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


(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:


Leave a Comment:







Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

The following question is designed to make sure you are a real person and helps us cut down on spam.
Your comments will appear here once an administrator has reviewed them.

How many days are there in one year? (3 character(s) required)


Back to Top

Recent Blog Posts:

And it’s going to get even colder…..

Posted 10th December 2017

Today has been mostly cold and grey, with a few spells of weak sunshine, but the predicted snow failed to materialise.  There were one or…

Read More

Warmer!

Posted 9th December 2017

No it is not warmer but I am writing this sitting in the warm, waiting for the snow to arrive!  I thought that it would…

Read More

Colder!

Posted 8th December 2017

At the start of the day, the cold had really set in.  No weather forecast was needed to feel that the wind was coming from…

Read More

Cold!

Posted 7th December 2017

For the last few days the birds have been flocking to the garden feeders.  Do they know that a cold spell is on its way? …

Read More
 
 
 

Sitemap | Accessibility Policy | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions |