Trees up , Trees Down

Tuesday, March 8th 2016

Firstly I want to wish Lisa Allen , our Reserve Manager, all the best from the Volunteers and the rest of the gang at Foxglove LNR. I am sure she will enjoy her break and venture forth without us, she will be missed.

It was a typical 'get the jobs done' sort of day, the odd shower did not dampen the amount of effort shown by all, both the weekly volunteers and the Dales School team .

The saplings we failed to plant over the weekend finally got dug in, and we even got the bulk of the 7ft plus standards out the ground ready for another day soon, the amount of soil on the roots should keep them happy until a new home is found. An area of self seeded Sitka Spruce was cleared, and fuelled a steady fire for folk to warm themselves, but to be honest most folk were warm from their labours.

After lunch we cleared the branches down by the Lake Hide bridge.  What was a mess from Sean, our tree surgeon's work yesterday, was soon cleared by the team and it is looking like the site has had a face-lift .

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The Outdoor Classroom seemed to have the hustle and bustle today; Sean cutting log seats and a log bench, and the Dales School team doing a grand job of Gorse clearance around the new plantings nearby.  A few Field Maple saplings went in too!

 

On the ringing front, I was again able to get a Moorhen done with Tony, and the dozen or so Lesser Repolls on the feeders by the Field Centre were crying out for rings.  This weekend I told them.

Sightings today - a freshish Otter spraint on Risedale Beck. SPRAINTS are made up of clearly visible fish bones and scales, with some other small bones, fur, feather and insect fragments sometimes present. All contents are bound by a black tarry mucous. This hardens and dries to pale grey with age.  It has a distinctive sweet-musky odour, which is not unpleasant. Any sightings of these please let me know.

Plus the beautiful rainbowed Turkey-tailed bracket fungus (Trametes-versicolor), this is extremely variable in colouration, often layered in tiered groups on deciduous wood all year round.


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