Signs of Spring

Monday, April 20th 2009

It's been a glorious sunny day today with plenty of visitors. We had several people on a Signs of Spring walk this afternoon and we saw the first Early Purple Orchid in flower with its distinctive, spotted leaves. Also in flower are the first Bluebells which are joining the spectacular display of Primroses and Wood Anemones along the banks of the beck. There are large glossy clumps of Wild Arum leaves and the first signs of Wild Garlic are coming into flower. Ladies Smock are starting to open their flowers in the middle of the reserve together with Marsh Marigolds.

Early Purple Orchid

Large Cup fungus sprouting their saucer-shaped fruiting bodies can be found along one of the moorland trail paths. These grow on dead wood and sawdust and so are in their typical habitat beside our newly woodchipped tracks.

Clive came to help and spent the morning taking wood chippings to top one of our moor trails. Increasing numbers of Peacock and Orange Tip butterflies were in evidence.

There were 8 bird ringers in and species ringed included Willow Warbler, Siskin, Reed Bunting, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Blackcap and Treecreeper. A pair of Tufted Duck was on the lake and in the early evening sunshine the first Lapwing nest containing 3 eggs was found on the wetland and Snipe were drumming noisily. A very pleasant ending to a beautiful spring day.


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