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August 2018 Wildlife Records

16 August 2018, Victoria Park: a Sparrowhawk hunting around Crown Gate in the late afternoon (John Archer).

16 August 2018, East India Dock Basin: 1 Teal, 2 Egyptian Geese, 71 Mallards (Tom Speller).

12 August 2018, Victoria Park: lots of an unidentified Bladderwort in East Lake. Bladderworts are a group of aquatic insectivorous plants, any of which would be extremely rare in London. Watch this space for more details if we can identify the plant to species level (John Swindells).

11 August 2018, East India Dock Basin: a Common Buzzard drifted north, 2 Oystercatchers flew over the basin then east along the Thames, 2 Jersey Tiger moths (Frank Nugent).

10 August 2018, Limehouse: 10 Common Sandpipers flew west at 7.45am (Paul Hyland).

9 August 2018, East India Dock Basin: 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail (Tom Speller).

4 August 2018, Hesperus Crescent E14: a Silver Y caterpillar feeding on parsley (Peter Minvalla).

Silver Y caterpillar

Silver Y caterpillar (Peter Minvalla)

3 August 2018, East India Dock Basin: a family group of Reed Warblers including at least 2 juveniles in the north-west corner, 4 Common Blues around the Copse (Tom Speller). Click photos to enlarge

Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler (Tom Speller)

Common Blue butterfly

Common Blue (Tom Speller)







2 August 2018, East India Dock Basin: lots of fish visible in the clear, shallow water: 150+ Rudd (including at least one ornamental “golden” individual, suggesting that their origin might be nearby Saffron Avenue Pond) and 60+ Thin-lipped Grey Mullet (John Archer).

1 August 2018, Victoria Park: the pair of Great Crested Grebes on West Lake have 5 chicks, not 4 as previously reported. Also at least 12 Small Red-eyed Damselflies on East Lake (the first record for Victoria Park) along with 2 Emperor Dragonflies and 2 Blue-tailed Damselflies (Richard Drew).

1 August 2018, Mile End Park (Ecology Lake): 3+ Brown Hawkers, 3 Emperor Dragonflies, about 6 Blue-tailed Damselflies and about 6 Common Blue Damselflies (Richard Drew).

Archive of earlier reports
January-July 2018 wildlife reports (PDF 950KB)
2017 wildlife reports (PDF 3.1MB)
2016 wildlife reports (PDF4.4MB)
2015 wildlife reports (PDF 2.6MB)
2014 wildlife reports (PDF 3.2MB)
2013 wildlife reports (PDF 2.1MB)
2012 wildlife reports (PDF 780KB)
2011 wildlife reports (PDF 100KB)

Header photo: Firecrest in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (David Darrell-Lambert)