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Autumn is Here

Wednesday, October 4th 2017

As you drive up the access road look for the Shaggy Ink Cap fungi growing all in a row.  This is where we can normally find them, but not in such large numbers, all together.

Shaggy Ink Cap

You can see that this one has been eaten.

Shaggy Ink Cap

Out on the moorland, Dexter Cattle and Swaledale sheep are helping with our habitat management.  Pauline checked on the cattle and the calf was very co-operative moving so she could get this lovely photo of her.  I love her fringe!

Dexter calf

Eventually modelling was just too much so she headed for Mum.

Dexter cow and calf

The Swaledales were not interested in posing for photographs.

Swaledale sheep

Amazingly we found many flowers passing the flower test a week ago, but already their numbers are decreasing.  Harebells can still be found sheltered and hidden away in the Gorse on the moor.

Harebell

Devil's Bit Scabious is in flower, but the seed heads are now more obvious and so beautiful.

Devil's Bit Scabious seed head

Hemp Agrimony that has fed so many bees and butterflies has now set seed showing off amazing patterns.

Hemp Agrimony seed head


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