50 not out

A few more early stage searches over the weekend, around home and Barham Downs/Higham Park, has brought my year list to 50 species, my quickest half century ever. And I still haven’t recorded a few January ‘bankers’ yet either…

The quest has certainly been assisted by the mild winter thus far, as many deciduous trees are hanging on to some leaves. I found healthy leaves on Alder, Hazel and Elm all with various mines present.

It’s not just mines though; other early stages also well represented: it’s worth checking inside Teasel and Burdock seed heads for example.

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