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Spreading Around

Friday, June 15th 2018

Over the years work has been carried out in the Scrapes as part of the management of this important habitat, and the work has continued this week.  We are reaping the benefits of this work.  Flowers that only grew in a certain area are now found throughout the Scrapes.  Ragged Robin is one of these flowers.  Not everyone's favourite as it does tend to live up to its name and look rather ragged, however the show of pink stands out against the green vegetation.

Ragged Robin

Cotton Grass has always grown in one of the main pools between the pond dipping platforms and in the wind yesterday was blowing, but not as yet releasing its seeds.  In amongst it, Greater Spearwort showing its buttercup yellow flower.  Another plant slowly spreading through the pools.

Cotton Grass and Greater Spearwort

If we are lucky, we can still see a splash of yellow into October, but it does depend on the weather.  These buttercup like flowers belong to the same family as buttercups and provide food sources for the many insects that visit the Scrapes.

Greater Spearwort and insect

Damselflies can be seen hunting for insects not only in the Scrapes but across all the ponds on the reserve and along Risedale Beck, where they enjoy the many insects and the sunshine.  Although they have so much vegetation to rest on they often choose to sit on the rails of the bridges and this is sometimes an opportunity to get close up to them.  I was amazed that this one sat still for so long.


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