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A Scorcher of a Day

Tuesday, July 19th 2016

Often topics of conversation at Foxglove revolve around the weather. Usually it is to comment about how cold, wet or rainy it is on a particular day. Today however turned out to be different. It was baking hot and sunny, perfect for sitting on the beach and topping up a tan.

Unfortunately this was not today’s task however, and pulling thistles out on the Wetland and Meadows seemed like a less appealing task. The volunteers set to work despite the overpowering heat and being plagued by Midges and biting Horseflies. Regular breaks had to be taken to escape from the heat, and for most, lunch occurred in the shade of the trees.

Some nice flowers were found on the Wetland and Flower Meadows, including this Marsh Cinquefoil.

Sneezewort.

A white Orchid.

By the end of the day there were a lot less thistles (and some very hot workers!). Although thistles are loved by bees and butterflies, they are very good at multiplying so need to be kept in check. Thistle lovers can rest assured that we will never have the time to remove all of them!

Elsewhere on the reserve, the bird feeders were filled and some of the paths were strimmed. The Wetland fences were checked to ensure they are cattle proof as our two Dexter Cattle are due to arrive by the end of the day.

Thanks to everyone who helped out today- we know it was hard work in the heat!


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