The Longest Day

Sunday, December 16th 2018

As we approach the winter equinox, the shortest day, I looked at what was around on the longest day.  It was a hot summer.  Lark and Taurus appreciated the shelter of the Hawthorn near Plover's Pool.

Lark and Taurus

Butterflies were abundant and the Speckled Woods made the most of all the sunny glades.

Speckled Wood

Flowers opened but did not stay that way for long due to the heat.  Sometimes we can record Greater Spearwort right through to December, but not this year.

Greater Spearwort

There are many dandelion-like flowers on the reserve.  With lots of perseverance we are beginning to identify some of them, although I must admit, some do not appear to have read their details in the various and many flower books.  We can however, enjoy them and the insects that they feed.

Dandelion-like flower plus insects

There are still some calendars left for sale in the Field Centre and don't forget if you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift there are books for sale too.  Very shortly the bird ringers will be out checking that the nest boxes are ready for the breeeding season and there are still many available for adoption.  Don't forget the bat boxes which have been checked and are ready for their inhabitants come the spring. (See the Support Us page for more details.)

If you would like to hear more about the reserve then there are two walks organised, one on Boxing Day and one on New Year's Day.  To book your place check out the News and Events page or contact the Field Centre.


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