The top ten natural history highlights of 2014

Posted by Graeme Lyons , Tuesday, 30 December 2014 17:59

2014 was a great year of natural history for me. My database now stands at nearly 26,000 records, over 5000 added in 2014 so far. So here is my annual top ten highlights of the year in reverse order.

10) Spending some time in sand dunes

There isn't much good sand dune habitat in Sussex, so I had to go further afield.
Here is a selection being from top to bottom: Dalman's Leatherbug, Dune WaxcapMarpissa nivoyi,  Fallen's Leatherbug and Marram Grass Chelifer.

9) Flatropers Wood invertebrate survey
Flatropers isn't even an SNCI and it has shed loads of rare invertebrates. Here we have Xysticus bifasciatus and the two myrmecophiles: the Scarce Seven-spot Ladybird and Clytra quadripunctatus.

8) New Forest antics
I love finding lots of new species in a very small area. Micro-botanising overload.

7) If Darth Maul were a beetle...
Pilemostoma fastuosa. A very cool tortoise beetle from Knepp.

6) Gower power
Rock pooling on the Worm's Head produced this Green Sea Urchin among many other things.

5) Lappet
Always wanted to see one and one finally turned up in the moth trap.

4) Jurassic Carp
A trip with Seth and Tony to Kimmeridge Bay produced my first Cornish Sucker!

3) Burton Pond invertebrate survey
Here we have Xysticus audax, Alder Leaf Beetle (new to Sussex and found by Adrian Holloway) and the beetle Agapanthia villosoviridescens.

2)  Creating the PSL website and article in British Wildlife
It has been a great year for pan-species listing and I'm pleased to have been able to contribute so much to the movement.

1) My first freelance invertebrate surveys struck gold!

Finding only the 7th known site for the rare Pondweed Leafhopper and also plenty of 13-spot Ladybirds was my highlight of the year. This cracking little private nature reserve just is a great example of what can be done to benefit wildlife.

So hopefully I will get back in the saddle in the new year but for the time being I'm still rather estranged from it. It's reminded me how much I love wildlife though writing this post so who knows.

7 Response to "The top ten natural history highlights of 2014"

martinf Says:

Hope you refind your mojo, I do enjoy your blog and it has inspired me to start a more mediocre one. Have a great 2015.

Megan Says:

I'm sorry to read that you've lost your interest, I hope you do refind it. You are a great inspiration to myself and many others. But even if you don't refind your interest, I hope you are happy with your life :)

Graeme Lyons Says:

Thanks for the comments guys, it really does mean a lot when I see other people have been inspired. I'll link you in to my blog too.

Ron Says:

I really enjoy your blog - its inspiring.I listened to all of your podcasts and thought they were brilliant.Have a great 2015, hopefully filled with new wildlife.

Lyn Nesbitt-Smith Says:

I too hope your interest is rekindled interest soon and life settles out. I have missed your inspirational posts and photos. Hope 2015 is kinder to you.

Simon Breeze Says:

Great year, great blog. Keep going and keep writing its great to see what you've been up. Cheers

thereremouse Says:

An awesome selection of inverts - Darth Maul beetle and Agapanthia are both awesome, as is Lappet moth. :-) As soon as the sun is out you will be back at it, I have no doubt. I miss bees so much in the winter. :-(

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