Foxgloves Galore!

Saturday, June 29th 2013

Photographs were taken, the text was already being drafted for the blog and a pat on the back for being so well organised!  Then the clear fell area came into view and the original idea went out of the window.  It was windy, cool and threatening rain but the area was magnificent!  Grasses were nodding in the wind. 

Yorkshire Fog grass

Standing watching the movement of the grasses it became very clear that many Foxgloves were hiding there.  

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

A conifer block covered this area and it was very dark and almost impenetrable.  Very little grew under the trees.  When the wind blew the trees fell.  As part of the woodland management plan this area was felled during the winter of 2011/12.  Volunteers spent many an hour clearing the brash and preparing the land for replanting.  They then spent many hours planting trees and more recently checking all the tree tubes. (The trees are doing very well.)  The habitat has changed and will undergo further changes over the years, as the trees grow.

An update from the north.  The party have been ringing birds in the Loch Torridon area.  There was a surprise awaiting them on an island in Loch Torridon, a Barn Owl!  A photograph is on its way south!


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