Sally Tapp: Secret life of Albert Dock

Greater Pipefish, full - Syngnathus acus (Sally Tapp)

As part of the Heritage on the Dock Festival 2016 we ran a Wildlife Discovery and Talk at Albert Dock in Liverpool, Merseyside. At the height of its power, Albert Dock was home to many international innovations, however, these were short-lived and it thrived for a mere half a century before its days were numbered.  The story of its regeneration and the subsequent colonisation by marine wildlife is both fascinating and a great illustration of the power of nature.

New taxon for Crosby Coastal Park

Notes on Oenothera hybrid (Phil Smith)

A small-flowered Evenint-primrose from a population found at Crosby Coastal Park was collected and sent to Rosemary Murphy, the national referee for Oenothera, earlier this year. Rosemary has now carried out a detailed examination of the plant material and has concluded that it is most likely the 'triple hybrid' Oenothera glazioviana x O. biennis x O.cambrica an identification which had previously been suspected.

Sighted: Speckled Bush-cricket

Speckled Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)

This little lady was brought into the office yesterday (26/09/2016) by Jed Lloyd a ranger of in neighbouring Halton. It's a Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima). Predominantly a species of south and middle England and Wales and one which, while noted to occur over a wider area, we have had very few records for Merseyside. In fact on checking the database we have zero records! However, we're pretty sure in the office that someone has mentioned this seeing this species on or near the Sefton Coast so we'll be looking into that.

Sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Asian Hornet

The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK.

The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.

Work to identify, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, which includes:

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