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:

Commercially Open Species Data

Some, most, perhaps even all of you will be aware of the very rapid changes the conservation sector is being put through at the moment. One of the biggest changes we are adapting to is the push for 'Open Data'.

The term Open Data means different things depending on your personal views, what you've read and or what organisation you work for! At its most fundamental, for me at least, i guess it means data that is available and visible to whoever wants or otherwise needs to use it.

Bats at Ten Acres

The annual follow up to Court Hey Park just down the road at the island woodland of Ten Acre Pits was just as enticing as the walk a few days earlier. The turn out was also good with a similar number of people arriving. Many regulars and returnees from the previous years along with Brian from the Friends checking in for most of the night to keep us in check!

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