Anyway, I have kept plugging away and the list has risen to 258. Additions have been as follows:
Clubiona terrestris - a spider found in the moth-trap. I'd rather some moths to be honest, but nice to clinch this one - a female ID on epigyne pattern.
Segestria senoculata - a spider found whilst sorting out our woodpile; quite a distinctive thing.
Intermediate Screw-moss Syntrichia intermedia - on our front patio within sight of this computer...
Springy Turf-moss Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus - searched for, and found, on the lawn following postings of others
Pointed Spear-moss Calliergonella cuspidata - found (and photographed) at the same time as previous species
Schendyla nemorensis - a centipede, bit of a tricky one but looked OK
White-shouldered House-moth Endrosis sarcitrella - found by my son in his bedroom
Barren Strawberry Potentilla sterilis - in flower! What's it thinking of?!
Nipplewort Lapsana communis - leaves only
Great Willowherb Epilobium hirsutum - leaves only
Marsh Tit Poecile palustris - this bird has been holding territory just outside the square boundary for a while. I may have encouraged it to cross the line slightly. Annoyingly, a Brambling sat near it did not follow suit and remained stubbonly outside the square.
Empoasca vitis - tiny green leafhoppers beaten from Yew. I happened to have bought a key to the subfamily Typhlocybinae of the family Cicadellidae several years ago, a bit by mistake to be honest, and I've never found an opportunity to use it until today. Surprisingly easy really (although the 45 x microscope helped a tad...)
Eristalis tenax - dronefly on the wing, albeit sluggishly, today. Most hopeful sign of spring so far.
Allajulus nitidus - a slightly less common millipede but I think it looks OK.
Polydesmus angustus - a mating pair - male ID on gonopod shape.
Silpha atrata - beetle found under a log today
Phytoptus avellanae - thanks to Seth's tip, found some larger hazel buds and the teeny weeny mites inside - thanks Seth.
Large White Pieris brassicae - an unusual first butterfly of the year, but I finally got round to looking carefully at a pupa on the wall of the house.
Springy Turf-moss and Pointed Spear-moss on the lawn
Intermediate Screw-moss. (I hate mosses.)