From Thunder to Thistles

Tuesday, July 23rd 2013

Lots of volunteers turned out to help on the reserve despite the very wet and thundery conditions.  The morning was spent pulling thistles on the wetland.  This is an important job as if left to set seed the area would quickly become covered in thistles, which could cause problems for some of the rarer plants we have growing in this area.

The area was lifting with invertebrates, damselflies could be seen by the hundred and there were moths galore, as well as lots of freshly emerging dragonflies like this Common Darter.

Butterflies were also seen in abundance with lots of Common Blue, Small Skipper and Dark Green Fritillaries flying and feeding on many of the flowers found on the wetland.

Volunteers also spent time having a bonfire to clear away some old brash, and cutting Bracken from around the Outdoor Classroom.  Danke schoen fur alles dein streng arbeiten!

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Tony Crease responded on 24th Jul 2013 with...

I am a little worried about the German - but it has been a long time!!  Can I just thank profusely EVERYONE who in some way or other helped with the Bioblitz last weekend.  That includes those who worked so hard on the preparation, the staff and weekend staff, those who lead guided walks of so many different varieties, the Cleveland Army Cadets who manned the gate, the catering staff including Ann and her extended family, Tony and Lillian (sp?) Cooper, the ringers and scribe, those who provided displays, those who demonstrated their rural crafts, those who gave so freely of their professional expertise, those who manned the sales and raffle, and all the many others who I haven’t space to mention but who made their own contribution.  Finally, I thank those who attended, came along to see what it was about, and made the weekend such a success. To those who feel I have missd them out my apologies, it is unintentional!  It was a superb weekend and although the numbers of species won’t be confirmed for some time the objectives were met.  Adam was the mastermind behind it all and he deserves a significant round of applause!  My thanks to you all.

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