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Wednesday, April 4th 2018

For a change today it rained heavily, but it did stop and we took the opportunity to head out around the reserve.  Needless to say everywhere was wet.

The lake was like a mirror through the mist.

Lake in the mist

The weir was a totally different matter.  Water was pouring over all of its length.


Coming down the lake, out of the mist, were a pair of Greylag Geese.

Greylags on the lake

We headed onto the moor where all the tiny streams were full to overflowing.

Stream on the moor

Flooded stream

Nothing was stirring but somewhere on the gate a spider was hiding, leaving his bejewelled web behind.

Spider's web

Dropping down to Risedale Beck, its tumbling waters were loud.

Risedale Beck

A change from water - searching part of the middle moor to look for Yellow Rattle seedlings initially did not look promising, then a tiny plant was spotted, less than 1cm high.

Yellow Rattle Seedling

Winter coats became too warm in the early afternoon  and we were pleased to return to the Field Centre for a quiet cup of tea, but the bees decided to disturb our peace by noisily flying out for some warmth.

If you look closely, roughly in the middle of the photograph, you can see a bee with some dark yellow/orange pollen in its pollen sacs.

Active Bees

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