Common Butterwort

Tuesday, June 8th 2010

Although the weather has been damp today there has been plenty to see around the reserve.

On the wetland the fluffy black Moorhen chicks were swimming about among the reeds. The Adder's Tongue Fern is just showing through. This is an annual fern and although it is later than last year it is good to know it has come back.


On the raised fen the Butterwort, shown here, is in flower. There are plenty examples of this beautiful little flower and they were sparkling in the fine rain. The Northern Marsh Orchids are also starting to come into flower up there.

At the weekend the bird-ringing took place on Saturday. The Ringing Group set a national record with the re-trap of a Garden Warbler, which was originally ringed at Foxglove as an adult male in May 2000. This little bird, weighing less than 15g has migrated to and from Africa each year and is once again breeding on the reserve. It is at least eleven years old and in the time since its original ringing it has clocked up a minimum of 120,000 miles! The previous oldest known Garden Warbler in the UK was eight years old.

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