Plants of Autumn

Sunday, September 25th 2016

There are still many species of flowers in bloom across the reserve, but not in the numbers as two weeks ago.  Fewer Cinnabar moth caterpillars has meant Ragwort is still looking pristine, rather than chewed back to its stalks.

Ragwort

Honeysuckle provides food for a variety of insects throughout its flowering time, including this hoverfly.

Honeysuckle

Blackberries are still in flower.

Blackberry flower

And in fruit, which are being enjoyed by small mammals and birds.  Water Voles have been known to enjoy them, so a task for next week is to collect some for their platforms and see if they still do.

Blackberry fruit

Autumn is of course the time for fungi to appear.  This is one of the ink caps. 

An ink cap species

Bright colours were seen and upon investigation it was a fungus.

Bright coloured fungus

Under the canopy along Risedale Beck someone has been busy with needle and thread, stitching a neat running stitch around the cap of these fungi!!

Fungi


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