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Welcome shelter complete

Thursday, June 24th 2010

he warmer weather, especially in the evenings, has meant that the moth trapping yesterday was very successful. We had 41 species in the trap, of which this White Ermine was just one. He looks like he's wearing a fur cloak! Other notable species were Green Carpet, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Buff Tip and Blood Vein.

White Ermine

There are two sets of contractors on site at the moment. Trevor and his team have finished the new Welcome/Information shelter near to the entrance to the reserve. It is now awaiting some information! Later this summer it will be getting a site map and some information telling you about the reserve.

Welcome shelter

They have moved on to start the footings for the new disabled access hide. The wooden bases to hold the concrete were made on site yesterday and have been placed and filled with concrete today. They will now have to dry out for a week before any more work can continue.

Footings for the hide

Meanwhile, in the scrapes, Steve's team continued to install the frames for the new boardwalk. Here they are on the middle section between the two dipping platforms. As you can see the path through the scrapes continues to be out of action for the moment.

Frames for the boardwalk

The reserve is looking extremely colourful at the moment and this is the peak time for anyone who wants to see the abundance of flowers. The Northern Marsh Orchids are still in flower and are being joined by Common Spotted Orchid as well. There are too many to list here, but include Greater Spearwort, Marsh Cinquefoil, Clovers (red, white and zig-zag!), Wild Rose, Self-heal, Forget-Me-Not and, of course, Foxglove!

As noted last week we had a successful coffee morning at Richmond Town Hall. We are having another one, for the first time, at Bedale Car Boot Sale. This will be held on Saturday 10th July. So, once again, the call is out for any donations for the Tombola and baked goods to sell. Any offers of help on the day would also be truly and gratefully accepted. Thank you.

Last, but not at all least, we have a welcome return for the Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly. This was new to the reserve on the wetland last year and has been seen exactly one year later to the day! He is a spectacular pale blue and yellow. No photo as yet but we'll try our best to get one. Keep watching.

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