Warm Days

Saturday, April 16th 2022

As the days lengthen and the temperature rises, sometimes, so there is more to be seen around the reserve.  Coltsfoot is in flower in the rocks under the weir at the lake. Amazingly this plant has managed not to get swept away in the floods.

Out on the moor the Cowslips are in flower and so far have avoided been eaten by herbivorous visitors.

Bees have been heard and seen on warm sunny days but so far no photos.  We think this is a Common Carder Bee enjoying feeding from Blackthorn.

The warm weather has seen the return of the Common Toads.  They were croaking but not seen on Wednesday but Thursday's warmth allowed them to show themselves.  This photo shows one swimming and you can just make out its bronze eye in the water.

This photo shows the more traditional position of male Common Toad.

Thanks again to Andrew and Jan for keeping their eyes open and photographing what is around on warm days.


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