Heysham nature reserve in Lancashire is a small piece of land bounded by the Sea, the port of Heysham and Heysham power station. It consists of two linked pieces of grassland and is very good for invertebrates.

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There were a large number of butterflies, unfortunately all of of common species. We did not see any Grayling, a speciality of the reserve.

Speckled wood

Speckled wood

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

I also found this moth basking in the sun.

Shaded Broad-Bar Moth

Shaded Broad-Bar Moth

At the pool in the western section we got some excellent views of both Emperor dragonfly and Brown Hawker laying eggs.

Emperor Dragonfly

Emperor Dragonfly

Brown Hawker

Brown Hawker

A number of common birds were also present but I did get ths picture of a Goldfinch, looking very smart in his multicolour plumage

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Common Linnet [sp] (Carduelis cannabina)

Small White (Artogeia rapae)
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)
Speckled Wood [sp] (Pararge aegeria)
Large Skipper [sp] (Ochlodes venatus)

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)
Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)
Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

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