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Sunshine and Eco Club

Sunday, January 29th 2012

Due to human error there are no photographs of Eco Club today!  Our aim was to build a log pile that could be used by the children who visit the reserve with their schools.  Usually log piles are built and then left alone.  The one we made today will be able to be investigated to see who is living there, snails and slugs, woodlice and maybe even a toad or two. 

Firstly we set off and collected twigs and branches, leaf mould and moss, wood chippings and rotting wood in the conifer woodland and some of the cleared area along Risedale Beck.  After refreshments and a little warm up, we headed up to the Outdoor Classroom and chose a suitable site next to the bug hotel.  Using some larger logs already there, we built the log pile and then the smaller material was added in the holes and spaces around it.  We talked about the creatures who would live there.  Eco Club will visit this on future meetings to see how it is developing.  Thank you very much to everyone for their hard work.

On leaving the Outdoor Classroom we took the long way back to the Field Centre and looked at other log piles in the newly felled area.  A piece of bright red rubbish was spotted but before it was picked up we realised that it was Scarlet Elf Cap fungus.

Scarlet Elf Cap fungus

A moorland walk, later in the afternoon saw a 'sundog' (a parhelia) .  These are formed when the low sun catches the ice crystals in cold cirrus clouds.

Sun dog

The beautiful sunny day was enjoyed by many visitors.


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