A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

One of the joys of the lizard with its location being the first or last land for many species on migration and potential colonisation. With a changing climate these unusual sightings could be just that ‘unusual’ and very are species or new colonisers which are about to become a common resident species.
Dragonflies are undergoing notable changes with new species for Cornwall colonising, breeding and becoming resident

Southern Migrant Hawker

In 2018 these include Small Red-eyed Damsel and Southern Migrant Hawker with notable movements of potential southern colonist species in late Autumn with a large numbers of sightings of  Red-veined Darter and Vagrant Emperor in October. On the migrant insect front a Migratory Locust was also of note at the lizard and co-insided with a small number of other records along the south coast.

Migratory Locust
During a brief coffee break between report writing on the 26/9/18, I headed to the garden for some air. Walking on the path though some longer grassland in the paddock part of the garden I disturbed a large othorpteran which flew rapidly and strongly around 15m before diving into another patch of longer grass.

Migratory Locust the best fit on colouration and size. I checked the area few more times that day and no further sightings. The next day, passing close to where the locust had disappeared I disturbed it again from 4m away but this time it flew only 2m landing on a Cornish Hedge, a couple of minutes searching the spot with binoculars I located it sunbathing and managed to a few records shots. A quick read of reference material seemed to indicate very few recent records but some notable historic influxes when they were quite widespread and numerous in occurrence.
There were further records in 2018, with well documented / photographed sightings in Devon and on the Isles of Scilly at least.

 Published: Jan 2019
Author: Tony Blunden