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Pond dipping Chafford Gorge 20/08/13

Went pond dipping over the Gorge today with my dad, we caught lots of things. Damselfly, mayfly & stonefly nymph. Great pond snail, pond snail, roach, carp, backswimmer, water boatman, pond skater, water scorpian(pictured), water mite, water slater, ramshorn snail. Also saw some fish with an underwater camera.

Also went for a walk and we saw the following. There was lots of ants flying and the dragonflies were flying round catching them.

Coot, mallard, canada & greylag geese, blackbird, carrion crow, moorhen, wood pigeon, mute swan, blue tit, magpie, collard dove

Common Wasp, Common Darter & Emporer dragonfly, scorpian fly, blue tailed damselfly, black ants, fly, blue bottle, hoverfly, 22 spot ladybird, banded snails, spider, 2 different caterpillars, meadow and field grasshopper. Large white, common blue, speckled wood, common wood, red admiral, gate keeper butterflies.

Chafford Gorge 18/08/13

Went over the gorge with my cousins and saw some birds of prey on display. Awesome holding a peregrine falcon for the first time. Also first time we saw a common buzzard flying over the gorge.

Magpie, Wood Pigeon, HOuse Martin, Greylag and Canada Geese, Coot, Mute Swan, Blue Tit, Herring Gull, Black headed gull, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Carrion Crow, House sparrow and a common Buzzard

Large White, Gatekeeper, Common Blue, meadow brown butterfly, Common Darter & Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly, Hoverfly, daddy long legs, azure and blue tailed damselfly, snail, fly, gnat, black ant, meadow and field grasshopper, sheild bug, and 17 slow worms

Met Daddy at work 15/08/2013

Met Daddy at work and took a walk over Hainault Forest, We saw a peacock butterfly up close.

Chafford Gorge 08/08/13

Went with mummy to the gorge and she actually saw the Kingfisher this time.

Magpie, Wood Pigeon, House Martin, Blackheaded Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Long Tailed Tit, Green Woodpeacker, Canada & Greylag Geese, Mallard Blue Tit, Moorhen, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Collard Dove, Mute Swan, Grey Heron, House Sparrow,

Common Wasp, BLue Bottle Fly, Large White, Meadow and Black Ant, Snail, Slow worm, Emporer Dragonfly, Meadow & Field Grasshopper.

Wat Tyler 4/8/13

Went to Wat Tyler with nan and grandad. First time we saw Black Tailed Godwit

Blackheaded Gull, Blackbacked Gull, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue and Great Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Coot, Little Grebe, Canada Geese, Mallard, Herring Gull, Starling, Green Woodpecker, Little Egret, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Black Tailed Godwit

Large White, Meadow Brown, Skipper, Common Blue, Comma Butterflies, Caterpillar. BUff Tailed and Red Tailed Bumblebee, Blackfly, Hoverfly, Honey bee, Spider, Field and Meadow Grasshopper, Blue tailed and Azure damselfly.