Fun days and Sunny days

Well, that’s the Fun Day past for another year. A big sigh of relief was breathed by all- the sun shone! They say it shines on the righteous and at least one of us must have done something good in a previous life. It was a gorgeous day and here are a selection of pictures from the Fun Day.

Fairy Thisle, telling the sad tale of being thrown out of Fairyland for putting a spell on King Futtret-face's underpants....

Fairy Thistle, telling the sad tale of being thrown out of Fairyland for putting a spell on King Futtret-face’s underpants….

Things to do with a pine cone!

Things to do with a pine cone!

 

A great diving beetle larve, half- way through eating an unfortunate water boatman

A great diving beetle larvae, making a meal of an unfortunate water boatman

Cutting plastic bags....and designing your own unique bag!

Cutting  back on plastic bags… designing your own unique cotton bag!

 

The Big Four (we coulnd't get another person daft enough at that precise moment)

The Big Four (we couldn’t get another person daft enough at that precise moment)

 

Making bird boxes- spread that biodiversity!

Making bird boxes- spread that biodiversity!

A gatecrasher at the Antler Hoopla causes confusion.....

A gatecrasher at the Antler Hoopla causes confusion…..

Away from the Fun Day, it’s been a pretty warm week, and quiet wildlife-wise. Most of the birds are concentrating on feeding up or moulting feathers just now and the woods are surprisingly silent. However, the adders continue to show well, with at least one coming up for another skin shed.

Adder with milky eye- looks well fed!

Adder with milky eye- looks well fed and maybe needs a new skin to grow into

Adder hiding in wall

Adder hiding in wall

Adeer- back view!

Adder- back view! Seemingly unaware we can still see him.

There are still plenty of wildflowers to enjoy too. One of the prettiest, if you look at it closely, is the tiny white eyebright, These grow in grassy places often with clover. They like clover and are in fact “hemi-parastites”….partially parasitic on the roots of other plants like clover, pinching some water and nutrients from them. Their name comes from the fact they were used to make eye lotions.

Eyebright

Eyebright

 

Down on the bog, some of the specialist plants are also flowering. The starry yellow bog asphodels are out just now, as well as the carnivorous sundews. These plants are adapted to the very poor and wet soils on bog but, in the past, people didn’t understand this. Part of the Latin name of bog asphodel ossifragum means “bone-breaking” as people thought it gave animals brittle bones. However, it was just that they were grazing on soils with virtually no minerals like calcium in them.

Bog asphodel

Bog asphodel

The sundew is also a bog specialist but supplements its diet by catching and digesting flies.

 

Tiny sundews on Parkin's Moss

Tiny sundews on Parkin’s Moss

Sundew in flower

Sundew in flower

We could have done with a giant one of these to take on the wasps! They picked an unusual and awkward place to build a nest – which made filling up the dog poo bags a lot more exiting than normal. Unfortunately, we had to remove the nest before someone got stung. So it is safe to get a bag if you’ve forgotten one when out for a walk with your dog!

Wasp's byke in poo bag dispenser!

Wasp’s byke in poo bag dispenser!

 

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