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Saturday, November 10th 2018

Recent weather has been variable, with sun and warmth, cool and cooler, rain, wind, snow and frosts.  Each type of weather shows the reserve in a different light.  Frost left lichens coated, making them look like Christmas decorations.

Frost coated lichens

Bramble leaves were covered too.

Frost coated Bramble leaves

It has to be the right sort of rain for water droplets to form and Sloe berries were ideal hosts.

Water droplet on Sloe berry

Larch trees are turning yellow gold and can be see standing proud against the other dark green conifers.  Soon their needles will fall, coating the ground and paths a beautiful warm autumn colour.

Larch

Our lake is attracting some visitors.  A Pintail has been recorded and now a male Widgeon.

Make Widgeon

The Mallards were ignoring him as they sat on their tree resting and preening.

Mallard on the tree in the lake

If you are beginning your Christmas shopping there are new books, for adults and children, for sale in the Field Centre.

Book shop

New books


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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Dragonfly and a Damselfly? Can you tell the difference between the different species of blue damselfly? Would you like to learn more about theses fascinating animals that have been around since prehistoric times? Join Keith Gittens for a walk around the beautiful Foxglove ponds (some of which are usually out of bounds to visitors) and observe as many different species as you can. Last year, a new species for the reserve was discovered on this event!

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