Weekly wild news from our reserves – 3 September 2021
The team at Foxburrow Farm had a rare sighting of a mole above ground when this one was found in the barn and then safely released into the meadow. Moles spend most of their lives underground, using their spade-like paws to dig up to 20 metres of tunnels a day. Every now and again, loose soil is pushed up to the surface, resulting in what we see as a mole hill.
Strawberry clover is so called as the round fruit head resembles a light pink strawberry. It grows on natural grassland near to the coast, like these at Hen Reedbeds.
Frog in the flowers
This frog was spotted at Hutchison’s Meadow this week. Common frogs are amphibians, breeding in ponds during the spring and spending much of the rest of the year feeding in woodland, gardens, hedgerows and tussocky grassland. The common frog varies in colour enormously, from green to brown and even red or yellow. It has smooth skin, a dark 'mask' behind the eye and long back legs, covered in dark bands. It hops and jumps rather than walks, and lays spawn in large jelly-like clumps.
Darsham gets a trim
Volunteers helped the North Suffolk Team cut and clear Darsham Marshes this week. We bail up the cuttings to feed livestock and to keep the nutrient levels low to help flowering plants the next year.
This pair of mating sawflies was seen at Knettishall Heath recently. Sawflies differ from bees, wasps and ants in that they lack a ‘waist’. They are so called because the female has a saw-like ovipositor which she uses to drill into plants to lay her eggs.
Moths in the bathroom
More moths were recorded this week at Knettishall Heath when they paid a visit to the bathroom. Moths are attracted to light and can often be found indoors if windows or doors are left ajar.
A flat tyre with a load this heavy is always an unwanted complication, especially when it happens last thing on a Friday! The Softrak is an essential piece of our equipment, helping us to cut areas of important fen where is it is normally very wet. This helps are variety of rare plants compete with other species, maintaining a high species diversity.