Species Update

Wednesday, May 17th 2017

Whilst the reserve managers and volunteers were identifying moths, counting Early Purple Orchids, helping with a school visit, checking nest boxes and working out when to return to ring the chicks, it was inputting species data for me.  The April monthly observations had to be entered.  It is useful to be next to another computer!

Computers

Once these had been inputted it was time to check against the Foxglove 25 Challenge list, which is to see how many of the species on our list we can record during our 25th year.  Figures  now stand as follows, flowering plants at 79, birds at 47, whilst invertebrates have jumped from 2 to 23, excluding the moths.

From this I started to look for some species photographs, but got waylaid, as I found this one of our 'Highlanders' who grazed the moor.

Highlanders on the moor

Followed by the middle moor, photographed last year.  A bit of a change.

Middle moor July 2016

Then I went back to the species.  White Clover will flower on the middle moor.

White Clover

Bird's-foot-trefoil will also show its sometimes red and yellow flowers.

Bird's-foot-trefoil

We have to wait a little while for these to appear but Wild Garlic is flowering.

Wild Garlic

At the head of the Scrapes Wild Crab Apple is in flower.

Wild Crab Apple

Volunteering covers many areas of work at FGC.  Thank you to everyone who helped today.  Your varied skills are much appreciated.

PS Since writing the blog, news arrived, via email, that there were 550 EPOs!  It has been noticeable this year that they have grown in more places than usual and that there were more of them. 


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