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Spring Flowers

Tuesday, April 27th 2021

The cold nights and cool days are probably not what we would like for spring, after a long cold wet winter, but it does mean that the spring flower show lasts longer.  Every flower is important as a provider of food for a myriad of insects.  Butterflies coming out of hibernation need the nectar whilst the bumble and honey bees are busy collecting pollen.

Primroses are now covering the banks along Risedale Beck but their pale lemon yellow flowers can be seen in many different places, where you least expect them.

Marsh Marigolds are much bolder with a bright yellow flower.  There are not many of these across the reserve so it is always lovely to find a new clump, although as this one is on an island judicious pruning was not possible.

Globe flowers used to grow on the reserve but dispeared so over the last three years we have tried to re-introduce them wthout much success, until this year when the first flower has opened.  These single flower clumps will slowly expand until we have a mass of nodding flower heads.

The Cherry trees are also in flower, so it is well worth a look up as blossom can be spotted in amongst other trees and shrubs.

And finally many thanks to the reserve managers and volunteers who are 'rubbing their tummies and patting their heads' trying to sort out the water levels on the wetland.   Not an easy task when hindered by the Water Voles.  Five Greylag Geese looked on, well camouflaged against the winter vegetation as Sophie and Gerry checked outlets and pipes and holes and more pipes!


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