Flowers and Fungi

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011

As the warm temperature continues we've had another day of good sightings on the reserve.  The volunteers were out for their usual work day and whilst removing a redundant path near the lake Brian, the self-confessed 'born rooter', found this beautiful Scarlet Elf Cup growing among some mossy logs.

Scarlet Elf Cup

Although it is a little raggy around the edges it is a good find as it is the first time this has been seen on the reserve. 

Glistening Inkcap

This Glistening Inkcap is growing among the log pile opposite the Field Centre and looked like it was covered in dewdrops earlier in the day.

Mating Toads

The Dales School students were fascinated to observe the many Toads mating in the scrapes ponds!  Whilst there they also noticed that some of the frogspawn laid a few weeks ago has already hatched, and there are tiny tadpoles swimming around. 

Coltsfoot

Ann noticed the Coltsfoot flowers growing near to where we were working today and, not to be left out,...........

Primroses

.......another Brian found the first Primroses in flower.

At the lake Guy and his team have almost finished digging out the new lake.  The next phase will be to install the new footbridge and boardwalk, Trevor and his team will be back tomorrow to plan the bridge footings which will be put into place while the lake is still empty. We're almost ready for The Big Fill Up!'


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