Summer and Autumn

Sunday, September 3rd 2017

Officially autumn, this time of year always shows a mix of late sumer flowers, fruits and seeds.

Some of the smaller willow herbs are dispersing their seeds.  It almost looks like they are being unzipped!

Dispersing willow herb seeds

Elderberries are ripening.

Ripening Elder berries

Hawthorn and Rowan have had a good year and are covered in red fruits.  Blackbirds have been seen in the Rowan trees near the bottom pond dipping platform.

Grass of Parnassus is in flower and also developing seed heads.

Grass of Parnassus flower and seed head

Devil's Bit Scabious grows in many different habitats across the reserve and is providing plenty of food for butterflies and bees.

Devil's Bit Scabious

Pink spikes of Purple Loosestrife stand out through the other vegetation in the Scrapes.

Purple Loosestrife

Then something a little out of place, a spring flower growing slightly hidden away, a Dog Violet.   I must admit that we usually do find one violet in flower somewhere on the reserve at this time of year.

Dog Violet

Many flowers provide a much needed source of food  at this time of year, but they also provide the framework for nest building.  A spider has tied plantain heads together and spun her dome shaped web to form a nest  for her egg sac.  I wondered at the strength needed by the spider and her silk to pull these into place.

Spider's nest


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