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Toads Crossing

Monday, April 6th 2015

With the reserve bathed in sunlight and temperatures in the mid to high teens, spring is most definitely on its way. Woodland flowers can be seen across the reserve, Primrose, Celandine and Barren Strawberry can all be found in sun bathed glades through the Hazel coppice alongside Risedale Beck. Toads were heard calling from every pond and puddle today; ripples could be seen across the lake as they chased eachother through the water.

Please take extra care as you drive along the access track and walk the reserve as many Toads are crossing these as they migrate back to their breeding sites.

A Swallow was seen flying over the conifers bordering the wetland at lunchtime today. Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and Peacock butterflies were also spotted.


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