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Saturday, October 4th 2014

Yesterday there was a meeting about the Touchscreen Project.  It is a huge task but progress is being made.  We were able to see it in action yesterday and were impressed with the work that has been done. 

This page shows the themes for the quiz.

Page of the Touchscreen project

It will also be possible to search for some of the species found on the reserve and to find out some information about them.

Our Species page

This gives you an idea of what the information page will look like. On this page you will be able to investigate the season it is most likely to be seen and the habitat where it can be found.

Information page

Thank you to Simon for providing these pages.  Also thanks to Jeff for the piece of information about one of our species. Buttercups are poisonous and cattle do not eat them as they do not taste very nice. 

Whilst we were at the Crater on Thursday there was a phone call from Jack Daw on Salisbury Plain.  He had been ringing the day before and caught a Firecrest in his net, but it had escaped before he could reach it.  On Thursday it, or another one, had returned and he was able to ring it.  These birds are tiny, weighing only 6g.

Firecrest

Firecrest

Thank you for the photographs Jack.

Listening to the weather forecast today it does appear that Autumn is well and truly on its way. There was a hint of this at the Crater on Thursday morning with small frost pockets.

Frost on a buttercup leaf

The leaves on the trees at Foxglove are beginning to show some autumn colour.  However with the forecast for strong winds during the coming week, there may not be too many leaves left!

Autumn colours

And finally, an optical illusion?  How many wings does this Common Darter have?

Common Darter


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