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Spring

Sunday, May 13th 2018

There is no story or theme to the blog unless it can all be encompassed as Spring!

Spring is well on its way and this is reflected in the many different greens on the trees, interspersed with the white blossom of Bird Cherry and the new ruby coloured leaves of Beech.

Spring colours

The bridge rails are usually full of a variety of bugs and beasties, but so far this spring few have been spotted.  It may be that I am just very impatient!  Careful scrutiny did reveal a large female and the much smaller male Alder Fly.

Female and male Alder Fly

Further on a different stonefly to the normal ones seen was also spotted.  It was larger and had patterend wings.

Stonefly species

A Dryad's Saddle fungus has regrown on a tree where it was found two years ago.

Dryad's Saddle

Male Orange Tip butterflies can be seen flitting through the new spring vegetation, rarely stopping for a photograph.  Whilst busy examining the orchard trees I realised that at my feet was a female Orange Tip on a Cuckoo flower and not only did she remain there I could see that she had an orange coloured egg on the stem of the plant.

Orange Tip female on cuckoo Flower, with orange coloured egg

Most of the female Mallards are sitting on their nests, whilst the males take life easy.  Preening is very important to keep plumage in prisitine condition.

Preening Mallards

Feeding is needed to keep up their strength when all those pesky ducklings invade the lake!

Feeding Mallards

To finish the blog some dates for your diary.  If you wish to visit the flowers of Foxglove Covert there is a guided walk on Thursday 17th May starting at 10am.  For an earlier start, 5am, then it is not too late to book onto the Birdsong Breakfast on Saturday 19th May.  And finally the Foxglove Coffee Morning will be held in Richmond Town Hall on Thursday 14th June.  There are more details on the events page.

Well almost to finish the blog.  Concentrating on the pony heading towards me I took the photograph.  Downloaded I saw that I had a right angled Exmoor Pony!

Exmoor Pony


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Come along and find out which animals are living in some of the Foxglove ponds. Book a pond dipping session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the net handles will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking.  There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the net handles will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 



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