Another Walk

Thursday, April 26th 2012

Ann, Ruth and Elizabeth set off to do the monthly flower walk this morning,  well prepared for the forthcoming heavy rain.  Their walk included the Scrapes, the Bullet Catcher Pond, net ride 52, Risedale Beck and after a warming cup of tea and a thaw in the Field Centre, the route continued to the wetland and across the moor, before returning for lunch and amazingly they remained dry.  The rain not starting to fall until after lunch.

Although concentrating on flowers, this Oak was observed and it was noted that it is coming into leaf before the Ash - in for a soak or a splash?

New Oak leaves

An area where Early Purple Orchids were known to grow was walked and several leaves were seen, some having spots and some not.  The flower spikes were quite small and few flowers were open.

Early Purple Orchid

On the banks of Risedale Beck spring flowers were abundant including some beautiful Early Purple Orchids in full flower.

Early Purple orchid in full flower

Around the reserve Primroses are setting seed, in full flower and some are still in bud.

Primroses

Crosswort was thought to be flowering early but the reference books record it in April

Crosswort

In all 36 plants were recorded in flower (including the Cowslip!) and the total seen during April comes to 39.

How many will be noted during May?

 


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