Just a quick blitz around the square today before the rain set in. Redpoll finally threw itself at me, a pair at the top of a Silver Birch followed by a flyover bird. Fun times poking inside wet logs revealed 4 Silpha atrata, 3 of the usual black colour and one of the brownish phase. I tried with some bryophytes (I really did...) but only found more of the same from last month, plus another 2 'unknown' mosses which are in pots.
Happily I managed to 100% ID a slug new for me. After a great deal of faffing and hum-hah'ing with a bunch of immature Arions (I left them unidentified in the end) I was happy to discover that the cute looking, nicely marked orangey-brown one with go-faster racing stripes is the Dusky Slug Arion subfuscus. I know this because they don't rock when annoyed, can't contract into a bell shape, tubercules are flattened, sole correct colour etc etc but mostly because they immediately stained my fingertips a dark orange when I handled them!
So the newbies are:
261 - Cladonia coniocraea - Epsom Common
260 - DUSKY SLUG (Arion subfuscus) - common under tree bark, in leaf litter, Epsom Common (LIFER)
259 - Silpha atrata - 4 under loose bark of a rotten log, Epsom Common
258 - Redpoll - 2 in a birch plus a flyover, Epsom Common
That's it for another week though. I see a certain Mr Mullis is catching me up!