DALS WILDLIFE SITE { WILDLIFE OF NORTHERN ENGLAND}

WILDLIFE OF NORTHERN ENGLAND

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INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

The countryside of northern England offers a diverse assemblage of habitat, from coastal plains,including salt marshes and mudbanks,estuaries,rivers,rolling meadows, moorland,heath land,woodlands, mountains and lakes.

Some of the finest scenery in England can be encountered in the Lake District situated in the county of Cumbria, the birth place of William Wordsworth. Other famous names associated with the region are Beatrix Potter and Donald Cambell.

The main arterial route to the lakes is via the M6 motorway. When traveling from the south the motorway passes other jewel locations as far as the naturalists concerned, one such area is Morecambe Bay, well known to bird enthusiasts where they are able to observe hundreds and thousands of waders that congregate on this magnificent feeding ground which is of international importance.

Just to the south of this region is the Forest of Bowland another area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sadly this region is often past by as travelers motor on towards the Lake District, such travelers miss out on some of the finest scenery the county of Lancashire has to offer. 

North west England plays host to the Sefton Coast the Ribble Estuary, the Fylde Coast and many more hidden gems. To the east of the Pennines the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the north Yorkshire Moors and further north the beauty that the county of Northumberland has to offer. To the south the fertile county of Cheshire offers a plethora of wildlife.

Here on this site I will share the beauty that nature has to offer.  Conservation issues and updates will be published as they occur.

The work on this site is ongoing and any additional work will be published on completion.

The photographs, unless otherwise stated are my own work

 

 

The site  content

The site currently contains { 300+ } pages on a diverse variety of subjects which includes wild flora, birds, invertebrates, mammals, habitat and conservation issues and updates. Pages and subjects are being added on a weekly basis.  See Bondy's Wildlife Images Click on the relevant content banner on the top of the page Photo Gallery.

Teaching Children about nature  2014

This work is on going, but I am putting together a series of pages that will help children to understand nature better. I hope these pages also inspire teachers of young children to use them for that purpose. The first in this series ' Teaching kids about nature' will feature Mammal Coloration. In the second I will review the characteristics of common British birds, looking at shape, wings,beaks,feeding etc. 

Existing articles for children include-Children getting to know butterflies. Children get to know Trees. 

Teaching children about nature-1 { The importance of animal colouration} 

Children-nature-2 { A look at the characteristics of some common British birds} 

Children nature -3 { British birds food and feeding} 

Children nature-4 { British birds, nest, eggs and young} 

Children nature-5-{ The first page looking at insects-the earwig} 

Children nature-6 { The cabbage white butterfly-life-cycle }

Children nature-7 { wasp -biology of the wasp}

Children nature-8 { wasp life style and nest of this common insect} 

Children nature-9 {looking at the leaf miners} 

Children nature-10 {looking at the basic biology of beetles} 

Children nature-11 {looking at beetle species} 

Children/Nature-12  { looking at mining bee

Leaf cutter bees children/nature -13 }looking at these fascinating creatures

Children /nature 14 { looking at insect eggs} 

THE FOLLOWING WALKS--Are designed to educate children about nature and are told in story form----- 

Children nature walks -1 April. looking at the things children can see and do during April. 

Children nature walk-2 May part 1--a look at sticklebacks and other water creatures 

Children nature walk- May part two--a look at more water creatures featuring the leech. 

Children nature walk -May part three-- On this walk we meet the Reed Warbler, the Cuckoo and some wild plants. 

Children Nature walk-May part four. A look at trout,May and Dragon flies, and flora.

Children Nature Walk-June part -1

Children Nature Walk-June part-2 

Children Nature Walk -June-3 

Children nature walk -June -4 

Children nature walk-July -1 

Children nature walk-July -2

Children nature walk-July-3 

Children nature walk July-4 

Children nature walk-Oct-1 

Children nature walk -Oct-2 

Click on the relevant content banner on the top of the of page, 

Other sites promoted.

It is the intention of this site to promote other sites that are involved with wildlife and conservation. The content banners on the right of the page will reveal the page where the site is reviewed.  For example THE MAMMAL SOCIETY. BUGLIFE. THE BTO,  Vincent Wildlife Trust etc. The sites of individual organisations can be accessed via the Links banner.

If you would like a page about your organisation published on this site with a link to your home page please contact me via--dalswildlifesite@gmail.com.

All local groups from the north of England,such as The North East Branch, The Yorkshire Branch and the Lancashire branch of the Butterfly Conservation Trust, the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and the Lancaster Bird watchers Club, are welcome links on this site . This gives the site visitor a greater knowledge base concerning the wildlife of northern England.

The Links banner  will also give access to other sites such as fl.bestpicturesof.com which is an excellent site for nature photography. { Nature Images}

THE SITE AT A GLANCE BY  GROUPS. To view individual subjects click on the content banners at the top of this page and scroll down to view.

                                                    WILD FLORA

Lesser celandine, Cow parsley, Wood aven, Nettle, Arum lily, Hogweed, Angelica, Dandelion, Comfrey, Self heal, Marsh marigold, Wood anemone, Bugle, Hedge woundwort, Two common plantains, Pinks, three common buttercups, Wood sorrel, Three common mints, Yarrow and Sneezewort, The willowherbs, Knapweed, Mugwort. Burdock Rumex genus-1 {broad leaved dock and the common sorrel} The Mistletoe. The Giant Hogweed. Feverfew. Herb robert. White dead nettle. Snowdrop. Groundsel. Cleavers/Goosegrass. Ground Elder/Goutweed. Blackberry/bramblebush. Cuckoo flower/Milkmaids. Lady's mantle. Bistort. Ground Ivy, Chickweed, Agrimony, Fennel, Common Ivy. Yellow rattle and hay meadow[ via Links banner],Orchids, Marsh and bee orchids. Shepherd's needle. Grasses-1 common grasses. The Fools parsley. Water hemlock. The common Dill. Ferns -1 Bracken. Silverweed. Grasses -2-- Spreading Millet. Agricultural grasses -1 A history of Agricultural grasses in the UK. Agricultural grasses-2 a look at the species. Ornamental grasses {featuring the Pampas grass}

Asteracea /Compositae plants

Ranunculaceae-featuring the Monkshood. 

Poisonous plants -1 The foxglove.

Poisonous plants  2 Hemlock 

Poisonous plants-3 Hemlock water-dropwort.

Flora ID-1 features marginal plants

Flora ID -2 features Colt's foot, Lesser celandine, Cow parsley, Red campion, White campion and Stitchwort.

Flora ID -3 Cowslip, Wild garlic, Hedge wound wort, White dead nettle

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As of January 2018 there are over 130 species of wild flowers that feature on this site and these are added too on a monthly basis. Click on the relevant content banner above and scroll down to view.

 

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                                                      TREES

Oak, Hawthorn,, Alder, Elder, Rowan, Poplar, Silverbirch, Hazel, Beech, Holly tree, Guelder rose ,Broom, The Small leaved lime, The Evergreen Holm Oak.  Hornbeam. Plane trees. Yew tree. Larch. Lancaster whitebeam. Blackthorn. Sweet chestnut. Sycamore and maples.

Recognising winter trees

Tree flowers

Tree blossoms.

Tree myths and legends 

Sweet chestnut via Links banner.

Know tree leaves-1 oaks,recognizing trees by their foliage,a look at the two common species in the UK. 

Know tree leaves-2 Elms, recognizing trees by their foliage, a look at the elm tree.Detailed description/images. 

Know Tree leaves -3 Lime,recognizing trees by their foliage ,a look at lime trees.Detailed description/images.

Know Tree leaves-4 Beech -a look at the foliage of beech detailed description and images

Know tree leaves-5 Poplars and aspen-a look at the foliage of these trees, detailed description and  images

As of January 2018  there are 24 species of Trees that feature on this site. These will be added too in the coming months. Click on the relevant content banner above and scroll down to view.

 

                                                    MAMMALS

The Brown hare, American mink, Water vole, Brown long eared bat, Wood mouse, Red, Grey squirrels, Grey squirrel, Bank vole,Brown rat, The Stoat.The Weasel. The Pine marten. The Red Fox. Loveable Rabbits. The Harvest mouse.The fecund field vole, Bats biology. Hedgehog.the European badger. Deer-1 Red deer. Fallow deer.

Carnivores. 

 

                                              INVERTEBRATES

Tree bees, Hoverflies, Shied bugs, Dung beetles, Butterfly conservation, Butterfly red list, Lady birds, Bumble bees, Northern brown Argus {Eden Valley species} Lepidoptra butterflies. Magpie Moth. Froghopper/cuckoo spit. Ants. Weevils-hazelnut weevil. The humming bird hawk moth. The stag beetle. Four common moths/UK. Daddy long legs the crane fly.Earwig {kids nature-5} Dragonflies and Damselflies. A look at moths. Cabbage white butterfly life-cycle {Kids nature 6}

Wasp biology {Kids nature-7}. Wasp life style and nest {Kids nature -8}.

Children nature-9 Looking at the lifestyle of leaf miners  children nature-10 basic biology of beetles. Children nature -11 looking at beetle species in the UK.

Metamorphosis-1 a look at this fascinating subject .

metamorphosis-2 a look at viviparous insects 

Insect mimicry-a look at how some insects imitate others for survival 

Alder and Scorpion flies. 

Scorpion and May flies. 

Article--An in depth look at the humble earthworm { via Links} Click on the the links banner. scroll down to relevant box . Click this is a direct link to the article. The study of spiders and their habits { via Links} Click on the links banner. Scroll down to relevant box. Click this is a direct link to the article.

Article-The plight of bees a threat to world food [Via the Links banner} 

Article -The History of the honey bee. {via Links Banner} 

 

                                                        BIRDS

Include  Click on the content banners at the top of the page and scroll down to view. 

Jackdaw, Wood pigeon, Pheasant, Partridge, Song thrush, Dunnock, Magpie, Canada Goose, Greenfinch, Yellow wagtail, Collared dove, Coots and Moorhens, Goldfinch and Chaffinch, House sparrow, Barn owl, Swift, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Cuckoos blog, Tawny owl. Nuthatch,Green woodpecker, The Robin, Mistle thrush, Greater spotted woodpecker, Willow warbler-Wood warbler, Osprey, Sandpiper, Goshawk, Oyster catcher,Peregrine falcon, Terns/common and Arctic, The Starling, Short eared owl, Merlin, Common Buzzard, Mallard. Rapacious birds and owls. The cuckoo. The Carduelis genus featuring the siskin. Crow family -Corvidae, featuring the Raven. Avocet.Carrion crow, Bearded tit.Bitterns in the UK. Hirundines, Swallows and martins. The exotic jay.   Ring ouzel. The Sparrowhawk. The wren a dapper little bird.  The Kingfisher.

Anatidae-1 Ducks 

Anatidae-2 Geese

Anatidae-3 Swans 

Hen Harrier conservation 

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There are currently over 75 species of birds that feature on this site.  More will be added during the coming months.

 

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                                                      ARTICLES 

 The countryside in summer, February the gateway of the year, Natures pharmacy, Hidden gems series.  Dean Wood,   Abbey Lakes, Bolton Abbey, , Beacon Country park.

                                                    GARDENS AND GARDENERS

Via the Links banner. There are many interesting articles  and pages on gardening tips , Garden resources and much more. Click on the Links banner on the right hand side of this page. Scroll down to the relevant boxes.

                                                    HABITAT

Hedgerows, Meadows and Dry stone Walls, Arable field margins. Native broad-leaved woodland. Eden Valley. Upland oak woodland. Rivers/wildlife. Mountain and hills Floodplain meadows.

 

Scientific names A --explained Plants and birds whose common name  begins with A

Scientific names explained plants and birds whose common name starts with B 

Scientific names explained ,plants and birds whose common name begins with C

Scientific names explained ,the pages are in an A-Z format click on the relevant content banner on the right hand side of this page.

 

 

 

                                        AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES

Great Crested Newt,  Adder Conservation. Slow-worm. Natterjack toad. Palmate newt. Common Lizard,. Batrachia frogs and their allies. Snakes & the Grass snake

 

                                                   FISH---

Perch, Pike. The challenging carp. A fishy lesson or a study in fish {via Links banner} Barbel.Sticklebacks. Roach and Dace. Fish-Ruffe /pope. The Tench Sea fish/cod

 

                                          OTHER ORGANISATIONS.

PAGES ABOUT ----------The Woodland Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, The BTO, Bird watchers, Butterfly Conservation Society. British Wasp Bees and Ants Recording Society, The Britsh Entomology and Natural History Society, Merseyside Naturalists' Association, West Lancashire Countryside Ranger Service. Mammal Society. Buglife Invertebrate Conservation, Butterfly Conservation Lancashire. Soil Association. Introducing the ARGSL. Introducing the Ormskirk Beekeepers Association

                                        The list above will be added to as pages are produced.  

 

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Cuckoo flowers in spring time.

Dal at hubpages

There are over 200 Articles on this site which may well be of further interest to visitors. I have been a contributor to that site for over 3 years.. Click on the Links banner at the top of this page. Scroll down to Dal on hubpages. Click this is a direct link to the profile page.

 

Red fox cubs one of the most delightful sights in the countryside

Peregrine Falcon

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