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Spring Continues

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

The toad spawn was wrapped around the plants.  We watched it develop and the tiny tadpoles disappeared!  After hatching and feeding on the jelly they hide away amongst the water plants to avoid predators. As they are now bigger and can swim they are back in large numbers.

Toadpoles

Bogbean grows in one of the ponds in the Scrapes and it is just beginning to show its beautiful flower heads.

Bogbean

A Silver Birch catkin turned out to be something different, a caterpillar.  Its colour and position on the branch gives it excellent camouflage.

Caterpillar on Silver Birch

Looked at head on, you can see that its head is tucked in close to its six legs.

Caterpillar - head on

We think it is likely to be one of the prominent moths.  

Fern fronds are beginning to unfurl.  This one has a harvestman hiding in the curled frond.

Uncurling frond with harvestman

The reward for all the hard work along Risdale Beck, where volunteers carried out the coppicing of Hazel and Alder, can now be seen. Yellow patches are the Primroses and these are now being joined by the Bluebells.

Bluebells

Bluebell


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