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Thursday, November 2nd 2017

Thank you to everyone who has voted for us.  You still have plenty of time to cast your vote, in fact 18 days 16 hours and 51 minutes.

Next Thursday is our Coffee Morning at Richmond Town Hall.  If you can help out please let us know.  Any cakes can be taken to the Town Hall on the day.  If you are in Richmond on that morning drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.

Carrying on from yesterday's interesting, read gruesome, bits, is this fungus.  It is small and yes it is the right colour, sort of bright orange red.  Its name is Scarlet Caterpillarclub, Cordyceps militaris. This is not found very often because it grows on buried insect larvae, usually caterpillars. It is a new species for the reserve.

Scarlet Caterpillarclub

Another colourful fungus is Conifer Blueing Bracket, Postia caesia, found on dead wood of conifers.  Not gruesome!

Conifer Blueing Bracket

I missed the Kestrel sitting in its tree as I drove in.  It flew into another tree and although the camera would have been at full zoom, I thought I had a chance of a splodge at least.  That was until I peeped the horn as I moved around to get a good shot! 

Sometimes on the lake we see large circles that are not from insects or small fish.  Much discussion takes place as to what can be causing these, a large Pike or an Otter or a trout.  A Brown Trout was seen at the head of the lake, so mystery solved.

Work continued on the wetland, removing vegetation that has been pulled from the ponds.

Clearing pulled vegetation

The wetland looked a little different in December 2008, as it was being profiled.The wetland in December 2008 


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