November (29 new species)
Sat 5th A successful twitch to Minsmere with Mike Dawson and James Emerson for the surprising Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota. Whilst we were there we also found Erioptera pilipes (cranefly), Bibio lepidus (fly), Metellina mengei (spider), Crinipellis scabella (fungus) and Clavulinopsis fusiformis (Golden Spindles – fungus).
Sun 6th I attended a field meeting of the Norfolk Bryological Group at Ashwellthorpe Wood and hence added a fair few mosses to my list: Rhynchostegium confertum, Homalia trichomanoides, Ulota bruchii, Dicranoweisia cirrata, Eurhynchium pumilum, Fissidens exilis and Fissidens incurvus. We also noted the liverwort Porella platyphylla. James Emerson was present and kindly helped me with a few new fungi too - Postia subcaesia, Macrotyphula fistulosa, Mycena pura, Pluteus aurantiorugosus and Pleurotus dryinus, as well as the lichen Graphis scripta. Finally, I brought home a gall of Diastrophus rubi on bramble; a few weeks later a mass of small wasps emerged which I identified as Torymus rubi.
Sat 26th After a few weeks with no new finds, I had a root around on Shotesham Common, sieving and tussocking. This was remarkably successful, producing Acompus rufipes, Nabis ferus (bugs), Paederus riparius, Galerucella tenella, Altica palustris, Cassida flaveola and Anacaena globulus (beetles). Further tussocking in the front garden also yielded the rove beetle Habrocerus capillaricornis.