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"A Nature Observer's Scrapbook"

Introduction


....... hopefully, that title, "A Nature Observer's Scrapbook", will imply that this site has no pretensions, in any way, to being an authoritive wildlife guide or a reference site.

The images and diary records that follow simply represent the astonishing diversity of species that I have stumbled across in my 'home patch' near Horncastle in East Lincolnshire, UK. The entries date from 2003 when I bought my first digital camera. Initially I thought I might find half a dozen butterflies, a few moths and one or two beetles but I gradually awoke to the huge variety of natural wonders that exist all around us - if only we care to stop and look. On a few occasions I have gone out with the deliberate intention of looking for something in particular. I rarely find what I am looking for but, I do come across all sorts of surprises and chance encounters.

Juniper Shield Bug
Initially, I tried to keep my intrusion into the natural world to a minimum and most subjects were photographed as they were found. But latterly, hand tremor has made that less successful and I have resorted to carefully scooping up tolerant subjects and bringing them indoors where I have more camera control - and can add a scaled background which is vital for identification of a lot of species. All specimens are then released back whence they came, to their natural environment.


NB. All dates are in the dd.mm.yyyy form.




Changes to the site since 4th May 2012.

The most recent updates are at the top and clicking on a specific 'Update' should take you directly to that item.

DatePageUpdate
20.04.2014 Spiders Clubiona, Sac spider, text correction.
06.04.2014 Flies page 2 Bee-fly, new images and text update
19.11.2013 Macro Moths page 6 Common Marbled Carpet, new pupa image and text update
14.11.2013 Macro Moths page 6 Common Marbled Carpet, new larva image and text update
05.11.2013 Macro Moths page 5 Brown Rustic, new larva image and text update
21.09.2013 Macro Moths page 2 Blood-vein (3rd generation life cycle image and text)
18.08.2013 Bugs - True Bugs Troilus luridus, Shieldbug (new image and text)
27.05.2013 Macro Moths page 3 Setaceous Hebrew Character larva (new images)
11.04.2013 Flies Page 1 Window Midge, Sylvicola fenestralis (new species)
10.04.2013 Dragonflies, etc. Black-tailed Skimmer (new image)
09.04.2013 Macro Moths page 2 Small Elephant Hawkmoth (new image)
26.02.2013 Weevils Acorn Weevil / Nut Weevil, (new species)
Other Insects Green Lacewing (new images)
22.02.2013 Micro Moths page b Agapeta zoegana (new species)
21.02.2013 Dragonflies, etc. Black-tailed Skimmer (new species)
Macro Moths page 2 Small Elephant Hawkmoth (new species)
18.02.2013 Spiders Nursery Web Spider (new image)
Macro Moths page 4 Clouded Border (new image)
Macro Moths page 4 Clouded Silver (new image)
Macro Moths page 4 Large Yellow Underwing (new image)
03.02.2013 Macro Moths page 6 July Highflyer (new images)
22.01.2013 Birds Sparrow Hawk (new images)
Bugs Green Shield Bug (text update and new image)
05.11.2012 Animals Grey Squirrel (new species)
05.10.2012 Macro Moths page 6 Purple Bar moth (new image and text)
03.09.2012 Ladybirds 14 spot Ladybird B, (new sighting)
19.07.2012 Micro Moths page a Horse Chestnut Leafminer, (new images)
02.07.2012 Bugs, True Bugs Forest Shieldbug, (new image)
24.06.2012 Flies page 2 Snipe Fly, Rhagio scolapacea (new image)
20.06.2012 Micro Moths page a Nettle-tap Moth (new image)
16.06.2012 Spiders Nursery Web Spider (new species)
07.06.2012 Spiders Snakes Back Spider (new image)
18.05.2012 Macro Moths page 2 Cinnabar Moth (new caterpillar image)
05.05.2012 Sawflies Sawfly, Dolerus sp. 2 (new species)
04.05.2012 Beetles page 1 Malachius bipustulatus (new image of larva)



Common Twayblade flower spike

Use of images.


I am only too well aware that there are many excellent images out there on the web but, copyright issues often do not make it possible to use them to embellish what I have found. Therefore, where it is felt appropriate, links are provided pointing to parent websites where topic supportive images can be viewed.

By the same token, all images on this site are copyright protected and inbound links are allowed.

While the use of individual images may be favourably approved for non web based personal use, educational, charitable or non-profit purposes (provided that the copyright attribution is retained), formal approval should be sought from ....

     this mail address

         .... advising of the circumstances in which a specific image will be used.

Publication approval for any other purpose will be considered on its merits.




Site evolution.

This DIY attempt at a multi-linked-page site (using X/HTML and CSS) started out way back in 2004 as a 'for my eyes only' concept - a sort of, 'I wonder how that's done?', experiment. It was a tortuous road with many visits down blind alleys.

I cannot claim that the site was 'designed'. It just grew. As problems were solved other options opened up. It was initially developed on an IE6 browser and a 15 inch monitor with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pix. (That's by way of an excuse should any 'odd' things show up on your system.)

After some persuasion to 'embrace a multi browser audience' - and many tweaks, twiddles and validation cycles later, it appears to comply with W3C X/HTML and CSS standards. It 'should' now be viewable (more or less as intended) with the IE6, IE7, IE8 (in 'compatibility' mode), Opera 7.23, Mozilla 1.6 and the Apple Safari browsers.

One of my self imposed goals was to keep the lefthand navigation sidebar viewable at all times. As a result, the layout is a bit lop-sided when viewed full screen in Opera and Mozilla but that is an attempted compromise to keep the content viewable should anyone want to use a minimised window.


Acknowledgements.

While building the site, I relied heavily on a well thumbed edition of,
'A Visual Quickstart Guide', HTML for the World Wide Web , 5th edition, by Elizabeth Castro,
- very good value at Amazon.co.uk.

That apart, probably the best HTML teaching aids that I came across were the two validation engines that I used,
the CSE HTML Validator Lite and the W3C MarkUp Validation Service .
These validators not only point out what may be wrong with the coding, they also offer hints and suggestions about putting it right!

And then there was the invaluable friendly help, advice and encouragement received from the uk.people.silversurfer newsgroup gang, who kept me going as I struggled through the 'dark days'.

As the site audience grew and information accuracy became paramount I came to rely extensively upon the expertise of a large band of very knowledgeable experts, largely drawn from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the Lincolnshire Naturalists Union, for verification of species identification. Whatever merit the site may have is down to their enthusiastic help and encouragement - for which I am truly grateful.



And finally, ....... feedback.

Should you find any broken links, errors, typos, questionable statements or identifications or, indeed, any irritating facets of the site design, or maybe you have a follow-up question or general comment, please feel free to contact me at

     at this feedback address

         Thank you for viewing. I hope you found something of interest.



Links.

Mentioned within this site are several links to other websites where context supportive information can be found. The following sites are among those which I return to regularly and can recommend.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Lincolnshire Naturalist's Union
'ukmoths' photo gallery
Nature Notes from Skye
Nature Notes from Argyll
Paul Mabbott Ladybird Surveys


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