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Monday, September 9th 2013

Plant and animal populations flucutate year on year.  There is rarely just one reason to explain these changes.  This summer the Peacock Butterflies have been seen in large numbers.  Ladybirds have rarely been observed.  Today this one was spotted hiding in a Knapweed seed head.

Seven Spot Ladybird in a Knapweed head

Volunteers painted all the seats on the reserve before summer.  Some may need to be repainted!  This wasp was carefully peeling off layers of wood to take back to its nest.

Wasp collecting wood from a seat

Over the years Oak trees have been planted by volunteers.  Some have also been 'planted' by Grey Squirrels and Jays.  All are doing well.  Some of the Oak leaves are now sporting beautifully coloured galls.

Galls on an Oak leaf

Although we may not want to admit that autumn is here (the Met office autumn is September to November) some plants are already showing their autumn colours, like this Blackberry.

Autumn colours on Blackberry

There is now just enough dampness in the warm earth for the fungi to show themselves in all different shapes, sizes and colours.  This one, which we think is Coprinus lagapus, likes to grow where there have been wood chippings.  It only lasts for a day.

A fungi coprinus lagapus


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Glenn responded on 9th Sep 2013 with...

Today’s photos took my breath away!


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