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Epping Forest - May

2016.05.29
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Great couple of days spent in Epping Forest.
31 Grass snakes found in 5 different locations with no refugia or ACO (Artificial Cover Object)
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Lots of Dragonflies & Butterflies on the wing at the moment.
Here's a Broad-bodied Chaser from Long Running ‪Epping Forest‬.
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Female Emperor seen 9.30am 27/05/2016.
Wake Valley - Epping Forest - Essex.
Five Downy Emerald seen at the same location.
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Salsify - Tragopogon porrifolius
Wanstead Park
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Lovely morning stroll around Wanstead Park.
So many butterflies seen including small copper, common blue, orange tip, holly blue, peacock, small tortoiseshell, speckled wood, green veined white, comma & red admiral.
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Britain's bulkiest Dragonfly. Its bright colours and active habit make it very obvious when hunting over medium to large water bodies. It rarely settles, even eating its prey in flight.
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Great meet up on Friday 13th with the Epping Forest ecologist to discuss reptile conservation.
We walked & talked about recent sightings & historical records from within the forest.
Special thanks to Ian Bradley for arranging the meeting and for all his help over the years.
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Broad-bodied Chaser
This dragonfly is usually found at ponds and may be the first to colonise new ponds. It regularly returns to the same low perch after swift flights along the pond margins.
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I was asked to leave a certain area of the forest because the BBC filming crew thought I was Paparazzi, charming lol :^)
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Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperator
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Trapping terrapins was carried out last year at Connaught Water & Strawberry Hill Pond. But you can still find these invasive reptiles at Wake Valley, Hollow Ponds, Ornamental water & Perch Pond.
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Natrix
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You can find me on flickr - www.flickr.com/photos/merrychrismoss
or through my Facebook Page - Wildlife Photography by Christian Moss
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If you spot any amphibians or reptiles in the UK please submit your record online via the Record Pool.
www.arguk.org/recording
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Forest natrix
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Young mallard.
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A very young grass snake
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No flies on this guy.
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Holly Blue - Wanstead Park.
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Lovely tongue action.
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Comma
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2 Comments
marilynx Fantastic series - I get the broad backed chaser around my pond, but always blue, which I think is the male of the species.
marilynx · 2016-05-29: 14:07
JustmeG I adore the dragonflies! wonderful set!
JustmeG · 2016-05-29: 16:31
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