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Making Tracks

Wednesday, February 8th 2017

The wet start had us in the office dealing with future bookings for schools and adding folk to the events which we have coming up at half term.

Our usual Wednesday team was in; Glennis on moths, alas the only moth today was a single Early Moth, and Elizabeth and Ruth dealing with the Field Centre display boards which get changed on a regular basis.

Once the rain had stopped we ventured out to continue with a few tidying up jobs from yesterday. There was a fair bit of brash to convert, as well as tidying up some of the coppiced Willow stools.

Just moving around Foxglove Covert you cannot help observing new wondrous things; this carpet of moss had gone unnoticed by us in the Conifer Woodland…..

…..and this cup lichen, a Cladonia, had me reaching for my eye glass which I have learnt to carry with me as I do the various jobs on the reserve.


This Roe Deer scat (right below) sat nearby, not too far from a bark rubbed stem I had noticed a few months back.

I find that I collect photos of all these tracks and signs to enhance the Tracks and Signs event which we run here, quite often taking plaster- of-paris casts of footprints like this Roe Deers print. 

Thank you to Elizabeth and Ruth for their help today.

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