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A Sea of Blue

Friday, May 25th 2012

There are many surprises as you walk around the reserve, the top end of the moorland is awash with delicate bluebells swaying in the gentle breeze.

This flower is one of the quintessential signs of the British Springtime, though is more commonly spotted carpeting well shaded and ancient woodlands.

Our native bluebells are a deep violet-blue with a strong sweet scent, also with a creamy white pollen.  Most often the flower stems nod to oneside.

The sunny weather of late has allowed people to really enjoy these flowers at their best and capture some beautiful photographs.

Bogbean in the Scrapes

Bogbean is now out flowering through many ponds in the scrapes.  These have an upright raceme of white flowers tinged with pink.

The Reedbed

The reedbed is looking fabulous and as we were walking along the board walk a Sedge Warbler was heard and seen perched in the new reed growth.

Many new visitors as well as our regulars were in today to make the most of the fine weather.  Brian spotted Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damseflies, the first record for these of the year.  Richmond C of E School made their final visit today, again enjoying pond dipping, a mini-beast safari and poetry walk; 90 pupils from this school have visited the reserve this week!


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Tim Randall responded on 26th May 2012 with...

A stunning display of bluebells.


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