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Grasses Galore!

Friday, June 27th 2014

Grasses are growing very well and have been producing large amounts of pollen.  The following photographs show the beauty of the grasses growing around the reserve.

grasses

grasses

grasses

On the moor Yellow Rattle was planted.  When checked today we were pleased to see that some are almost ready to 'rattle' - meaning that their seeds are ripe.

Yellow Rattle seed head

Just as pleasing were those still in flower.

Yellow Rattle flowers

As these plants are semi parasitic on grass roots, over the coming years they should reduce the grasses so that flowers have less competition.

The far moor is managed by grazing and today the sheep and their lambs were sitting chewing the cud under the Hawthorn tree.

Sheep on moor

Two Dexter cattle are grazing the wetland and were curious to see what volunteers were doing, so came near to the fence to have a look.

Dexter cattle on the wetland

 Although called Cotton Grass, it is not a grass but a sedge. In the gentle breeze this morning the seeds were being dispersed.

Cotton Grass


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