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Turning of the year

Sunday, August 11th 2013

“We'll soon be ringing Bramblings (winter migrants) again!” was the comment in the ringing room yesterday.  High summer is heading to late summer.  Last year it was wet and it was noticeable around the reserve how the plants had suffered over the summer.  The crab apple tree near the Scrapes did not have a single apple on it, this year it is covered.  These apples will feed many insects and birds over the coming months.

Crab apples

Hazel trees have tiny red female flowers and judging by the Hazel nut crop the trees must have been covered with them in the spring!  Squirrels, mice and voles will enjoy feeding on them and leaving the empty shells scattered on the ground.

Hazel nuts

Although many plants are producing their fruits and seeds some flowers are only just beginning to bloom.  Devil's Bit Scabious is a beautiful flower and provides food for bees, wasps and butterflies.

Devil's Bit Scabious

Purple Loosestrife is flowering in the Scrapes and makes a pink/purple splash of colour amongst the reeds. 

Purple Loosestrife


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