Just a quickie to note that today a couple of friends from the BNHS [Bedfordshire Natural History Society] snagged photographic evidence that our year’s first Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) had emerged at Duck End NR near Maulden. And there I was, languishing in a good deal of cold rain and when it wasn’t raining it was very grey. Darn it, I missed it! Duck End is usually our kick-off site, though I have a suspicion that’s because it gets watched so closely.
This is about three weeks earlier than kick-off, 2013.
Now that I’m back from the cold, wet Lake District, if it ever warms up enough, I’ll be out looking.