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Spring Flowers

Sunday, April 26th 2015

After the long months of winter the reserve is now changing colour.  There are yellow flowers to be seen including Primroses and Lesser Celandines.  To many people Dandelions are weeds but they are giving a lovely splash of bright yellow around the reserve.


They also provide food for our early butterflies, like this Orange Tip.

Orange Tip on Dandelion

Common Dog Violets are growing everywhere and can be found in the orchard on the way to the wetland hide as well as along the edges of the boardwalks and in the corners of steps.  Some flowers are fading and setting seed.

Common Dog Violet

Cherry trees are in bloom.

Cherry Blossom

Yesterday the Bird Cherry trees along Risedale Beck were examined for insect life.  Not a flower was spotted. (Unless we were all unobservant!)  However the trees near the Grand Fir are in bud.

Bird Cherry flower bud

These tiny Forget-me-nots were found in flower in the Scrapes.


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