Around the Reserve

Sunday, April 10th 2022

Katie and Chris walked around the reserve yesterday and were so pleased not only to see the Roe Deer but to get some lovely photos of them.

The coat looks a little worse for wear, but it is coming to the time when their winter coat will be replaced by a beautiful coppery summer coat.  The does will be giving birth to kids in May and June.

Moths have been noticeable by their absence due to the very cold night temperatures.  This Twin-spotted Quaker was found on the back of the Field Centre, very close to the ground.  The feathered antennae show that this is a male.  Looking at the 10 day weather forecasts, even allowing for the differences between them all, it does suggest that the nights are not going to be frosty.  Fingers crossed that the moth traps may be able to go out!

Travelling to Foxglove the hedgerows are definitely green showing that Hawthorn is in leaf.  At Foxglove the buds of Hawthorn are just beginning to break and a hint of green is able to be seen.  The flowers do not appear until May.

 

Whilst out on the moor 'Hay Rattle or Yellow Rattle walking' has been taking place for the last two weeks, ever hopeful that the tiny seed leaves will be spotted.  Not a sign, not even a possibly, until yesterday when several of the rounded leaves were recorded.

Thank you to everyone who have provided photographs for the recent blogs, this is much appreciated.


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