GNS Field Meeting – Russel’s Inclosure, Forest of Dean (6 May 2006, contributed by Juliet Bailey)

This was a very productive meeting in terms of species recorded. Birds included, Wood Warbler, Blackcap, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Goldcrest and many other woodland birds. Also Tree Pipit and Mandarin. There were beautiful displays of bluebell and wood spurge. Hundreds of violet ground beetles were to be seen along the forest track, most of them dead, and there was a bird pellet (possibly that of a crow) shiny with elytra. A few St Mark’s Fly appeared when the sun eventually came through. Finally, the group saw two fallow deer.

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