Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Breary Marsh Nature Reserve

A couple of nights ago we ventured to Goldenacre & took a detour through Breary Marsh Nature Reserve to find Paul’s pond. Previous attempts to find the pond were thwarted due to muddy conditions underfoot, inclement weather & failing light. Of course its easy to find once you know where to look.... The woodland is predominantly alder, willow, oak and birch.

On reaching the pond, waterside residents were scarce apart from couple of pairs of Mallards, Coots and a Mute Swan, maybe we'll have better luck next time.

We spotted a few instances of this cap & stem fungi growing amongst leaf litter, approx 10cm x 10cm, buff coloured cap upturned at the margins and deep gilled on the underside.There's plenty of bracket fungi in the woodland such as tough Hoof fungi (Fomes fomentarius), & Birch polypores (Piptoporus betulinus) in plain view. Woodland feathered residents included chaffinch, blue tit, blackbird, goldfinch & robin.

The woodland joins onto Leeds Country Way & we enjoyed a meander through meadowland watching swallows soar acrobatically overhead & rabbits bobbing through the fields. A few tiny moths flittered about the pathways but I only managed to photograph this one, is it maybe another Silver-ground Carpet Moth (Xanthorhoe montanata m.) which is the only moth I manage to spot?

On the walk back we heard a commotion in a neighbouring hedgerow & spotted a healthy looking fox scouting for supper. On this occasion at least the bird made a loud enough racket to chase away the fox.

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