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Yet More Water!

Saturday, December 29th 2012

After yet more overnight rain, the streams feeding the lake were full.  The sand banks that had been visible earlier in the week were now under water.  Water was leaving the lake over all parts of the weir.  These conditions make life difficult for the Kingfisher.

Risedale Beck was also full.  This Alder tree was hanging on to the bank side but the water had eroded the bank and so the tree, which was partly rotten, had fallen into the beck.  When the water levels fall and it is safe to work here the tree will be removed.  Of course if the water continues to rise so the tree may end up futher downstream!

Fallen Alder tree in the beck

Further upstream another tree now has water running around it.

Tree in beck

It may not be long before this one is also surrunded by water.

Water nearly around the tree

Away from the beck it was noticeable in the Scrapes that the green algae is beginning to grow again.  One lonely Greater Spearwort flower was still showing its colour, yellow against the browns of winter.

Green algae in a Scrapes pond

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