As I mentioned in my previous post about the new ‘Nature Friendly Zone’ created by Wolverhampton Council at the back of my house, I’ve started recording the wildlife that I see there. Here are the lists so far… In 2016 I’m going to ‘patch list’ the site properly, but I think it’s promising!
Grasses, Sedges & Rushes (13)
Yorkshire Fog Cock’s Foot False Oat Grass Timothy Grass Common Bent Smooth Meadow Grass Common Couch Crested Dog’s Tail Marsh Foxtail Perennial Rye Grass Creeping Bent Sharp-Flowered Rush
Flowering Plants (26)
Broad-Leaved Dock Dandelion Common Knapweed Ragwort Meadow Buttercup Red Clover White Clover Self-heal Spear Thistle Wild Carrot Yarrow Common Mouse Ear Creeping Thistle Creeping Buttercup Creeping Cinquefoil Bush Vetch Cat’s Ear Bird’s Foot Trefoil Daisy Ribwort Plantain Greater Plantain Black Medick Ox Eye Daisy Lady’s Bedstraw Silverweed Autumn Hawkbit
Hornet Mimic Hoverfly Common Soldier Beetle 7-spot Ladybird A Leaf Cutter Bee A Mining Bee Small Tortoiseshell Ringlet Large Skipper Gatekeeper Red Tailed Bumblebee Early Bumblebee Buff Tailed Bumblebee Small Skipper 6-Spot Burnet Moth Tree Bumblebee Meadow Brown O. lurida (A flower beetle) Vestal Cuckoo Bee
(My ‘best find’ so far is the Hornet Mimic – an amazing species that I unfortunately didn’t manage to photograph – you can see it pictured at the top of the page – taken on the Wyrley and Essington Canal in 2014.)
Red Fox Sparrowhawk Blackbird Magpie Wood Pigeon