Since then, I have not exactly had the opportunity to do intensive fieldwork as some others have done, although spring has arrived in my square, and this has helped. I notice that some of my acquaintances have suddenly become very competitive. I don’t want to sound defeatist, but for me the pleasure of this exercise will be the education that it provides, as I am forced to think about and identify many species that I have not previously taken much trouble over. I hope that is within the rules too!
Here are the additions to my list, in no particular order:
26. Mute Swan.
28. Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus ficaria.
29. Pied Wagtail.
30. Ground Elder, Aegopodium podagraria.
32. Common frog, Rana temporaria.
33. Water Measurer, Hydrometra stagnorum.
34. Common Pondskater, Gerris lacustris.
35. Blanketweed, Cladophora glomerata.
36. Honesty, Lunaria annua.
38. Comma butterfly, Polygonia c-album.
39. Hairy bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta.
40. Elder, Sambucus nigra.
41. Feral pigeon.
42. Common Ash, Fraxinus excelsior.
43. Stinking Iris, Iris foetidissima.
44. Weeping willow, Salix x sepulcralis.
45. Common Reed, Phragmites australis.
46. Common Honeysuckle, Lonicera pericyclemum.
48. Common Teal.
49. Song Thrush.
51. Long-tailed Tit.
52. Old Man’s Joy, Clematis vitalba.
53. Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum.
54. House Sparrow.
57. Lesser Black-backed Gull.
58. Barn Swallow.
59. Buddleia, Buddleia davidii.
60. Red Valerian, Centranthus ruber.
61. Heliophanus cupreus (a jumping spider).
62. House spider, Tegenaria domestica.
63. Wallflower, Erysimum cheiri.
64. Field Horsetail, Equisetum arvense.
65. Annual mercury, Mercurialis annua.
66. Feverfew, Tanacetum Parthenium.
67. Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis.
68. Couch Grass, Elymus repens.
69. Velvet Mite, Eutrombidium rostratus.
70. Scytodes thoracica (a spitting spider).
71. Daddy Longlegs Spider, Pholcus phalangioides.
72. 2-Spot Ladybird, Adalia bipunctata.
73. Garden snail, Helix aspersa.
74. White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis.