Latest Sightings

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Tuesday 30th March 2021:  2 male Emperor moths on the wing at the Lower Poolands area of the Common.  Also good numbers of Green Tiger beetles present.

Tuesday 24th March 2021: 2 Chiffchaffs singing on the Lower Poolands area of the Common.  Also a male Linnet was back on territory singing

Monday 15th March 2021: First Chiffchaff of the Spring singing from the wooded area on the SE side of the Common.    At least 4 Ophion scutellaris Ichneumon Wasps were active along the embankment.  A Grey Heron was present at The Bog

Sunday 7th March 2021:  A number of Pine Ladybirds were active on Gorse bushes at the Poolands area of the Common.  Also of note was a Gorse Shieldbug and 7-spot Ladybird

Saturday 27th February 2021: An Oak Eggar moth caterpillar was found basking on one of the reptile mats.   A pair of Mallards  and a Moorhen were present in The Bog.  A 2nd pair of Mallards were present on Rush Pool

Friday 12th February 2021:  Stonechat still present in former plantation area

Thursday 11th February 2021:  A male Stonechat was present in the former plantation area of the Common

Tuesday 9th February 2021:  A Marsh Tit is still being seen regularly at the wooded SE edge of the Common

Friday 1st January 2021: A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming from the Oak wood on the SE side of the Common

Tuesday 1st September 2020: At Lower Heath there were 3 Painted Lady present on the Devil’s Bit Scabious flowers.  Also of note in that area of the Common were 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 7 Small Copper, 4 Small Heath, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Large White and many Small Whites.   2 Silver Y moths and a female Beewolf wasp were also observed.

Sunday 16th August 2020:  Small patches of Cross- leaved Heath heather were in bloom in The Bog.   Also of note there were a Ruby Tiger moth, a Silver Y moth, a Small Copper, a Migrant Hawker, 11 Common Darters and a Green Woodpecker.   At Rush Pool a Ruddy Darter (male), an Emperor dragonfly (male), Broad- bodied Chaser (male), 4 Common Darters and a Brown China Mark moth were observed.  At Lower Heath 7 Small Copper and 2 Common Blue butterflies were recorded.

Thursday 24th July 2020: The following were recorded on the Butterfly Transect:  5 Small/Essex Skippers; 6 Large Whites; 24 Small Whites; 7 Green- veined Whites; 1 Purple Hairstreak; 5 Small Coppers; 2 Common Blues; 6 Peacocks; 7 Speckled Woods; 112 Gatekeepers; 14 Meadow Browns; 1 Ringlet.

Saturday 11th July 2020: Spotted Flycatchers have successfully bred locally. A family party of 2 adults and 3 juveniles were observed on the SE side of the Common

Monday 6th July: A Lunar Hornet moth was recorded on the Common for the first time.

Thursday 2nd July: A Dark Green Fritillary was observed by a visitor to the Common in the area near Wilden Top car park.

Tuesday 30th June 2020: 2 male Pantaloon Bees recorded feeding on Knapweed at the Lower Heath area of the Common and 3 male Yellow- legged Clearwing moths responded to a pheromone lure on there.   Also of note in this area were 3 Marbled White, 1 Essex Skipper, 1 Small Skipper and 3 Six- spot Burnet Moths.

Saturday 27th June 2020: A Red Kite drifted over Hartlebury Common at 12:50 PM heading southwest

Friday 26th June 2020: A male Orange- tailed Clearwing moth was again recorded on the Common as were a male and a female Yellow- legged Clearwing.  A Scarlet Tiger moth and a Ruddy Darter dragonfly were also observed.

Friday 26th June 2020: The following were recorded on the Butterfly Transect:  1 Brimstone, 4 large White, 13 Small White, 3 Green- veined White, 3 Purple Hairstreak, 4 Small Copper, 1 Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood, 10 Marbled White, 25 Meadow Brown,  2 Ringlet and 4 Small Heath.

Tuesday 23rd June 2020: Orange- tailed Clearwing moth recorded on the Common for the first time

Saturday 20th June 2020: The following were recorded on the Butterfly Transect:  3 Large Skipper, 6 Large White, 12 Small White, 1 Green- veined White, 1 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 12 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood, 16 Marbled White, 21 meadow Brown, 9 Ringlet and 4 Small Heath.

Saturday 20th June 2020:  Red- belted Clearwing moth recorded on Hartlebury Common for the first time when 8 males responded to a pheromone lure.  Also recorded were 4 Yellow- legged Clearwing moths.  Else where on the Common the following species were recorded:  Painted Lady, Essex Skipper, Scarlet Tiger moth and Beewolf wasp.

Tuesday 16th June 2020:  A pair of Spotted Flycatcher now present.  4 male Yellow-legged Clearwing recorded using pheromone lure on SE side of the Common

Sunday 14th June 2020:  11 Scarce Chasers recorded at Hillditch Pool.  There were 10 males (4 with mating scars) and 1 female.  Also of note were 4 Emperor dragonflies  (3 males and an egg-laying female)

Thursday 11th June 2020: Spotted Flycatcher present on edge of the Common

Saturday 30th May 2020: A female Yellow-  legged Clearwing moth was present in the area between the Old Rose and Crown pub and a Clubtail dragonfly was also observed there. At Hillditch the Scarce Chaser dragonflies have now put in an appearance with 2 males and a female recorded.

Wednesday 20th May 2020: Two male Emperor dragonflies, 2 Four- spotted Chaser and an imm./female Broad- bodied Chaser were observed on Rush Pool.  A male Broad- bodied Chaser was present at The Bog.  Also, Red- eyed Damselflies have now emerged at Hillditch Pool.  There were 14 spikes of Tower Mustard present in an undisclosed area of the Common

Sunday 17th May 2020: A Cuckoo is still present and calling frequently on the Lower Poolands area of the Common.

Thursday 14th May 2020: Moorhens have fledged 3 young on Rush Pool

Tuesday 12th May 2020: First Small Heath butterfly of the year recorded near Rush Pool

Sunday 10th May 2020:   Eight Green Hairstreak butterflies active at their known territory on the Lower Heath area of Hartlebury Common.  Also a Lesser Whitethroat singing nearby

Friday 8th May 2020:  Two male Cuckoos present and both calling regularly on the Common

Wednesday 6th May 2020: A Grass Snake was observed on the Common

Tuesday 5th May 2020:  A Garden Warbler was singing and showing on/off on the Lower Heath.  Also, 3 Green Hairstreaks were observed on this area of the Common.

Monday 27th April 2020: Peregrine flew over the Common during the afternoon.  Also of note was a Lesser Whitethroat that was singing from the Embankment

Thursday 23rd April 2020:  Cuckoo returned to the Common

Thursday 16th April 2020: 3 Common Whitethroats singing at the Lower Heath area of the Common.  Also, 2 Common Heath moths observed on the wing

Tuesday 14th April 2020:  The first Green Hairstreak butterfly of the year seen on the Common this afternoon

Tuesday 7th April 2020: At least 4 singing Willow Warblers newly in on the Common today.  Linnet numbers have also increased over the past week with more singing males back on territory. Butterflies:  2 male Brimstone, 2 male Orange Tip, 1 Small White, 6 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell were recorded.  A single male Emperor Moth was also seen patrolling and at the nesting area a count of 22 Early Colletes Bees were observed.

Tuesday 24th March 2020: A pair of Ravens have been heard and seen for the last few weeks over the south east corner of the common.

Tuesday 24th March 2020: Brimstone butterfly seen in woods in south east corner of common.

Saturday 21st March 2020: A Dark- edged Bee- fly was observed at Hillditch

Monday 16th March 2020: A Peacock butterfly was observed basking on the sandy slopes of the embankment

Saturday 14th March 2020: First Chiffchaff of the Spring back on the Common and singing

Thursday 12th March 2020: A male and female Stonechat were present at the former plantation area.  Elsewhere, a Common Lizard was seen basking on Lower Heath.

Saturday 7th March 2020: A presumed Noctule bat was seen day- flying high over Hillditch Pool and the adjacent paddock

Thursday 27th February 2020:  A queen Buff- tailed Bumblebee and small numbers of Pine Ladybirds were active.  A Green Woodpecker and Meadow Pipit were also of interest

Tuesday 18th February 2020: A Raven was present over the lower terrace of the Common this afternoon

Wednesday 5th February 2020:  A pair of Bullfinch were present in the SE Oak wood this afternoon.  A small number of Honey Bees are now on the wing visiting Gorse flowers

Saturday 1st February 2020: A Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming from trees alongside Hillditch Pool.   A number of Song Thrushes are now in song around the Common. Snowdrops now in flower in a handful of locations

Friday 24th January 2020: A Common Snipe was flushed from the now wet Bog and flew off heading SSW

Saturday 18th January 2020:  Two Lesser Redpolls feeding in Alders at Hillditch Pool alongside 9 Goldfinch

Wednesday 15th January 2020: Lesser Celandine starting to flower at Hillditch Coppice

Wednesday 8th January 2020:  Scarlet Elfcup fungi now out near Rush Pool

Friday 3rd January 2020: A variety of fungi recorded on the Common today including Cow-pat Gem (Cheilymenia granulata), Witches Butter (Exidia glandulosa), Exidia plana, Purple Jelly Disc, Sulphur Tuft, Turkey Tail and Hairy Curtain Crust.

Sunday 22nd December 2019: 2 Lesser Redpoll were present in a Silver Birch near SE Heath.  Also of note in area were a male Kestrel and a male Sparrowhawk

Thursday 21st November 2019:  A Lesser Redpoll was present at the SE Oak wood.  Also 3 Meadow Pipits flew over heading west.

Monday 4th November 2019: 1 Meadow Pipit present in the former plantation area.  The Marsh Tit remains in the SE Oak wood

Tuesday 29th October 2019:  13 Lesser Redpoll flew over the Common calling as they headed West.  The Marsh Tit remains in the SE Oak wood area.

Sunday 27th October 2019: 4 Meadow Pipits feeding in grassy areas amongst heather on SE heath.  Marsh Tit still present at SE Oak wood. 2 Peacock butterflies observed basking on south facing side of dead Oak tree.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019: A single Blackening Waxcap and many Snowy Waxcap fungi out on Lower Heath.  Marsh Tit still present at edge of SE Oak wood

Tuesday 22nd October 2019: A Marsh Tit was present in the SE Oak Wood this afternoon (first record of this species for in recent years).  A Meadow Pipit was flushed from the SE heath.

Saturday 5th October 2019: The scarce Ivy leaf spider Nigma walckenaeri recorded on Hartlebury Common for the first time.  2 recorded on Ivy leaves at the SE Oak wood

Tuesday 17th September 2019: Fly Agaric fungi now out on Lower Heath

Monday 2nd September 2019: Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae) now active around nest sites on the Common

Sunday 18th August 2019: 5 Brown Argus recorded on the Common (2 on Lower Heath and 3 on SE area of heathland).  Also today, 2 male Emerald Damselflies present on Rush Pool

Tuesday 6th August 2019: There are now 2 Green Woodpeckers present on the SE side of the Common

Monday 5th August 2019: The following butterflies were recorded on the transect: 1 Small/Essex Skipper; 13 large White; 11 Small White; 8 Green-veined White; 7 Small Copper; 2 Brown Argus; 1 Common Blue; 3 Holly Blue; 4 painted lady; 4 Peacock; 5 Speckled Wood; 191 Gatekeeper; 36 meadow Brown; 1 Small Heath.

Thursday 1st August 2019: The following butterflies were recorded on the Transect:  6 Small/Essex Skipper; 11 large White; 8 Small White; 15 Green-veined White; 1 Purple Hairstreak; 5 Small Copper; 1 Painted Lady; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 4 Peacock; 9 Speckled Wood; 109 Gatekeeper; 9 Meadow Brown; 1 Ringlet; 2 Small Heath.

Thursday 1st August 2019: There were 2 Migrant Hawkers present along path at side of The Bog.  2 Lesser Stag Beetles founder underneath a decaying log.  Juvenile Green Woodpecker still present on SE side of the Common.

Wednesday 24th July 2019: The following Butterflies recorded on upper Terrace:  5 Small/Essex Skipper, 5 Large White, 4 Small White, 2 Green- veined White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 3 Small Copper, 6 Peacock, 2 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood, 52 Gatekeeper, 19 Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet and 1 Small Heath. 

Tuesday 23rd July 2019: A Painted Lady caterpillar discovered on a thistle in it’s larval tent.

Sunday 21st July 2019: A juvenile Green Woodpecker was present this afternoon.  This is the first sighting of this former Hartlebury Common breeding species in 2019.

Thursday 18th July 2019: A 2nd brood female Brimstone butterfly present on western side of the Common.  Two Yellow-legged Clearwing moths also present

Tuesday 16th July 2019: Butterfly transects recorded a total of 219 butterflies: 32 Small/Essex Skippers (probably mostly Essex), 2 Large White; 16 Small White, 1 Green- veined White, 2 Purple Hairstreak, 5 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma, 6 Speckled Wood, 7 Marbled White, 84 Gatekeeper, 27 Meadow Brown, 20 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath.

Sunday 14th July 2019:  A queen Brown-  banded Carder Bee (Bombus humilis) was observed on the SE side of the Common

Saturday 13th July 2019:  Long- winged Conehead nymph discovered at Lower Heath.  This is a first site record for this species of bush cricket.

Friday 12th July 2019: Lots of Beewolf and Sand Tailed Digger Wasps on the common today.

Monday 8th July 2019: 196 butterflies recorded on the transect: 13 Small Skipper, 1 Essex Skipper, 9 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Small Copper, 3 Painted Lady, 2 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, 26 Marbled White, 76 Meadow Brown, 54 Ringlet, 5 Small Heath.

Monday 8th July 2019: Beewolf (Philanthus triangulum) wasps now on the wing on the Common

Sunday 7th July:  3 Essex Skippers recorded on Lower Heath this afternoon (Small Skippers also present).  Also, a single Gatekeeper was present on bracken near The Bog.

Saturday 6th July:  Despite the damp drizzly conditions, 12 Pantaloon Bees (11 male and 1 female) were recorded at rest on a number of thistle flowers.

Friday 5th July 2019: 111 butterflies recorded on the transect today.  2 Purple Hairstreak, 2 Small Copper, 3 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, 8 Marbled White, 59 Meadow Brown, 25 Ringlet, 5 Small Heath and a Yellow Shell moth.

Thursday 4th July 2019: Pantaloon Bees (Dasypoda hirtipes) now active on SE area of the Common.  Adult Mottled Grasshoppers also observed today

Monday 1st July 2019: Good numbers of Yellow- legged Clearwing moth present with 5 females and 3 males recorded

Friday 28th June 2019: A family party of Spotted Flycatchers present.  Also first Small Skipper butterfly of the year observed.  A Hobby flew west over the Common at 8:40 pm

Thursday 27th June 2019:  4 male Scarce Chasers observed at Hillditch Pool today, two of which were showing visible mating scars (a sign of successful breeding)

Thursday 27th June 2019: 83 butterflies were recorded on the transect. 2 Large Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 Small Copper, 2 Red Admiral, 17 Painted Lady, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 4 Marbled White, 19 Meadow Brown, 25 Ringlet, 6 Small Heath

Wednesday 26th June 2019: A single Painted Lady butterfly was present on the Lower Heath

Saturday 22nd June 2019: The following species and counts were recorded on the Butterfly Transect:  1 Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Common Blue, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 9 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 14 Small Heath

Friday 21st June 2019: A mating pair of Scarce Chasers observed at Hillditch Pool

Sunday 16th June 2019: White-  legged Damselfly (female) at Lower Heath

Saturday 1st June 2019:  Scarce Chaser dragonflies emerged at Hillditch Pool.  Brown Argus on wing at Lower Heath

Sunday 19th May 2019: Red Kite drifted over the Common during Green Hairstreak hunt event.  12 Green Hairstreaks and 1 male Emperor Moth were observed during event

Saturday 18th May 2019:  Water Ladybird recorded at Hillditch Pool (first record of this species at the site)

Saturday 11 May 2109:  First annual sighting of Minotaur Beetle on the Common

Friday 3rd May 2019: Garden Warbler singing at edge of SE Oak wood

Sunday 21st April 2019: Lesser Whitethroat singing

Saturday 20th April 2019: Cuckoo calling

Friday 19th April 2019:  First Green Hairstreak butterfly on wing

Sunday 7th April 2019: Bloody- nosed Beetles now active on Common

Sunday 7th April 2019: Dotted Bee- Fly (Bombylius discolor) recorded at Hartlebury Common for the first time

Thursday 28th March 2019: First Emperor Moth of year observed

Wednesday 20th March 2019: Early Colletes bees (Colletes cunicularius) now active at nest site