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British Wildlife: October 1998

David Brear dbrear at wharfe.demon.co.uk
Tue Nov 3 17:51:23 EST 1998

Volume 10 Number 1 October 1998
1  British Wood-ants
Gary Skinner
Skinner writes of six of the fifty British ant species, their
identification, distribution, feeding habits, territorial behaviour,
reproduction, associations, predators and conservation.
9  Comment - What Future in Farming for Wildlife? A farmer's view
from the Pevensey Levels
Martin Hole
Hole is the reserve manager at Elmley NNR and also farms 160
hectares of grass. He describes his land and discusses the
impact which conservation subsidies have had.

12 Through a naturalist's eyes
Robert Burton
13 Classic Sites - Nob End, Boltan
Peter Shaw and Wes Halton
This fascinating SSSI is entirely artificial, an alkali slag dump
covered in orchids. The history, the orchids and other wildlife are
18 Britain's Changing Aquatic Flora
CD Preston and JM Croft
The inaccessible plantlife of rivers and ponds is the domain of
specialists, but here Preston and Croft discuss the history of the
study; how water plants spread (sometimes very quickly); their
habitats and how they may change; nutrients and their effects on
plant distribution; land use changes and acidification; how some
native, and some alien, plants have spread; and finally how
changes in distribution affect some botanists.

29 The English Names of Moths
Peter Marren
I wish I were Peter Marren. He seems to be able to be able to
write interestingly on any wildlife subject. The names of moths is
not, one would think, an attention-grabbing subject, but Marren
spends ten pages in absorbing prose about how our moths were
named - and it is not a word too long.
39 Habitat Management News
Compiled by Roger S K Buisson
Great crested newts: to top up or not? Daubenton's bat in Upper
Wharfedale; reedbeds; birds in the Forest of Dean.

41 Reserve Focus - Chartley Moss NNR, Staffordshire
Bob Gibbons
One of the bogs which float on water. Gibbons describes its
formation, management and wildlife.
44 Wildlife Reports
Compiled by Andrew Branson
Weather for July and August. 
Mammals: shrews, voles and squirrels. 
Cetaceans: dolphins, porpoises and sharks as well. 
Birds: kites doing well; four chiffchaffs; declining birds; Garden
Bird Survey; results of the 1997 Breeding Bird Survey. 
Reptiles and Amphibians: a Western Whip Snake; some lizards,
adders and grass snakes. 
Dragonflies: extending ranges in the Highlands. 
Grasshoppers: Scaly Crickets!! in Dorset; Slender Groundhopper
in Yorkshire; French insects poised to cross to England. 
Butterflies: poor weather and late emergences. 
Moths: more Small Ranunculus in Kent, together with Plumed
Fan-foot; the extending range of Blair's Shoulderknot; migrants of
Flies: successes and crashes; new Scottish species; mushroom-
picking code and its effects.
Flowering Plants: Irish Marsh-orchids and Marsh Saxifrage,
Three-lobed Crowfoot.
59 Conservation News
Compiled by Sue Everett
Meadows in decline; results of the government's spending review;
beavers; biodiversity in action; mink on the loose; ducks;
transport; black grouse; water abstraction; EN review synopsis.
Law: SSSI's; hedgerows.

65 Twitcher in the Swamp
Peter Marren
66 Book Reviews
Compiled by Peter Marren
That man again. Scotland; Hoverflies; Stoats and Weasels; Shark;
and Cod.

68 Letters
Identification skills; conserving fungi; farm BAPs.

I have no connection with the publishers of British Wildlife, which
is 'an independent bi-monthly magazine covering all aspects of
British natural history and conservation'. I hope this summary may
be of interest; any opinions expressed here are my own.    

David Brear

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