Fantastic Flowers

Wednesday, April 24th 2019

Due to the fact that Foxglove Covert is a little higher than its surrounding areas, many flowers appear later than they do elsewhere. The first Bluebells are beginning to bloom on the many Bluebell banks around the reserve.

One of these places is adjacent to the stone circle and it would be helpful if walkers could keep to the path to allow the Bluebells to grow.

Team Wednesday have been busy all day recording flowers on their weekly walk. In total they found a staggering thirty-five species. They were spotted on their rounds from the wetland hide. Botanists always have their eyes to the ground whereas the birders tend to gaze up to the sky!

Back in the field centre, the observations were added to the board.

Then details were entered into the species database. 

Willow stems that were planted to fill gaps in the coppice block are starting to grow. 

Visitors enjoyed learning about Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs on the Magnificent Migration event and they were lucky enough to watch both singing in the Willow Carr. They also watched a Grey Wagtail collecting food for its young on the wetland. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out today and to Elizabeth for the photographs for today's blog.


(1) Comments:

Janet Hutchinson responded on 24th Apr 2019 with...

Thank you to everyone at Foxglove Covert for such a lovely day.  I really enjoyed the Magnificent Migration event and then walking around the reserve to see all the positive impact clearing the scrapes has produced.  All the effort is really paying off.  Great to see everyone today.


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