The first excursion was to Ambersham Common with a couple of friends, one of whom specialises in groups such as spiders that I know little about. This inevitably resulted in quite a few new species, the best spider being the Red Data Book Uloborus walckenaerius.
One of the most interesting finds of the day though was of these galls on a Scot's Pine.
These are caused by the mite Trisetacus pini. I have spent a lot of time on heaths over the years and have never seen these before but this one tree was riddled with them.
The next trip was a Shoresearch event run by Sussex Wildlife Trust at Beachy Head on one of the lowest tides in decades. I have done very little marine stuff so new species a plenty were in order. There is still a major shortage of identification literature on marine species though so quite a few finds remained nameless, or at least could not be named with absolute certainty. Despite that, it was great to see loads of new things.
|Butterfish Pholis gunnellus|
|Green Paddle-worm Eulalia viridis|
|Green Sea-urchin Psammechinus miliaris|
|Long-spined Sea-scorpion Taurulus bubalis - not a new species but so ugly I just had to include a photo|
|a Sea-fir Dynamena pumila|
|Squat Lobster Galathea squamifera|
|Velvet Swimming Crab Necora puber - stunning and vicious!|
|Tompot Blenny Parablennius gattorugine|
|Glanville Fritillary larvae|