Wednesday, September 6th 2017

Today Elizabeth led an autumn themed guided walk around the reserve as part of the Flowers of the Dales Festival.

The weather was kind and autumn was showing itself in a variety of forms around the reserve. This shaggy ink cap was growing along the main entrance track. Edible in its early stages, this soon opens up and starts to decay, becoming much less appealing as it drips a black ink-like substance onto the ground.

Autumn colours of leaves and berries are abundant. These take on a variety of colours and shapes. These elderberries are just ripe.

The apples on the trees are also nearly ripe but haven’t yet started to fall. They will provide food for our birds and be put on feeding platforms for our water voles. 

The berries of the guelder rose are also nearly ripe. These berries are so shiny that they look almost plastic, but they are a popular food source for our wild birds.

Guelder rose berries are very bitter and mildly toxic if eaten raw but can apparently be made into a tasty jelly.

Thanks to Elizabeth for a very enjoyable walk around the reserve today.

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