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Wetland Work

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

With help from volunteers we focused our efforts on the wetland today, continuing to cut and remove the vegetation the Dexter cattle and the Exmoor ponies didn’t fancy or hadn’t got around to.

We also started to remove some of the reedmace (Typha sp.), commonly known as bulrush, where it had been taking over.

One of the things we noticed while doing this were a number of these spiders.

They would run fast on the surface of the water, but probably lived in the vegetation. When disturbed they would lie with the four front legs pointing forwards, and the four back legs pointing backwards – in doing so, camouflaging very well as a small, floating stick.

A bit of research later and we think the spiders were of the genus Tetragnatha. These are stretch spiders and have this behaviour of stretching their legs out in front and behind to produce a stick like effect.

A group from the Dales School also joined us, here shown helping to cut back encroaching vegetation.

Elsewhere Ann and John filled bird feeders and John gave a little TLC to some of the benches from around the reserve.

Glennis also went out and about around Foxglove with her camera, coming back with this enchanting photograph of a roe deer!

Thank you to all who came and helped today.

In other news: We need to finalise numbers for the catering, so book now for A Tree, a Leaf, a Blade of Grass! It takes place this Friday (18th November 7pm for 7:30pm start) and is only £10 for an evening of entertainment, to include an audio-visual presentation by John Webster ARPS, MPAGB and a meal! Tickets are available at the Field Centre.

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