Ranger News OCT2012

Wednesday 7th November 2012

I have been to all sites this month, which makes a change. The ditch round the picnic area has been cleared up at Deer Leap and looks good, my mushrooming hasn’t been very plentiful this year, not out early enough probably, but this is the site I find them most often.
Black Down has been busy, lots of cars at the bottom car park and quite a lot of litter at the stops on the way up the Combe. The stony paths running with water, peaty and boggy at the top, which it has been like all year, I haven’t done this long enough to know if it ever dries out.  Nettles need cutting at the trig point otherwise it will lose it’s clear outline.
At Burrington Ham the leaves were on the change, Oak leaves still greenish, the Hawthorn a deep crimson inside the bare tree, golden Silver Birch, gold and rust bracken and bright yellow fungi, very autumnal also misty, gorgeous.
I hadn’t been to Blackmoor Reserve for a while and was delighted to bump into three Hare Bells lurking! I love these flowers and had missed them this year, there was also a lone swan to join the coot on the pond. Very smart signpost leading to the reserve!
I also enjoyed a hedge laying session at Barton Camp this month, a wonderful process, talk of ancient woodland and as always, good company.

October 2012