February: Green
and drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers heard, also Marsh Tit and Nuthatches
The team carried on coppicing in U2 while Trevor continued scything the bridleway. (RG,GW,MC,JaneD,JohnD,TS,JC,MW)
King Alfred's Cake (Cramp Balls, Coal Fungus), Daldinia concentrica- ID by Jacqui Cockram (RG)

Fungus (RG)
Coppicing (RG)

1st February: Singing Mistle Thrush and Nuthatches, Lesser Redpoll, also unidentified large moth
The team split into two - Geoff's team finished laying the car park hedge, Robin's team continued coppicing in section  U2 (RG,GW,MauriceC,JS,JaneD,JC,JohnD,CG,HS,SH,VM,KS)
Karen Shaw

25th January: Ravens
very noisy today.
Again the team split - three ways today, with some continuing coppicing in U2, and the chain sawyers completed clearing the scallops in section Q. Geoff got a team to start laying the hedge by the car park between the second and third oak tree.(RG,GW,SH,JaneD,JC,JohnD,SW,MichelleC,TS,MW,SM,HS,MauriceC)
Trevor Simmonds

18th January: The team split again and the scallop in section G was completed, after which coppicing in section U2 continued. The chain sawyers continued to clear the scallops of larger trees in section Q. (RG, GW,SH,JaneD,Jacqui Cockram,JohnD,SW,TS,MW,SM,CG,HS,VM,MC,KS)
Trevor Simmonds

11th January: Marsh Tit, Raven, Siskin
over, c8 Meadow Pipits over Avis meadow
The team split into two so the chain sawyers could continue felling larger trees in the scallops and at the coppice in U2. The rest began a scallop in section G to open up a small pond previously hidden all year. (RG,GW,HS,SH,JaneD, MichelleC,SW,TS,JS,MW,MC,JohnD,SM)
4th January : 2 Marsh Tits
The team continued coppicing in section U2. (RG,GW,MW,SM,JohnD,HS,MauriceC,SH,TS,MichelleC,JaneD,JS)
Trevor Simmonds