30th December: 22-spot Ladybird found hibernating in some Lesser Periwinkle plants on a grave in Southampton Old Cemetery.
29th December: Large numbers of Redwing and smaller numbers of Fieldfare in thew LOngdown/ Deer Leap/ Matley area of the New Forest. One Woodlark, one Crossbill and a flock of 7 Reed Buntings on edge of Deer Leap Inclosure.
28th December: Harlequin Ladybird active in Bitterne - a very late date.
23rd December: A wintering Common Sandpiper on the River Itchen at St Denys but no sign of the Common (Harbour) Seal there today. Two Mandarin Duck (a pair) on Eyeworth Pond and 5 Hawfinches at Blackwater Arboretum.
22nd December: A Brambling seen amongst Chaffinches at Harefield Gully. Also 5 Redwings here.
22nd December: About 10 Honey Bees seen flying around a nest in a Sweet Chestnut tree at Bacon Wood, West End.
19th December: One Harlequin Ladybird seen at Bitterne Bypass. It was sunning itself on a vertical concrete wall.
19th December: Another Timed Transect Visit count revealed 40 Mute Swans (a large number) at Chessel Bay, Bitterne. Also a Chiffchaff at Mousehole Copse and a Stock Dove at Hum Hole and a flock of 45 Wood Pigeons at St Mary's College, Bitterne Park.
16th December: A Timed Transect Visit bird count revealed large numbers of Redwing in the Durley area. Also of note were 10 Yellowhammer near Netherhill Farm, a flock of 14 Song Thrush in a field east of Durley Mill and a Little Owl at Calcot Lane.
16th December: The Common Seal known as 'Flipper' was seen in the River Itchen at St Denys. There have been reports of Common Seal at Weston Shore recently too. A Black Swan also at St Denys on the River Otchen.
16th December: Two Peregrines recorded at Leaden Hall in the Ashley Cross area of the New Forest. A Great Grey Shrike is now present ast Beauleiu Road. Crossbill in song at Denny Lodge.
2nd December: A report of an interesting spider Ero tuberculata in a house at Kathleen Road, Sholing.
2nd December: A Little Gull still present at Weston Shore
2nd December: A Brambling recorded in a garden at Ashdown Close, Chandler's Ford.
1st December: Siskins numerous in Longdown Inclosure in the New Forest and a Raven over seen rolling in flight.
25th November: Quite a large influx of Redwing and Fieldfare into the country side. Seen around Corhampton Golf Course and St Clair's Farm today. More seen in the Longdown area of the New Forest on 1st December.
25th November: An ageing female Common Darter Dragonfly seen at King's Copse, Corhampton and Red Wood Ant Formica rufa still active at nearby Bottom Copse.
22nd November: A Barn Owl seen hunting in the twilight west of Pitt, near Winchester.
21st November: Redwings and Fieldfares present in quantity at Magdalen Hill Down. Also a wintering Stonechat here.
20th November: Two Little Gulls still present at Weston Shore. Four were reported here earlier in the month.
19th November: 200 Harlequin Ladybirds swarming at a house at Cunningham Crescent, Sholing.
17th November: A Tree Damselbug Himacerus apterus and an unidentified Digger Wasp still active at Blashford Lakes.
12th November: The intersting small green spider Nigma walcknaeri seen with its web on an Ivy leaf by Bishopstoke Road, Central Eastleigh. This species was introduced to Kew 40 years ago and has only recently reached southern Hampshire.
12th November: A dead Little Auk found at Upper FRoyle near to Basingstoke today.
11th November: Four Little Gulls and a Kittiwake at Weston Shore. Also a Greenshank here - this is unusual.
9th November: A new colony for the Girdled Snail Hygromia cinctella found in central Eastleigh - by the Bishopstoke Road. This species is now widespread in built up areas.
2nd November: A very interesting late record of Wasp Beetle Clytus arietis on the floor in a house at Upper Froyle, near Alton. This had probably emerged from fire wood stacked inside the house.
30th October: Bramblings have arrived in the New Forest with reports at Poundhill Inclosure today and at Denny Wood on 1st November.
30th October: A Little Owl seen at 4:30am at Rownhams and another seen in a more usual location at Lane End Down, east of Owselbury at 5:30pm. Three Hares also seen at the latter location.
24th October: A Black Redstart seen at Mayflower Park - a continuation of the recent spate of records.
23rd October: Common Blue, Large White and Small White butterflies seen in the Gosport area.
23rd October: Black Redstart seen at the Ordnance Survey Offices at Maybush.
21st October: Report of a Clouded Yellow butterfly at OLd Winchester Hill.
21st October: A Common Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum striolatum at Marlpit Oak in the New Forest.
20th October: A late Meadow Brown butterfly reported at Portsdown.
20th October: Dartford Warbler heard singing at Soarley Beeches.
19th October: A Small White butterfly seen close to Hatchet Pond near Beaulieu.
18th October: A Black Redstart reported in the grounds of Southampton University.
18th October: Large White butterfly seen at Sparsholt College.
15th October: Thousands of Harlequin Ladybirds swarming on and around the Fareham Civic Centre building.
14th October: Small White and Vapourer Moth still active at Beaulieu and Small Copper at Tantany Wood in the New Forest.
13th October: Five Crossbills seen on the Field Meeting at Lords Wood. Speckled Woods and Scarce 7-spot Ladybird still active here too.
10th October: Grass Snake on a pile of logs at Great Goswell Copse at Beaulieu. Speckled Wood and Red Admiral still flying here and Rhododendron Leaf Hopper still active.
7th October: Three larvae and one adult Lesser Stag Beetle seen in a log on Southampton Common. Also on The Common Speckled Wood, Hornet, Common Darter and Southern Hawker Dragonflies still flying.
4th October: A Peacock butterfly seen at Sparsholt College.
3rd October: Six Speckled Wood seen together at Bitterne Church.
2nd October: A Box Bug seen at Hilsea Lines on the edge of Portsmouth and the Hedgehog Gall Andricus lucidus recorded at Royal Victoria Country Park.
2nd October: Giant Wood Wasp Urocerus gigas seen at Stoke Charity in central Hampshire.
30th September: An abundance of Harlequin Ladybird in the Bevois Valley and Mount Pleasant area. So they are swarming again this autumn.
29th September: Early Redwing reported at Ober Heath. Also both Woodlark and Dartford Warbler in autumn song there.
27th September: Report of a Fox at Broadlands Road, Highfield.
23rd September: Wood Crickets still active at both Longdown and Wooson's Hill in the new Forest.
22nd September: Wheatear seen at Ober Heath in the New Forest.
16th September: Grayling butterfly still flying at Vinney Ridge in the New Forest and the attractive hoverfly Sericiomya silentis seen here too.
16th September: Five Green Sandpipers, two Black-tailed Godwits and a Kingfisher recorded at Lower Test Reserve. Several Speckled Wood butterflies seen here too.
12th September: 40 Small Red Damselflies counted at a pond at Ipley in the New Forest.
10th September: An a Brittle Star Amphipholis sqaumata discovered on a second visit to Calshot Beach in as many days. Six Mediterranean Gulls also seen here.
10th September: Small Copper seen feeding at Ragwort on Peartree Green.
9th September: Five Black Swans present in the Redbridge area and a Ruff at Lower Test Reserve.
8th September: A very late Harlequin Beetle Leptura maculata reported in a garden at North Baddesly - it was attracted to Sedum.
8th September: As well as species mentioned in Field Meeting records, we found empty shells of two species of Bladder Snail at Calshot on the Field Meeting, namely Haminoea navicula and Akera bullata. They were seen on the sheltered, muddy side of the spit and these species might be colonising the area from the south west.
8th September: A Tawny Owl seen watching from a stag's-horn Oak by the Boating Lake on the Common during a public bat walk.
6th September: Small Copper and Clouded Yellow butterflies seen at Breoadmarsh, Havant. Several of the latter recently at Hayling Island.
5th September: A late Silver-studded Blue seen at Longdown, could be a second brood individual.
3rd September: An cuckoo bumble bee Bombus campestris recorded at Yarrow blooms on Peartree Green.
2nd September: At Inchmery Shore Wood Crickets Nemobius sylvestris were heard, two specimens of an interesting hoverfly Eristalinus aeneus at Sea Aster blooms. Also two specimens of the bizarre and bird-dropping like cases of the micro-moth Coleophora palliatella on oak leaves.
31st August: A very large colony of Harlequin Ladybirds on evergreen Eleagnus at junction of Dutton Lane and Bishopstoke Road in central Eastleigh. They mostly ignored the deciduous or pale leaved shrubs in the adjacvent shrubbery.
30th August: An extremely late Six-spot Burnet Moth seen near Port Southwick on Portsdown Hill and also a Weasel seen crossing the road a Skew Road, Portsdown Hill.
27th August: A Clouded Yellow finally seen at Peartree Green. Another one reported well inland at Noar Hill.
26th August: A male Goshawk and two Hobbies reported over Hampton Ridge. Two Redstarts in the area and reports of Firecrest and Wheatear at Hampton Ridge on 27th so alot of bird migrant activity at the moment.
26th August: A Silver Y Moth seen at Hampton Ridge - there have been very few of these this year.
26th August: Southern Damselfly still being seen at Crockford Bridge in the New Forest.
26th August: Great Brocade Moth seen at a moth lamp at Kathleen Road, Sholing - part of a national influx.
25th August: At Lordshill Recreation Ground there were two interesting records. The hoverfly Sericiomya silentis seen feeding on Knapweed blooms (normally a heathland species) and the 'dry land shore bug' Saldula orthochila in the BMX track area seems to be a first for Southampton.
25th August: Report of a probable Camberwell Beauty butterfly seen very briefly at Titchfield Haven.
23rd August: A female Merlin hunting over Calshot Marshes and Wheatear passing through the area too.
23rd August: A large colony of the Rhopalid bug Chorosoma schillingi found just SE of Calshot Power Station and on the shore east of the station a colony of Adonis Ladybirds and Lesser Cockroach Ectobius panzeri found.
20th August: Both Adonis Ladybird and 16-spot Ladybird recorded at Weston Shore today.
20th August: A melanic Adder reported at Whiteley Pastures. These were often seen here in the past.
19th August: A gathering of 50 Mediterranean Gulls reported at Warsash.
18th August: Fauna notes for Grange Fields, Netley in Field Meeting Reports but the interesting Carrot-feeding Pyrale Moth Sitochroa palealis also seen there. A possible nymph Sand-runner Shieldbug Sciocoris curtisans there too.
12th August: The Longhorn Beetle Arhopalus rusticus in a garden moth trap at Kathleen Road, Sholing.
11th August: Interesting record of Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at the Recycling Centre pool at Iley Lane, Keyhaven but not seen there a few days later. Also Osprey over Lower Test.
6th August: A new hoverfly recorded on Peartree Green - Volucella inanis.
6th August: A large female Great Green Bush Cricket seen at Purewell Meadows at Christchurch. Also a recent report of a Large Tortoiseshell in a garden at New Milton.
5th August: A new site for 11-spot Ladybird found south of the Calshot Power Station.
4th August: Another record of the beetle Anoplodera (= Corymbia) fulva on Hogweed, this time at Beacon Hill, Ashley. Also Dark Green Fritillary at Port Lane, Hursley and Silver-washed Fritillary on Buddleia at Pitt Down.
3rd August: 10 Small Red-eyed Damselflies counted at The Boating Lake on Southampton Common. Also White-legged Damselfly at Crockford Bridge - a new site in 2006 (last seen there in 1976).
30th July: Poplar Kitten recorded at a moth lamp at Kathleen Road, Sholing as moth numbers pick up slightly.
29th July: A Beautiful Yellow Underwing Moth recorded at Southampton Old Cemetery. This sighting confirms that the Old Cemetery is likely to contain the finest heathland left in the Southampton area.
27th July: A Kingfisher seen at the lake at Rownhams House. Interesting invertebrates here included Median Wasp Dolichovespula media and the characteristic egg sac of the scarce spider Theridiosoma gemmosum. This spider is a much smaller cousin of the well known Argiope wasp spider.
24th July: First reports of two Black-veined White butterflies at Stoickbridge Down, one was latter killed by a wasp. However it is likely that these butterflies were deliberately (and illegally) released. This butterfly used to occur in the New Forest in Victorian times.
22nd July: The longhorn beetle Stenurella melanura, Mottled Grasshopper and the fully-winged form of the Rhopalid bug Myrmus miriformis all seen at Southampton Old Cemetery.
22nd July: Second ever record of the scarce chafer Omaloplia ruricola at Magdalen Hill Down. The Bee-killer Wasp Philanthus triangulum also recorded there.
21st July: 23 species of moths recorded at a public moth event at Itchen Valley Country Park including some 'crowd pullers' such as Black Arches, Rosy Footman and Chinese Character.
20th July: Colossal rainfall (45mm) washed earthworms out of the ground in Bitterne. Spider survey in a garden in central Bitterne revealed two False Black Widow Spiders Steatodea nobilis and two of the long-legged spider Leptophylanthes leprosus.
WE ARE DESPERATE FOR REPORTS AS VERY LITTLE IS BEING SEEN DUE TO THE WEATHER.
19th July: A White-legged Damselfly was filmed at Crockford Bridge in the New Forest. A 'new' site to me, the nearest known sites in SW Hampshire being the Ober Water at least six miles away.
18th July: A new site for Adonis Ladybird found near to Nursling Sub-station. Corymbia fulva, a longhorn beetle, found at two new sites at Nursling.
16th July: Silver-studded Blue Butterfly seen and photographed at Southampton Old Cemetery.
15th July: Report of Roesel's Bush Cricket at Wootton Coppice Inclosure in the New Forest. Also the longhorn beetles Stenurella melanura and , on Meadowsweet, Harlequin Beetle there.
12th July: Box Bug recorded in a garden at Regent's Park. Lily Beetle in a garden at Ethelbert Avenue, Bassett.
11th July: Ten Roesel's Bush Crickets seen at Southampton Old Cemetery. This is a new site.
7th July: 22 species seen at a moth light at Silverdale Road despite poor weather. These included the Lunar-spotted Pinion and Vapourer Moth. Also a probable Long-eared Bat.
7th July: An uncommon longhorn beetle Leptura aurulenta recorded on a birch log at Clayhill Inclosure in the New Forest today.
6th July: Recent report (not necessarily today) of Silver-washed Fritillary in a garden at Ashdown Close, Chandler's Ford.
5th July: The large hoverfly Volucella pellucens reported in a garden at Newtown Road, Weston.
3rd July: Four Ring-necked Parakeets reported flying south over Shaftesbury Avenue, Portswood at 7pm.
3rd July: Insect numbers depressingly low with almost no reports due to the foul weather. However Gatekeeper Butterfly and Southern Hawker Dragonfly seen at Peartree Green today.
1st July: Grayling butterfly reported as already flying at Browndown.
25th June: A first record of Gold-ringed Dragonfly in a garden on the edge of Fair Oak.
23rd June: The black and yellow hoverfly Chrysotoxum bicinctum recorded at Magdalen Hill Down on Hogweed blooms. This species is common in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
20th June: Small Grass Emerald Moth seen at light away from heathland habitat at Old Bursledon.
20th June: Reports of Large Tortoiseshell Butterflies in the Portsmouth area and at Titchfield.
14th June: Queen of Spain Fritillary Butterfly reported at Old Winchester Hill.
14th June: The rare Lesser Glow Worm Phosphaenus hemiptera first found at a site on the eastern half of Southampton. It was a female specimen. Male and larvae of the same species found later. First British records since 1995.
13th June: An interesting record of a Musk Beetle Aromia moschata on Oenanthe blossom at Arter's Lawn near Marchwood. Also an early Essex Skipper butterfly here and Woodland Grasshopper Omocestus rufipes recorded.
13th June: A Privet Hawkmoth was an unusual record at a moth lamp at Kathleen Road, Sholing.
13th June: A couple of interesting beetles recorded at Matley in the New Forest. The woodworm predator and Clerid Beetle Tillus elongatus and the leaf beetle associated with skullcap Phyllobrotica quadrimaculata seen.
10th June: Red-veined Darter Dragonflies reported at several sites around Hampshire.
10th June: The Longhorn Beetle Corymbia fulva found at Nursling Substation. Slender-horned Leatherbug seen at Rownhams Wood - the first record for NW of Southampton.
10th June: Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva Dragonfly reported at Homesley Inclosure.
9th June: A Red Squirrel reported at Culverley in the New Forest. It was crossing a road. Although apparently unlikely the description was convincing so it may have been an unauthorised release.
9th June: The Longhorn Beetle Obrium brunneum recorded at Whiteley Pastures
9th June: Early Lepidoptera records included White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary out at Whiteley Pastures and Scarlet Tiger Moth on the Lower Test near Testwood.
9th June: Report of a drake Blue-winged Teal on River Test west of Nursling. Probably an escape from captivity.
8th June: First record of Rosy Marbled Moth in a garden moth trap at Kathleen Road, Sholing.
8th June: A report of a moth likely (from the description to be an Indian Moon Moth) seen at a lighted wall in Upper Shirley.
8th June: Two Glow-worm Lamyris noctiluca at Town Common, Christchurch - a first for here. Several nightjars here and a large moth catch as well.
6th June: Other reports from Chilworth Manor Gardens included a Hornet, two Bombus hypnorum bumble bees, a Downy Emerald Dragonfly and at least three Welsh Chafer Hoplia philanthus.
6th June: An influx of Painted Lady has begun. One seen with several Red Admiral and Meadow Brown on an Orange-ball Buddleia at Chilworth Manor.
4th June: A Scarce Mervielle-du-Jour Moth Moma alpium recorded at a moth lamp this morning in a Bassett Garden (close to Bassett Wood) - this is probably a first record within the city boundary.
3rd June: 20 Glanville Fritillary seen on the Hampshire coast to the east of the old Hordle Site. They were seen at the new site in smaller numbers last year but might now be lost from Hordle Cliffs.
3rd June: The Longhorn Beetle Asemum striatum sen in Culverley in the east of the New Forest. Also Currant Clearwing Moth at pheremones at Kathleen Road at Sholing.
3rd June: Scarce Chaser Libellula fulva dragonfly now flying in the Lower Test Valley and a Red-veined Darter Dragonfly reported at Keyhaven. The latter should have stood out as the very common Common Darter isn't flying yet.
1st June: Very early Marbled White on Mgdalen Hill Down Extension. Also Small Blue on original reserve and on North Down.
1st June: Another record of Variable Longhorn Beetle Stenocorus meridianus - this time at Magdalen Hill Down.
31st May: An interesting Conopid fly Conops vesicularis identified on Oenanthe at Whiteley Pastures. Less longhorn beetles here but Variable Longhorn Stenocorus meridianus seen again.
31st May: Large Skipper butterfly out at Whiteley and Small Blues flying at the Porchester end of Portsdown. Meadow Brown widespread in small numbers.
29th May: Six specimens of the longhorn beetle Pseudovadonia livida at Peartree Green - another new site.
29th May: New Forest Fly Hippobosca equina is active in the east of the New Forest. Quite an early date.
27th May: Large Red-belted Clearwing Moth still present at Netley Common and attracted to pheremones.
26th May: Another record (of two) Vernal Shieldbugs above Boscombe Chine - feeding on Sea Radish with five other shieldbug species. Also Slender-horned Leatherbug and Dahlmann's Leatherbug swept off grassland here containing Sheep's Sorrel and Bird's-foot Trefoil. Adonis's Ladybird found further east above Portman Ravine.
25th May: About 25 specimens of the longhorn beetle Pseudavonia livida found on various flowers around Man's-bridge. Three specimens of the leaf beetle Chrysolina oricalcia found on cow parsely here too.
25th May: Another new colony of Adonis's Ladybird found in eastern Southampton. This time west of Mansbridge. First Meadow Brown of the year and three of the 'new' bumble-bee Bombus hypnorum seen on bramble blossom here.
24th May: Eight species of longhorn beetle including the scarce Molorchus umbellatarum found at Whiteley Pastures, mostly on Oenanthe crocata blossom. The scarce tumbling flower beetle Variimorda villosa also found.
24th May: Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth active at Whiteley (2 seen) and both Turtle Dove and Nightingale heard at Whiteley Pastures.
24th May: The leaf beetle Chrysolina oricalcia (associated with Cow Parsely) found in trhe Southampton area for the first time - on NW edge of city.
23rd May: Two male Stag Beetles flying at dusk at Steamer Point, Christchurch so they are likely to be about in Southampton too.
22nd May: Report of Rose Beetle (aka Rose Chafer) at Shirley Holms in south of New Forest.
21st May: American Golden Plover and Bearded Reedling (= Bearded Tit) to be seen at Farlington Marshes.
20th May: Records of longhorn beetles Rhagium bifasciatum and Alosterna tabacicolor at Exbury Gardens. Also both Downy Emerald and Hairy Dragonfly reported here.
20th May: Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary flying in SW of the New Forest but New Forest Pearl-bordered Fritillaries are almost over already.
19th May: Reports that Large Skipper butterfly is already flying at Portsdown Hill.
19th May: Definate record of Adonis's Ladybird in eastern Southampton - two seen on Peartree Green.
19th May: Interesting discovery of Heather Shieldbug Rhacognathus at Buckherd Bottom in the west of the New Forest. Box Bug also recorded in a Romsey garden.
19th May: Variable Longhorn Beetle Stenocoris meridianus recorded on Oenanthe blossom at Whiteley Pastures.
18th May: The flower beetle Malachius bipustulatus recorded for the first time in Andrew's Park, Southampton.
17th May: At Boscombe the 'Red Cabbage Bug' Eurydema ornatum is out and another scarlet and black bug Corizus hyoscyami seen there. Also the interesting weevil Sibinia arenariae swept from Rock Sea-spurrey.
16th May: Although outside our main recording area the discovery of the Vernal Shieldbug Holcostethus vernalis on nettle and wild mustard near Kingley Vale, West Sussex was the first seen by SNHS members.
16th May: Two interesting insects seen at Sandy Point, Hayling were the Tortrix moth Acroclita subsequana (swept off Sea Spurge) and the small sand beetle Melanimon tibialis.
14th May: The Lime Beetle Stenostola dubia swept off Bugle Ajuga reptans in Lord's Wood - the first Southampton record of this species.
12th May: Five specimens of the Longhorn Beetle Pachytodes cerambyciformis seen on umbellifer Oenanthe crocata at Whiteley Pastures. Counts of up to sixty in the same place later in the month.
10th May: A Cuckoo heard calling at Old Bursledon.
9th May: Seven species of Longhorn Beetle recorded in Nightingale Wood including Obrium brunneum. This is the third site that this Longhorn Beetle has been recorded to the NW of Southampton.
8th May: A shiny blue flower beetle looking like a small longhorn was obtained off Hawthorn at Hamble today. Three specimens were seen and they were later identified as Orsodacne lineola - a Nationally Notable species.
8th May: The Longhorn Beetle Leiopus nebulosus beaten off low Alder branches at Mallard's Moor near Hamble. Also an as yet unidentified (but potentially interesting) flower beetle off Hawthorn blossom.
6th May: Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly active at in the New Forest SE of Lyndhurst.
6th May: Four Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoths seen nectaring on Rhododendron at Hengistbury Head.
5th May: Spotted Flycatcher has arrived in the New Forest with a report at Mark Ash Wood. Also Wood Warbler and Tree Pipit in nearby North Oakley Inclosure.
5th May: Another new Longhorn Beetle for the year recorded. This time Phymatodes alni swept from fine grassland at Newtown Road, Netley. Also an interesting scarlet click beetle Ampedus cinnabarinus in West Wood, Netley.
4th May: Six Small Heath butterflies seen at Lakeside Park, Eastleigh - one of the few current sites for this butterfly around Southampton.
2nd May: A fourth site for Slender-horned Leatherbug found. It was on Common Vetch at Bitterne Church. Several Orsillus depressus bugs found on Lawson's Cypress and Cedar in Bitterne. Plum Longhorn Beetle at Hum Hole, Bitterne also.
2nd May: A scarce Longhorn Beetle later identified as Grammoptera abdominalis recorded on Hawthorn on Southampton Common.
1st May: The Longhorn Beetles Alostoma tabacicolor and Plum Longhorn Tetrops preustus reported at Home Covert, Nursling.
30th April: Swifts seen over Bitterne.
30th April: Another interesting jumping spider Sitticus pubescens found in a central Bitterne garden.
29th April: Nightjar reported churring in the east of the New Forest. First report this year.
29th April: Eyed Hawkmoth and Cockchafer at Mercury Vapour Light in a central Bitterne garden. Both are quite early.
29th April: There is a Hoopoe at Calshot. Downy Emerald Dragonfly reported at Swanwick Reserve and Beautiful Demoiselle and Broad-bodied Chaser out at Lordsdale Greenway.
29th April: Green Hairstreak appeared on transect at Peartree Green today.
27th April: The Longhorn Beetle Obrium brunneum found in the NW of Lord's Wood. More were later found here and elsewhere in NW Southampton.
26th April: More reports from Titchfield Haven. Two Hairy Dragonfly were seen there. Still one Little Gull and at least 24 Med Gulls. Also at least 10 (later 15) Avocets and Swifts there.
25th April: Second site for Cow-wheat Shieldbug found in Lord's Wood - this time in the east of the wood.
24th April: Hibernating Hornet and Two-banded Longhorn Beetle at Emer Bog and Green Tiger Beetles and Cuckoo at Casbrook Common.
22nd April: Report of Azure Damselfly out at Titchfield Haven. Arctic Skua, 5 Little Gull and 100 Mediterranean Gulls also there.
22nd April: Nightingale had arrived at Whiteley. Two more at Casbrook Common, Michelmersh on 24th.
22nd April: The first Black-headed Cardinal Beetle of the year reported at The Vyne, Basingstoke.
21st April: A very early Hornet active at Old Bursledon Nature Haven and first records of Harlequin Ladybird and Crucifer Shieldbug there.
21st April: The snail Hygromia cinctella identified at Old Bursledon. This species is brown and top-shaped with a white marginal keel and has recently spread from it's Devon stronghold - it also occurs in central Southampton and central Eastleigh.
19th April: A report of a Dahlmann's Leatherbug in sandy heathland in the north of the New Forest.
19th April: Two specimens of an interesting jumping spider Euophrys lanigera seen on a house in central Bitterne.
17th April: 5 Bar-tailed Godwit at Weston Shore
17th April: Green-veined White, Eyed Longhorn Beetle Rhagium mordax and the scarce spider Hyptiotes paradoxus seen at Home Wood, Stoneham
16th April: Large White reported at Peartree Green. Also a probable House Mouse there. Another House Mouse has been resident in a garden at Silverdale Road.
16th April: The Scarce 7-spot Ladybirds had finally emerged at the Lord's Wood site.
15th April: First Longhorn Beetle report of the year. The pine associate Asemum striatum seen at Town Common near Hurn.
13th April: Lesser Bulb Fly - a hoverfly Eumerus funeralis - seen in a Bitterne garden
13th April: First Odonata report of the year - Large Red Damselfly at Old Bursledon.
12th April: A Spotted Redshank reported at Pennington Marshes.
12th April: An early Small Copper reported at Magdalen Hill Down.
10th April: Two Grizzled Skippers, the first of the year, at Magdalen Hill Down.
10th April: The interesting dung beetle Onthophagus vacca identified at Eastleigh Cemetery.
9th April: An Orange-tip butterfly at Testwood Lakes. Another seen at Turgis Green, north of Basingstoke, on the 8th. Also Holly Blues at Woolston and Weston Park.
8th April: An interesting bee Melecta albifrons identified on Rosemary blooms in a garden at Silverdale Road. This species is a parasite of the flower bee Anthophora plumipes.
8th April: Weasel seen in the Gorse scrub area in the east of Peartree Green.
7th April: Report of Willow Warbler at Brinken Wood and Common Redstart at Hawkhill Inclosure in the New Forest.
7th April: Holly Blue seen on Field Meeting at REdlynch, Wiltshire. The Green, Pied and Crucifer Shieldbugs also seen on this Field Meeting. The latter was on Garlic Mustard. Lots of bees including Lawn Bee Andrena armata and the silvery-haired Andrena cineraria. Also 4 species of ladybirds.
5th April: Speckled Wood now common - first report at Eastleigh Cemetery.
3rd April: A Kingfisher seen in an urban location at Fleming Park, Eastleigh.
2nd April: A very early Green Hairstreak butterfly and two Hummingbird Hawkmoths at Magdalen Hill Down.
1st April: A very early Small Copper on transect at Lord's Wood. Also Harlequin Ladybirds on sallow blossom at Peartree Green.
1st April: Several Song Thrush and a pair of Bullfinch seen amongst 29 species of birds on the dawn chorus walk on Southampton Common.
31st March: Speckled Wood reported active at New Park Inclosure in the New Forest.
30th March: The Mining Bee Andrena haemorrhoa seen at Eastleigh Cemetery
28th March: In Andrew's Park, Southampton Small White butterfly, Lawn Bee Andrena armata, Box Bug (on Euphorbia) and both 22-spot and Harlequin Ladybirds active.
27th March: Brimstone and Peacock butterflies at St Catherine's Hill, Winchester.
27th March: An amphibian survey of the ponds in the Rownhams/Lord's Hill area revealed 3 Palmate Newt in Goldcrest Pond and one male Toad at Fernyhurst Pond. Also Ten-spined Stickleback in Tanglewood Pond and the alien American flatworm Dugesia tigrina in Cromarty Pond.
27th March: Exciting find of two specimens of the Lygaeid bug Orsillus depressus (2nd and 3rd Southampton records) off Lawson's Cypress and Western Red Cedar at Eastleigh Cemetery. Also Juniper Shieldbug and Small White butterfly there. A Box Bug opn Rosemary at Chilcomb, near Winchester.
27th March: A Mediterranean Gull reported from Cemetery Lake, Southampton Common.
24th March: Report of Merlin at Shatterford in the New Forest.
24th March: An Egyptian Goose first appeared on Cemetery Lake, Southampton Common. It was still there on 27/03.
24th March: Report of a pair of Buzzard nesting within a densely built-up area within Southampton.
21st March: A Lily Beetle already active in a garden in Bassett.
21st March: Small Tortoiseshell butterfly seen at Eastleigh Cemetery. 24-spot Ladybird and Knobbed Shieldbug active there this year already.
20th March: A seashore survey was conducted by two SNHS members below Mayflower Pier at 5:30pm today. At that time the tide was at it's lowest for the year (at least for sociable hours). They recorded three specimens of the chiton Acanthochitona crinitus and one specimen of the Leach's Spider Crab Inachus phlangium.
17th March: The bright black and scarlet fungus beetle Scaphidium quadrimaculatum active on Beech logs at Woodcrates in the New Forest. Also the Giant Pond-skater Aquarius najas active on streams here.
15th March: Knobbed Shieldbug active under reptile mats at Eastleigh (Brookwood) Cemetery.
15th March: A second report of Comma butterfly. This was at Newtown Road, Weston Park. Red Lily Beetle also active in the same garden.
12th March: Bishop's Mitre Shieldbug and Dock Bug both active at Eastleigh (Brookwood) Cemetery.
12th March: A Blue Tit attacked a wing mirror of car at Woodmill Salmon Pools. WE have known of House Sparrows showing this behaviour.
11th March: First report of a Wood Cricket nymph from the New Forest. It was seen at Ramnor Inclosure.
11th March: Peacock, Brimstone and Comma butterflies all active in Lord's Wood. A Minotaur Beetle seen here further east than the previous record - at the Ingersley Valley
10th March: The early Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes now active in several locations around Southampton.
8th March: A Hummingbird Hawkmoth seen at Ethelbert Avenue, Bassett. There have also been reports of this species in the Portsmouth area.
7th March: Report of Smooth Newt in an urban garden at Blackberry Terrace, Bevois Valley. Another urban site for Smooth Newt is the ponds around the alpine gardensat the northen end of Andrew's Park in town. 10 were seen in the shallow channel connecting the ponds this evening.
6th March: Alot of butterflies about today. Brimstone at Bassett, Peacock at Rownhams and the first report of Small Tortoiseshell. The latter was at Belmont Road, Portswood.
3rd March: Frogspawn hatching already in the pond at the Testwood Cente.
2nd March: First report of Bee Fly Bombylius major. This was seen at Cromarty Road, Lord's Hill and it is very early.
1st March: First report of Dock Bug Coreus marginatus. This was at Newtown Road, Weston Park.
27th February: Palmate Newts active in the ponds at Hum Hole.
26th February: Three Red Admiral butterflies in Lord's Wood. Large numbers of Pine Ladybirds gethering on the branches of Douglas Fir in the centre of Lord's Wood Plantation. Also, rather ominously, two Harlequin Ladybirds with them. Other insects active here included Marmalade Fly, Red Wood Ants and the bug Lygus pratensis.
26th February: Dotted Border moth attracted to flouescent strip lights in a subway in Bitterne.
26th February: Two Firecrests seen at Hook-with-Warsash Reserve.
25th February: Three specimens of the large nocturnal spider Amourobius ferox seen at Sholing Valley Study Centre. Two Cockchafer grubs unearthed here too and Harlequin Ladybirds were already active.
24th February: Two Glow-worm larvae and at least 12 species of molluscs seen on the recee for the 4th March Field Meeting at Old Bursledon Nature Haven. All three species of native British newts also seen.
22nd February: A wintering Blackcap in full song in a Rownhams garden.
20th February: Wood Mouse active in a garden at Rownhams.
19th February: A Peregrine Falcon chasing pigeons in central Bitterne at lunchtime today.
19th February: A Hawfinch singing at Brinken Wood. Firecrest, Woodlark and Crossbills all singing at Poundhill Inclosure.
18th February: Toad spawn seen at Marlborough Deep in the New forest.
17th February: A Buzzard seen over Hollybrook Cemetery - apparently this bird is regular in the Dale VAlley area.
16th February: A Chiffchaff in full song at Chickenhall Lane, Bishopstoke. Also a Woodcock flushed from woodland by the sewage farm.
15th February: Another Red Admiral seen in central Bitterne. Also Yellow Meadow Ant Lasius flavus active here.
13th February: 10 Bewick's Swans seen in a field north of Ibsley Bridge - a regular wintering location. Also an adult Mediterranean Gull at Milford-on-Sea.
11th February: 34 bird species seen in a walk from Abbot's Well to Ashley Cross. The highlights were a male Dartford Warbler, a Hen Harrier (at Little Cockley Plain), a Hawfinch (in Pitt's Wood) and 3 Woodlark.
11th February: A Hedgehog active at St Evox Close, Rownhams. Another seen recently at Lower Test Reserve.
11th February: Eleven buck Fallow Deer of various ages below Deadman Hill in the New Forest.
11th February: A very unusual winter record of an adult Angle Shades Moth at Newtown Road, Weston.
10th February: A Roe Deer (doe) and two sleeping Foxes on west bank off River Itchen opposite to Riverside Park. The Foxes are regularly seen here. The birds in the area were much the usual fare but there was a count of 16 Moorhen together at Riverside Park and 23 Redshank on the west side of the Itchen at St Denys and a single Curlew here.
5th February: The black and red Rhopalid bug Corizus hyoscyami reported hibernating in Gorse bushes at Lord's Wood.
5th February: Grey Shoulder-knot Moth on tombstone at St Pauls, Sarisbury Green.
4th February: 16+ Hawfinches seen gathering on a spruce tree at Blackwater Arboretum on Field Meeting. Also Siskins and Bramblings on larch here. Frogspawn already at Ober Heath. Two Red Admirals and Red Wood Ant Formica rufa active in Poundhill Inclosure.
3rd February: A dead Firecrest found at Hill Lane near to the Landguard Road junction.
3rd February: A long-staying Black-throated Diver still at Sowley Pond.
2nd February: Male Brimstone butterfly at Highfield and a probable Peacock butterfly at Upper Shirley.
1st February: Woodlark heard singing in the area south of Hursley village. Several Honey Bees active at Brambridge Garden Centre.
31st January: Juniper Shieldbug and Orange Ladybird active at Watts Park, Southampton. Red Admirals at Cemetery Road and Palmerston Park. Treecreeper at Andrews Park, Southampton.
30th January: A Drone Fly Eristalis tenax seen active in a Bitterne Road East garden.
27th January: Another Red Admiral and numerous Honey Bees reported in a Bassett garden.
23rd January: A dead Lesser Spotted Dogfish Scyliorhinus caniculus cast up on Netley Shore.
23rd January: Buff-tailed Bumble-bee Bombus terrestris and Red-tailed Bumble-bee Bombus lapidarius queens active at Old Bursledon
21st January: A Common Seal seen off the tiolet block at Weston Shore at high tide
20th January: One Great Northern Diver seen between Hythe Pier and Hythe Marina at about 3pm.
19th January: The very mild weather brought out Wood Dor Beetle Geotrupes stercorosus at Stubbs Wodd in the New Forest
19th January: Two Honey Bees Apis mellifera at Gorse flowers at Culverley in the New Forest. Also a Red Admiral here.
15th January: Red Admiral - 1 at Southampton General Hospital
14th January: Red Admiral seen in a Bassett Garden - the first this year.
14th January: A Drone Fly Eristalis tenax and Marmalade Fly Episyrphus balteatus at Gorse flowers at Dibden Bay.
13th January: Red-throated Diver and Black-throated Diver reported off Hythe Pier at about 4pm.
12th January: Two Ravens at Hampton Ridge, near Fordingbridge.
6th January: Great-spotted Woodpecker seen/heard drumming near the Hawthorns Centre on Southampton Common.
4th January: Six Roe Deer between Telegraph Wood and Charles Watts Way at West End. There were four there on 22/01.
3rd January: A Red Admiral flying at Old Bursledon
2nd January: Two Garden Spiders Araneus diadematus seen, one in Bitterne and one in Northam. They have normally died off by mid-winter.
1st January: Reports of two Little Gulls recently at Weston Shore. Also 7 Divers in Southampton Water (mainly off Hythe), including 2 Red-throated, 2 Black-throated and 3 Great Northern Divers.
1st January: Two Red Admirals flying at Belmont Road, Portswood.