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Elveden Forest Center Parcs

Suffolk

   

3-7 Oct 2022

Observers: F. Simpson, L. Simpson, J. Simpson

 

Introduction


This was a relaxing family break for my wife's significant birthday at Center Parc's Elveden Forest in Suffolk. We took the train to Thetford followed by an expensive taxi for the final leg. Between cycling, walking and swimming I did some mothing and birding, while dodging the Muntjac Deer and Grey Squirrels. The site is good for Marsh Tit and other woodland species such as Crossbill, Siskin, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Coal, Jay and woodpeckers and I heard a Woodlark passing over. It was getting late in the year for moths but I expected a bit more diversity though was happy to find Beaded Chestnut, Black Rustic, Brindled Flat-body (Agonopterix arenella), Deep-brown Dart, Grey Pine Carpet, Grey Poplar Bell (Epinotia nisella), Lunar Underwing, Pine Carpet, Red-green Carpet, Sallow, and Spruce Carpet. Both Oak Bush-cricket and Southern Oak Bush-cricket were attracted to the lights of our lodge.

 

Our lodge in the Birch zone, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk   Fraser Simpson

Our lodge in the Pine zone, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Sweet Chestnut, Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, Suffolk  Fraser Simpson Sweet Chestnut, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

 

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 Species Lists


Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, Suffolk  Fraser Simpson

 

Oct 3rd & 7th

Return train journey: Purfleet > Cambridge > Thetford | Thetford > Norwich > Ipswich > Purfleet

34 species recorded: Lesser Black-backed Gulll, Blackbird, Robin, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Herring Gull, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Coot, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Starling, Feral Pigeon, Canada Goose, Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, Mallard, Blue Tit, Pheasant, Rook, Jackdaw, Stock Dove, Black-headed Gull, Buzzard, Mute Swan, Kestrel, Corn Bunting, House Sparrow, Pheasant, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Brent Goose.

 

 

Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis


1, main lake, from Cedar zone, 6-Oct.

 

Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus


7, main lake, from Cedar zone, 6-Oct.

 

Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo


2 over, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

2, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

 

Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea


1 (heard), Birch 407 lodge, 3-Oct.

1 (heard), Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

1 ad, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

1 imm, fishing from pontoon, main lake, from Cedar zone, 6-Oct.

 

Canada Goose  Branta canadensis


8, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

6, main lake, from Cedar zone, 6-Oct.

20, NE lake in Maple zone, 7-Oct.

 

Barnacle Goose  Branta leucopsis


4 free-flying feral birds, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

 

Greylag Goose  Anser anser


6, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

1, main lake, from Cedar zone, 6-Oct.

18, NE lake in Maple zone, 7-Oct.

 

Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos


2mm/2ff, pond near Birch 407 lodge, 3-Oct.

2mm/f, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

18, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

18, main lake, from Cedar zone, 6-Oct.

24, NE lake in Maple zone, 7-Oct.

 

Tufted Duck  Aythya fuligula


6, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

6, NE lake in Maple zone, 7-Oct.

 

Pheasant  Phasianus colchicus


1 m, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus


1 m, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

 

Buzzard  Buteo buteo


1 calling, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

 

Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus


Up to 5 daily, Birch 407 lodge.

2 newly hatched, 2 ads, 2 imms, Las Iguanas water feature, 3-Oct.

2 ads, 2 juvs, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

2 ads, 3 juvs, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

20, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

6, main lake, from Cedar zone, 6-Oct.

27, NE lake in Maple zone, 7-Oct.

 

Coot  Fulica atra


4, main lake, from Cedar zone, 6-Oct.

16, NE lake in Maple zone, 7-Oct.

 

Black-headed Gull  Larus ridibundus


9, over pond near Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

44, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

6, NE lake in Maple zone, 7-Oct.

 

Herring Gull  Larus argentatus


juv over, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

 

Stock Dove  Columba oenas


1 over, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

4, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus


10+, Pine-Birch zones (inc Sparrowhawk kill), 3-Oct.

10+, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

20+, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1 bathing, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

4, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

28, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

10, Birch 407 lodge, 7-Oct.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Tawny Owl  Strix aluco


1 f calling, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

 

Green Woodpecker  Picus viridis


1, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopus major


1, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

1 m, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

1, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

 

Woodlark  Lullula arborea


1 over calling, Birch 407 lodge, 7-Oct.

 

Skylark  Alauda arvensis


4 over, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

4 over, Birch 407 lodge > cycle return, 7-Oct.

 

Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis


2 over calling, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

 

Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea


1, Las Iguanas water feature, 3-Oct.

 

Pied Wagtail  Motacilla alba


2, Las Iguanas water feature, 3-Oct.

Seen every night on the glass roof, from inside the swimming pool.

 

Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes


1 singing 06:51, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

7, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1 alarm calling, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

2 (singing m), Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

1, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Robin  Erithacus rubecula


1 singing 06:28, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

5, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

Several singing, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

4 (inc 2 singing), Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

3, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Dunnock  Prunella modularis


1, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

2, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

 

Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus


m + f, regenerating clear-fell with gorse over the western boundary fence, 6-Oct.

 

Blackbird  Turdus merula


2, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

3, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1 singing softly, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

1 bathing, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

2, Birch 407 lodge > cycle return, 7-Oct.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Redwing  Turdus iliacus


Heard, after dark, passing over, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

 

Song Thrush  Turdus philomelus


1, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

2, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

 

Chiffchaff  Phylloscopus collybita


1, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

 

Goldcrest  Regulus regulus


2, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

4, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

2, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

4, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

6, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

 

Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus


9+, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

5, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

12+, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

 

Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus


4+, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

10+, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

11, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

 

Great Tit  Parus major


3+, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

8, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

5, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

3, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Coal Tit  Periparus ater


2-3, Welcome Centre, 3-Oct.

2, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

14+, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

5, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

7, Birch 407 lodge > cycle return, 7-Oct.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Marsh Tit  Poecile palustis


2, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

5, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

3, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

2, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

2, north side of Maple zone, 6-Oct.

2, coming to seed on patio, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Nuthatch  Sitta europaea


1 (heard), Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

2, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

3, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

2, Birch 407 lodge > cycle return, 7-Oct.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Treecreeper  Certhia familiaris


1, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

 

Jay  Garrulus glandarius


1, Pine zone, 3-Oct.

3, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

1 singing (sub-song like), Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

4, Birch 407 lodge > cycle return, 7-Oct.

3, main car park near luggage storage shed, 7-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Magpie  Pica pica


1, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

1, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

2, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

3, NE lake in Maple zone, 6-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

4, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Jackdaw  Corvus monedula


8, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

2, Birch 407 lodge > cycle return, 7-Oct.

6+, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Carrion Crow  Corvus corone


1, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

3, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

2, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

 

House Sparrow  Passer domesticus


2, Thetford Railway Station, 7-Oct.

 

Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs


2, Birch 407 lodge, 3-Oct.

2, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

5 (3mm/2ff), Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

4 (2mm/2ff), Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Greenfinch  Carduelis chloris


1 m, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

1 m, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis


Noted on train/bus, Essex-Thetford, 13-Jan.

2, NE lake in Maple zone, 15-Jan.

2, Wildlife Observation Hide, 6-Oct.

1, Wildlife Observation Hide, 7-Oct.

 

Siskin  Carduelis spinus


5, Birch 407 lodge, 4-Oct.

20+, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

7 over, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

2, Treehouses on west side, 6-Oct.

9 over, Birch 407 lodge, 7-Oct.

 

Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra


2, cycle north then east around perimeter fence from Birch 407 lodge to golf course, 4-Oct.

Flock of 11 flew over 08:09, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

 

 

 

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, Suffolk  Fraser Simpson

 

 

Brindled Flat-body  Agonopterix arenella  32.017  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 7-Oct.

 

Brindled Flat-body (Agonopterix arenella)  Fraser Simpson

Brindled Flat-body (Agonopterix arenella), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Grey Poplar Bell  Epinotia nisella  49.255  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

 

Grey Poplar Bell (Epinotia nisella)  Fraser Simpson

Grey Poplar Bell (Epinotia nisella), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Grey Poplar Bell (Epinotia nisella)  Fraser Simpson

Grey Poplar Bell (Epinotia nisella), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Pine Carpet  Pennithera firmata  70.077


10, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

7, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

9, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 7-Oct.

 

Pine Carpet (Pennithera firmata)  Fraser Simpson

Pine Carpet (Pennithera firmata), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Spruce Carpet  Thera britannica  70.079  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 7-Oct.

 

Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica)  Fraser Simpson

Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Grey Pine Carpet  Thera obeliscata  70.081  


5, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

9, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

3, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 7-Oct.

 

Grey Pine Carpet (Thera obeliscata)  Fraser Simpson

Grey Pine Carpet (Thera obeliscata), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Red-green Carpet  Chloroclysta siterata  70.095  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

 

Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata)  Fraser Simpson

Red-green Carpet (Chloroclysta siterata), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Vine's Rustic  Hoplodrina ambigu  73.099  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 5-Oct.

 

Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua)  Fraser Simpson

Vine's Rustic (Hoplodrina ambigua), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 5 October 2022

 

 

The Sallow  Cirrhia icteritia  73.182  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 5-Oct.

 

The Sallow (Cirrhia icteritia)  Fraser Simpson

The Sallow (Cirrhia icteritia), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 5 October 2022

 

 

Beaded Chestnut  Agrochola lychnidis  73.186  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

 

Beaded Chestnut (Agrochola lychnidis)  Fraser Simpson

Beaded Chestnut (Agrochola lychnidis), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Lunar Underwing  Omphaloscelis lunosa  73.193  


2, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

7, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

3, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 7-Oct.

 

Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa)  Fraser Simpson

Lunar Underwing (Omphaloscelis lunosa), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Deep-brown Dart  Aporophyla lutulenta  73.231  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

3, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

2, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 7-Oct.

 

Deep-brown Dart (Aporophyla lutulenta)  Fraser Simpson

Deep-brown Dart (Aporophyla lutulenta), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Black Rustic  Aporophyla nigra  73.233  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 5-Oct.

 

Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra)  Fraser Simpson

Black Rustic (Aporophyla nigra), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 5 October 2022

 

 

Large Yellow Underwing  Noctua pronuba  73.342  


2, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

6, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

2, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct

3, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 7-Oct

 

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)  Fraser Simpson

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 6 October 2022

 

 

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  Noctua fimbriata  73.343  


1, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct.

2, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, 5-Oct.

 

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata)  Fraser Simpson

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua fimbriata), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 4 October 2022

 

 

Lesser Yellow Underwing  Noctua comes  73.345  


2, in trap, Birch 407 lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk, 4-Oct. 

 

 

 

 

Southern Oak Bush-cricket (Meconema meridionale)  Fraser Simpson

 

 

Oak Bush-cricket  Meconema thalassinum


1 female, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

 

female Oak Bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 6 October 2022  Fraser Simpson

female Oak Bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 6 October 2022

 

 

Southern Oak Bush-cricket  Meconema meridionale


1 male, Birch 407 lodge, 6-Oct.

 

 

 

 Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

Red-legged Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes), Eyed Ladybird (Anatis ocellata), Tree Damsel Bug (Himacerus apterus), Elveden Forest

 

 

 

Our lodge in the Birch zone, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk   Fraser Simpson

Our lodge in the Pine zone, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Our lodge in the Birch zone, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk   Fraser Simpson

Our lodge in the Pine zone, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Wildlife observation from our lodge, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

Wildlife observation from the lodge, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Wildlife Observation Hide, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

Wildlife Observation Hide, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Feral Barnacle Geese at the NE lake in Maple zone, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

The north-eastern part of the main lake in the Maple zone

 

Sweet Chestnut & Pedunculate Oak woodland, Elveden Forest, Suffolk  Fraser Simpson

Sweet Chestnut & Pedunculate Oak woodland, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Examining Sweet Chestnuts, Center Parcs, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

Examining Sweet Chestnuts, Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Main lake, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk  Fraser Simpson

Main lake, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

Center Parcs, Elveden Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Cycling, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk  Fraser Simpson

Cycling, Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Suffolk

 

 

female Oak Bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 6 October 2022  Fraser Simpson

female Oak Bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum), Elveden Forest, Suffolk, England, 6 October 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 


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