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Autumn Nature

Sunday, October 26th 2014

Whilst walking around the reserve yesterday with the children, there were still some insects about. This Kidney Spot Ladybird may have been looking for a hibernation site, but it was some way from its favourite Ash trees.

Kidney Spot Ladybird

Fungi are still appearing. A group of puff balls was just beginning to push through the grass. 

A group of puffballs

The markings on the largest one are truly amazing.

Markings on the largest puffball

On the 8th October a photograph was taken of a Foxglove still in flower, along Risedale Beck.  It was still in bloom yesterday!

Foxglove

Whilst flowers are still open to remind us of summer, Autumn is marching on and the leaves are falling.

Coloured autumn leaves

Last year many trees had a  bumper year, producing large quantities of berries, fruits and nuts.  It was thought that this year there would be a poor crop.  However the Holly trees around the reserve are full of berries.

Holly berries


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