A Busy Day

Wednesday, May 18th 2011

It was a busy day at Foxglove.  Two schools visited today and enjoyed finding minibeasts which were more active in the warmer and less windy conditions.  This 7 Spot Ladybird was found amongst the leaves.

7 Spot Ladybird

The Volunteers worked at a variety of jobs including building boardwalks in the Scrapes.  "Mr and Mrs Blue Tit" are still busy feeding all their young.  The chicks are growing with all the caterpillars and grubs being brought in for them.  We hope that they will not get some extra food as the moths go into the trap overnight!

The wetland was full of animals today.  The children saw a Roe Deer.  Swallows and House Martins were hunting for insects over the ponds.  Greylag Geese appeared to be on guard - possibly chicks?  Moorhen and Mallard were seen in the ponds feeeding and this afternoon Lapwing were flying over the wetland.

Earlier in the day a Hare had been put up in the conifer plantation on the way to the wetland.  It loped off towards the gate onto the moor.  A short time later a Hare,  (the same one?)  was seen walking along the bund towards the hide.  It disappeared for a short time before being seen feeding near the ponds.  It finally, slowly, headed under the gate and off onto the training ground.

Hare

There were some showers today but this did not stop all the activity and the rain drops were caught glistening on this horsetail.

Raindrops on horsetail

Thank you to everyone who contributed making the day successful.


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