A plant new to me was Red Bartsia.
Orthoptera found were:
- Meadow Grasshopper
- Rufous Grasshopper - picture here http://www.flickr.com/photos/11518091@N00/4891603534/
- Long-winged Conehead
- Roesel's Bush Cricket
- Oak Bush Cricket
- Dark Bush Cricket
- Speckled Bush Cricket
- and Common Groundhopper by the 'Isle of Wight' pond
I found a Cryptocephalus beetle on a Thistle flower head, which is being looked at by an expert. He says that if it's C.aureolus, there is just a single record in 1944. If it's one of the other species, it will be a new addition to the site list.
Sarah Barnes, Tristan Bantock and Mick Massie sweep Willow succesion in wet mud around the 'Isle of Wight' pond
This pond contained a large amount of Bogbean, and in the mud had the troublesome alien invader Crassula helmsii (pictured above)
Woundwort Shieldbug and a nymph of the Shieldbug Troilus luridus were shown to me by other participants. A Great Crested Newt was found under arock, and various dead wood specialist insects under the bark of felled Oak.
The target at Wisley was Wood Cricket (Nemobius sylvestris) - only found in a handful of places in the country. In a stroke of 'beginner's luck' I found the species almost as soon as we'd come out of the car park, through some trees and onto the open heath. Picture by field trip leader Sarah Barnes here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11518091@N00/4891655570/
Besides the Heather, Erica tetralix was also in bloom.