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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

More Botanical Records

A  mid week walk this week documented more species to the Records on the reserve

This included a small localised spot of Lords and Ladies and the Great Scented Liverwort as well as Pellia_sp  possihly epiphylla another Liverwort but needs detailed field examination to be exact

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Pollen counts begin to rise with the flowering spring trees such as Alder

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http://www.bbsfieldguide.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdfs/liverworts/Pellia_epiphylla.pdf

Also inconspicuously flowering is the Alternative Leaved Sazifrage and leaves of Butterbur and Hogweed are now appearing

Bittercresses are also comming through - and together with the other Brassicacea  will be foodplants for the early first generation of Spring Butterfly such as the Orange Tips

A Tremella sp Jelly Fungi was also found on tree bark and also evident at a previous spot norably coloured for this time of year the Scarlet Elf Cup Sarcoscypha sp



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On the Bird front a young Swan has returned to the Canal likely looking for a Mate The ring is visible.

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Anticipated soon will be the early bumblebees and solitary bees which may have sufferred from the recent floods

On Tues a young female Pike of about 12 LB or more was recorded at Brookfoot Lock


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