Hints of Autumn

Tuesday, August 28th 2012

Painting the feeder station at the hide was one of the many tasks completed by volunteers today.

Painting the feeders

Jobs like this make such a difference to the reserve. Over behind the Field Centre, everyone else was busy pulling out Silver Birch saplings. This area is being cleared of scrub so that it can be re-planted with native trees.

Pulling Birch

This site was teeming with dragonflies and damselflies. This Emerald damselfly was well camouflaged on the brambles.

Emerald

The Blackberries are beginning to ripen.

Brambles

Common Darters are on the wing in hundreds and are easy to photograph as they sun themselves on logs.

Darter

This Horntail was flying close to the bonfire and decided that Garth's leg was a good resting place! The drill-like ovipositor looks menacing but is harmless as the female uses it to lay eggs.

Woody the Wasp

Visitors to Low Mill Outdoor Centre came for a guided walk and did a bit of pond-dipping.

Low Mill

There was a photo call before they left to finish their action packed holiday in the Dales!

Low Mill Group

Finally, another hint of Autumn is the ripening of the Hazelnuts seen all accross the reserve.

Hazelenut

Thanks to everyone for all your help and support in the many various different ways today.


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