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Tuesday, November 14th 2017

Tuesdays are work days and the volunteers were busy.  Our meadows must be strimmed once the flowers have seeded and then raked to ensure that the wild flowers flourish from spring through to early autumn.  If the cuttings were left and allowed to decay then this would enrich the soil which is not good for the flowers.  They much prefer nutrient poor soil.  

Because of the varied flora in the meadows, they need to be cut at different times.  The meadow opposite the Grand Fir is one of the last to be strimmed.  The late flowering Devil's Bit Scabious can be found here, providing food for bees.

Devil's Bit Scabious and bee

Hardheads or Knapweed  can also be found.

Hardheads or Knapweed

Today it looks shorn, but the seeds will have fallen and been moved around with raking.  It is now ready for all winter can throw at it - rain, snow and frost!

Strimmed meadow

A puzzle - do you know where this photograph was taken?  The tree tubes are being checked and where necessary removed.

Checking tree tubes

I have not seen the Kestrel for a few days, but whilst the volunteers were having lunch in the Tower Hide, the male Kestrel came close and was photographed by John.

Male Kestrel

I am not sure if these Willow Aphids, found as tree tubes were checked, are so beautiful.

Willow Aphids

A reminder about the Christmas Dinner on 13th December.  There are more details on the Events page.  We always hold a Christmas Raffle and we are beginning to collect items for this.  If you wish to make a donation then please bring it to the Field Centre.  Thank you.

Mainly sunny today with some drizzle around, but that does create a rainbow.

A rainbow

Thank  you to everyone who helped carry out a range of tasks during the day.


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