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Water Droplets, Ferns and more Work

Thursday, April 1st 2021

The weather forecast did not suggest rain or drizzle but that is what appeared this morning.  Although this made it damp underfoot it did give rise to water droplets on the vegetation.

This willow was coated in tiny water droplets.

Primroses also caught the droplets.

Foxglove has many shady damp places that give a variety of ferns ideal conditions to thrive.  Three ferns do not grow in profusion at Foxglove.  One is the Hart's Tongue Fern.  It is noticeable by having solid leaves and lines of sori on the underside.  This clump can be found along Risedale Beck.  We did find more, rather a lot more, growing in the shrubs along the access road.  Once found, never to be seen again, as we have been unable to find it, even after very careful, thorough searches.  We will have another look in spring when new fronds grow.

Two other ferns were found today, Common Polypody growing on a dead tree and Hard Fern growing in the Willow Carr.  It is good to note that they have all survived the winter. 

Pillwort, a rare aquatic fern, was also checked and it is hopeful that it too has survived in various places.  Unfortunately there was other vegetation and dead plants in the same areas so it was difficult to confirm that the Pillwort was still growing.  As it warms up so we should be able to see new growth.

Volunteers started the day by unloading the seed order and then re-loading it into the seed store.  Not an easy task.

Then it was back to clearing up, but this time it was not brash but logs that had to be moved.  Some were just the right shape to be carried,

whilst others were a little more diffcult.

It can never be said that volunteer work is not varied, it was back to brash that had to be removed along the access road.  It looks like Ian has magical powers to move the brash!

Hayley was busy repairing the quad bike track through the heath.

Many thanks for all your hard work.

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