Tuesday, July 3rd 2012

A photograph arrived from the North this morning.  The words accompanying it said it all - cold and windy!  It looks wet too!  Let us hope the weather improves for them - they could have sunshine about 1600 tomorrow!!

Sophie and Adam

Foxglove was less cold and less windy but rather damp.  It is getting difficult to take photographs of dry flowers and dry insects.  Slugs galore could decorate the blog, all colours and sizes too.  The snails are also doing well and this one was found in a nettle patch and you are not mistaken - it does have hairs on its shell.  We think it is Trichia hispida, the Hairy Snail. This was last recorded on the reserve in May 2001.

Hairy Snail

Foxgloves are in full flower now and are doing well despite of or because of all the rain and splashes of dark pink can be seen in the undergrowth around the reserve.


In close up the 'bells' of the Foxglove are hairy.  The pattern on the petal acts as a honey guide for bees to direct them to the nectar.

Close up of Foxglove flower

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