12th October: Active Hornet nest, Speckled Wood butterfly and Vapourer Moth at Bishops Waltham Moors.
11th October: Redwings have arrived in the New Forest. They were reported at Poundhill Inclosure today.
11th October: First record of Grey Wagtail at Milbury Crescent/Bitterne Road East area of central Bitterne.
11th October: Large White butterfly seen at Lordshill near Fernyhurst Pond.
10th October: Reports of Ring-billed Gull returning to Gosport for the winter. The same bird seen at Walpole Lake on 12th October.
10th October: Invasion of Harlequin Ladybirds at The Avenue Campus, Highfield - probably several hundreds of them.
9th October: Eight species of moths including Dark Chestnut, The Brick, The Sattelite, Yellow-line Quaker and Barred Sallow seen on ivy blossom at night in Southampton Old Cemetery. Also the slugs Limax flavus and Limax maximus and the leaf beetle Chrysolina banksii recorded there.
9th October: Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and a surprise late Holly Blue butterfly in Southampton Old Cemetery.
9th October: Large White, Small White and Red Admiral butterflies also seen at Hillhead.
8th October: False Black Widow Spider Steatodea nobilis and the Ivy Mining Bee Colletes hederae recorded at Ivy blossom in a garden at Hillhead.
8th October: False Black Widow Spider Steatodea nobilis and the Ivy Mining Bee Colletes hederae recorded at Ivy blossom in a garden at Hillhead.
6th October: 5 Lesser Redpoll reported at Curbridge Reserve today. Probably wintering birds.
4th October: Wood Crickets still active at Great Goswell Copse, Beaulieu - both immature and adult specimens seen.
4th October: An juvenile Osprey reported at Curbridge Reserve and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose with a flock of 8 ordinary ones at Titchfield Haven today.
3rd October: First report of Redwing in Southampton this autumn. One seen at the Avenue Campus east of Southampton Common.
2nd October: A late Brown Argus butterfly seen at Gilkicker in Gosport today.
1st October: Migrant Painted Lady butterfly in Gosport today. There had been Wall Brown at Gilkicker two days previously.
1st October: Insects still active in the Zionshill Copse area of Chandler's Ford included Vapourer Moth, 2 Speckled Woods and a Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta.
1st October: A Comma seen feeding on blossom of Red Valerian in a central Bitterne garden.
29th September: A Lesser Stag Beetle seen at Northlands Road, Banisters Park.
26th September: A Comma, 2 Small Whites and a Large White seen in a central Bitterne garden.
25th September: Small Heath, 2 Small Copper and a Comma at Setley Plain.
23rd September: 3 black individuals amongst a group of about 10 Fallow Deer south of Sparsholt College.
21st September: Reports of migrant Painted Lady's at Horndean and in central Portsmouth around this time.
21st September: 8 Hornets and 14 species of moth, icluding Dusky Thorn and Oak Lutestring seen at a mothlamp in a rural garden north of Faire Oak.
20th September: 4 Brimstones, 12 Chalkhill Blues and 2 Adonis Blues counted on Old Winchester Hill. Also a passage of at least 100 Meadow Pipits there.
20th September: A migrant Chiffchaff seen in a garden at Silverdale Road, Banisters Park.
20th September: A Ring Ouzel reported along the footpath in the Meon valley below Titchfield village.
16th September: At least 100 of the interesting burrowing bee Colletes hederae on the banks at Gilkicker Fort. Five of these also feeding on ivy blossom.
15th September: Black Swans still on the lower River Itchen - one seen with a group of Mute Swans at Chessel Bay.
14th September: A Convolvulus Hawkmoth recorded in a garden at Stubbington.
13th September: Birds at Gilkicker on the Field Meeting included at least 5 Yellow Wagtails and a Wheatear. Also a Clouded Yellow butterfly seen as well as Small Heath. Wall Butterfly is extinct here.
10th September: The Sabine's Gull still being seen on the River Itchen at Riverside Park but gone by the 19th September.
8th September: Alot of migrant birds in the Longdown Inclosure area of the New Forest. These included Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Whitethroat and a large House Martin flock. Also several Crossbills, some Siskins and 7 Woodlark - the latter using ground cleared of trees.
8th September: A Sabine's Gull, presumably the same bird as at Weston Shore yesterday, turned up at Riverside Park in Southampton today.
7th September: A juvenile Sabine's Gull seen at Weston Jetty - this must have been blown in from the open Atlantic Ocean.
7th September: Two of the the autumnal soldier fly Sargus bipunctatus seen at Siefield Park, Stubbington.
4th September: Recent bad weather has seriously cut down butterflies. Only Meadow Brown seen on a survey at Warsash Common. Woodland Grasshopper Omocestus rufipes also recorded here.
3rd September: The interesting yellow and black hoverflies Helophilus trivittatus, Xanthogramma citrofasciatum and Chrysotoxum festivum seen at Funtley Meadow.
30th August: Report of a migrant Grasshopper Warbler at Oxley's Copse, Fareham.
30th August: 2 Water Voles and Ant Woodlouse Platyarthus hoffmannseggi seen during the Centenary Event at Woodmill Outdoor Centre. Pond-dipping here revealed Water Scorpion Nepa cinerea and Fish Lice Argulus sp on sticklebacks.
27th August: The spider Steatodea nobilis or False Black Widow and the Fleabane Tortoise Beetle Cassida fastuosa seen in a garden at Stubbington.
27th August: Speckled Wood butterfly feeding on Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia in a Bitterne garden.
26th August: Common Seals seen off Farlington Marshes.
26th August: Jersey Tiger Moth reported at the Titchfield Canal Path today.
24th August: 22 species of moths seen at U-V light in a garden at Silverdale Road, Banisters Park included White-point likely to a resident rather than a migrant) and Southern Wainscot (probably originating at the marshy ground along the railway at Freemantle).
23rd August: Migrant Yellow Wagtails reported with cattle in the Titchfield village area.
22nd August: Eight species of hoverfly 'new' to a garden at Rownhams Road, North Baddesley included Leucozona glaucia, Dasysyrphus tricinctus and Meliscaeva cinctella. Sericiomyia silentis recorded there the following day.
22nd August: The first report of Elephant Hawk Moth larvae in Southampton this year. They were eatinf willowherb in a garden at St Denys.
22nd August: Two Spoonbills and a Grey Phalarope seen at Keyhaven.
21st August: Small Heath butterfly seen on Buddleia in a garden at Cromarty Road, Lordshill.
17th August: On a bird walk at Durley a Weasel crossed Mill Lane and a Spotted Flycatcher seen at Calcot Lane. Also Kingfisher near to Durley Mill.
16th August: A couple of interesting records from an invertebrate survey at Holly Hill Woodland Park. These were the Fern Bug Bryocoris pteriditis off Lady Fern and the spider Theridion simile on Bramble. I have never recorded the latter species in the Southampton area.
14th August: No Small Heath and not many Gatekeeper seen on transect at Magdalen Hill Down. 2008 continues to be a poor summer for butterflies
13th August: A Bar-headed Goose at Titchfield Haven. It stayed at lease 3 days.
12th August: Pied Flycatcher reported at Solent Court.
11th August: The migrant Vestal Moth recorded at the Meon Valley canal path. Interesting as there haven't been many migrants about this year.
9th August: Report of Jersey Tiger Moth at Ranville's Lane, Stubbington. This attractive moth is certainly spreading in Hampshire.
8th August: Second brood Holly Blue and also Purple Hairstreak seen on Southampton Common. Also the attractive heathland hoverfly Sericiomya silentis seen near the covered reservoir.
However it is a bad time for insects. Warm, summer weather must return immediately!!!
7th August: Volucella zonaria and V.inanis amongst hoverflies sen at marjoram in a garden at Cobbett Road, Bitterne.
6th August: Wheatears are coming back through on autumn migration with a report from Hook (Warsash) today. Further Wheatears seen at Bunny Meadows, Warsash on 7th August and at Castle Hill, Burley, near Ringwood on 10th.
4th August: A Firecrest reported at Old Winchester Hill today.
3rd August: Orange Ladybird seen at Menzies Close, Lordshill. There have not been many of these lately and even the Harlequin Ladybirds have dried up in the wind and rain (according to some observers).
3rd August: A Black Tern off Weston Shore and four Whimbrels there today. The latter were also seen on the 2nd August.
2nd August: A single Hare seen in the area of the Wallington river valley at Boarhunt - these animals are now scarce in this area.
1st August: Interesting record of 8 Wall Browns at Keyhaven. Also a count of 23 Grayling at Browndown today.
1st August: A Curlew Sandpiper seen close up at Pennington.
1st August: The Grey Seal at Hillhead is still in the area.
31st July: The Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria seen at Hillhead.
30th July: Grey Seal still off Hillhead and one reported off Haslar, Gosport as well.
30th July: Red-veined Darter Dragonfly reported at Pennington.
29th July: Two pairs of Small Red Damselfly seen at the Boating Lake on Southampton Common.
28th July: Silver-spotted Skippers now flying at Broughton Down so they are likely to be out at other sites.
28th July: A female Brown Argus butterfly at Seafield Park, Stubbington. The hoverfly Chrysotoxum bicintum seen also.
27th July: Firecrests, Siskins and Crossbills in Pound Hill Inclosure in the New Forest. Ungrazed areas here hold populations of Roesel's Bush Cricket, Long-winged Conehead and Woodland Grasshopper. Several interesting hoverflies in the area, especially on Bramble blossom in Brinken Wood.
27th July: Forget-me-not Shieldbug Sehirus luctuosus recorded in a garden at Ashdown Close, Chandler's Ford.
26th July: 30 Glow-worms Lampyris noctiluca reported at a site at Drayton north of Portsmouth.
26th July: Roesel's Bush-cricket and Woodland Grasshopper present at Warsash Common. Grey Damselbug Stalia major also recorded and the Wasp Spider Argiope is starting to appear here and elsewhere.
25th July: Record of the longhorn beetle Leiopus nebulosus at Hillhead.
25th July: Very successful moth lamp at Itchen Valleyv Country Park. 61 species including White-line Snout, Silky Wainscot, Balsam Carpet and Oblique Carpet. Also no less than seven Hornets at the light.
24th July: A particularly interesting species of harvestman Megabubundus diadema found at Warsash Common. The uncommon grassbug Miridius quadrivirgatus and large numbers of the large, black leaf beetle Galeruca tanaceti also found here.
24th July: Golden-ringed Dragonfly seen in a garden adjacent to the railway at Newtown Road, Weston Park.
23rd July: The Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria identified in a garden at Cobbett Road, Bitterne. Nearby, at Midanbury Lane on 29th July, the similar Volucella inanis seen on Bramble blossom.
22nd July: An uncommon damselbug Nabis lineatus found in damp woodland at Holly Hill Park. Also, at the same locality, the interesting weevils Apoderus coryli (this is the old name of it) and Cionus tuberculosus discovered.
22nd July: The hoverfly Volucella bombylans recorded at Chilling Copse.
22nd July: Two Crossbills reported in Botley Wood and a Black Redstart seen at Gilkicker.
21st July: Some interesting insect records at Funbtley Meadow including Demoiselle Agrion Damselfly Calopteryx virgo, the Saxon Wasp Dolichovespula saxonica and the spiders Araneus angulatus and Neoscona adiantum.
21st July: A Hobby seen hunting over Funtley Meadow.
20th July: 3 singing Yellowhammers in the vicinity of Netherhill Farm, Durley so there is still a breeding population in this area.
18th July: Obscure Wainscot and Kent Black Arches moth seen at a moth lamp at Seafield Park, Stubbington. Kent Black Arches was also seen at Hundred Acres on the 15th.
16th July: Possible migrant influx as large numbers of Marmalade Fly Episyrphus balteatus seren at Sparsholt College. Also Large White, Red Admiral and Silver Y Moths in Sholing.
15th July: Gathering of 38 Mute Swan at Chessel Bay, Southampton but nothing else particularly interesting seen there.
15th July: Gatekeeper, Small Red Damselfly and Common Darter all out at Crockford Bridge in SE New Forest. Gatekeeper is also out in Southampton.
15th July: Large ant flight in western Southampton in late afternoon, probably the first this year. Giant Horsefly Tabanus sudeticus seen in a garden in Upper Shirley too.
14th July: An interesting grass-bug Stenodema trispinosa recorded at Titchfield Haven.
14th July: Golden-ringed Dragonfly seen in a garden adjacent to Sholing Railway Station. Holly Blue 2nd brood out in Bitterne.
11th July: A female Goosander reported at Bunny Meadows, Warsash.
7th July: Dreadful weather between 7th and 13th July curtailed reports. Possibly the worst ever week in July for moths and butterflies.
6th July: A Grey Seal seen at Weston Shore. Possibly the same individual as the one seen at Hillhead on 30th June.
5th July: A Whimbrel and two Greenshanks seen at Weston Shore. The latter, in particular, is unusual here.
4th July: The Triangle Moth seen at a moth lamp at Hundred Acres, Wickham. Festoon Moth here three nights previously.
3rd July: Hobby reported at Swanwick Reserve, one of several SE of Southampton around this time.
3rd July: Roesel's Bush Cricket reported singing at Wootton Coppice Inclosure in the SW of the New Forest.
2nd July: White Admiral out at Churchplace Inclosure in NE of New Forest.
2nd July: An early Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa seen in Botley Wood. Meanwhile Southern Damselfly is out in Crockford area of the New Forest.
30th June: The hoverfly Chrysotoxum bicinctum recorded at Funtley. A White Satin Moth recorded at a moth lamp in the same area and on the same day.
28th June: A Wheatear seen at Bishop's Waltham Sewage Farm. Also a Hobby seen at Fairthorne Manor, near Botley, on the same day.
26th June: An Osprey reported at Weston Shore. It flew off towards Hythe.
25th June: A 'Hutchinsonii' summer brood Comma out at Netley Marsh.
25th June: Silver-washed Fritillary now out at Brinken Wood in the New Forest.
24th June: The Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria at privet blossom in Regents Park - the first report this year. Also Harlequin Longhorn Beetle Strangalia maculata out at Sholing.
23rd June: Very interesting record of a Purple Emperor butterfly in a garden on the edge of Fair Oak.
23rd June: Silver-studded Blue out at Fawley Inclosure - a first for the year in the New Forest. Large numbers of this species out in certain parts of the New Forest on the 26th.
22nd June: First Marbled White of the year at Homesley Inclosure. Meadow Brown, Large Skipper and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary also still out here.
22nd June: A male Stag Beetle seen at Silverdale Road in Southampton.
21st June: 8 Stag Beetle larvae found in an oak beam in a shop at Bishop's Waltham.
16th June: First record of Fox in a North Baddesley garden - actually a cub. On the same day Tree Bumble Bee Bombus hypnorum reported again from the same garden.
15th June: An early report of Purple Hairstreak butterfly at Browndown, Gosport. Not far away, at Hillhead, the uncommon bee Bombus soroeensis identified at Hillhead
12th June: Am early Ruddy Darter Dragonfly reported in a Gosport garden.
11th June: A mating pair of Currant Clearwing Moths seen in a Gosport garden.
9th June: A single Whimbrel still at Weston Shore.
9th June: A Scarce Chaser Dragonfly Libellula fulva seen at Cromarty Road, Lordshill - a new site.
9th June: Two bats (probably Pipistrelles) over a small Bitterne garden - the first for here.
8th June: The unusual white banded variety of Red-belted Clearwing Moth found at Botley Wood. Another unusual moth record on the same day was Cream-bordered Green Pea at Hillhead.
8th June: Robin nesting in a Buddliea bush in a small garden at Banister's Park.
8th June: Female Stag Beetle attracted to a compost bin in a Bitterne garden.
7th June: 38 species of moths including such delights as Blotched Emerald and Peach Bloosom seen at a moth lamp at Warsash Common.
6th June: The Longhorn Beetle Obrium brunneum recorded at Hillier's Arboretum. Also the hoverfly Volucella bombylans seen in a North Baddesley garden at about the same time.
6th June: An interesting spider Hyposinga pygmaeus (looks like a mint humbug) and the peculiar wood-boring wasp Hartigia linearis recorded in a survey at Warsash Common.
5th June: It's a very good year for Odonata and Diptera but poor for other insects. Large numbers of Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa emerging at Sparsholt and elsewhere.
4th June: A scarce hoverfly Platycheiris occultus recorded at a malaise trap at Titchfield Haven - a first for the area.
4th June: Short-horned Leatherbug Ceralaptus lividus found at Seafield Park, Stubbington. Both Meadow Brown and Large Skipper out at Funtley Meadow. The buttercup blooms here were very good for hoverflies here.
4th June: Red-eyed Damselfly seen at Swanwick Reserve. Also a report of Red-veined Darter in the Forest of Bere area.
29th May: Keeled Skimmer Draginfly out at Whiteley. Several hoverflies, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers seen here (in Lee Ground Copse). Also a Five-spot Burnet Moth - another later identified here appeared to the scarce Zygaena trifolii.
29th May: Small-bordered Fritillary butterfly out in the SW of the New Forest.
27th May: Tree Bumble Bee Bombus hypnorum recorded at Cromarty Road, Lord's Hill - this species now appears to be widespread.
27th May: 16 species of hoverfly recorded at Holly Hill Woodland Park including Sphegina elegans (at Wood Sanicle), Myolepta dubia (a scarce species previously reported there) and Epistrophe grossulariae. Also two interesting micro-moths Glyphipteryx forsterella and Adela rufimitrella.
27th May: In a survey at Holly Hill Woodland Park Eyed Longhorn Rhagium mordax and Alosterna tabacicolor seen on Hemlock Water Dropwort blooms. Lily Beetle Lilioceris lilli in an unusual habitat on Drooping Sedge.
25th May: House Martins surving in St Denys with nesting colonies on old houses around St Denys Road and Priory Road.
24th May: Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth reported in Whiteley Pastures area of Botley Wood.
24th May: Honey Buzzard seen over Botley Wood.
23rd May: Common Blue butterfly out at Southampton Old Cemetery. Also the micro-moth Adela fibulella (associated with Birdseye Speedwell) seen here.
22nd May: Discovery of the Spurge Bug Dicranocephalus medius on Wood Spurge at Crab Wood.
21st May: During a survey at Holly Hill Woodland Park the interesting click beetle Dentacollis linearis seen. Also interesting hoverflies here included Tropidia scita, Dasysyrphus venustus and Neoascia tenur.
21st May: Three specimens of the scarce Longhorn Beetle Agapanthia villosovirescens seen at Magdalen Hill Down near to Winchester.
21st May: Three specimens of the scarce Longhorn Beetle Agapanthia villosovirescens seen at Magdalen Hill Down near to Winchester.
20th May: Record of a Water Ladybird at Titchfield Abbey.
19th May: Tree Bumble Bee Bombus hypnorum seen in a garden at Coates Road, Sholing.
18th May: 3 Brown Hares and a pair of Grey Partridge reported in the Dundridge area.
18th May: Small Copper and an interesting hoverfly Brachypalpoides lentus recorded at Titchfield Haven.
18th May: Hoverflies Eristalis pertinax and Melanostomma scalare identified in a garden at North Baddesley.
18th May: 8 species of hoverfly seen on Field Meeting at Whiteley Pastures including Parhelophilus frutetorum, Dasysyrphus venustus and Xylota abiens. Longhorn beetles seen included Pachytoda cerambyciformis, Stenocorus meridianus and Alosterna tabacicolor.
18th May: The hoverflies Melanostomma scalare and Eristalis pertinax recorded in a garden at North Baddesley.
16th May: Pine Hawkmoth and Least Black Arches were new species at a garden moth lamp at Holbury.
15th May: Black-headed Cardinal Beetle and Eyed Longhorn Beetle active at Funtley Meadow, near Fareham. A Snake Fly Raphidia notata beaten off Oak here. The hoverfly Platycheiris clypeatus abundant at the flowering heads of Meadoiw Foxtail grass here.
14th May: Knobbed Shieldbug Podops inunctus and a colony of the flower beetle Malachius viridis found in a survey at Seafield Park, Stubbington.
14th May: Pearl-bordered Fritillary out in the New Forest east of Brockenhurst.
13th May: A dead Otter seen on a main road near Bishops Waltham.
12th May: Two Nightingales heard near the entrance to Whiteley Pastures.
11th May: Rose Chafer active in Poundhill Inclosure in the New Forest. Also Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly out at Highland Water.
11th May: Nightjar has arrived at West Walk, Forest of Bere and Woodlarks still in this area. There are still lingering Brent Geese at Weston Shore.
11th May: Very large numbers of caterpillars of moths on oak trees on Southampton Common. Also a 'plague' of click beetles, probably the species Athous haemorrhoidale.
9th May: 28 species of moths seen at a moth lamp at Funtley Meadow including Pale Pinion and several Scorched Carpet. Large numbers of the Yellow Slug Limax flavus and the odd False Black Widow Spider Steatodea nobilis on oak trunks here.
9th May: Reprts of the Tree Bumble Bee Bombus hypnorum at Hillhead and Stubbington on various dates in May.
8th May: Hairy Dragonfly is out at Titchfield Haven with sightings further up the Meon valley as far as Titchfield Abbey. Further sightings to 12th May.
8th May: House Martins have arrived and are nesting in the main building of Sparsholt College - the colony is over 100 strong and is apparently the second largest in England!
6th May: Report of two albino Blackbird chicks in a nest in Gosport.
4th May: A Water vole and a Fox seen on the Dawn Chorus walk at Woodmill Salmon Pools. Also there species of moths in two light traps set up there including Chocolate-tip and Orange Footman.
3rd May: A report of a Serin at Stokes Bay, Gosport. Also a Corn Bunting recorded in the Hoe Cross area of the Forest of Bere - this is an increasingly uncommon farmland bird.
2nd May: A pair of Linnets on Peartree Green. Also quite alot of Holly Blue butterflies here and around Bitterne today.
1st May: A jet-black young rabbit seen on the verge of the Stockbridge Road near Sparsholt.
1st May: Grizzled Skipper out at Magdalen Hill Down.
28th April: First report of Swift over Southampton - a single bird seen over Harefield.
27th April: An unusual cranefly seen and photographed at Burley Outer Rails Inclosure. Provisionally identified as Ctenophora flaveolata.
27th April: Wood Warbler, Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit and Wheatear all recorded at various locatiions in the New Forest.
26th April: Cuckoo seen and heard near Netherhill Farm at Durley.
25th April: A count of 38 Whimbrel seen at Weston Shore. They later flew off up the Itchen. Later one was seen at Chessel Bay on 28th April.
22nd April: Whitethroats widespread - seen at Warsash Common, Seafield Park and Peartree Green.
22nd April: Pied Shieldbug and Holly Blue butterfly seen at Warsash Common. The latter also at Seafield Park, Stubbington and at Peartree Green on 23rd.
22nd April: Pine Ladybird seen at West Quay in Southampton - an unusual urban location.
21st April: Report of Green-winged Teal at Warsash but I have no further details.
20th April: Probable Green-viened White at Stoke Park Wood. Small White also widely reported recently.
20th April: Variety plumata of the Bee Hoverfly Volucella bombylans recorded at Stoke Park Wood. Several common hoverflies recorded in Fareham district including Dasysyrphus albostriatus at Warsash Common and Epistrophe eligans and Melanostoma scalare at Holly Hill.
20th April: Cuckoo heard at Pigbush - my first report this year. Redstarts have also arrived in the New Forest.
14th April: Juniper Shieldbug, Heather Ladybird and the micro-ladybird Scymnus femoralis beaten out of cypresses at Seafield Park, Stubbington.
14th April: A Med Gull seen at Seafield Park, Stubbington and it was pleasing to hear Linnets singing here.
10th April: A fresh Green Hairstreak butterfly seen at Magdalen Hill Down - Original Reserve.
9th April: A Red-eared Terrapin seen on the north shore of the southernmost lake at Lakeside Park, Eastleigh.
5th April: Willow Warbler and Redstart have both arrived in the New Forest - Mark ash Wood and the Burley area respectively. Firecrests singing at several sites in the New Forest since 15th March.
5th April: Two Swallows seen at Mill Lane, Nursling.
4th April: First report of Willow Warbler - singing at Itchen Valley Country Park.
4th April: A good day for butterflies as Orange Tip appeared at Itchen Valley Country Park and both Holly Blue and Speckled Wood seen at Southampton Old Cemetery.
2nd April: Speckled Wood and Large White butterflies in central Bitterne garden. Also Small White at St Denys.
2nd April: A Nuthatch using a nestbox, and applying mud around the hole, in a Bassett garden.
31st March: A young Hedgehog that was hibernating in a garden at Silverdale Road, Banisters Park emerged from its slumber today.
31st March: Another record of the new colonist - the Girdled Snail Hygromia cinctella in Southampton - this was at Ampthill Road, Shirley.
30th March: A mating pair of Pine Ladybird in central Bitterne - also Harlequin Ladybirds are now widespread.
29th March: Bee Fly Bombylius major has appeared - seen in Southampton Old Cemetery.
27th March: Report of Brimstone butterfly in a Bassett garden - there was a belated earlier report at the same site on 15th March.
23rd March: A Sand Martin seen at Lord's Hill today.
19th March: Both Cetti's Warbler and Chiffchaff heard singing north of Bishopstoke Recreation Ground.
18th March: A report of a Red-crested Pochard (status uncertain) and two Roe Deer at Riverside Park near to Woodmill.
9th March: Two Goosanders reported at Weston Shore - they are unusual here.
7th March: A black variety of Adder seen at Pennington.
5th March: A Pill Beetle Byrrhus pilula active in the woods east of the Rufus Stone (Canterton Glen).
1st March: A Chiffchaff singing at Windy Bay, Northam - first of the year.
27th February: A Wood Duck , presumably an escape, and two Teals at Apple Dumpling Bridge near Carter's Copse in the Alver valley of Gosport.
24th February: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming plus Woodlark singing at various location sin the New Forest. A Song Thrush singing and mimicing Crow, Buzzard and Curlew at Acres Down.
23rd February: A male Brambling was a first for a garden at Liddell Way, Chandler's Ford. Bramblings also reported in a garden at Hythe all month. Also Bramblings in a garden at Ashdown Close, Chandler's Ford.
20th February: Two Common (Harbour) Seals at Weston Shore today and Long-tailed Duck still there.
20th February: An adult winter Red-throated Diver seen at Windy Bay, Northam.
20th February: A Ruddy Shelduck and 3 Spotted Redshanks seen at Needs Ore Reserve.
17th February: Great Grey Shrike reported at Soarley Beeches in the New Forest.
17th February: A Common (Harbour) Seal at Weston Shore and a Long-tailed Duck reported off Weston Shore for the last week or so.
13th February: Two different Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers heard drumming in the Durley area.
13th February: Marmalade Fly (a hoverfly) Episyrphus balteatus and Black Ant Lasius niger active in the Curdridge area.
12th February: Reed Bunting singing at Bunny Meadows, Warsash. A single Greenshank seen here too.
12th February: Heather Ladybird landed on a white car at Russell Place, Portswood. Another Harlequin Ladybird out at Warsash.
11th February: Harlequin Ladybird out of hibernation at Campbell Road in Eastleigh.
10th February: Hawfinch singing and calling Goshawk reported in the central New Forest.
10th February: Peacock and Brimstone butterflies flying in Great Linford Inclosure in the New Forest.
8th February: A very early Small White butterfly seen on blackthorn in the Shirley valley near Southampton General Hospital. Also 2 Red Admiral in the area.
6th February: A Redwing seen at Freemantle Common in Bitterne and a Buzzard (possibly the regular Sholing bird) at Hum Hole, also in Bitterne.
6th February: Early Bumble Bee Bombus pratorum on winter flowering heathers at Harefield, also Drone Fly and Honey Bee there. Buff-tailed Bumble Bees Bombus terrestris out in force elsewhere.
2nd February: Great Grey Shrike and female Hen Harrier seen at Markway on the Field Meeting and male Hen Harrier reported at Shatterford on the same day.
2nd February: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming in SW of the New Forest.
28th January: Brambling reported at Sloden in the New Forest.
26th January: A partial albino Crow at Woolston Sailing Club. A Buzzard (regular this winter) in the lower Sholing valley. An escaped parrot of unknown species but not a 'lovebird' (since at least November) in the Botany Bay area of Sholing.
26th January: Slavonian Grebe and two Red-breasted Merganser off Weston Shore. Over 100 Carrion Crows there too.
26th January: Two Red Admiral butterflies in St Mary's Extra Cemetery in Sholing and one at Mayfield Park.
25th January: A very early Painted lady butterfly seen in a Gosport garden.
24th January: Common (Harbour) Seal reported to be back on the River Itchen at St Denys.
24th January: Red Admiral butterfly seen in the grounds of Southampton General Hospital
22nd January: Report of Tortoiseshell butterfly in the Gosport area today.
22nd January: A butterfly, probably a Red Admiral seen flying in front of advertising boards at West Quay, Southampton.
20th January: A report of two Ravens over Rownhams today.
17th January: A Spring Usher Moth active in the daytime at Langley awaood on the Wiltshire border.
13th January: The Great Northern Diver has returned to Testwood Lakes. Although it was missing last year so it could be a different in dividual.
9th January: Drone Fly Eristalis sp. active in Southampton Old Cemetery. Alot of Harlequin Ladybird pupae on the trunks of small Sycamore trees there - they certainly favour this tree.
9th January: 3 Harlequin Ladybirds active in the Shirley Valley and 3 more hibernating in a post with Orange Ladybird there.
9th January: A Long-tailed Duck seen at Goateee Beach, Eling.
6th January: Great Northern Diver seen off Weston Shore today.
5th January: The Purse-web Spider Pisaura mirabilis active at Southampton Old Cemetery.
5th January: The Black Swan seen again at Windy Bay, Northam and it was accompanied by two Mute Swans.