Out and About

Sunday, March 16th 2014

It was very windy and cold but there were still things to see at Foxglove.  Jenny took this photograph of Brian and Elizabeth intent on taking a photograph of the gravel path!

Brian and Elizabeth phtographing the gravel path!

Actually they were taking a photo of a rather grumpy toad!

Grumpy Toad

At this time of year the toads are returning to their spawning grounds and so will walk across the road and paths.  Please be careful.  Some toads were spotted in the ponds.  A little Sun and warmth will see them become more active and the males will begin to call for the females.

We have frogspawn in deep water and in shallow water, so a wet dry summer or should that be a dry wet summer to come?  There are still frogs to be seen in the ponds.  Outside the spawn is at the 'full stop' stage.  A small amount of spawn was collected and placed in a tank in the Field Centre where it is warm, and it has hatched!

Barren Strawberry grows along the edge of many paths.  Few buds can be seen at the minute, but on a log pile this bud, that we have been watching for a few days, has now opened.

Barren Strawberry

Opposite Golden Leaved Saxifrage covered many of the vertical banks of the small becks that run through the reserve.  Last year's floods removed much of it.  However it  is recovering and spreading along the banks again.

Opposite Golden Leaved Saxifrage

 Primroses are just beginning to show their beautiful yellow flowers.

Primrose

A Primrose flower that we followed last year as it was covered under snow several times, has survived the summer but as yet only has tiny leaves and no sign of any buds.

We always look for Coltsfoot early in the year.  On Wednesday it was not to be seen.  Today the bright yellow bud was showing itself above last year's vegetation. 

Coltsfoot

Foxglove was busy today with many visitors braving the weather to enjoy a walk around the reserve.


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