Volunteers at Work

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

Although a Bank Holiday volunteers arrived at Foxglove early this morning.  As usual a variety of work was carried out.  Computing took place in the office.  Strimmers and mowers could be heard cutting paths and net rides.  Bracken was slashed on the moor.

Volunteer on the moor

The route for the flower walk on Saturday was checked and flowers were inspected!

Inspecting the flowers!

However there was time to stop and admire the wealth of flora and fauna around the reserve.  The middle moor is beginning to blossom and is rich in flowers which is vital for all the insects and other invertebrates.

Middle moor beginning to bloom

Although the Bluebells on the moor are going over those in the woodland are just flowering.  Risedale Beck, known for its Spring flowers, still has most of them to be seen.  This beautiful Water Aven is an example.

Water Aven

 A search through the Scrapes revealed no damselflies but one was seen in a conifer tree in the woodland and another on a Nettle along Risedale Beck.  Brian managed to get this photograph before it saw him and moved away!

A blue damselfly

Many other fascinating insects were seen - unfortunately we are unable to identify them, but their beauty was thoroughly enjoyed.

An unknown beautiful insect

Thank you to everyone who worked today, to keep Foxglove looking so beautiful.

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