Lots of Photos!
Saturday, November 5th 2011
Yesterday Brian had the tables turned on him - instead of him doing the looking he was looked at! 'What is that?' she is asking.
'Better have a good look! Is this a better position for you to photograph me?!'
A great sighting. Several deer have been observed but these are the first photographs for a while - thanks Brian.
This morning in the rain, Ann and Elizabeth set out for their flower walk. It was noted that many of the flowers that had been seen in October in reasonable quantities had died, but amazingly 39 species were recorded, including this Knapweed. (Hardhead)
Others seen included Wild Carrot, Blackberry, Honeysuckle, Ivy and Sowthistle. The full list can be seen on the Observation Board in the Field Centre.
We noted other species, Robin's Pincushion Gall, a Raspberry, and some beautiful lichens, which were soft because of the rain.
Initially we thought we had found a new species of 'lacey dock' until the leaf was turned over and was seen to be being consumed by several slugs and a caterpillar!
However after careful scrutiny and checking that it was not recorded by its old name, a new species of plant was found! It is a good job it was spotted last week as this week it was somewhat mud covered but still identifiable - unfortunatley no photograph is available and we may have to wait until Spring to get one! The new species is ..... Redleg (Persicaria maculosa) and it likes to grow in damp bare ground and mud. It was growing in ideal conditions.
Whilst Ann and Elizabeth were enjoying the rain, Sophia and Adam were enjoying playing in the mud again! They returned to the Field Centre and they did not even come to stand on the verandah,.
A cup of tea and a sticky bun were well received before they returned to the voley pond to complete the removal of the Reedmace that had been cleared from it yesterday. A job well done - but the other larger pond is yet to be attacked!
Some of the winter maintenance work leaves areas looking a little sorry for themsleves but nature is amazingly fantastic and come the Spring and Summer these areas will soon look green and beautiful.
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