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The weather forecast is awful for the field meeting. I don't see any point in people travelling all the way from Bath in the circumstances.
Single Clouded Yellow in rapid flight & a single Spotted Flycatcher at Bannerdown Common, Saturday, August 22nd.
The Danks Down Field Trip on December 9th '15 gets a mention in this month's British Wildlife, (Feb 16, Vol 27, #3), p201/2, where the Southern Hawker sighting is reported in the "Dragonflies" report.
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Spotted an otter feeding between Churchill bridge and the pedestrian bridge at the back of the bus station at 0945 on 29/10/16. It was totally unfazed by me watching. It was swimming between the two bridges coming up with a fish every few minutes and eating it. Sadly I had a train to catch so only watched it for 20 minutes.
Just seen my first Blackcap (male) of the winter in my Oldfield Park garden. Usually it's mid December before one takes up residence .Never had one in November before.
Just to let you know that Richard Kerridge, nature writer and literary critic, is giving a free talk about his book "Cold Blood: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians" in Priston Church (BA2 9EE) on Sat 16 September at 4pm. The book deals with British reptiles and amphibians, their meanings, and Richard's fascination with them dating from his childhood. For more info see www.priston.org.uk/festival.