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Wednesday, October 30th 2019

The moth traps were out last night on the assumption that the moths would fly before the temperature dropped too low.  Not so, only four moths in total.  It was the last Wednesday of the month so it was a flower walk.  Surprisingly over 40 flowers in flower were recorded, including Daisy, Devil's Bit Scabious, Meadow Sweet, Red Campion and Ivy. 

Along the route the recorders were distracted by fungi.  It is an excellent year for fungi.  Wrinkled Club used to grow in a small area in the conifer woodland, but has now spread.

Another white fungus, not seen for two years was White Saddle.

Out on Plover's Pool further investigation amongst the wax caps.

Meanwhile Colin was keeping the hedge in the back garden neatly trimmed, before heading to the seed store to sieve some of the hopper seed.  This removes larger pieces of chaff which block the netting in the hoppers so preventing the birds reaching the seeds.

There were plenty of birds to be seen in the back garden.  A Nuthatch was busy collecting seed and taking it away to store.  Bullfinches were feeding from the hopper, whilst the Nyger seed feeders were covered in Goldfinches.  Out on the moor a Green Woodpecker flew over making its characteristic yaffle call.  Blackbirds and thrushes were feeding on the Hawthorn berries.

Lesley and Carla ran our Wildlife Drop in Activity which was enjoyed by many children.

Thank you to all our volunteers for all the varied work carried out today.


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