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Peter Stoppard
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Hi,I'm Peter, an avid birdwatcher from Dronfield, Derbyshire. I've been interested in birds and wildlife most of my life and have been actively watching and recording birds at Linacre Reservoirs in North East Derbyshire for the last 7 years. As well as recording the wildlife at Linacre, I have recently begun training to ring wild birds with the British Trust for Ornithology.
Hi,I'm Peter, an avid birdwatcher from Dronfield, Derbyshire. I've been interested in birds and wildlife most of my life and have been actively watching and recording birds at Linacre Reservoirs in North East Derbyshire for the last 7 years. As well as recording the wildlife at Linacre, I have recently begun training to ring wild birds with the British Trust for Ornithology.

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Linacre- 1st September 2017
The sun was out this morning, so I decided to have a few hours down at Linacre. There were 6 species of butterfly on the wing, 3 dragonflies and 1 damselfly species. The butterflies seen were: Speckled Wood (5), Peacock (5), Red Admiral (2), Large White (1)...

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Dragonfly and Butterfly News
Over the summer period I like to get out and about recording dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies. Recently I've added a few new species. The first new insects were spotted last week on a walk around Cupola Ponds, Stanedge. Emerald Damselflies were very...

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Year List Update - 15th August 2017
I haven't updated the "year list" for the last 2 weeks, despite seeing a few new species. The first one to add to the list is a great species that I don't see every year; Chough . Jayne and I had a walk along the clifftop at the National Trust's Kynance Cov...

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Mute Swan Ringing
Last year I became aware that one of Sorby Breck Ringing Group's members was the founder of the Yorkshire Swan Rescue Hospital . I also found out that he rings Mute Swan in and around Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Unfortunately I couldn't get out with him this ...

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Ringing Success
After a couple of months break, we ( Sorby Breck Ringing Group ) were back down at Linacre this morning for a ringing session. As the title suggests, we had a very successful morning, with 72 birds of 10 species caught and ringed. All the birds, bar two, we...

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Linacre Insects
I've had a couple of sessions down at Linacre this week looking at the insect life. Butterflies were well represented with Red Admiral (6+ in the ringing area), Peacock (8 in the ringing area), Meadow Brown (2), Gatekeeper (2), Speckled Wood (1), Comma (2),...

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Linacre - 7th August 2017
It's been just over a month since I last blogged about Linacre Reservoirs here, so, after a 3 hour visit on Monday, I thought I'd better post something! The trip started off in grey, windy, overcast conditions, which meant there weren't too many insects abo...

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French-ringed Reed Warbler
Yesterday I was out for my first ringing session in a while at Poolsbrook Marsh, with 5 other members of Sorby Breck Ringing Group . We arrived on site at 5.00am, got the nets out and started to catch some birds. By the end of the morning's session we had c...

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RSPB Ryan's Field and Hayle Estuary
Every time we're down in Cornwall Jayne and I like to pay a visit to  the RSPB reserve at Hayle Estuary and nearby Ryan's Field. We popped down on Monday for about an hour to see what was about. First stop was the enormous, open-fronted hide on Ryan's Field...
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