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Different Bits and Pieces!

Sunday, April 13th 2014

Today the blog has several different bits and pieces of information and news, none of them connected!

The RSPB Members, who are at York this weekend came to visit Foxglove.  They divided into three groups and were taken on guided walks around the reserve, taking in the bug hotel (below) woodland, moorland and the lake.  Although the weather was not very spring like, they enjoyed their walks and saw a variety of flora and fauna.  During refreshments, Bullfinch, Brambling and Goldfinch were amongst the birds recorded in the back garden.

RSPB members at the Bug Hotel

On Wednesday the Artful Owls were busy making biscuits, clay tiles and using different techniques to produce art work.  These, along with photographs of the event, are on display in the Activity Room.  The photographs below show some of some of the art work.

Owl art work

Owl Art work

Artful Owl work

Mallards are associated with water.  Should we be worried about the state of the roof of the Field Centre?

Mallard on roof of Field Centre

At this time of year Common Dog Violets are blossoming along the paths, on the moor and in the woodland, where there is soil.  However there are always some who grow elsewhere.  The first was found on the boardwalk…

Dog Violet on the boardwalk.

...the second on some steps.  In neither place is there very much soil!

Dog Violet on the steps

Yesterday in the warmth and sunshine the bumblebees were buzzing around in the willow catkins.  Although much cooler today they were still busy, this time, looking for suitable homes.

Bumblebee looking for home


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