Wildlife Photos and Recordings

This page contains wildlife sightings and recordings from members and visitors. Contributions are welcome.  Please email photos and descriptions from your visit to: friendsofcammo@yahoo.co.uk.

Contents

July 2021          Butterflies and Moths by Dorothy Lyle
July 2021          The Edinburgh Birdwatcher by Euan Buchan

July 2021          Midsummer Miracle by Esther Davidson
June 2021         Damselflies by John Kerr
May 2021          Buzzard by Bruce Watson
May 2021          Birdlife by Elise Richards 
May 2021          Insects by Dorothy Lyle 

May 2021          The Edinburgh Birdwatcher Blog by Euan Buchan
April 2021         Birdlife by Linda Monteith
April 2021         Birdlife by John Kerr
April 2021         Birdlife by Elise Richards
March 2021      Jays by Linda Monteith
March 2021       Cammo birdlife by John Kerr
January 2021    Cammo Bats by Karen Edwards, David Kyles and Graham Checkley       
December '20   The Edinburgh Birdwatcher December Blog by Euan Buchan
December '20   Fungi by Lynn & Keith Youngs
Various '20       Wildlife photos by Dorothy Lyle
December '20   Birds by Lynn & Keith Youngs
November '20   The Edinburgh Birdwatcher November Blog by Euan Buchan
August 2020     The Edinburgh Birdwatcher August Blog by Euan Buchan     
July 2020          A Stoat, Swallows and San Martins by Linda Monteith
July 2020          Wildlife photos by Linda Monteith
July 2020          Wildlife photos from Dorothy Lyle
July 2020          The Edinburgh Birdwatcher July Blog by Euan Buchan
June 2020         Barn Owls at Cammo by Linda Monteith
May / June        Wildlife photos by Lynn and Keith Youngs 
May / June        Species listing by Lynn and Keith Youngs
June 2020         Wildlife photos by Dorothy Lyle
June 2020         The Edinburgh Birdwatcher June Blog by Euan Buchan
May 2020          The Bughtlin Burn.  An article by Wilma Harper
May 2020          Birds from Cammo and nearby by Linda Monteith
May 2020          Wild Flowers from Cammo and nearby by Linda Monteith
April 2020          List of species seen in Cammo by Nick Benge
Various dates    A selection of fungi at Cammo taken by Barbra McEwan
May 2019          Insects, Moths and Butterflies taken by Dorothy Lyle

July 2021 - Butterflies and Moths by Dorothy Lyle

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Small Copper Butterfly

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Small Skipper Butterfly. Small Skippers have been extending their range northwards in recent years and have at last reached Cammo. They were spotted earlier this month and can be seen in several places nectaring on Meadow Thistle. Dorothy took this photo in Home Field.

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Sallow Kitten

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July 2021 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher by Euan Buchan

 

July 2021 - Midsummer Miracle by Esther Davidson

On Midsummer morning I stepped out into the back garden to dispose of some kitchen waste in the compost bin. On lifting the lid, much to my surprise, I was accosted by 10 – 15 bees which drifted out from inside.  Swarms of fruit flies are commonplace, but not honey bees.  Having delivered the waste to the bin, rather bemusedly, I replaced the compost bin lid and took the dog out for a walk. We were out all morning, it being a beautiful day, sunny and hot. On approaching the back garden to collect in the washing I immediately became aware of a vibrant hum. On opening the door the hum was insistent, deep and intense and the garden was full of hundreds of buzzing honey bees. It was exhilarating standing in the middle of all these tiny creatures all intent on descent to my compost bin which was swarming with them as they landed and found their way in through the air vents below the lid. I decided it might not be advisable to take in the washing at that present moment, so went back indoors firmly closing it behind me.

Safely indoors I phoned my beekeeper friend Rachel who promised to come round later to collect the swarm.  It did not take the swarm long to fill the bin, so I pulled up a chair in the garden with a cool drink and soaked in the experience. Bees dancing instructions to each other and tumbling in and flying out of the vents. I was beginning to feel rather proprietorial, the bees having chosen my garden after all.  I spent the best part of the afternoon watching them and wondering if I could possibly keep them in my compost bin.  I was uncertain as to how my neighbours would take to the idea! It felt to me that the bees had chosen my garden and my compost bin to make their new home.  I felt very privileged.

 

When Rachel arrived that evening, she brought with her a ‘nuc’, a kind of travelling box/hive for bees.  It was vital to catch the Queen bee in the nuc so that the swarm would follow.  However we were unable to identify the Queen, so were uncertain if she was in the nuc or still in the compost bin! We decided to leave the nuc in the compost bin overnight in the hope that the bees would fill it if the Queen was already there.

 

Early the following morning, the first thing I did was run out into the garden to check on the bees.  There was absolutely no activity around the compost bin, and, alarmingly, on raising the lid, there were no bees in the compost bin, but the nuc was full and there was absolutely no sign of movement at all.  Not what one expects of a hive of bees! I was completely horrified, thinking we had managed to kill them all. I immediately contacted Rachel, devastated at the realisation of what had transpired.

 

I took the dog out for a walk. On arriving home at lunchtime, imagine my relief on finding bees flitting in and out of the compost bin quite contentedly.  They were not dead but had only been asleep. I never for a moment imagined that a whole colony of bees could be completely still as they had been in the early morning when I had approached, fast asleep. I was greatly relieved and thrilled to find them happily going about their business.

 

When Rachel arrived again that evening, when foraging was over for the day, they were all silent and still in the nuc.  Gently Rachel laid a ‘super’ over the nuc, filled with sugar and water for the bees to feed on whilst in transportation, and applied the lid securely. They would have to stay in the nuc for at least three days, or they would fly back to where they came from – the compost bin! My bees have now been ensconced in their new hive in Cammo.

 

You too can visit them there, where there are several hives in the north east corner of the walled garden.  I am sure they will be content in their new home where I can keep an eye on them and look forward to honey in the autumn.  I felt very blessed by my visitation with the bees on midsummer’s day, a Midsummer Miracle.

Esther Davidson

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June 2021 - Damselflies by John Kerr

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Newly emerged adult - species unknown

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Azure Damselfly

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Azure Damselfly

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Large Red Damselfly

 

May 2021 - Buzzard by Bruce Watson

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May 2021 - Birdlife by Elise Richards

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Female
Goosander

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Moorhen and chicks

 

May 2021 - Insects by Dorothy Lyle

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Glyphypterix simpliciella

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Eristalis pertinax

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Gorse Shieldbug

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Clay-coloured Weevil

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14-spot Ladybird

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Lacewing sp

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Cydia ulicetana

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Adela reamurella

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Ruby Tiger Moth

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Mayfly sp

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St Mark's Fly

 

April 2021 - Birdlife by John Kerr

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Coal Tit

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Nuthatch

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Great Tit

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Moorhen

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Goldfinch

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Curlew in fields along the River Almond

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Buzzard

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Jays

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Long-tailed Tit

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Hedge Sparrow

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Grey Wagtail

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Magpie

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Hedge Sparrow

 

April 2021 - Birdlife by Linda Monteith

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Chiffchaff

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Blackcap

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Jay

 

May 2021 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher Blog by Euan Buchan

 

April 2021 - Birdlife by Elise Richards

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Male Chaffinch

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Goldfinch

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Moorhen

 

Female Chaffinch

March 2021 - Jays by Linda Monteith

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Bullfinch

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Jay

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Treecreeper

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Great Spotted Woodpecker

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Nuthatch

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Blue Tit

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Treecreeper

 

March 2021 - Cammo birdlife by John Kerr

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January 2021 - Cammo Bats by Karen Edwards, David Kyles and Graham Checkley

Cammo is home to a diverse range of wildlife as evidenced by the many sightings reported and photographs submitted to this web page. In September 2020 a survey was carried out by David Kyles, City of Edinburgh Council Natural Heritage Officer and Graham Checkley, Mammal Recorder for South East Scotland, to assess the health of the bat population in Cammo Park.

Over the course of the week beginning 15th September the echolocation sounds of bats were recorded and analysed with the following results. In terms of species, there was evidence of Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, and a Myotis species, probably Daubenton's, using Cammo.  There was also a single recording of a Nathusius Pipistrelle, great to get but it was probably on migration.

In comparison to similar sites bat activity is in the upper 50%, so very respectable.  There are places that are busier, but they have open water of an extent and associated insect productivity that make it worthwhile for bats to commute a long way to get there; Duddingston Loch is a good local example.  However, where Cammo really scores is the timing of the bat activity.  There are bats active by the canal very close to sunset and sunrise, suggesting an immediately adjacent bat roost. This is very exciting news and underlines the importance of protecting and maintaining the old trees, waterways and buildings which provide the habitats on which so many species depend.

It is hoped that further surveys will be undertaken to monitor the Cammo bat population and that it will continue to thrive in this wonderful green space.

With thanks to Graham Checkley for the species commentary.

 

December 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher December Blog by Euan Buchan

 

December 2020 - Fungi by Lynn & Keith Youngs

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Earth Star

Coprinellus micaceus - Mica Cup

Chondrostereum purpureum - Silverleaf Fungus

Sarcoscypha austriaca

Scarlet Elfcup

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Auricularia auricula-judae - Jelly Ear

Fomes fomentarius - Hoof Fungus

Mycena haematopus - Burgundydrop Bonnet

Dacrymyces stillatus - Common Jellyspot

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Bjerkandera adusta - Smoky Bracket

Flammulina velutipes - Velvet Shank

Bisporella citrina - Lemon Disco

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Heterobasidion annosum - Root Rot

Lycoperdon pyriforme - Stump Puffball

Trametes versicolor - Turkey Tail

 

Various 2020 - Wildlife photos by Dorothy Lyle

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Idea lutealis

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Peacock Butterfly

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Evacanthus interruptus

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Cicadella viridis

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Common Carpet

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Sphaerophoria sp

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Small Tortoiseshell

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Eupteryx urticae

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Comma Butterfly

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Hemicrepidus hirtus

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Tachina fera 

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Fleck-winged Snipefly

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Aphrophora alni

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Scaria hemeroboides

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Helophilus pendulus

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Syrphus ribesii

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Cixius nervosus

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Harlequin ladybird larva

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Mompha propinquella

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Parsnip Moth caterpillar

December 2020 - Birds by Lynn & Keith Youngs

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Robin

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Great Tits

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Kestrel on the Tower

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Nuthatch

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Blue Tit

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Mistle Thrush

 

November 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher November Blog by Euan Buchan

 

August 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher August Blog by Euan Buchan

 

July 2020 - A Stoat, Swallows and Sand Martins by Linda Monteith

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7-spotted Ladybirds on Thistle

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Yellowhammer (female)

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Speckled Wood Butterfly

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7-spotted Ladybirds

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Reed Bunting (male)

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Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

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Bullfinch (male)

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Pleated Inkjet

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Small Copper Butterfly

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Ringlet Butterfly

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Reed Bunting (female)

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Long-tailed Tit

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Blackcap (male)

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Skylark

Whitethroat

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Reed Bunting

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July 2020 - Wildlife photos by Linda Monteith

 

July 2020 - Wildlife photos by Dorothy Lyle

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Ringlet Butterfly

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Cinnibar Caterpillar

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Dingy Shell

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Mottled Beauty

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Tachycixius pilosus

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Pea Moth

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Bird-cherry Ermine

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Pammene aurana

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Red Admiral

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Celypha lacunana

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Pseudagyrotoza conwagana

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Larch Ladybird

 

July 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher July Blog by Euan Buchan

 

June 2020 Barn Owls at Cammo by Linda Monteith

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May / June 2020 Wildlife photos by Lynn and Keith Youngs

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Wood Pigeon

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Grey Heron

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Robin

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Reed Bunting

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Pied Wagtail

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Nuthatch

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Small Tortoiseshell

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Green Dock Beetle

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Tree Bumblebee

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Grey Squirrel

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Comma

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Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle

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Cuckoo Pint

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Tapered Drone Fly

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Red Campion

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Welsh Poppy

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Cowslip

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Dryad's Saddle

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Lesser Celandine

 
 

May / June 2020 Species Listing by Lynn and Keith Youngs

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June 2020 - Wildlife photos from Dorothy Lyle

Ommatoiulus sabulosus - Striped Milliped

Striped Millipede - Ommatoiulus sabulosus

Glyphicterix simpliciella - Cocksfoot mo

Cocksfoot moth - Glyphicterix simpliciella

Drioctriai baumhaueri -Stripe-legged Rob

Stripe-legged Robberfly - Drioctriai baumhaueri

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Kidney-spot Ladybird

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Xyphosia miliaria

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Alder Spittlebug

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Green Oak Tortrix

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Small Tortoiseshell caterpillar

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Plant Bug - Rhabdomiris striatellus

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Comma Butterfly

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Hoverfly - Leucozona lucorum

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Common Red Soldier Beetle

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Straw Dot Moth

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Gryptocorus stysi

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Micromoth - Agaapeta hamana

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Copper Underwing Caterpillar

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Cranefly Tipula vernalis

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Feathered Thorn Caterpillar

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Antler Moth

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Beautiful China-mark Moth

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Eudonia mercuriella

 

June 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher June Blog by Euan Buchan

 
 

May 2020 - The Bughtlin Burn.  An article by Wilma Harper

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May 2020 - Birds from Cammo and nearby by Linda Monteith

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Willow Warbler

May 2020 - Birds from Cammo and nearby by Linda Monteith

 
 

May 2020 - Wild Flowers from Cammo and nearby by Linda Monteith

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Common Rhododendron

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Mouse eared chickweed

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Spanish Bluebells

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Purple Foxglove

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Cow Parsley

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Hawthorn

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Dog Rose

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White Campion

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Red Campion

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Forget-me-nots

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Wood Avens

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Common Sorrel

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Germander Speedwell

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Thyme-leaved Speedwell

April 2020 - List of species seen in Cammo by Nick Benge

Birds

 

  • Raven

  • Kestrel

  • Sparrowhawk

  • Kingfisher

  • Heron

  • Whitethroat

  • Swallow

  • House Martin

  • Sand Martin

  • Mistle thrush

  • Dipper

  • Tawny Owl

  • Barn Owl

  • Starling

  • Oystercatcher

  • Curlew (although not for a few years)

Mammals

 

  • Brown Rat

  • Field (short tailed?) vole

  • Roe deer

  • Stoat

  • Weasel

  • Rabbit

  • Badger

  • Pipistrelle bat

Pond Life

 

  • Common frog

  • Toad

  • Stickleback

  • Pond skater

  • Gammarid shrimp

Butterflies

 

  • Comma

  • Painted lady

  • Meadow brown

  • Cabbage White

  • Orange Tip

  • Copper (type?)

Trees / Plants

 

  • Lodgepole Pine

  • Hornbeam 

  • Alder

  • Brown birch 

  • Spruce

  • Sessile Oak 

  • Osier

  • Ash

  • Cedar of Lebanon

  • White and grey willow

  • Sweet chestnut

  • Walnut

  • Gean

  • Bird cherry

  • Sycamore

  • Field maple

  • Russian comfrey and native comfrey 

  • Wych Elm

  • English Elm

  • Laurel

  • Black Poplar

  • Aspen

  • Rowan

  • Hazel

  • Spindle

  • Broom

  • Plum

  • Apple

  • Crab apple

  • Pear

  • Guelder rose

  • Dog rose

  • Honeysuckle

  • Yorkshire Fog

  • Cocksfoot

  • Plantain

  • Sorrel

  • Cleavers

  • Hornwort

  • Water Soldier

  • Flag Iris

  • Elodea crispa

  • Juncus effusus

  • Glyceria maxima variegata

  • rhododendron spp.

 

Various Dates - A selection of fungi taken in Cammo by Barbra McEwan

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2019 May - Insects, Moths and Butterflies taken by Dorothy Lyle

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Silver ground Carpet

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Clouded Silver Moth

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Scorpionfly - Panorpa communis

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Caterpillars of the Bird Cherry Ermine Moth

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Bird Cherry infected by the fungal gall Taphrina paid

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Psyllopsis fraxini psyllid gall on Ash

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Grass Rivulet

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Caterpillar of the Mottled Umber Moth

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Micromoth Anania fuscalis

Long-horned micromoth Nematopogon swamme

Long-horned micromoth - Nematopogon swammerdamella

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Lacewing Chrysopa perla

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Blue-tailed Damselfly

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Orange Tip Butterfly

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Seven Spot Ladybird

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Epinotia trigonella - mating pair