Monday October 8th
Yet again a disgustingly wet day that gave way to a reasonably pleasant afternoon as soon as we started out.
The first things we saw on our walk were fungi with a Shaggy Inkcap by the car park and Earthballs in large numbers along the sides of the path.
A bright purple toadstool may have been an Amethyst Deceiver but we will have to see what the experts on iSpot make of it, see www.ispot.org.uk/node/299101
As soon as we left the conifers and reached the Oaks we started seeing birds and soon had a good range of woodland species listed.
Jays were particularly in evidence although these were probably local birds and not part of the country-wide invasion that is currently happening.
The little ponds at the edge of the paths often seemed to have one Raft Spider in attendance, if not they had lots of Pond Skaters instead.
The grasses were full of Fox Moth caterpillars, including this one that was unusually high up, possibly a mistake considering how wet it was!
Not many birds were out in the boggy areas but we did see a pair of Stonechats and a single Green Woodpecker.
Garden Cross Spider
Elecampane (see iSpot at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/283743
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