Monday Checks

Monday, September 12th 2016

It was a typical start to the week, office work then out, especially as the weather was bright and sunny.

Doing the various checks of the water levels on the Wetland, cow checks, and apples placed on the Water Vole rafts I noticed Water Crickets moving rapidly over the surface of the outlets.

These small pond skater like bugs are present in a lot of the flowing streams, the above is an adult, which stopped long enough to allow me to take this pic. There are two varieties of Water Cricket in the UK, this one is 6.5 mm called Velia caprai. The below photo is of a Freshwater Shrimp from the same slow moving stream. The flow of water has been reduced due to the lack of rain recently, hence all the checks of water levels.

These Common Darters were sat in the sun on the Moorland path.

In the damp of the woodland along Risedale Beck we noticed this fairly young Sulphur Tuft.


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