Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Seal pup and a walk round Arundel WWT

On July 25 I received a notification from British Divers Marine Life Rescue that a seal pup was reported at the beach at Angmering. I attended and found some lovely people were concerned about it and fortunately someone knew to phone BDMLR. I reported the condition to BDLMR - left eye injured,  and they said the RSPCA would attend. The feisty pup (one metre long) was wrapped by an experienced medic, a young lady who works for Wadars. She advised it was underweight and put it into a carry cage and we loaded  it onto the RSPCA vehicle. It was then taken to a specialist veterinary in Hastings. The pup is a Common Seal, possibly from Chichester Harbour where both British seal species breed. 
 On July 27 we visited Arundel WWT and saw Red Admirals, Peacocks, Whites, a Gatekeeper, a Dingy Footman, a Small Purple and Gold moth in the butterfly garden, a dead Snout moth in a spider's web in a hide and a Poplar Bent-wing mine on a Black Poplar leaf. A swallow appeared in the hide but I couldn't see the young in the nest.
Common Seal pup
Arundel WWT

Small Purple and Gold, Pyrausta aurata
Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
Black Poplar leaf, Populus nigra
with Poplar Bent-wing micro-moth mine, Phyllocnistis unipunctella 

Buff-Tailed Bumblebee, Bombus terrestris
Common Pond Skater, Gerris lacustris
Coot and cootling, Fulica atra
dead Snout, Hypena proboscidalis
Dingy Footman, Eilema griseola
Dingy Footman
Greater Burdock, Arctium lappa
Greater Burdock, Arctium lappa
Large-flowered Evening-primrose, Oenothera glazioviana
Marsh Mallow, Althaea officinalis
Meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria
Peacock, Inachis io

Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Swallow, Hirundo rustica
Tansy, Tanacetum vulgare 
Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum
Wild Marjoram, Origanum vulgare

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