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Seasonal Colours

Tuesday, November 7th 2017

Each season has its colours and they change, sometimes so slowly that you hardly notice the differences.  Spring turns parts of the reserve blue with Bluebells.


Risedale Beck must be coppiced to open up the canopy to allow the sun to reach the ground and encourage the spring flowers. Warm sunny glades are feeding and sunbathing sites for invertebrates of different colours, sizes and shapes.

Bluebells along Risedale Beck

As the days lengthen so the middle moor changes from lush green to yellow as the Yellow Rattle opens its flowers.

Yellow Rattle

By late summer Meadow Browns and many bees flit amongst the purple Betony.


Early autumn or late autumn, by the end of October greens are changing to yellows, reds, browns and the Larches are orange.

Autumn colours

Winter can be white.

Winter white

Throughout all these seasonal changes people work to ensure that the reserve is always looking its best.  The Aviva Community Grant would help us to continue this work.  If you have not already voted for Foxglove, please do so, as every vote counts.  Thank you.

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