Around Foxglove

Thursday, November 21st 2013

There was a frost early last night and the leaves had fallen from the trees.  Risedale Beck was sheltered from the strong wind that built during the day so the leaves were left on the ground, making the paths yellow.

Leaves on the path

Leaves on the path

Heavy rain had increased the amount of water in the beck, but not enough yet, to clear all the leaves.

Risedale Beck

Although bitterly cold today there were signs of life.  This frog was slowly on the move.

Frog

The marker posts often provide good sites for invertebrates.  A harvestman was a little difficult to photograph because of his long stripey legs!

Harvestman on marker post

Lichens, mosses and fungi can be seen on many of the log piles.

Moss, lichen and fungi on dead wood

One of the jobs the volunteers regularly do is to cut down and pull up Silver Birch.  They produce many seeds which easily germinate.  This is one seed head and each of the tiny wings you can see surrounds a seed.  These are very late in being dispersed.  Another birch was found but the seeds were still to ripen.  There could be a lot of birch next year!

birch seeds


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